AMHERST - The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers play two Maritime Hockey League games this weekend.
"We're healthy and ready to go," said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager.
The Ramblers travel to Summerside tonight where they play the Western Capitals, the top team in the Roger Meek Division.
"They're a quality team," said Bottomley. "Along with Turo, they're one of the top team's in the league."
Summerside enters the game with 33 points to the Ramblers 24 points, while Truro heads into the weekend as the top team in the MHL, with 33 points.
Amherst has played Summerside only once this season, beating the Caps 5-2 at Amherst Stadium on Sept. 29.
The Ramblers host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Saturday.
The two teams met in Bridgewater last Sunday and the Ramblers skated away with a 3-2 win in a shootout.
"It was a heck of a game," said Bottomley.
The Ramblers have added Robert Davis to their roster. Davis comes to Amherst from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and it's expected he will play his first game as a Rambler tonight in Summerside. (The Caps have added Zach Beaton to their roster. Beaton comes to Summerside from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.)
"Rob has two years of Quebec Major Junior Hockey under his belt," said Bottomley. "He's a major physical presence on the ice, and he's not scared to drop the gloves if he has to."
Rule changes over the last few years have diminished the role of big men in the MHL but Bottomley said, "We haven't had a guy like that on the team for a couple of years, but having somebody like that around makes the rest of the team feel two inches taller."
Davis stands six-foot-one and weighs 221 pounds. He hails from Five Islands and plays on the left wing.
He comes to the Ramblers with one goal and one assist in the 20 games with the Titan this season. He also had 37 penalty minutes in those 20 games.
Along with the Ramblers, CIBC Wood Gundy also sponsors Bridgewater and the Truro Bearcats, and they will compete in a Challenge Cup for the rest of the season.
"Starting right now to the end of the season the three MHL teams sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy will compete in the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenge Cup," said Bottomley. "The team that earns the most points from here on in will win money that will go towards the charity of their choice."