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Ben MacDonald (left) makes a pass while sliding across the ice.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers travel to Dieppe on Wednesday where they will face off against the Commandos at 7:30 p.m.
“Playing on the big Olympic ice surface you really have to skate out there because it’s a lot more open, and we have to key on a really high scoring line they have,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. “We have to use the full ice surface to our advantage.”
The big ice surface means less checking.
“We’re a big physical hockey club but we can skate and play with the best,” added Bottomley.
The Commandos are at the top of the Meek Division with 23 points.
“If we have the opportunity to lay on the body we’ll take advantage of that but we have to take care of our own end on the big ice.”
Bottomley says the team is buying into their system and working at 100 per cent.
“We can’t take a shift off,” said Bottomley. “Everybody coming over the boards has to be ready every shift and be willing to work hard consistently, and we’ve seen that over the last four games.”
The Ramblers host the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Saturday and host the Truro Bearcats on Remembrance Day.
Both games start at 7 p.m.