Host Miramichi tonight
AMHERST?- After clinching a playoff berth against the Restigouche Tigers on Saturday night at Amherst Stadium, the Amherst Ramblers are looking to move their way up the Maritime Junior A League standings during the rest of the regular season.
They begin their quest tonight against the Miramichi Timberwolves at Amherst Stadium.
"We're heading into the last 20 games of the season," said Rambler coach Corey Crocker. "Now is the time to really concentrate on the small details of hockey and to concentrate on the playoffs. If we perfect our game plan, if we do things well as a team, we'll break down the other teams."
Crocker says tonight's game is a big test.
"Miramichi is the hottest team for, I'd say, the last 15 games in our league," said Crocker. "They have a much older team than we have and they are much more experienced."
Crocker hopes the Ramblers' youth will overwhelm Miramichi's experience.
"We have a lot of energy and we hope to attack their defence and break them down over 60 minutes," said Crocker. "We'll be rolling with four lines and we hope not to get into any penalty trouble."
On the other side of the coin the Ramblers power play has been clicking like clockwork.
"I just think the boys are keeping it simple," said Crocker. "If you look at the top power plays in the NHL, the teams just keep it simple. They get it back to the point and shoot. Then they get in front of the net and bang in the goals. That's what the boys are doing now."
Crocker says it feels good now that the Ramblers have reached the playoffs.
"Coming into the season, our team and our organization had specific goals and one of our goals for the organization was to obtain a playoff position," said Crocker. "It's a sign of good things to come and once again there will be the playoff atmosphere in the Amherst Stadium, which is the best in the Maritimes."
Entering the game against Miramichi, the Ramblers sit in 4th place in the Bent Division.
With three games in hand against their division rivals the Ramblers are three points behind the Weeks' Crushers, 12 points behind the Truro Bearcats and 22 points behind Yarmouth.