Down 5-on-3 early in the second period, the Lloydminster Bobcats were able to strike twice to build a 4-0 lead en route to a 7-2 victory over Drayton Valley on Saturday night at the Centennial Civic Centre.
Carrying a 2-0 lead on PP goals from Nick Quillan and Troy Van Tetering, the Cats extended it to 3-0 as Zac Giroux took advantage of a Thunder mistake, leading to a breakaway before he beat Thunder goaltender Matt Berlin with a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal. Moments later, defenceman Alex Pernitsky looked to be off to the races on a breakaway still down 5-on-3 when he was tripped up by a Thunder defenceman. Pernitsky was awarded a penalty shot and made a beautiful move past Berlin to make it 4-0. Noah Bauld got in on the action shortly afterwards as he knocked in a rebound to make it 5-0 in favour of the Bobcats.
The Thunder grabbed back some momentum as a pair of defensive lapses by the Bobcats led to two goals, and the teams headed into the third period with a 5-2 margin.
In the third, the Bobcats got back on the gas pedal and goals from Kevin Darrar and Kris Spriggs extended the lead to 7-2, which was how it stood when the dust settled.
The Bobcats struck twice on five power play opportunities tonight, and added another pair while shorthanded (one of which was a penalty shot). For the Thunder, they came up empty on four man advantage situations.
Alex Leclerc turned aside 26 of 28 shots in earning his 29th win of the year, while Matt Berlin had 32 saves in the loss.
The Cats will now have a week off until their next contest, the last home game of the regular season against the Brooks Bandits on Saturday, February 27th at the Civic Centre at 7:30.