Right Back In It

Home ice remains pivotal for the Ramblers as they were back in Amherst looking to tie up the Eastlink South Division finals against Summerside.

1,200 + filed into the Stadium for a mid-week game 2. The crowd, as always, was loud and the team would feed off it shutting down the high-powered Capitals offence for the first period. That strong defence would be rewarded for the Ramblers, with Alex Christmas intercepting a pass at the Rams’ blueline and flying in on a breakaway, he would pull the Caps goalie out of position and pass the puck to Drew MacIntyre who would tap the puck into the open net to make it 1-0 heading to the second.

The offence would come alive in the second starting with Jaden Reyers picking up a loose rebound in front of the net to extend the lead to 2-0. The Ramblers would continue to frustrate the caps forwards through the middle frame. Towards the end of the period, Joachim Matulu threw the puck to the front of the net and banked it off the Caps defender to make it 3-0 with 38 seconds left in the period. The Ramblers weren’t done there 25 seconds later Anthony Gaudet would find the loose puck in front of the net and bury his 5th of the playoffs to extend the lead to 4-0 heading into the third.

The final frame was all about protecting that four-goal lead. The Ramblers locked it down for the final 20 minutes of play with Lyam LeBlanc making a handful of saves, and getting some help from his defence with Owen Sparkes pulling a trickling puck off the goal line and Coen Strang broke up a couple of high-risk opportunities just to name a few of the big defensive plays made in the third. Jaden Reyers would cap off his night by firing the puck into the empty net to give us our final of 5-0.

Game 3 is back on the island that will be a 7:30 puck drop on Saturday.


Tonight’s three stars:

1st Star: Lyam LeBlanc (54 save shutout)

2nd Star: Jaden Reyers (2G)

3rd Star: Drew MacIntyre (1G)