Saturday, September 22, 2012

Slammers facing Truro tonight

WOODSTOCK- The Woodstock Slammers will be facing the hosts of the upcoming Fred Page Cup tournament tonight on home ice.

The Slammers will play the Truro Bearcats tonight at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre in their third game of the 2012-13 campaign, and second home game of the season.

The Slammers have a 1-1-0 overall record so far this season, while the Bearcats have remained undefeated for three contests.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic acknowledged the Bearcats' strengths, primarily in the areas of coaching.

"They are well coached defensively," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "You have to give them credit as being a hard team to score against. You're not going to beat the Bearcats by a big [margin]."

Tatarnic added that his squad being put to the test by the Bearcats is a positive thing in regards to competition.

"They will be a hard nose team that will try to limit your space," Tatarnic said. "It will be a tough challenge, [but] as a hockey team, you want to face challenges."

"If you don't, then you're not a competitor."

Garrett Clarke, the Slammers' newest acquisition, will be joining Slammer Nation tonight. The defenseman has experience in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and will be moving to the East Coast Hockey League at the end of the month.

Tatarnic expressed excitement about having Clarke on tonight's roster.

"[Garrett] Clarke is highly skilled," Tatarnic says. "[He] will be heading to the ECHL shortly. I have a good report with Garrett, and the door is open anytime he wants to return."

Slammers rambled by Ramblers at weekend road game in Amherst

Slammers rookie netminder Simon-Pier Chamberland stopped
30 of 33 shots faced against the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday.
September 15th. The Slammers fell 4-1 to the Ramblers on the road.

The Woodstock Slammers fell to the Amherst Ramblers 4-1 on Saturday, September 15th on the road. 

The scoring was opened by Danny Harquail at 11:53, the lone goal to be scored in the first period. 

Amherst's Maxime Richard scored on the man advantage at 12:29 in the middle frame, tying the contest at one goal apiece. 

Ramblers captain Kody Orr beat Simon-Pier Chamberland on a shot at 3:51 in period three, giving Amherst a two-goal lead. 

Ryan Caswell scored at 5:34, putting the Ramblers another point ahead. 

Brett Shute scored an empty netter at 17:54 to seal the deal. 

The Ramblers scored once on five man advantage opportunities, while the Slammers failed to score on two different power plays. 

Amherst netminder Richard Tingley blocked 26 of 27 shots faced, while Slammers rookie netminder Simon-Pier Chamberland refused 30 of 33 shots in the losing effort. 

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic had mixed emotions about the contest. 

"Even though we lost the game, I didn't think we played poorly, but I didn't think we played our smartest game either," Tatarnic stated in an online press release.

He added that they discussed the loss in great depth, and would feel differently if it had been later in the season.

"We talked about the loss after the game, and communicated with our guys that if this was game number forty, the staff would have a different reaction regarding some of the turnovers we made that resulted in goals (against)."

"We had a few bad bounces go our way, but when a team works hard, they usually get a bounce or two, and that is what Amherst did. They worked hard and we have to give them credit for that."

Tatarnic says that with this year's squad being composed of many new faces, it will be a learning experience.

"We have over fourteen new faces in our dressing room," he noted. "They need to learn our systems and how we expect our players to play. We like our team [and] we like the direction [in which] it is headed, and we know this season, the league will be very competitive."

"The loss on Saturday should be a healthy one, one that will educate our new players [about] the work ethic you need each night to win games in our league."

With files from and 

Note: This story was written on the afternoon of Friday, September 21st, 2012, but was not published until Saturday, September 22nd. I apologize for any inconvenience

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