Truro caps winning week with third victory in three nights
Bearcats nip Ramblers
TRURO - It may have been Valentine's Day Sunday, but the Amherst Ramblers weren't feeling much love from the Truro Bearcats.
The Bearcats made things miserable for the Ramblers and certainly didn't hand out any gifts on their visit to the Hubtown, outshooting Amherst 39-15 en route to a 2-1 win over their Bent Division rivals.
"We didn't give them much and they didn't get many quality chances," Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said. "In a game where we only got two, that turned out to be important."
The win improves the Bent Division leaders to 33-6-3-3 while Amherst, in the midst of a battle for the division's final playoff spot, falls to 18-27-1-1 for 38 points, two behind the Yarmouth Mariners (18-25-2-2) and four behind the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (18-21-4-2) and the Halifax Lions (19-21-4-0).
The victory also caps a run of three wins in three nights for the Bearcats, who defeated the Summerside Western Capitals (23-17-1-1) 5-1 Saturday and the Ramblers 5-3 Friday.
"It's not easy to win three in three," Evans said. "But we did what we had to do and found different ways to win."
Jordan Mock opened the scoring when he found the back of the Amherst net at 13:57 of the second period on the powerplay.
Colin Beck scored what would be the winner at 9:37 of the third period before Kody Orr spoiled Richard Gagnon's shutout bid with 13 seconds left in the game on the powerplay.
"It feels really good to chip in when you can," Beck said. "But the bottom line is we won and that's all we're looking for."
Gagnon picked up the victory with 14 saves while Jonathan Waye was handed the loss after stopping 37 shots. Beck said keeping pressure on the Ramblers all game was crucial.
"We just got the puck deep and worked them down low," he said. "We were responsible in our own end and that's the way we've got to play every night."
But that's not to say the Ramblers went down easy.
"They always come hard and you've got to respect that," Beck said. "But I think if we match their effort we can come out with the W."
Evans said he was happy with the performance of his role players, like Beck, Jamie MacIntyre, Kendall MacInnis, Stephen Walker and Brett Frazee.
"Those five guys shut down Summerside's top line and with Beck getting the winner, it shows the depth of our team," Evans said. "They can step right up and get some big goals as well."
The Bearcats are back in action Thursday when they travel to Halifax for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Lions before Bridgewater visits Saturday.