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It was an outstanding way to start a month-long road trip for the Bobcats.
Lloydminster scored three third-period goals en route to a 3-2 win over the Drumheller Dragons Wednesday at the Drumheller Memorial Arena.
Head coach Ryan Parent said the goal scoring outbreak in the final period was just a case of little tweaks to the offence.
“I think the biggest thing was a little adjustment in the game plan and the guys bought in (to it) and worked hard and we had a few guys bury some nice goals.”
Kelvin Walz got the winner at 14:15 of the third period.
Chase Martin got his first start in four games and was full value for the win Parent said.
“He’s shown he is a legitimate starter in our league and he is a guy who can win a championship in our league.”
The Dragons (15-14-1) own the second best-home power play in the league at 25 per cent but the ‘Cats kept them off the sheet with a perfect six-for-six while a man down.
Parent said the Bobcats (9-17-6)posses one of the elite penalty kill units in the AJHL.
“I think we’re one of the stronger teams in the league (on the penalty kill),” Parent said. “We didn’t give them many opportunities and (we didn’t) give them much time to set up in our zone.”
The Dragons outshot the Bobcats 34-18 on the night.
Drumheller opened the scoring at 11:00 of the first period when Stephen Doane beat Martin.
Three goals in a 1:13 span of the third period set up Walz for the winner.
Austin McDonald tied the game at 9:30 but that was short lived as Ryan Bloom gave Drumheller a 2-1 lead 32 seconds later but Jason Wark finished off the wild scoring frenzy just 41 seconds after that.