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Ramblers point leader Brett Shute carries the puck across centre ice at Amherst Stadium. Shute and the rest of the Ramblers host the Campbellton Tigers Saturday night at Amherst Stadium. Shute leads the Ramblers with five goals and two assists in six games.
AMHERST – In what is the first game of a home-and-home stand, the Maritime Hockey League’s Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers host the Campbellton Tigers Saturday at Amherst Stadium.
“This is an important game Saturday night,” said Tim Ripley, Ramblers assistant coach, after Thursday night’s practice. “You can’t take Campbellton lightly. They’re coached by Troy Ryan who has a good background in terms of coaching. He is very thorough and has a great reputation, so we anticipate a tough game.”
Ripley says Ryan always has hardnosed teams.
“We feel we play the same style, so we’re looking forward to the challenge Saturday night,” said Ripley.
The Ramblers are coming off a 7-4 win over the Summerside Western Capitals last Saturday at Amherst Stadium.
Seven different Ramblers scored against Summerside – Jamie Bishop, Ross Martin, Brock Morrison, Serge Boisvert, Zack MacEwen, Brett Shute and newcomer Daniel Walsh all scored for the Ramblers.
“Walsh had a good game Saturday night. We’re kind of experimenting to see who he’s going to be playing with,” said Ripley. “He’s a great team player both on and off the ice. He has quite a bit of experience in key situations, so he’s not only strong defensively but he’s doing a good job away from the puck.”
The Ramblers have a 2-4-0 record. Their second win of the season was a 6-3 win over the Junior A Mariners on Sept. 20, in Yarmouth. They currently sit in fifth place in the Eastlink Division.
This is the first time the Ramblers will meet the Tigers this season. The Tigers are third in the Meek Division with two shootout wins and three losses.
“We’re down in the standings a little bit and we have to make a move here,” said Ripley.
The Ramblers had two practices so far this week where they worked on defensive zone coverage, and they will have another practice today at 4 p.m.
“We’re going to go over our special teams, power play and penalty kill,” said Ripley.
The Ramblers looked strong during last night practice, and Ripley said their two-night’s a week off-ice training at the YMCA is paying off.
“We have them in a cardio group for an hour one night, and then we do circuit training for another night for an hour, and it’s really made a difference,” said Ripley.
Next week the Ramblers travel to Campbellton on Friday and return home on Saturday when they will host the Dieppe Commandos.
“We’ve made steady progress the last two games and we want to continue making steady progress,” said Ripley.
Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m.