The Bobcats moved to 8-9-0 on the season with a 4-3 OT win over the Calgary Canucks and a 6-1 win over the Canmore Eagles! Check out the goals!
Rest not required for Wins.
by Shane Tomayer
A Halloween matinee for the Bobcats meant a quick turn around Sunday afternoon after an OT win over Calgary Saturday night. Any training expert will tell you rest is a keys to recovery for any team to be successful but the Bobcats would face off Sunday afternoon less than 14 hours after the previous final buzzer.
The biggest thing Saturday was additional offense. Going to dirty areas and simply getting pucks on net. Cliches in the hockey world, but phrases become cliches because they make sense and they work. The Cats would follow that same formula Sunday against the (at puck drop) 6-10-0 Canmore Eagles. The Eagles were looking to take flight as this would be only the second game of the season for their Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne after serving a suspension issued last year during the developmental season. The Bobcats were far less than accommodating.
The home team would score in nearly every conceivable fashion. Jayven Leslie’s 3rd of the season would stand as the game winner off a deflection from a Jake Parker point shot. Matthew Swanson would score on the man advantage for his 7th of the campaign. Chase Visser’s third of the year came while shorthanded on an aggressive forecheck. Fincaryk would score goals 6 & 7 of the season while even strength and Kolton Shindle would pick up his 2nd as a Bobcat at even strength to cap off the afternoon.
The Bobcats put together their second high tempo win in as many games. They played physical hockey while being more disciplined than recent games. While they gave up 4 powerplays, they had 4 of their own, one of which resulted in the Swanson goal.
At the other end of the rink Kolby Thornton put forward another strong performance. He held onto a shutout until the 8:25 mark of the third period when the Eagles scored their lone goal of the game. Thornton made 22 saves on the way to his 7th win of the campaign and improving his stats to a 3.40 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Coach Dube was pleased with the weekend. “It was good to see Saturday nights game carry into Sundays effort. The group found some consistency and stuck to the game plan for a big weekend at the Civic.
Bobcat fans will have to wait a couple weeks before more Jr A action at the CCC. They’ll hit the road over the next 10 days playing four road games before returning to the Saskatchewan side of the AJHL for a match against the Dragons on the 14th. The night before you can take in the Sticks and Sirens Gala at the Lloyd Ex. The Bobcats have partnered with the Lloydminster Rescue Squad to bring duelling pianos to the border city for a fun night out. Tickets and tables are still available through the Bobcats office. Email email@example.com or call 780 871 0900 to reserve your spot.