Ramblers renewing rivalry with Bearcats

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There will be no surprises tonight when the Amherst Ramblers renew their rivalry with the Truro Bearcats in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action at the Amherst Stadium.

Ramblers renewing rivalry with Bearcats

AMHERST - There will be no surprises tonight when the Amherst Ramblers renew their rivalry with the Truro Bearcats in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action at the Amherst Stadium.

The teams met twice in the preseason with Truro taking both games.

Truro, year-to-year, plays the same way. He (Shawn Evans) does a good job preparing their club and no matter the age of his players, they all play the same, Corey Crocker, coach and general manager of the Ramblers, said.

We battled them twice in the pre-season and they were good, hard games. Games with Truro are always exciting, he added.

The Ramblers will have a new face in the lineup tonight in 17-year-old defenseman Shane Robar, acquired Sunday from the Moncton Beavers.

Hes a big defenceman that will add depth to the seven players we have at that position. Crocker said.

Its a way we can improve for this season and for the future without deviating from our plan of building a championship hockey club, he added.

To make space for Robar, the Ramblers were forced to release Amherst native and CCMHA product Justin Landry, 17, to the Cumberland County Cool Blues Junior B program.

Justin fits into the future of the Amherst Ramblers, but right now we need to ensure he gets lots of playing time to help him develop, Crocker said.

He will continue to play and practise with us, he added, noting he could play in 10 games prior to the Jan. 10, 2008, signing deadline and then when the Cool Blue season is complete, can return to the Ramblers for use as necessary.

Crocker said Landry should be pleased with the success he has had to date and build on that.

He called him a big kid that has great skills and great potential at the Jr. A level. His improvement will come from practi,ing with the Ramblers and playing a full schedule with the Blues.

Making the jump to Junior A from Midget Minor is difficult and to be where he is at right now, he should be proud of what hes done.

Game time tonight is 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available all day to help fans gain entry to the arena during renovations.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Cumberland County Cool Blues Junior B

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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