Open Saturday against Miramichi
Ramblers ready for Showcase Weekend
AMHERST - For players with aspirations of getting a scholarship or getting noticed this weekend is it.
For Amherst Rambler coach and general manager the MJAHL's second Showcase Weekend presents an opportunity to continue some momentum that has other teams in the league starting to notice.
"It's a big weekend for a lot of our players and it's going to be an exciting, but you have to like challenges like this," Crocker said. "There are going to be a lot of people watching and they're going to see how much this hockey team has improved in a short time."
The Ramblers open action at the Showcase Weekend on Saturday at 8 p.m. when they play the Miramichi Timberwolves while on Sunday they face the host Moncton Beavers, also at 8 p.m. All games are at the Tim Hortons 4Ice Centre in Moncton.
The team enters the three-day event on a three-game roll after beating the Restigouche Tigers for the second straight time on Wednesday with a 4-2 decision.
"We'll get to see two teams we haven't played yet this year and we're looking forward to the same effort we've been receiving over the last week. If you can't motivated for something like this you don't have a heartbeat," said Crocker. "These kids are working extremely hard and it's beginning to pay off in that we're getting points."
John Carter and Tim Ripley will be handling the coaching duties on Saturday since Crocker and assistant coach Jeff Lewis will be coaching Team Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, also taking place in Moncton. They'll both be back behind the bench on Sunday.
Crocker is a big supporter of the showcase since it gives players an opportunity to get scouted and the recruiting of Andrew Sweetland last year by the University of Maine indicates that scouts are taking note.
"It's a weekend to showcase our league and the talent in our league," Crocker said. "I've had calls all week about our team and there are a lot of players on all the teams that are going to be watched."