Ramblers roster set as preseason ends

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Ramblers roster is set heading into their 42nd season in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
Final cuts were made over the weekend. The Ramblers will have 22 players to start the season, beginning with the home opener Saturday against the Yarmouth Mariners.
"This day has been a long time coming for our coaching and management staff," said Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker.
"It's our team, our recruits, our draft picks, and we've got a good young core that we can build on."
Devon Cudmore has won the backup job to No. 1 goalie Jonathan Waye, as Nathan Kelly and Tyler Ferdinand were let go, and Spencer Scott decided to return to Cole Harbour for another year at the major midget level. Cudmore, a graduate of the Cornwall (P.E.I.) Thunder major midgets, stopped 23 of 26 shots in two preseason appearances.
Amherst will start the season with seven defencemen, led by returnees Derek Smith and Eric Boudreau. Yoann Mathieu and Ryan Matheson bring Quebec Major Junior Hockey League experience, and Wes Herrett was the Ramblers' territorial draft pick in 2008. Rookies Greg Taylor and Brandon Mercer from the Tri-Pen, N.L., major midgets round out the unit.
The Ramblers will carry 13 forwards. Back are Adam Chipman, Kody Orr, Zach Carson, Jeremy Barron, Justin Matthews, Trevor Layton, Josh Coleman and Shane O'Byrne. Simon Bissonnette and Scott Bragg were acquired in draft-day trades in June.
Draft picks Kodi Estey and Mitchell O'Neill survived the cutdown, and Jordie Shaw has been promoted from the Cumberland County Cool Blues junior B squad.
The roster could expand by two, with forward Jonathan Pardy expected to come off the injured list in October, and defenceman Drew McLaughlin remains in camp with the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings.
Also dropped were forwards Justin Landry (expected to return to Cumberland County junior B), Jesse Colborne (could play major midget or junior B) and Michael Clarke (returning to Cole Harbour major midgets). Defenceman Dylan Brake, Amherst's first-round pick in June, did not report to camp. Nor did invitee Derick Miles from the junior B ranks in Winchester, Ont.
The Ramblers completed preseason play with a 3-1 record following wins of 8-6 over defending MJAHL champion Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday at the Stadium, and 5-2 on the road against the Dieppe Commandos on Sunday.
Orr and Carson scored twice against Summerside, with singles to Chipman, Coleman, Matthews and Estey. Orr, Matheson and Chipman added two assists apiece. Kelly and Ferdinand combined to stop 32 shots.
Chipman, Taylor, Coleman, Orr and Bissonnette were the goalscoreres against the Commandos, and Matthews added a pair of assists. Waye made his first start of the preseason, making 35 saves.
Crocker said a decision on the captain and alternates would likely be made by Wednesday. Chipman and Smith are the only 20-year-olds on the roster, and the safest bets to receive letters.
The Ramblers' first road game is Sunday in Bridgewater against the Lumberjacks at 7 p.m.


Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Cornwall, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Winchester Summerside Bridgewater

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  • Vince
    January 18, 2010 - 11:23

    The final roster looks impressive. How
    the team performs in the upcoming weeks will be the yardstick(so to speak)
    to measure their balance in the LEAGUE.
    If their preseason games are any indication (they will do fine).