Twice as Nice: Bobcats Win Second Straight Against Whitecourt

The location was the same, the teams were the same, and the final result was nearly the same from last night as well, as the Lloydminster Bobcats picked up a second straight win over the Whitecourt Wolverines.

Following a 2-1 win at the Civic Centre on Friday, the Bobcats sent the Wolverines home without a point after a 3-2 victory tonight.

Unlike the first of the two meetings between the two teams, Lloydminster was forced to come from behind, instead of playing in front.

On the second of two early power-play opportunities, the Wolverines opened the scoring in the first period.

Whitecourt leading scorer Estian Coetzee got a loose puck past former Wolverine netminder Pierce Diamond to put the visitors out in front 1-0.

The Cats were able to get back on even ground on their first power-play opportunity of the night. After netting a goal with the man-advantage yesterday, they did the same on Saturday night when Rylan Nivon used a baseball swing to knock an airborne puck into the back of the net past Xavier Potvin.

Reid Irwin and Brock Sottile registered assists on the power-play marker.

Deadlocked at one a piece after the first twenty minutes, the Wolverines regained their lead early in the second.

With the Bobcats on the power-play and appearing to control momentum, Liam Motley quickly changed things in a hurry.

Late in the Whitecourt penalty, Motley forced a turnover, came in on a breakaway and beat Diamond five-hole to put the Wolverines up 2-1.

Again though, the Bobcats were able to come up with a response. With exactly six minutes remaining in the middle frame, Kobe Walker snipped a wrist-shot high glove side over Potvin to tie the game 2-2.

The Lloydminster native then came up big for the Cats in the third.

At the 7:01 mark of the final regulation frame, Walker used the same shot to beat Potvin for a second time and give Lloydminster their first lead of the game.

Despite pressure from the Wolverines over the remainder of the game, Diamond managed to keep everything out, as the 3-2 lead held up in a third straight victory for the Bobcats.

Diamond went on to make 33 saves in defeating his former team, while Potvin stopped 28 shots in a second straight loss to Lloydminster.

The Cats finished 1 for 6 on the power-play, with Whitecourt going 1 for 7 with the man-advantage.
The Bobcats will now try to tie their season long win streak of four games on Friday night when they host the Olds Grizzly’s.