Ramblers in Woodstock Wednesday night

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AMHERST - The Amherst Ramblers have proven they can play with the best of the best. Now it's up to them to show they can beat them too.

The Ramblers, fresh off a 1-0 shootout loss to the Woodstock Slammers on Saturday, are in Carleton County tonight to face the Slammers at 7:30 p.m.

"Our main goal is to improve each game so that come March 1 well be in the mix for the playoffs and challenge other teams to go further in the playoffs," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said. "Every game is a step in that direction."

The Slammers feature one of the league's most potent offences and fired 43 shots on Rambler goalie Andrew Flemming in Saturday's win. Crocker said the play of his sophomore netminder and the club's commitment to defence are what's spearheading the Ramblers' success so far this season.

Crocker's not surprised with the team's defensive play and while there will be games when the club struggles, he's confident a solid core of veterans will lead the younger players through those tough times.

"I think we're further ahead than what we anticipated. That's all credit to the players. Our veteran leaders are taking charge and making believers out of our hockey team," Crocker said. "Our goals for is not where we want it to be, but we're learning valuable lessons that are going to pay off later this year and in future years."

The Ramblers return home Saturday to face the Antigonish Bulldogs before travelling to Truro to face the Bearcats on Sunday. Truro is back in Amherst next Tuesday night.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: AMHERST, Carleton County, Truro

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