Bralin Technology Game Recaps
Written by Shane Tomayer
Wednesday night the Bobcats we’re looking to get back into the win column after a disappointing outcome Saturday Vs Canmore. A game the Bobcats controlled but couldn’t get past a hot goaltender.
The midweek matchup carried a little more weight with the Pontiacs on the opposing bench, feeding a decades old regional rivalry. The Bobcats played like it as well. The game plan was simple; dictate the play, be physical get rewarded. The Cats accomplished 2 out of 3.
Aside from a push back by the Pontiacs early in the third period the Bobcats played their exciting brand of uptempo, physical, entertaining hockey that has had fans engaged through the start of the season. 12:16 into the first Redekopp found Setter 70’ away and behind the Pontiacs defence. Setter with time and space shit from the left side and opened the scoring. The Bobcats were the aggressors and had the Pontiacs on their heals.
By the end of the first however the score was tied. The Pontiacs were able add another goal in the second and an insurance marker in the third period. The Bobcats kept it interesting though as Brad Rihela pulled the goalie with 4:00 on the clock. So with the home side already on the powerplay it meant a two man advantage. Little time was wasted before Dalton MacGillivray scored his 6th of the season bringing them back within one.
They would continue to push but would ultimately come up short. One bright spot on the evening was the play of the Bobcats newest goaltender Sebastian Resar. Resar comes to the border city from the Renfrew Wolves of the CCHL. The Bobcats have struggled to find a goalie to work alongside Jack Solomon who has been fantastic through his 9 starts. Resar stood in and faced 36 shots. He showed himself to aggressive, mobile and not afraid to play the puck. Brad Rihela was happy with the first test of the new goalie, “I liked him. I liked him a lot. Definitely a positive sign moving forward.”
On the loss as a whole Rihela was less positive, “You can’t be chasing games. When it’s 1-0 you’ve gotta make it 2-0. We’ve got to finish on some of our chances and unfortunately that didn’t happen. We’ll get back on the ice tomorrow and get working on these things to get better”.
The Bobcats take to the road Friday evening for 3 games before returning to the CCC on October 20th when they’ll have a chance for redemption against the Pontiacs.