Ramblers acquire Martin from Timberwolves

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Big forward expected to bring offence to the lineup

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have made a move to strengthen the club’s offence.

The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have acquired forward Ross Martin from the Miramichi Timberwolves for future considerations.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have made a move to strengthen the club’s offence.

The Ramblers acquired forward Ross Martin from the Miramichi Timberwolves on Monday for future considerations and the Cornwall, P.E.I. native is expected to make his debut in the lineup on Friday when Amherst opens the 2013-14 Maritime Junior Hockey League season in Kentville against the Valley Wildcats.

“He’s a big power forward who has good hands and should be able to put up some offensive numbers for us this season,” Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said Tuesday. “He never really got to show what he could do last year because of injury, but he had surgery over the summer and is back at 100 per cent.”

Martin was caught in a numbers game this year in Miramichi and is a player Bottomley has wanted since first seeing him in the league last season.

The 6’3”, 205-pound centreman had seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 28 games with the Timberwolves last year after scoring 29 goals in 32 assists with the Cornwall Thunder Major Midget team in 2011-12.

Martin was a draft pick of the P.E.I. Islanders of the QMJHL in 2011.

He also brings added size and toughness to a lineup that will be among the biggest in the league this season.

Bottomley said Tuesday that he is continuing to look across the country for more help up front.

“We’ve been talking to teams across the country. We’re looking for a natural, gifted scorer to help our hockey club offensively,” Bottomley said. “Hopefully we’ll start hearing back from teams in the next day or so.”

The Ramblers also face a decision on defence on whether to keep Amherst native Lucas Sangster or Duncan MacKie, who was released by the P.E.I. Islanders and played last weekend with the Ramblers against the Dieppe Commandos.

“It’s a tough decision. We can’t really keep both of them here. We have to make a decision on what’s best for the hockey team and what’s best for their development,” Bottomley said. “We have six solid defenceman right now. If we sent one back to midget we can affiliate him during the season.”

After opening the season in Kentville on Friday, the Ramblers host a pair of games at the Amherst Stadium. The home opener is Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Woodstock Slammers while the Miramichi Timberwolves are in town on Sunday at 4 p.m.

“We’re ready to go. We’ve had four exhibition games to assess the players in different situations and we know what everyone can do,” Bottomley said. “It’s going to be a big test this weekend playing three games in three days.”

Last weekend, the Ramblers picked up three out of a possible four points over the Commandos winning 3-1 at home on Saturday before dropping a 4-3 decision in a shootout Sunday in Dieppe.

Brett Shute, Jamie Bishop and Shawn Wright scored in the 4-3 loss, while Shute with two and Ryan Caswell scored for Amherst in the 3-1 win on Saturday.

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Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Timberwolves, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Kentville, Miramichi Dieppe

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