Thursday , 22 October 2020
Lloyd Bobcats forwards #27 Ty Mosimann and #14 Chance Adrian race up ice during last season's action. Image credit: Lloydminster Bobcats.

Bobcats experience ups and downs against Crusaders

The Bobcats shipped out to Sherwood Park over the long weekend to face off against the Crusaders in a exhibition doubleheader.

In their first contest of the weekend, the Bobcats were defeated 3-2 by a last-second goal scored by Crusaders Centre Nicholas Magis.

Head Coach and General Manager Nigel Dube, said while the loss comes as a disappointment, he is pleased with a lot of the play he’s seen from his squad in their first appearance of the season.

“I like the way we competed. I didn’t think that we got out to a great start in the first period, but I thought that our group responded in the final two periods to flip the script.”

The second match saw the Bobcats get their revenge in a 4-3 victory with Jayven Leslie scoring the game-winning goal off of an assist from new Bobcats captain Gunner Kinniburgh.

Even though the Bobcats were able to walk away with a victory, Dube said he would like to see the team execute plays better moving forward.

“There were some plays that we needed to clean up. I thought we were able to do that as the game went on, and our goalie stood tall for us when we needed him.”

He added facing off against the Crusaders early on in the year provides the team with an opportunity to evaluate where they measure up against their competition.

“Sherwood Park has always got a good team. They finished first last year in the league, they always have a top end team there, and it was a good measuring stick for us early on in the year.”

The Bobcats will face off against the Crusaders in another doubleheader this weekend, the location however, has not been determined.

About Elliott Knopp

Elliott is a graduate from NAIT's Television Broadcast program. He has broadcast experience in football, basketball and hockey. He has spent nearly his entire life living in Edmonton, but has recently moved to Lloydminster for his career. He has an undying passion for CFL/NFL football, hot wings and Flaming Hot Cheetos. He loves playing fantasy football but has never won a championship.

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