Ramblers heading to Edmundston tonight for Blizzard home opener
Amherst plays in St. Stephen on Saturday
AMHERST – It’s still early and Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers coach Jeff LeBlanc doesn’t want his players to get too confident moving forward.
The Ramblers return to action this weekend when they hit the road for their first two games into New Brunswick, including into the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s newest rink.
Amherst travels to Edmundston, N.B. tonight to face the Blizzard at the brand new Palladium de St. Jacques. It’s also the home opener for the Blizzard, which moved to northern New Brunswick this summer after many years Moncton and Dieppe.
“In my opinion right now, looking at the teams on paper and from what I’ve seen so far this season Edmundston is going to be the team beat in that other division,” LeBlanc said. “They have a very good hockey club with Kyle Ward, Logan Johnson and Alex Jacob, They’re all very good players. It’s going to be the toughest test of the year in that it’s going to be their home opener and they’ll be looking to get things going.”
The Ramblers are also in St. Stephen, N.B. on Saturday to face the Aces – a team that has given them fits over the last two seasons.
Amherst is coming off a pair of wins last weekend that ran its record to 3-0, including a 5-1 win at home over the Woodstock Slammers.
In the win over the Slammers, that propelled the Ramblers into the national CJAHL rankings at Number 14, Brady Griffin-Hefford scored twice and Liam Conrad continued his torrid pace scoring another goal and adding two assists.
The club is also getting secondary scoring from Brock McEwen, Cole Waugh, Felix LeBlanc and Will Lafford.
Amherst is on the road again Friday, Oct. 6 when they travel to Campbellton to face the Tigers before returning home to face a young Summerside Western Capitals squad on Saturday, Oct. 7 – a team they swept during the preseason.
“We’re playing good hockey right now but we have to keep working hard to keep our momentum,” said LeBlanc. “After the game on Saturday, I had a guy back check all the way from their goal line to the hashmarks in our end, catch a guy and strip the puck from him in a 5-1 game. That tells you a lot about how your team is working and if we keep that up we’ll certainly win a lot more games we’ll lose.”
NOTES: The Ramblers have released goalie Kirklin Allen to Cole Harbour of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The move was made necessary with the return of goalie Joel Goguen from the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Amherst is also honouring the original Junior Ramblers on Oct 21. It’s reaching out to players from the 1967-68 Ramblers to invite them to a pre-game ceremony. For more information, contact Bill Chapman at 902-6610204 or Ron Lake at 902-694-0962.
The Amherst Ramblers, seen here celebrating their 5-1 win over the Woodstock Slammers Saturday in Amherst, are on the road to Edmundston and St. Stephen this weekend.