Ramblers face their likeness in youthful Restigouche Tigers

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Hockey Canada decision today on Escott, Maclaughlin?

Members of the Amherst Ramblers have had a little extra jump in their stride this week following their first victory of the season Tuesday.

Ramblers face their likeness in youthful Restigouche Tigers

AMHERST - Members of the Amherst Ramblers have had a little extra jump in their stride this week following their first victory of the season Tuesday.

The youthful Ramblers knocked off the Truro Bearcats 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night.

They will now face a youthful, fast skating and hard-working Restigouche Tigers at home on Saturday night and then travel back to Northern New Brunswick to meet the Tigers in Campbellton on Wednesday.

"From what impression I've gotten of them, they are a similar team to us; young and in their own restructuring phase,' Corey Crocker, coach and general manager, said.

"John Paris Jr. is a great coach and I'm sure he'll have them ready to play. I think it will be another good test for our guys to see how we can continue to improve as well as measure ourselves against teams we feel are similar to us,' he added.

Crocker said over the past two days, the atmosphere and attitude in the dressing room, in training sessions and in practice is different. he called the victory the biggest team builder the club has had to date and he hopes this is just one many ways the team builds confidence and character as they move forward this season.

"They all feel they have something to prove and they are all starting to believe in what they can do,' he said.

The look of the Tigers is completely different than last season as they have completely changed the lineup and gone with a youth movement.

One of those kids that the Ramblers were familiar with is Tyler Williams who played AAA midget with the Valley Wildcats last season and was a draft pick of the St. John's Fog Devils.

"We had him ranked high on our list and would have selected him if he were available."

A decision on the status of Jordan Escott and Drew MacLaughlin will be rendered by Hockey Canada today.

The two Ramblers rookies, along with five other players in the MJAHL await a decision by the national body allowing them to transfer from one province to another, a standard rule for 16-year-olds.

"This is something that is completely out of our hands and rests with Hockey Canada. If they are cleared, they will be in our lineup on Saturday night,' Crocker said...Colin Feehan has decided to leave the team and join the Cumberland County Blues. He will affiliate with Amherst for the remainder of the season.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com Ramblers sell advance tickets AMHERST (Staff) - Amherst Ramblers fans can purchase advance tickets on Friday and Saturday at the box office located on the side entrance to the building for Saturdays contest with the Restigouche Tigers This will help fans enter the building faster during the construction phase that is currently underway at the facility. Ramblers seeking billet homes AMHERST (Staff) - The Amherst Ramblers are seeking several billets for players this season. Anyone wishing to be part of the Ramblers family and help house a young man during his stay in Amherst is asked to contact presdent George Baker at 667-5548.

Organizations: Restigouche Tigers, Hockey Canada, Cumberland County Blues

Geographic location: AMHERST, Northern New Brunswick, Campbellton St. John's

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