Ramblers face tough Slammers club

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Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - While still a relative newcomer to the MJAHL the Woodstock Slammers have already developed a healthy rivalry with the Amherst Ramblers.

The Slammers defeated the Ramblers to win the Callaghan Cup two seasons ago and despite rebuilding were never an easy two points last season.

This year, the Slammers are back at the top of the league standings and near the top of the national rankings and should provide a big test for the Ramblers on Saturday.

"No question it should be one of the best games at the stadium so far this year. They have an excellent team, as their record shows, but we have a good team also and this should be a big test for our team and our program," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said.

The game is the first of a two-game home and home set between the two clubs that wraps up in Woodstock onWednesday.

At 13-1-0-2, the Slammers have the highest scoring offence in the league, led by veteran forward Mitch Price who has 23 points in 16 games, and newcomer Ky Moje - who picked up MJAHL offensive player of the week honours last week. The Minnestoa native has picked up 22 points, including 11 goals, for the Slammers.

"We can't let them attack our zone and keep them to the outside as much as possible," he said. "They have a powerful offensive team and are a lot deeper than they were the year they won the championship. It's a good test for our hockey club."

The Ramblers have easily been one of the surprises of the league so far this season with a club that many thought was rebuilding. Instead of rebuilding, the Ramblers are in the thick of things in the middle of the Bent Division and have knocked off Truro twice and beat both Moncton and Miramichi - two teams expected to challenge for the Meek Division title this year.

"As a coach I never worry about what the other team has, I just worry about what we have to do during the regular season to get ready for the playoffs," Crocker said. "These guys continue to impress me everytime we play. I can't stress how hard they work for a young team. They're going to be fun to be around as they develop and become 19 and 20-year-olds in this league."

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Bent Division

Geographic location: AMHERST, Woodstock, Minnestoa Moncton Miramichi

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