GAME DAY: Cats Host Canucks on Teddy Bear Toss Night

It’s Teddy Bear Toss night at the Civic Centre Saturday night, and the Lloydminster Bobcats (6-20-1) are returning home as they get set for a tough five games in eight days stretch beginning with the Calgary Canucks (4-24-1). Coming of a heartbreaking loss to the North Division leading Bonnyville Pontiacs on Wednesday, the Cats will look to work their way back into the win column on Saturday. All the action can be heard live on Real Country 95.9 beginning at 7:15.

Heading In: Yaks Sink Cats With Late Goal

For the second time this season the Bonnyville Pontiacs broke the hearts of the Lloydminster Bobcats in the final minutes. With just 1:03 to play in the third period, Daine Dubois broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately propelled the Ponitacs to a 3-2 win Wednesday night over the Bobcats. The Dubois goal spoiled a miraculous performance from Bobcat’s netminder Curtis Meger who stopped 43 of Bonnyville’s 46 shots, including some spectacular acrobatic saves. The goal also spoiled a night that saw Noah Taron score his first career Bobcat’s goal, while ‘AP’ Jayven Leslie recorded his first assist in his first game with the Junior A Bobcats. Hunter Lamb also scored his 9th goal of the season in the loss.

Head to Head

Having yet to meet so far this season, the Lloydminster Bobcats and Calgary Canucks will play their first of two meetings when they battle on Saturday night. Their second meeting of the season will take place on February 10th in Calgary. Last year these two teams split their season series with each team winning in the other’s rink.

Heading in the Right Direction

Despite a very tough month of November record wise, the Lloydminster Bobcats have clearly made strides in the right direction over the past couple of weeks. Each of their last six games have come down to the final period. In their last six contests, the Cats have been leading after the second period once, tied four times and trailing by two once. Unfortunately for the record, the team is still looking to earn more breaks and bounces as their record in those six games was 1-5. However, with the calendar now turned to December and with the team having a few weeks under their belt with new bench boss Nigel Dube, they’ll look to settle into a groove and continue along in that right direction.

Upcoming Schedule

Drumheller @ Bobcats – Sunday December 2, 2:30 p.m. – Centennial Civic Centre

Drayton Valley @ Bobcats – Wednesday December 5, 7:30 p.m. – Centennial Civic Centre

Bobcats @ Sherwood Park – Friday December 7, 7:00 p.m. – Sherwood Park Arena