Game 1 Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Truro, Game 2 Friday in Amherst
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Amherst Ramblers bench boss Jim Bottomley was drawing up drills for his squad to run through during practice Monday night at Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST - The schedule is going as planned for the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers as they head into Game 1 of their Maritime Hockey League best-of-seven Eastlink Division final tonight against the Bearcats in Truro.
"We knew we'd have to go through Yarmouth and Truro," said Ramblers forward Brock Morrison. "We accomplished the first task, so now we're moving on to the second."
Morrison said he expects the division final to be more physical than their semi-final series against the Yarmouth Mariners, who they finished off in six games.
"Truro has a really good team, we respect them, but we're confident and we know we can beat them."
Rambler's coach and general manager Jim Bottomley also expects a physical series.
"We're playing another very talented hockey club,' he said. "They've put together a lot of skilled and talented hockey players to prepare for the Fred Page Cup, so we know we're up against a very tough opponent."
Bottomley said his team will keep their defence tight and will play physical.
"We have guys with big hearts that play physical and we're going to have to play that way every game and every shift and hope to get to them that way," said Bottomley.
The Ramblers wrapped up their series Thursday night in Amherst, and Truro played Game 7 against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers Saturday night in Truro
“You don’t want much time off,” said Bottomley. “We were ready to go at it Monday night, so an extra day won’t make much of a difference between the two of us.”
Morrison leads the Ramblers in scoring in the 2013 playoffs. He has six goals and two assists in six games.
Only Two Truro Bearcats are ahead of him in the playoff-point race. Kyle Morrison has five goals and six assists in seven games, and Jordan Coccimigilio has four goals and five assists in seven games.
Morrison said he hasn't changed his game.
"I'm just starting to get the bounces and everyone I'm playing with is playing really great and I'm getting some great passes," said Morrison.
Morrison is a former Yarmouth Mariner and he scored the double-overtime winner against his former teammates in Game 5 in Yarmouth.
"It was the biggest goal I ever scored," said Morrison. "I don't remember ever feeling like that after scoring a goal.
"It was exciting and it was a relief to just have the game over," he added. "It was an important game and everyone was so tired, and to see the puck go in the net, it felt great knowing the game was over and that we'd won it."
And how will Morrison approach the series against Truro?
"I'm going to try to keep everything the same and hopefully my teammates will keep setting me up and I'll keep getting the passes," he said.
Tonight's game starts at 7 p.m. at the Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre.
The Ramblers play Game 2 against Truro Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.