Yarmouth’s 5-3 win over the Amherst Ramblers at home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, helped to widen the gap even more as Yarmouth sits in first place in the Bent Division with 65 points, which is five points ahead of second-place Amherst.
Yarmouth had a season record of 31 wins and 14 losses after Wednesday’s game, and are on a six-game win streak.
On Feb. 15, Jared Hicks led the Mariners with one goal and two assists while Colin Campbell and Mathieu Pompei added one goal and one assist each. Campbell (Pompei, Zack Henry) opened the scoring at 16:19 to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead after the first period.
Brandon Street scored for Amherst at 5:43 to tie the game at 1-1. Pompei (Campbell, Rodney Mahoney) scored at 12:30 to regain the lead for Yarmouth at 2-1. Hicks (Ryan Nickerson, Andrew Walker), on the powerplay, scored at 14:36 to extend the lead to 3-1 after the second period.
The fan-favourite goal of the night came from Matt Tomah, who, shorthanded, scored 25 seconds into the third period to increase the lead to 4-1. Amherst had been on a 5-on-3 powerplay for the first part of the period. Hicks shot the puck out of the zone just as a penalty Tomah had been serving for roughing after the whistle expired. The puck hit Tomah’s stick as he came out of the penalty box, giving him a breakaway towards Amherst’s net. That goal turned out to be the game winner.
Kody Orr scored for the Ramblers at 11:30 in the third to narrow the lead to 4-2, with Trevor Layton scoring at 19:23 to cut the lead to 4-3. Andrew Wigg’s empty net goal (assisted by Nickerson and Hicks) rounded out the scoring for the Mariners with around 10 seconds left in the game.
Yarmouth went 1 for 5 on the powerplay while Amherst went 0 for 3. Charles Grant stopped 18 of 21 shots for the win while Richard Tingley stopped 31 of 35 shots in the loss.
This weekend Yarmouth plays it last two home games of the regular season, hosting Pictou on Friday night and Bridgewater on Saturday night. The following weekend the Mariners are on the road to play Bridgewater and Metro.
After this the Mariners’ next games in Yarmouth will be during the playoffs.
(Note: On Feb. 17, the Amherst Ramblers blanked Pictou, cutting the Mariners' lead in first place to three points.)