In Woodstock tonight
AMHERST - With the regular season winding down, it's still a tight race for third and fourth place in the Bent Division.
The two teams vying for those spots are the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Amherst Ramblers.
Tonight the Ramblers have a big test when they face off against the Woodstock Slammers.
"They're a very experienced and a very fast team that's been on top for a long time," Ramblers Coach Corey Crocker said. "We're expecting a hard hitting game."
The Ramblers have met the Slammers three times this year, with the series evened up with one win each plus a tie.
In the last few games of the regular season Crocker wants his team to work on the fine details and said that he will rest some players, but will run with four lines guaranteeing everyone will get some play time before the playoffs. With the playoffs looming, Crocker said his team won't focus on the standings.
"We go out every night to win hockey games and where we finish after 58 games, that's where we'll be," Crocker said.
The way the playoff format works is 4th and 5th place teams will play each other. The winner of that mini-series will then play against the top team in the division, while the 2nd place team takes on the 3rd place team.
After Woodstock, the Ramblers will return home on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday they host Charlottetown, then Saturday the Mariners travel to Amherst Stadium.
After that the Ramblers have only two more regularly scheduled games, one against the Bearcats and the other against the Crushers.