Ramblers lone overager soldiers on

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - You have to feel for Peter Baldwin.
Acquired in the middle of a fire sale from the Yarmouth Mariners a month ago with the hope of getting one last chance at a playoff run, Baldwin was as shocked as anyone that good friend Adam Chipman and Derek Smith were sent to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers the morning of trade deadline day in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League on Sunday.
Baldwin is now the team's lone overager, and with head coach and general manager Corey Crocker admitting his club is not in a position to win a championship this year, the forward from Port Williams is staring at an abrupt end to his junior career come the end of February.
Baldwin said his team was still reeling from the news when it headed to Truro on Sunday night and it showed in a 9-3 thumping at the hands of the host Bearcats.
"It was pretty hard to see them go," said Baldwin, whose club visits the Dieppe Commandos today at 7:30 p.m. "But it's a business and it was the right move in management's eyes for the team going forward."
In a cruel bit of irony, Baldwin's former team will have to be one his current team chases down to earn a playoff spot. Amherst is two points back of fourth-place Yarmouth and one behind the fifth-place Halifax Lions. The Ramblers have 14 games left, the Mariners 16 and the Lions 20.
"We have to come together as a team right now," he said. "Every game from now until the end of the season is a playoff game for us."
Forward Simon Bissonnette aggravated a groin injury in Sunday's loss and will be a game-time decision. Crocker said no decision has been made on who will take over from Chipman as captain or if another alternate will be named in Smith's spot.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Mariners, Lions 20

Geographic location: Pictou County, Port Williams, Yarmouth

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  • Amherstfolk
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Not having a captain chosen could be a good thing as well, it will cause someone to step up their game, to try and prove they are worthy.

  • jimmy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    give it up vince you and george are the only ones hoping go to spring hill for your playoff hockey

  • vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    My opinion and mine alone, give it your best team effort and great things will happen. You still have the horses(so to speak) to turn this thing around. I will be cheering for you all the way.


    GO AMHERST RAMBLERS GO

  • Dishearted
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Crocker said no decision has been made on who will take over from Chipman as captain or if another alternate will be named in Smiths spot

    That is such a wonderful idea, don't bother giving these worthy boys any incentive, nothing will motivate a team any more than not knowing who their captain will be or who will be wearing letters. For a team who just lost their foundation ,we just keep seeing poorer and poorer decisions being made . There are still 21 players on the team, they deserve to be treated with respect by knowing who will lead them the rest of the year. Maybe the plan is like the rest of the plans.... this will be all figured out next year ???????