Flemming spectacular early on for Ramblers
The puck stops here
AMHERST - While most fans would credit the play of Andrew Flemming as one of the biggest reasons the Amherst Ramblers have won five of their last six games sophomore goalie is quick to share the accolades.
"I have a great team playing in front of me. This is probably one of the most mobile defensive units I've had playing in front of me," the 19-year-old Quispamsis, N.B. said. "Right now, I'm just having a lot of fun and have a great bunch of guys to work with."
The Ramblers, fresh of f a 2-1 win at home against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Tuesday night, travel to Antigonish tonight to face the Bulldogs while hosting the Halifax Wolverines at the Stadium on Saturday.
Flemming knew coming into camp this season that all eyes would be on him and Andre-Rene LeClerc opted against returning to Amherst. While he felt the pressure early on, knowing how demanding Amherst fans can be, he felt he could play better if he just played his game.
"If you're not playing well, they can be hard on you. The first few games I was worried that if I wasn't playing well they'd want to get rid of me, but after a while I decided to play for me and play for fun. That's when I play my best."
Already this season, Flemming has posted a 2.65 goals against average including a shutout.
Rambler coach and general manager Corey Crocker is not the least bit surprised with Flemming's play.
"I remember everyone was harping this summer how we had to get a Number 1 goalie this year, but we have one and he's it. He's a great player for this organization," Crocker said.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Crocker is looking for a similar effort to Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves and while Bulldogs only have a single win he feels they are still a good team.
"I know they're going through some adversity with their team for sale and their coach stepping down, but we're not about to take them lightly because teams sometimes play better when faced with adversity," Crocker said. "They're still a good hockey club and have some good players down there."
As for Halifax, the Ramblers have lost both games against the Wolverines including a 4-3 overtime setback on Sept. 22. As much as getting a measure of revenge would be nice, Crocker said the Wolverines are a better team than people give them credit for.
"Tim (Boyce) has done a good job gelling that team together. They have a great goalie and good supporting staff on the back end and up front," Crocker said. "We'll play our game and make whatever adjustments we have to make after Friday."