GAME DAY: Cats Set to Square Off With Saints

Back in their home barn, the Lloydminster Bobcats (9-37-1) will take on the visiting Spruce Grove Saints (29-16-2) Friday night at the Centennial Civic Centre. Having not played each other since September 15th, the two teams will be refamiliarizing themselves with one another in front of the parents and billet families of the Lloydminster Bobcats as they host Parent/Billet Weekend. All the action can be heard live on Real Country 95.9 beginning at 7:15.

Heading In: Cats Drop Wednesday Night Tilt in Bonnyville

Despite a strong push, a three-goal deficit was too much for the Lloydminster Bobcats to overcome Wednesday night at the Civic Centre. After spotting the Camrose Kodiaks a 3-0 lead, the Cats narrowed the gap to 3-2, but that was as close as they would get. In the defeat, Chase Anderson scored his first goal with his hometown team, while Jordan Borysiuk added his ninth of the season. Cale Elder made 28 saves in the contest.

Head to Head

The chances were there to be had in the early stages Wednesday night at the RJ Lalonde Arena in Bonnyville, but a misfire here and a tough bounce there, and the Lloydminster Bobcats wound up finding themselves on the wrong end of a 6-0 final. Playing the rival Bonnyville Pontiacs for the fifth time this season, the Bobcats came out strong in the first period, but were unable to find the back of the net. Despite outshooting Bonnyville 11-8 in the frame and creating many tremendous scoring opportunities they were down 1-0 after twenty. Then three power-play goals, and penalty trouble plagued the Cats the rest of the way. Cale Elder made 41 saves for the Bobcats in the loss.

Streak Snapped for Borysiuk

Young ’02-born forward Jordan Borysiuk has been a strong addition to the Lloydminster Bobcats ever since they signed him from the Midget ‘AAA’ Bobcats. Having scored a goal in three straight games heading into Wednesday’s contest in Bonnyville and having a goal in six of his last eight games, the Mannville, AB native had the streak come to an end, but he has still been on a tremendous pace for someone who just turned 17. Having only played in 20 games with the Junior ‘A’ Bobcats, Borysiuk has already posted nine goals and two assists. Nearly averaging a goal every two games. He’ll look to get a new streak started on Friday night when the Cats host the Spruce Grove Saints.

Upcoming Schedule

Canmore @ Bobcats – Saturday February 2, 7:30 p.m. – Centennial Civic Centre

Bobcats @ Brooks – Friday February 8, 7:00 p.m. – Centennial Regional Arena

Bobcats @ Olds – Saturday February 9, 7:00 p.m. – Olds Sportsplex