The Bobcats finished off their second pair of exhibition games against the Sherwood Park Crusaders which included a Civic centre return.
The first game on Friday began with a rough start for the ‘Cats as the Crusaders scored three goals within the first seven minutes.
The Lloyd team scratched and clawed back in the second period, ultimately losing 3-2.
Tyler Schendel started off the attempted comeback for the team scoring with 5:30 left in the first period. Schendel had a shortened 2019/20 season after suffering a leg injury at the showcase weekend.
He was predicted to lose a full calendar year after the injury, but the assistant captain is back on the ice.
“He has grown mentally and physically in the last year and he puts the work in on and off the ice. He’s dedicated himself to the game, a lot of people wouldn’t have done what he has done to get to this point,” said General Manager and Head Coach Nigel Dube in a release on Saturday.
The team ramped up their physical play and intensity moving into the second period.
Ethan Aucoin scored a deflected goal five minutes in the period to bring the Bobcats within one. This was his second goal and third point in the series.
The game on Friday marked the Bobcats last game at the Kitscoty arena.
“Overall, we can’t thank Kitscoty enough for what they did for us. To get back to the Civic, it’s our rink, it’s our home, it’s what we’re used to. And, our guys, we’re excited.”
The return to the Civic Centre for the second game on Saturday saw the Crusaders leave with a 1-0 win but it wasn’t without a fight from the Bobcats.
Dube said despite being exhibition games, the boys were heated about their performances.
“The positive on this is that our guys aren’t happy with how the weekend went with the results. We’ll go back to work and look to dress again this weekend against the Crusaders.”
Despite the “heartbreaker” on Saturday, Dube said he was proud of the boys for their effort against a formidable opponent in the Crusaders.
“We competed really hard and did a lot of good things.”
“The Crusaders were the top team in the last couple of years in the Division, and we’ve had really strong games. We’ve created opportunity off of it.”
The Bobcats will be heading to Sherwood Park this Friday and will be back in Lloyd on Saturday hosting the Crusaders for their last set of exhibition games in the series.
The organization is waiting to hear from the Alberta Junior Hockey League to see what’s next for the team.