Ramblers lose Shewfelt to Drummondville

Both weekend games postponed by weather

Darrell Cole darrell.cole@tc.tc
Published on January 9, 2017

Andrew Shewfelt has left the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers to join the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL

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AMHERST, N.S. – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have been dealt a significant blow as they enter the second half of the Maritime Junior Hockey League season.

Forward Andrew Shewfelt, who the Ramblers picked up from the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL at the start of the season, has bolted the team to finish the season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

It’s tough to lose a player like that. It’s almost like last year when we lost (Marcus) Cuomo for the rest of the year. We have to get over it and we have to move on, we still have a very good team and we have a lot of character. I know the guys are disappointed, but it also gives other guys an opportunity to show what they can do. Jeff LeBlanc, coach and GM of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers

“It was definitely a shocker, that’s for sure,” Ramblers coach and GM Jeff LeBlanc said. “It’s an unfortunate situation and one we didn’t know was going to happen. There was never any inkling this was coming. He hadn’t talked to a (Q) team since he left Halifax and this came out of the blue.”

Shewfelt had four goals and six assists in the Ramblers last five games before the Christmas break and after a slow start as he adjusted to the MHL he scored 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 25 games. More importantly, he was giving the Ramblers the secondary scoring they had been looking for all season.

In Drummondville, Shewfelt will fill the club’s remaining 20-year-old spot and play for Dominique Ducharme, his former coach with the Mooseheads.

While it’s a huge loss for the club as it enters the second half of the season in a tight divisional race with Truro, LeBlanc said the team will move on. He said it’s sort of like losing a player to injury for the rest of the season.

“It’s tough to lose a player like that. It’s almost like last year when we lost (Marcus) Cuomo for the rest of the year,” he said. “We have to get over it and we have to move on, we still have a very good team and we have a lot of character. I know the guys are disappointed, but it also gives other guys an opportunity to show what they can do.”

With Shewfelt gone, LeBlanc said, he will see what’s out there before Tuesday’s trading deadline, but he doesn’t anticipate making additional moves to replace the forward.

LeBlanc did make a couple of smaller deals on Sunday, including sending goalie Kyle Alaverdy to the Nepean Raiders for future considerations while sending forward Alex Lafreniere to the County Aces for the rights to Pierre Bourgoin and a fifth-round pick in next summer’s draft. Amherst also picks up Woodstock’s third-round pick by moving Lafreniere before the Jan. 10 deadline as part of previous conditions.

“With (Julian) Galloway returning from the Wildcats we had to move a goalie. Daryl has played so well before Christmas we thought this was the right move for our hockey team. We wish Kyle the best and want to thank him for his time in Amherst.” Leblanc said.

Both of Amherst’s weekend games postponed by weather and will be made up at a later date. The Ramblers are in Yarmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. before coming home Saturday to face the Valley Wildcats.

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