Ramblers play Lumberjacks, Weeks Crushers this weekend
© Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now
Ramblers coach and general manager Jim Bottomley has a discussion with a referee, while assistant coach Tim Ripley looks out at the ice and Ramblers teammates talk to one another. The Ramblers have two games this weekend. They are on the road Friday and back home Saturday night.
AMHERST - The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers made a trade on Wednesday, sending Blake Millman to the Summerside Western Capitals in return for Bruce Hornbrook.
"We are trying to add a little more offence to our lineup and we're looking for Bruce to step in and provide that," said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager. "He's good on defence and he can also put some point up on the board for us, which is something we're lacking."
The Capitals dealt Hornbrook, a five-foot-ten, 190-pound forward and a sixth-round draft choice in 2015 to the Ramblers for Blake Millman, and a third-round draft choice and future considerations.
Millman was the Ramblers biggest physical presence on the ice and Bottomley said he will be missed.
"He's a big player and a class act. You look at his character off the ice and you'd like to have 20 young men like that. He's a mature young man," said Bottomley "But we have physical, tough guys on our club, and without Millman they're going to have to step up their presence for sure. "
Bottomley said they were trying to acquire Hornbrook all summer long but the deals fell through.
"I find he plays best when he's playing on the edge and he has that touch around the net," said Bottomley.
Hornbrook will get his first test as a Rambler this weekend when they take on the Lumberjacks in Bridgewater Friday night, and then return home Saturday to play the Pictou County weeks Crushers during the Skate 4 Prostate event.
"We have to go down to Bridgewater and be prepared. That's a big two points we hope to get," said Bottomley. "And when we come home we have to be on top of our game to beat a very talented Pictou team.
"They're probably the most talented team in the league right now but we have to play our game. We're a very physical club and we have to play that way."
The Ramblers have yet to beat the Weeks Crushers this season.
"We've had a couple close games at home with them, and for us to move up we have to beat them," said Bottomley. "We've beat Truro and we've beat Yarmouth, and we certainly have to be ready for Pictou Saturday night.
"We're hoping the fans will come out to support the Skate 4 Prostate and will come out to support us in a chance to beat Pictou the first time this year," he added.
Saturday's game starts at 7 p.m.
Hornbrook has 16 points, including six goals, and 28 penalty minutes in 20 games this year with the Capitals. He has also played for Miramichi and Pictou County in the MHL. Before coming to the Maritime Hockey League the Bathurst native played for the Acadie Bathurst Titans of the QMJHL. He was a 4th round pick in the QMJHL and played on team Atlantic in the U-17 tournament.
Facts provided by Amherst Ramblers.