Changes brewing in Ramblerland: Carson leaves, Street could be coming in

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The shakeup has begun in Ramblerland.
Head coach and general manager Corey Crocker confirmed yesterday that forward Zach Carson has left the Maritime Junior A Hockey League team and will report to the junior B Cumberland County Blues.
In his fourth season with Amherst, Carson has one goal and three assists in 28 games. He was a healthy scratch Sunday in the Ramblers' 5-2 loss in Summerside, their 11th straight away from home.
A 19-year-old Amherst resident, Carson totalled 15 goals and 45 assists in 152 regular-season games as a Rambler, plus two goals and seven assists in 22 playoff appearances.
The news comes on the same day that forward Brandon Street, whose rights the Ramblers traded for in October, has left the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's P.E.I. Rocket and has requested a trade.
The 18-year-old Street, P.E.I.'s second-round pick (27th overall) in 2007, has five goals and six assists in 28 games with the Rocket this season to go with two penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating. The six-foot-one, 158-pound centre, a Bonavista, N.L., native, totalled 23 points in 59 games with P.E.I. last season.
"All I can tell you right now is that Brandon Street is in Newfoundland, and the Rocket are on a road trip and won't be back until Friday," said Crocker. "I'll know more then."
Amherst sent the rights to defenceman Robert McEwan to Summerside in exchange for the rights to Street. McEwan was released by the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs earlier this year, and has 11 assists in 14 games with Summerside this season.
Blues head coach Dave Hyatt, whose team is riding a 14-game winning streak, is happy to have Carson.
"He can play at a high skill level," said Hyatt. "But somewhere along the way, he lost his confidence. We can give him an opportunity to get it back."
The Blues had 18 carded players, three less than the limit heading into the Jan. 10 signing deadline, prior to adding Carson. With his departure, Amherst has 21 carded players.
Crocker also confirmed forward Jonathan Pardy will report in time for the Ramblers' first game after the Christmas break, on Jan. 2. Pardy, 19, has been recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in last year's postseason that required surgery. The six-foot-four winger from Clarenville, N.L., had 13 points and 118 penalty minutes in 32 regular-season games in 2008-09.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: AMHERST, Ramblerland, Summerside Brandon Street P.E.I. Bonavista Newfoundland Clarenville

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  • Vincent
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Things will only get better, the coaches
    dedication to this team is really impressive. Lets fill the stadium with fans for the remaining home games folks. Your support will be greatly
    appreciated.