Ramblers in Halifax tonight

Sam McNeish
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The Amherst Ramblers are seeking their elusive first victory of the season tonight.

HALIFAX - The Amherst Ramblers are seeking their elusive first victory of the season tonight.

The Ramblers will travel to halifax to meet the Wolverines in a Maritime Junior A Hockey League contest.

Coming off a pair of losses, including their home opener to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, games that were marred by penalty trouble, the Ramblers know what has to be done to be successful tonight.

"We have had a couple of meetings since Saturday, in fact we just finished one and guys are getting up in the room and talking about what we need to do,'' Corey Crocker, coach and GM of the Ramblers said.

"We spoke about things we have to get better at and taking unnecessary penalties is one of them,'' he added.

Crocker said the next two games will be a big test for his club and also serve as a sound gauge where they are with a number of teams in the MJAHL. He said Halifax is young and restructuring their club in the same fashion as Amherst, thus the two games with the Wolverines should be interesting.

"We will be a different team than we were on the weekend. I think you'll see eagerness out of them and a will to win."

He has challenged the veterans on the team to be smarter, play smarter and be disciplined. By keeping their emotions in check and playing more at even strength, the team will have a better opportunity to win games.

Hockey Canada will be dealing with a matter today involving a pair of Ramblers players; Drew MacLaughlin and Jordan Escott. The 16-year-olds are jumping from their home provinces to Nova Scotia and must meet eligibility requirements before they can be cleared to play.

"This is a process that happens every year. We couldn't do anything until both guys were registered in school,'' he said.

"That, and the committee only meets at certain times to rule on these issues."



smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: Halifax, Pictou County, Amherst Nova Scotia

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