AMHERST – The Amherst Ramblers will attempt to pick up some momentum tomorrow night when they head to Miramichi to face the Timberwolves in Maritime Junior Hockey League action.
Coming off a 5-2 win over the Metro Shipbuilders on Saturday, the Ramblers enter tomorrow night’s game missing both forwards Ryan Caswell and Ben Berisha, who each received one-game suspensions.
Maxime Richard may return to the lineup tonight after suffering an eye injury in a 5-2 loss in Yarmouth on Friday while Mitch O’Neill is day to day with an ankle injury.
“Games like this are very important because they are games we have to win,” Ramblers’ coach Jim Bottomley said Tuesday. “We don’t know what to expect from them and we really don’t know what kind of team they have this year, but we have to be ready to go from the start.”
The Timberwolves are coming off a 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Summerside Western Capitals on Sunday in Summerside. They also dropped a 6-3 decision to the Dieppe Commandoes on Saturday.
With Jeff Krichew still out with the after effects of a concussion he suffered during the Saint John Sea Dogs’ training camp, the Ramblers have acquired defenceman Brennan Forgeron from the Weeks Crushers for an eighth-round pick in 2014 and future considerations.
“He gives us a bit more depth on the defence with Krichew still out,” Bottomley said. “He’s a character kid who comes to play every night.”
Forgeron, a native of Sydney, had a goal and eight assists for nine points in 39 games with the Crushers last season. He also had 47 penalty minutes.
The Ramblers return home Saturday to face the Western Capitals.