AMHERST – Even though the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers beat the Truro Bearcats 3-2 Tuesday night in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastlink Division final, Jim Bottomley sees many areas where his team can play better in Game 2.
“Game 2 is a big game,” said the bench boss and general manager. “We had to win one in their rink, now we have to come back home and put a better game together and be consistent right from the start of the game.”
The Ramblers were outshot 34-26 in Tuesdays match-up and Bottomley wants his team to find another gear or two in Game 2.
“I thought we were a little sluggish there at times in Truro,” he said. “We didn’t move the puck, we didn’t create to many scoring chances and we gave them too many chances by not playing tight to them and being physical.
“We have to be much more physical.”
The team held a practice last night where they focused on the power play and getting the puck to the net.
“And we worked on some other things that will make a difference from how we played the other night,” said Bottomley.
The Ramblers are playing their first game at home since they beat the Yarmouth Mariners 2-0 at Amherst Stadium and, in the process, won the best-of-seven semi-final division series 4-2 in front of more than 1850 very happy Ramblers fans.
“I know the whole team is looking forward to another big, noisy crowd here in Amherst,” said Bottomley. “Playing at home is a big factor for these young guys and they’ll be up for it.”
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Advance tickets will be available at the Amherst Stadium box office from 1 p.m. right up until game time.