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Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers’ defenceman manhandles a Truro Bearcats’ forward in front of goalie Richard Tingley in Maritime Junior Hockey League exhibition action in Amherst on Saturday. Truro won the game 2-1 on a third period goal by David Mosher.
AMHERST – David Mosher’s shot from the point through traffic was the winner as the Truro Bearcats defeated the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers in Maritime Junior Hockey League exhibition action on Saturday.
Mosher took a pass from Brandon Bazinet and fired a long shot that eluded Ramblers’ goalie Rowan O’Brien to break a 1-1 tie with 5:09 remaining in the game.
“I thought we had a much better game than we had the other night. We did a lot more better things away from the puck that we weren’t doing and we didn’t give them many quality scoring chances,” Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said after the game.
“I thought both our goalies played well tonight and the difference was a lucky one there from the point.”
Amherst came inches away from tying the game when Brock Morrison redirected a pass over the crossbar with the Ramblers’ net empty and under a minute to play.
The Bearcats played its safe in the final few moments clearing the puck out of the zone and not letting the Ramblers mount much of an attack.
“I thought it was a scrappy game, but I sort of knew it was coming after Thursday’s game,” Bearcats’ coach Shawn Evans said. “I know the game doesn’t count, but you had two competitive teams out there. It’s still nice to win.”
The Ramblers were first on the board when Morrison stuffed a rebound by Jacob Fancy 5:55 into the second period. Jamie Bishop added an assist.
Richard Tingley was strong in his first pre-season start and O’Brien made several big saves as well before Denver Lynds scored with under a minute to play in the second.
“It was nice to get the legs under me, first game of the season,” Tingley said. “I felt good out there, got to see a few shots.”
The puck took a funny bounce over Bishop’s stick and Lynds was able to go in untouched, beating O’Brien high into the net.
The game was a rough affair early on with a series of scraps in the first period. Blake Millman made his presence felt early dropping the gloves with Lynds in defence of Ben MacDonald who was driven hard into the boards, while Cam McDonald fought Colby Lanceleve later in the period. Millman received a pair of game misconducts when he fought Daniel Perigo on the same stoppage of play at 16:31.
Robert Davis fought David Mosher 1:16 in to the second period.
Amherst outshot Truro 33-30.
Bottomley said he’s continuing to look for help up front after the club scored only three goals in two games against the Bearcats.
“We need to find some scoring. It’s going to be like it was last year. It’s like playoff hockey every night in our division,” Bottomley said, adding he’s waiting to see what happens with the Ontario and Western Hockey leagues to see if some 20-year-olds become available. “Most teams have already used their two out-of-region 20-year-olds so we’re waiting to see what pops up. We’ll keep looking, even if it takes up to Christmas.”
Evans said his team is close to being ready for the regular season.
“We’re like everyone else. We’re peaking around to see who could fill out our roster, but we have a great group of kids,” Evans said.
The defending Fred Page Cup champions have a solid nucleus of returning players from last season.
“I think people undervalue some of those players and I hope they continue to do that,” he said.
The Ramblers return to action on Thursday in Dieppe against the Commandos before returning to the stadium on Saturday against the Commandos.
Truro travels to New Glasgow to face the Weeks Crushers on Thursday, while the Crushers are back in Truro on Saturday.