Published on March 18, 2014
Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers forward Robert Davis accepts the first True Grit Award from the family of Ron MacLeod and trophy donors Bobby McLean and Jim Henwood during Saturday's playoff game against the Weeks Crushers.
Gary Boudreau - For Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Published on March 18, 2014
Francis Alarie of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers battles for position in front of the Weeks Crushers' net in MHL playoff action on Saturday. Game 3 is tonight in New Glasgow. The series is tied at a game each.
Gary Boudreau – For Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Momentum on Amherst's side after 4-1 win in Game 2
The Amherst Ramblers hope to come home with the series lead after Game 3 tonight in New Glasgow.
AMHERST – After a slow start in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal series, the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have been gathering momentum against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.
It’s something the team hopes to continue tonight when they travel to New Glasgow for a pivotal Game 3 matchup against the Crushers. The game is being broadcast on 107.9 Tantramar Community Radio and being blogged live at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com .
“We knew going in that we were going to have to win one in their rink, and it would be nice to do it tonight so that we’d be coming back to Amherst with the series lead on Thursday,” coach Jim Bottomley said this morning.
Brock Morrison had two goals and Francis Alarie and Serge Boisvert had single goals as the Ramblers claimed Game 2 on Saturday to even the series at a game apiece and create what’s essentially a best-of-five the rest of the way.
Bottomley said the key to the series so far is discipline. In the opener, the Ramblers ran into penalty problems and the Crushers scored three times with the man advantage en route to a 5-2 win.
“We have to stay out of the box, it’s as simple as that,” Bottomley said. “We didn’t do a very good job of that in Game 1, but were much better in Game 2. We took the game to them and they seemed to get frustrated with that. We need to play our game, be physical, keep pucks deep and get traffic in front.”
Again, he said, it will be important to have a good start. The teams were scoreless after the first on Saturday, while the Crushers had a three-goal lead after one last Thursday.
The Ramblers will be going with essentially the same lineup tonight. Ross Martin has one game left in a two-game suspension for his third blow to the head penalty.
Also, on Saturday the Ramblers presented the club’s first ever True Grit Award, presented to the player who best exemplifies true grit and determination, to veteran forward Robert Davis.
The award is donated by team president Jim Henwood and longtime team supporter and businessman Bobby McLean in memory of Ron MacLeod. MacLeod’s family joined Hewnwood and McLean in presenting the award.
Tickets for Thursday’s fourth game will go on sale Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to game time on Thursday.