© Jocelyn Turner – Amherst Daily News.
Amherst Ramblers’ defenceman Ben MacDonald makes a pass in action against Truro on Wednesday. The Ramblers host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers will attempt to keep pace with the Truro Bearcats and stay ahead of the Weeks Crushers on Saturday when they host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks in Maritime Junior Hockey League action.
“These are important games and games you can’t take for granted,” coach Jim Bottomley said last night. “Those are an important two points. We’ll be ready.”
The Ramblers are coming off a tough 6-5 shootout loss at home Wednesday against the Truro Bearcats. Amherst twice held two-goal leads in the game only to see Truro come back to tie it and force overtime and the shootout.
The Ramblers’ coach said while he was disappointed with Wednesday’s result, considering his club had a 5-3 lead with less than 10 minutes play, he said it will learn
“The boys played a really good hockey game, but there are few things we’ll take from it. There were a few little things. On the first goal we didn’t get out to the point in time, we gave them a little much room a few times and didn’t finish checks,” he said. “They’re little things that we can fix.”
Bottomley said he was pleased with the game put in by Ben Berisha, who scored twice against Truro, while Jeff MacPherson also had a solid game.
“Ben was in a bit of a slump going into Christmas and nothing would go in for him. Since coming back he seems to have extra jump and it showed against Truro what he brings to the lineup,” Bottomley said.
Bottomley was also happy with the game Danny Harquail had against the Bearcats, adding he hopes the forward acquired from Woodstock in November uses his body more.
After Saturday’s game, the Ramblers are idle until Jan. 19 when they host the Woodstock Slammers.