TRURO – The Truro Bearcats suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Amherst Ramblers Sunday in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
Maxime Richard was the hero for the Ramblers, scoring the only goal of the shootout in front of the 245 fans who braved the stormy conditions to get to Colchester Legion Stadium.
The setback means the Bearcats (29-9-0-5) miss an opportunity to leapfrog the Yarmouth Mariners (31-8-1-1) for top spot in the EastLink Division. Truro trails Yarmouth by just one point with the Mariners holding a pair of games in hand.
The Ramblers (28-9-3-2) are third in the division, two points behind Truro.
Both sides traded tallies in both the first and second periods.
Adam Guy and Zach Evans-Renaud, with his third goal of the campaign, did the scoring for Truro while Jeff MacPherson and Richard replied for Amherst.
Jacob Fancy was tagged with the loss in spite of a 28-save effort while Richard Tingley recorded his 15th victory of the season with 34 stops.
Despite the fierce rivalry between the two sides, just three minor penalties were handed out by referee Stephen Starzomski.
The Bearcats were scheduled to host the Woodstock Slammers on Saturday, but the game was postponed due to the blizzard which pounded the Maritimes over the weekend.