Rested, refocused Ramblers return to action tonight

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Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - Coming off a pair of shutout losses and an unexpected layoff caused by weather, Corey Crocker expects his Amherst Ramblers to be rested and refocused as they begin a two-game weekend set tonight in Summerside.
The Ramblers are home Saturday at 7 p.m. when they host the Antigonish Bulldogs.
"Hopefully the boys will play like they have through most of the first 28 games this season. They are playing some pretty good hockey right now and with the exception of a couple of games, which you expect with a young hockey team, we're ahead of where we thought we'd be," Crocker said last night. "Our club is improving and even though we have had a couple of tough losses there's been a lot of improvement from one game to the next."
Amherst will be looking for a much different result than the last time they travelled to Summerside a couple of weeks ago when the Caps handed them an 8-0 drubbing. The Ramblers bounced back a week later with a win over Summerside on home ice.
The layoff, caused by the cancellation of home games against Charlottetown last Saturday and Miramichi on Tuesday, will impact the club, but Crocker said his players will be focused.
"We just have to go out and play the game like the other team and work harder for 60 minutes," he said.
The Ramblers are going to be without defenceman Andrew Shears probably until after Christmas. The veteran defenceman suffered a hand injury against Summerside two weeks ago.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown, Miramichi

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