Ramblers welcome back Pardy, add Street for rest of season

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - Help has arrived as the Ramblers try to salvage their Maritime Junior A Hockey League season.
Forward Jonathan Pardy is ready to come off the injured list after a severe shoulder injury put him on the shelf during last year's playoffs, and forward Brandon Street, whose rights were obtained in October in a trade with the Summerside Western Capitals, has decided to finish his season in junior A after an unhappy first half in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Both are expected to debut Saturday when Amherst hosts the Bridgewater Lumberjacks at 7 p.m., at the Stadium.
Pardy seperated his shoulder in Game 1 of the Bent Division final against the Truro Bearcats on March 21, but couldn't get operated on until July.
"They went in expecting slight surgery, but they found three or four things wrong," said Pardy, a 19-year-old Clarenville, N.L., native. "I've been rehabbing ever since."
At six-foot-four and 230 pounds, it's no secret what Pardy's role will be. In 32 games as a rookie in 2008-09, he totalled five goals, eight assists and 118 penalty minutes.
"It'll take me a couple games to get in peak game condition, but I've been skating every day and working hard," said Pardy. "I'm hoping to bring some physical play, toughness and intimidation, and maybe get a goal or two off a shin pad here or there."
It's been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Street, an 18-year-old who hails from Bonavista, N.L. He requested a trade from the QMJHL's P.E.I. Rocket and had his wish granted, being dealt to the Victoriaville Tigres on Dec. 19.
After two games with Victoriaville, Street had had enough, and called Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker.
"Victoriaville has a pretty stacked team, and I wasn't going to get the ice time I was looking for there," said Street, a six-foot-one, 158-pound centre. "Hopefully being here will get me back in game shape and maybe I can get a bit of confidence going into next season."
Street was a second-round pick of the Rocket (27th overall) in 2007. He totalled five goals and 11 points in 30 games in the QMJHL this season.
Both will be welcome additions to a club that limped badly into the Christmas break with an 0-7-1 December that left the Ramblers in last place in the Bent with an 11-19-1-1 record.
"From what I've heard, they have a great team here, but they've been losing a lot of games by one goal," Street said. "I'll do the best I can to try and help offensively."
With 23 players now on the roster and the Jan. 10 signing deadline looming, Crocker now has some flexibility to make moves should he not like what he sees in the next couple of games.
"It gives us a lot of depth and it will help make people accountable," Crocker said. "If guys aren't playing the way they're capable of, they'll be sitting in the stands."
In the stands for the first two games of the new year will be defencemen Wes Herrett and Brandon Mercer, and forward Kody Orr, all suspended for participating in the second fight during the same stoppage in play in a 7-5 loss to the Halifax Lions on Dec. 19. Crocker was handed a one-game suspension stemming from that contest.
The Ramblers are holding morning and afternoon skates today, and an evening practice tomorrow to shake off the rust. Amherst plays a make-up game Sunday in New Glasgow against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers at 2:30 p.m.
"The next couple of games are big," said forward Justin Matthews. "We're getting close to the trade deadline and we want to play for our 20-year-olds because we don't want to see them traded. They're our leaders and we have to play hard for them every night."

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

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

Geographic location: Victoriaville, Brandon Street, Bonavista New Glasgow Pictou County

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  • Road Dawg
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    This should make some of the web board whiners happy!

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Sounds great, let us all cheer this great team on to victories during the remaining home games and maybe if we get a chance take in some away games. I definitely that Mr Crocker will have this team fine tuned for the remaining home and away games. Although the players are any teams best assets, the FANS are the ones who give any team a better success. Hope to see you all at the games. GO RAMBLERS GO

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Looking forward to Saturday's game and seeing NUMBER 5 back in action! See you at the rink!

  • fanofhockey
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    This is wonderful news! What's even better is that the fans are now being told that there is money to acquire players and there is a green light to bring them in according to a previous article that is now closed to comments.
    Two years of being told there is no money and our hands are tied have taken it's toll on the fans.
    I commend those so called web whiners as you say for having a voice ! With this new information released from the organization...seems like the whining is paying .
    One thing we should all remember is that just because fans have different opinions...that doesn't make them any less a fan. Go Ramblers