Rough Third Period Sinks Cats in Home Opener

For the second straight night, the Lloydminster Bobcats opened the scoring, but for the second straight night the Bobcats ultimately fell once again to the Spruce Grove Saints.

After dropping a 4-2 decision in Spruce Grove to open their season, the Bobcats were unable to return the favour Saturday night at the Civic Centre.

A close game for the first 40 minutes, the Saints took control in the final frame en route to a 4-1 victory over Lloydminster.

Just like he did Friday night, Drew Warkentine opened the scoring. The Prince Albert product hammered home a one-timer, converting Lloydminster’s first power play opportunity of the game.

The Cats would go on to nurse the 1-0 advantage for the remainder of the opening period.

It wasn’t until midway through the second period when Dylan Bourlai got the defending AJHL Champions back on even ground, beating Cat’s goalie Nick Sanders.

With the game tied 1-1 after two periods of play, the Saints took full control in the final 20 minutes.

Outshooting the Bobcats 12-2 in the third, the Saints outscored Lloydminster 3-0 for a 4-1 win.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 0-2 to start the season, while the Saints improved to 2-0.

Spruce Grove outshot Lloydminster 33-18.

On special teams, the Cats went 1-4 with the man-advantage, while the Saints finished 0-7.

Next up for Lloydminster is a pair of home games next weekend. The Cats will welcome Fort McMurray to the Civic Centre for a pair of games, Friday and Saturday.

Both games will get underway at 7:30pm.