There will be no let-up says coach
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Ramblers vs. Mariners
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series against the Yarmouth Mariners and can wrap the series up Thursday night at Amherst Stadium.
“There will be no let-up,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. “It’s tough to win against a team with their back against the wall, so we have to come ready to play, take advantage of playing at home and work hard for 60 minutes.”
The Ramblers are coming of a 4-3, double-overtime win Tuesday night in Yarmouth.
“We feel great after a hard fought battle down there on Tuesday night,” said Bottomley. “The boys really dug deep to get the win.”
Before Tuesday’s game Bottomley said the Ramblers would have to get more traffic in front of the Yarmouth goal-face.
“We did that and it paid off,” said Bottomley. “We have to do the little things and work hard. Everybody has to give their second effort.”
Bottomley said having the chance to win the series at home provides a big boost for his team.
“We worked hard to get home ice advantage and we certainly to don’t want to go back down there if we don’t have to.”
Ramblers player Jeff MacPherson was ejected from Tuesday night’s game after being assessed a game misconduct penalty for what the linesman said was a blow to the head.
Many people who saw the collision between MacPherson and Kyle Campbell said it appeared to be a clean check.
The Ramblers have appealed the penalty but as of last night Bottomley said they had still not received a decision as to whether or not he MHL will allow MacPherson to play tonight.
“We’ve appealed it and we haven’t heard the decision yet,” said Bottomley.
Thursdays game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Advanced tickets will go on sale at the Amherst Stadium box office beginning Thursday at 1 p.m.