In Bridgewater Friday, host Crushers on Saturday
AMHERST – Coming off back-to-back wins last weekend, the Amherst Ramblers will attempt to keep the momentum going tonight in Bridgewater before coming home Saturday to face the Weeks Crushers.
“These are two big games for us as a hockey team. We picked up a bit of momentum last weekend with wins over Campbellton. It would be nice to continue that and win a pair of important divisional games,” Bottomley said. “These are four-point games to us and we want to win both of them.”
It’s the first meeting of the season between the Ramblers and Lumberjacks, who sit six points behind Amherst in the Eastlink Division standings.
The Ramblers are in Bridgewater tonight to face the Lumberjacks before returning home Saturday to face the Weeks Crushers, a team that beat Amherst in overtime on opening night in September.
“It was one of those games where we had them and let it go,” he said. “We battled back to force overtime, but took a bad penalty in overtime. Right now they seem to be the team we’re battling for to move up the standings. It’s going to be in our rink and we don’t want to lose any game in our rink this year.”
Bottomley said the club has improved a lot since the first of the year as players get used to their line combinations and systems begin falling into place.
The Rambler lineup was bolstered Thursday with the arrival of Cameron MacDonald, who was placed on waivers earlier this week by the Moncton Wildcats. MacDonald played with the Ramblers during the 2010-11 season scoring two goals and adding 14 assists in 52 games.
“He’ll be a big boost to our lineup. Any time you can get an experienced guy from the Q league it can’t help but bolster the team,” Bottomley said. “Tim Ripley said when he was here before he logged a lot of minutes. He’ll be a leader on the blueline.”
Bottomley expects the 19-year-old will see power play and penalty kill time.
While it makes for a crowded blueline, Bottomley said depth is important in that area.