Ramblers out to avenge loss to Lions

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - The Ramblers, to a man, were embarrassed after losing 6-0 to the Halifax Lions on home ice in Maritime Junior A Hockey League action earlier this month.
But perhaps none more than forward Simon Bissonnette, who played for Halifax last season and still has friends on the team.
And they let him have it.
"I got a couple of messages from some of the guys," Bissonnette admitted. "They were needling me a bit.
"It stung a bit more, having lost to those guys, but it's just something you have to get out of your mind."
Amherst heads to Halifax for a rematch tonight, and Bissonnette is anxious to show his club is better than its previous effort against the Lions, the last-place club in the Bent Division, which lost 6-4 to the Bridgewater Lumberjacks on Tuesday.
"We have to come out better as a team," said Bissonnete, an 18-year-old Fredericton resident who was a late cut of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Lewiston Maineiacs this season.
"We can't just be good one game, then stink up the joint in the next one."
The Ramblers are in a logjam in the middle of the Bent, trailing second-place Bridgewater by four points, but with three games in hand. Pictou County is just a point back of Amherst and has a game in hand. Yarmouth remained two points behind the Ramblers after losing 6-3 to division-leading Truro last night. Truro moved five points up on Bridgewater and has five games in hand.
Amherst plays four of its last five games this month on the road, all against division opponents, so the opportunity is there to move up the ladder, but the danger also exists of sliding down a couple of rungs.
"The division has been tight since Sept. 10, when the season started," said Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker. "It just goes to prove that the draft is working and teams are developing their talent.
"There's definitely a bit more motivation going against Halifax again, but you can't get too high or too low. You have to prepare as if it's any other game."
The Ramblers visit Truro on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Crocker said defenceman Ryan Matheson, who missed the past two games with a concussion, is likely to return tonight. Forward Trevor Layton is listed as doubtful with a high ankle sprain.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Halifax Lions, Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Bent Division Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Halifax, Fredericton, Pictou County

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