Matthews making most of rookie season
AMHERST - Justin Matthews was a big Rambler fan growing up in Amherst and can't think of any better team to play hockey with.
"It's been great playing with the Ramblers," Matthews said. "It's my first year as a rookie and the guys treat everyone the same, so it's been a lot of fun and playing in front of family and friends has been awesome.
Matthews has a goal and four assists in the young Ramblers season and said he's looking to improve his game further.
"When you move from major midget to junior A, the play is quicker," Matthews said. "So I'm adjusting to seeing the ice and making quicker decisions."
Matthews, who stands at 5'7" and weighs in at 150 pounds, says another adjustment he's had to make is the size of junior A players.
He said by keeping up a tough training regiment in the Corey Crocker summer training camp, the impact of the bigger players hasn't affected him as much as it might have.
"My size is an advantage as far as speed is concerned and I'm not as big of a target out on the ice," Matthews added.
Matthews was drafted by Crocker in the territorial draft and hopes to parley a junior A career into something bigger.
"I'd like to go to the NCAA or the CIS," Matthews said.
He looks upon Jordan Escott as his main source of inspiration.
"He's the same age as me," the 17-year-old Matthews said. "When I see how great he plays the game, I say if he can do that good maybe I can too."
Matthews will get a chance to rack up more point Saturday night when the Ramblers take on the Truro Bearcats at 7 p.m.