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Bobcats Roll Past Thunder in Drayton Valley

For the second straight game, the Lloydminster Bobcats are coming away with a victory by the score of 4-1.

After defeating the Sherwood Park Crusaders Wednesday afternoon but that score, the Bobcats rolled into Drayton Valley on Friday and downed the home-town Thunder 4-1.

Looking to put an end to a lengthy road losing streak, the Cats came out flying out the Omniplex, but had nothing to show for it except a deficit.

Despite out-shooting the Thunder 17-8 in the opening frame, Lloydminster trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play on a Vincent Beaudry goal.

Fortunately for the Cats, their top line began to  turn the tide on the scoreboard in the second.

Continuing his offensive tear, Zach Kaiser scooped up a puck on the power-play and whistled it past Thunder goalie Shawn Parkinson to even the score at 1.

Then a little over eight minutes later, the other two-thirds of the top line combined for the go-ahead goal.

Tucker Scantlebury drove hard to the net from the corner and Kobe Walker found a loose puck and buried his 25th of the season.

Leading 2-1 after two periods, Kaiser further increased the lead five minutes into the third.

The Orangeville, ON product found the puck of a scrambled face-off and once again wristed a shot past Parkinson, increasing the lead to 3-1.

Zach Ziegler would then go on to ice the game with his second empty-net goal of the season with just over a minute to play.

The Bobcats went on to out-shoot the Thunder 39-36.

Lloydminster went 1 for 4 on the power-play, and Drayton Valley finished 0 for 3.

Bobcat’s goalie Pierce Diamond stopped 35 saves to pick up the win.

Next up for Lloydminster is a home date tomorrow night with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.