Ramblers seeking bounce back this weekend

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Amherst in Kentville tonight, home Saturday and Sunday

The Amherst Ramblers are back in action tonight in Kentville before coming home to face Campbellton on Saturday and Yarmouth on Sunday.

Defenceman Cam Macdonald and the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers face a three-game test this weekend starting tonight when the club travels to Kentville before returning home to face Campbellton and Yarmouth on Saturday and Sunday.

AMHERST – Jim Bottomley is hoping for a little déjà vu this weekend when the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers play a trio of Maritime Junior Hockey League games.

Coming off a 7-0 trouncing at the hands of the Truro Bearcats, the Ramblers are in Kentville tonight to face the Valley Wildcats before returning home for a pair of games Saturday against the Campbellton Tigers and Sunday against the division rival Yarmouth Mariners.

In October, after getting blitzed 7-0 by the Woodstock Slammers, the Ramblers reeled off four consecutive wins, including two against the Wildcats and single victories over Bridgewater and Yarmouth.

“We need to bounce back after that big loss at home and then we have two games at home that we have to win,” Bottomley said. “I look back at the game in Woodstock. We came back and played some really good hockey. It’s just another game and we have to move on. Hopefully we learned something from it.”

Bottomley said the players worked on their team game in practice this week and are ready to put what happened last Saturday behind them.  Looking back at the Truro game, Bottomley said a shortage on defence caused by injuries to Jaime Bishop and Willie MacDonald left the club with only four defencemen in the lineup. Bottomley said he tried to get a few affiliate players in the lineup but they were busy with their own teams.

“We fell behind early and didn’t seem to want to fight back,” he said. “The game is 60 minutes and we have to battle hard right to the end. We’re going to lose games, but I don’t want to lose anymore like that. As long as we battle hard for 60 minutes I’m happy.”

Bishop is expected to be back in the lineup this weekend, but MacDonald will not return until after Christmas.

Amherst sits four points up on the Wildcats in the Eastlink Division, in which only 13 points separate first from fifth. While Kentville won the season opener on home ice, the Ramblers took the last two, including a 3-0 shutout in Amherst and a 5-2 win in Kentville.

The Ramblers defeated Campbellton 1-0 the last time the two teams met and Amherst has taken both games from Yarmouth so far this season, including a 3-1 win in Amherst and a 6-3 victory at the Mariners Centre.

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Organizations: Wildcats, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Maritime Junior Hockey League Eastlink Division Mariners Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, Kentville, Yarmouth Woodstock

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