Coming off two shutout losses
Ramblers not about to panic
AMHERST - After two games and two shutouts, Corey Crocker is not about to press any panic buttons.
The Amherst Ramblers return to action tonight when they face the Miramichi Timberwolves at the Amherst Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
"One thing you won't see this season is any panic buttons being pressed," the coach and general manager said Monday. "We're far more ahead of where we wanted to be as a hockey club. We have a good, young hockey team here and the goals will come. The main thing is that we keep improving every game and keep learning from out mistakes."
After winning four straight, including wins over Yarmouth and Truro, the Ramblers travelled to southwest Nova on Friday and suffered a 6-0 loss before dropping a 3-0 game in Truro on Sunday, giving up a power play goal and shorthanded marker and an empty-net goal.
"A little bit of luck (against Truro) and it would have been a different result. We hit a goal post and a crossbar and their goalie made some exceptional saves. That's just the way it goes sometimes," Crocker said.
Crocker said Miramichi is a team much like the Ramblers in that they're streaky, but he's not about to change his club's direction after two losses.
"All the boys have bought into the plan we're trying to put into place here and we're not about to go back. The main thing is we have to stick to our game plan and not worry about what Miramichi brings," Crocker said. "They're a team a lot like ours and I think it's going to be an exciting game."
While other teams have been active on the trading front over the last week, the Ramblers have been quiet making a couple of minor moves including trading veteran forward Fred Roy to Moncton.
"I'm happy with what we have right now. Our goal this season was to build from the draft up and we've done that," Crocker said. "Come Jan.10 we have two roster spots open and we'll look to fill those to improve our hockey club, but it's not going to be anything that will disrupt what we're doing here."