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Keeping close to the crease, Ramblers captain Kody Orr will be looking to cause grief for Truro goaltenders tonight at Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST – After suffering a 7-2 thumping at the hands of the Truro Bearcats on Sunday, the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers return to their own ice tonight at Amherst Stadium.
“A loss is a loss, whether you lose by one point or five points,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. “In the playoffs you have to bounce back the next game, so we’ll be ready for tonight’s game.”
With the loss the Ramblers are down 2-1 in their best-of-seven Maritime Hockey League Eastlink Division final against the Bearcats.
On Sunday in Truro, the Ramblers were down 4-0 in the first period before they scored a goal.
“We have to have a better start and take the game to them, instead of sitting back and watching them,” said Bottomley. “They have a skilled club and we have to be physical, play the body and not give them any opportunities.”
Bottomley said the series is far from over.
“It’s the start of the series and we’re looking to bounce back,” he said.
The Ramblers will be missing Jeff MacPherson after he suffered a season-ending injury during Friday’s game in Amherst.
MacPherson went to his billet family’s home after Friday's game but wasn’t feeling well and went to the hospital where he had to have surgery.
“I would say he was finished for the year,” said Bottomley. “He ruptured an artery in his stomach. He lost a lot of blood. It was probably from a hit during Friday nights game.”
Bottomley says MacPherson is feeling a lot of pain but he’s coming along.
Robert Davis will also be out as he is serving a suspension for accumulating too many blow to the head penalties.
During Sunday’s game in Truro, Ramblers defenceman Jamie Bishop suddenly left the Ramblers bench and went to the dressing room.
“He was upset about what happened on a play,” said Bottomley. “He was definitely upset and told me he was going to the dressing room.
“That’s something that happened during the game,” added Bottomley. “But Jamie is a big part of our hockey club and he’ll bounce back.”
Bottomley said Bishop will be dressed for tonight's game.
Jacob Conrad is also suffering from injuries and isn’t playing at 100 per cent.
“When you lose some of your experienced players in a play off series like this it’s certainly a blow to us, but we have some younger guys who can step up who will get a chance to play and will surprise some people,” said Bottomley. “This is their opportunity to step forward.”
Richard Tingley will get the start in goal for the Ramblers.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.