Ramblers in Campbellton tonight
AMHERST - The Amherst Ramblers will play four games in five nights beginning tonight when they take on the Restigouche Tigers at the Campbellton Civic Centre.
"We have a young group," said Ramblers Coach Corey Crocker. "The biggest challenge will be to stay focused for the duration of that time period."
Crocker said it's not the first time this season his team has had such a busy schedule and that they will make adjustments to avoid burn out.
"We want to make sure we roll with four lines and have short shifts," said Crocker.
The Ramblers are coming off an impressive 6-0 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs in Amherst on Saturday scoring four times in the third period.
Crocker says Restigouche has the largest ice surface in the league so it will be important to focus on skating.
"Restigouche is a younger team, they're very well coached and they work extremely hard," Crocker said. "With the big ice surface they really like to skate, so it's important we focus on skating and match them stride for stride."
After Restigouche the Ramblers will travel to Miramichi to face the Timberwolves on Wednesday, then on Friday they travel to Antigonish to play against the Bulldogs. Finally on Saturday, they come home for a rematch against the Tigers.
"We're going to have to make adjustments with our rest and our meal plans to fully prepare each player for the games," Crocker added.
Crocker has emphasized that the season is not a sprint but instead, is a marathon.
"Our team is far more ahead than I thought we'd be at this point," Crocker said. "We are in a perfect position right now. "There are many valley's and many peaks in a season, and it's how we harness the energy from those peaks and valleys and how efficient we are that's important."