© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley was drawing plays for his team during practice Monday night at Amherst Stadium. The Ramblers travel to Yarmouth for Game 5 Tuesday night.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have made some adjustments going into Game 5 of their best-of-seven Maritime Hockey League division semi-final series against the Mariners Tuesday night in Yarmouth.
“We had 37 pucks on their net Saturday night (to the Mariners 23) but I still don’t think we’re getting enough pucks to the net,” said Ramblers captain Kody Orr after Monday nights practice. “So we’re working on driving wide, getting pucks to the net and getting more bodies in front of the net.”
The Ramblers won the first two games of the series but lost the following two games.
Both Ramblers goals came from the point in Game 4 at Amherst Stadium on Saturday night and the Ramblers hope to change that.
“We’re not getting any offense from the guys who have been giving it to us all year,” said Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley. “The reason for that is because we’re not paying the price in front of the net, trying to get to the net, and taking the puck to the net, so we’ll try to do that in Yarmouth.”
Orr said his teammates are confident going into Game 5.
“We always preach that you can’t get too high or too low in the playoffs, you have to keep an even keel,” said Orr. “But we’re confident and we’re upbeat. We think we can go down there and steal a win.”
Bottomley said it’s a best-of-three series now.
“It’s a great situation for us,” said Bottomley. “We went 2-2 in the first four games and now we can go down there and steal that one, and I know this place will be rocking when we come back here Thursday night.
“We’ll go down there, get that game, come back here and wrap it up Thursday night.”