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The Amherst Colts play Sunday at 4 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.
AMHERST – Standing only three points behind the Spryfield Silver and Black Attack, the Amherst Colts have a chance to get to climb atop the NSJCHL standings this weekend at Amherst Stadium.
“From here on in we’re going to play like it’s the playoffs and concentrate like it’s the playoffs because, really and truthfully, that’s what it is because we’re vying for top spot,” said Vaughn Martin, Colts assistant coach.
“If we get top spot, the top team gets a bye to the final. That’s just like winning two playoff series,” he added. “You play one round and have a chance at a league championship. That’s pretty good.”
The Colts first game this weekend is against the Fundy Rhino in Truro.
The Rhino was the last team the Colts played, which was on Dec. 29. The Colts won 3-2.
“Truro came in here and tried to be aggressive and tried to play the body,” said Martin. “We have a pretty slick skating club and they were trying to slow us down. They were a bit successful but we had good goaltending and were able to get the victory.”
Weather and other factors have played havoc with the Colts schedule this year, forcing cancellations of their last two home games, but Martin says his team should be ready to play.
“I worked them good at practice and we had a good workout, so I’m guessing it won’t hurt us, but the proof is in the pudding when we hit the ice Friday night.”
Martin is especially looking forward to Sunday’s home game against Spryfield.
“Having the home crowd in your corner is great,” he said.
“Like I tell the kids, a home game is like opening night at a Broadway production,” he added. “You hope to have everything rehearsed and everything done, so when the curtain goes up you can put on a good show.”
Sunday’s game starts at 4 p.m. at Amherst Stadium.