Penalties Kill Bobcats in Canmore

For the second straight night the Lloydminster Bobcats got on the board first, but for the second straight night, the Bobcats found themselves on the wrong end of the final score.

Spending a Saturday evening in Canmore, the Bobcats fell 4-2 to the hometown Canmore Eagles, as a couple of third period goals and the Canmore power-play proved to be too much for Lloydminster.

In the beginning, the Bobcats showed plenty of promising signs. The overall effort and determination was much improved from one night before and it helped the Cats get on the board first.

Not quite five minutes into the opening frame, Cole Johnson chased down a puck, passed it into the slot for Braydon Jenkins, and the Calgary native put home his first goal as a member of the Lloydminster Bobcats.

From that point on, however, the Bobcats began to run into penalty trouble.

Five first period penalties led to two first period power-play goals for the Eagles as they jumped out in front 2-1.

Fortunately for the Cats, local product Kobe Walker was quick to respond for Lloydminster, beating Eagle’s goalie Logan Dyck high glove side with a quick back-hander. The goal came just 53 seconds after Canmore had taken their first lead of the night.

The score remained deadlocked 2-2 heading into the third period, where Canmore was able to jump out in front for a second time.

A little over nine minutes into the final frame, Colton Young put a rebound past Bobcats goalie Nick Sanders, putting the Eagles up 3-2.

Then the Canmore power-play struck again when Coy Prevost got the puck by the Bobcats netminder.

The loss means the Bobcats are heading back home empty handed from a two-game weekend trip in the southern part of the province.

The Eagles went on to out-shoot the Bobcats 44-31.

On the power-play, Lloydminster finished 0-5 while Canmore went 3 for 6.

The Bobcats will resume their schedule on Wednesday when they play host to the Drayton Valley Thunder. Puck drop is at 7:30 from the Civic Centre.