Ramblers host Yarmouth, Truro this weekend

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have two games at Amherst Stadium this weekend against Eastlink Division rivals.

“We have home-ice advantage here and we have to be really strong at home, and that means playing tight defensively and capitalizing on our chances,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager.

Saturday night the Ramblers host the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners. Both teams have 49 points in the standings.

“Yarmouth has a lot of offense, so we have to play tight defence and shut them down and wait for our chances,” said Bottomley.

The Ramblers host Truro Sunday afternoon and they had an up-tempo practice Thursday night in preparation for the back-to-back games.

“We were working on moving the puck up ice quicker, getting traffic, getting shots and doing it with speed. We were working on speed tonight,” said Bottomley. “We were also working on line combination, jumping on the puck, getting rebounds and coming back fast.”

The Ramblers will also practice Friday night.

“At Friday’s practice we’ll work on face offs and the power play,” said Bottomley. “We have a busy schedule coming up so we have to play at high tempo at all times.”

After winning nine games in a row the Ramblers are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Bearcats Sunday in Truro. Truro has 50 points in the MHL standings.

“We want to get back at Truro. They caught us after three tough games, and we’re hoping back-to-back games here at home will be to our advantage,” said Bottomley.

He says Truro has a good hockey club.

“They’re well structured. They’re not going to make too many mistakes out there,” he said. “So we have to keep on our game, and when we get an opportunity we have to bury it.”

Bottomley says it’s going to be a great weekend of hockey for Ramblers fans.

“We’re playing good hockey and everybody is in the (playoff) hunt right now,” he said. “I think it’s going to come down to the last couple games of the year.”

Saturday game against Yarmouth starts at 7 p.m., and Sunday’s game against Truro starts at 4 p.m.


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