The Grande Prairie Storm struck back against the Lloydminster Bobcats, scoring three times in the first half of the game en route to a 3-0 victory at Revolution Place Saturday night.
After picking up a 3-2 victory over the Storm Friday, the Bobcats were left looking for answers after Arik Weersink turned aside all 24 shots the Bobcats were able to muster tonight. The Bobcats failed to convert on nine power play opportunities in the contest.
For the second straight night, it was Grande Prairie getting on the board first as Parker Smyth beat Bobcats goaltender Jeremy Kelleway from the slot just 2:18 in to make it 1-0 for the Storm. On a late power play in the opening frame, Dolan Bjornson threw a puck towards the net that deflected off a Bobcat defender's skate and in to make it 2-0 Grande Prairie after 20 minutes of play. Shots on goal after the first period favoured the Storm 8-4.
Lloydminster started the second period on the power play but were unable to strike, and then got into penalty trouble themselves. In the course of 1:18, the Bobcats took four straight penalties as a 5-on-4 power play morphed into a 5-on-3 penalty kill. The Cats were able to kill off the 5-on-3, and did an admirable job killing an extended double minor 5-on-4, only to see Storm forward Evan Rochowiak lift a shot over Jeremy Kelleway just seconds after the teams returned to even strength to make it 3-0 for Grande Prairie.
From there, Weersink was able to keep everything locked down as the Storm closed out the victory.
The Bobcats will be back in action Sunday afternoon in Whitecourt as they take on the Wolverines at 2:30PM.