AMHERST – Road wins have been very elusive for the Amherst Ramblers so far this season.
The club will get a chance to break the goose egg tonight when they travel to Campbellton to face a team that made things interesting at the Amherst Stadium last Saturday.
“I think we learned that Campbellton is a much better team than they appear. They gave us a tough time last Saturday and then took Summerside to overtime on Sunday,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said. “It goes to show there are no easy wins in the league this season.”
The Ramblers host the Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last Saturday, the Ramblers built up a 4-0 lead after two periods before a costly double-minor penalty early in the third allowed the Tigers to score two quick goals. A third goal was added before the teams traded goals late in the period.
“They have fast, hard-working team and we can’t take them for granted,” Bottomley said. “We need to have a quicker start than we did last Sunday. That’s something that’s hurt us on the road this season. We’ve fallen behind on the road by a goal or two early and have had to battle back.”
In Dieppe last Sunday, the Ramblers and Commandos were scoreless after one period. The Commandos scored a second period goal and added a second goal early in the third period before the Ramblers battled back with two goals midway through the final period to force overtime. Dieppe won in the extra frame.
The Ramblers will go into the weekend missing what has been one of the club’s top defenceman. Kyle Beckwith broke his hand blocking a shot in Sunday’s loss and could be lost for several weeks.
Fraser Stang, who arrived in camp last week from British Columbia, is expected to play in his place.