Ramblers serve up Thanksgiving loss

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - After kicking the weekend off with a dominating 4-1 win over the Woodstock Slammers on Friday, the Amherst Ramblers had two disappointing losses.
On Saturday they had a 4-3 shootout loss to the Weeks Crushers and last night they lost in overtime to the Dieppe Commando's by a score of 2-1.
"We weren't our best tonight," Coach Corey Crocker said about the game against the Commando's. "If not for the play of our goaltender Andrew Flemming, it would have been a blowout."
Crocker said not only can his team play much better but they have to play much better.
"There's good teams in this league so you can't take a night off," Crocker said. "We got a point against Dieppe but we're not happy with the way we got the point."
The two losses mean some tough workouts this next week for the Ramblers.
"The players have to be accountable every single day they come to the rink."
It's good advice for any player who hopes to impress the scouts who came to watch the Nova Scotia Jr. A Showcase in Summerside last weekend.
"I've been in contact with a lot of scouts over the last few day who are interested in our players," Crocker said. "The interest is there. It's how they finish their season and what kind of work ethic they have that will determine if they can move to the next level or not."
Despite the two losses the Ramblers did have some positives for the scouts to observe.
In Friday's 4-1 win over Woodstock, Paul Roebothan, Kody Orr and Derek Smith all had a goal and an assist and Andrew Flemming put up a 27- save effort at Credit Union place in Summerside.
In Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers the Ramblers jumped out to a 2-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the game with goals from Shane O'Byrne and Jordan Escott.
Flemming made 18 saves for the Ramblers while Crushers netminder Alexandre Quessy stopped 26.
Last night Travis Turner scored the lone Rambler goal with assists coming from Kody Orr and Shane Robar.
Flemming made 41 saves on 43 shots while the Commando's Wendell Vye stopped 27 of 28 shots.
The Ramblers next game is against the Truro Bearcats Saturday night at Amherst Stadium.
The puck drops at 7 p.m.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Jr. A Showcase, Credit Union

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Summerside, Dieppe Pictou County

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