After dropping a hard fought battle to the Bandits at home the night before, the Bobcats hopped on the bus and headed south to face-off against the Drumheller Dragons who only had 4 wins in 11 games heading into their match-up against a Bobcats team looking for their 7th win of the season.
It wasn’t an ideal start, as Drumheller’s Hunter Mills put the home team in front 1-0. But with just under 10 seconds remaining in the first period, Bobcats Cole Porter came up huge with the equalizer, his first career AJHL goal – assisted by Patrick Geary.
The Bobcats came out with a fierce attack in the 2nd. Another rookie got on the board as Troy Rapuano scored his first career AJHL goal from Tyler Kunz and Eric Therrien to put the ‘Cats ahead 2-1, then nearly exactly a minute later the Bobcats would strike again – Braden Crone with his third goal of the year from Troy Rapuano, his second point of the period.
Tanner Dunkle would get the third period started off right with an unassisted goal to make it 4-1, but the Bobcats would allow Drumheller to get back into the game by taking costly penalties. Dragons’ Christopher Rauckman would score not one, but two goals on separate man advantages to bring the Dragons within 1. Less than a minute left, with the Drumheller net empty – Dakota Zaharichuk would tie up the game and send this one into overtime.
However, it only took 40 seconds for Nolan Yaremchuk from Braden Crone to end the Saturday night tilt on a winning note. Bobcats win 5-4, and are 7-7-0 on the season.
“Sean Kuehn was outstanding tonight, without a doubt the reason we are once again a .500 team, Nolan Yaremchuk came off the bench to score a huge overtime goal and deserves recognition from the character and determination he showed on the play,” GM/Coach Garry VanHereweghe said after the game.
Next game, back at home vs. Whitecourt Wolverines on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 PM.
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