Ramblers head­ing to Ed­mund­ston tonight for Bl­iz­zard home opener

Amherst plays in St. Stephen on Satur­day

The Amherst News - - SPORTS - By Dar­rell Cole Amherst News dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

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.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

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.

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