Lloydminster minor midget AAA R’ohan Bobcats forwards Brayden Oster, #20, and Ethan MacDuff search for a loose puck in front of the Grande Peace Storm net at the Rusway Construction Arena on Saturday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster minor midget AAA R’ohan Bobcats are in the winner’s column.
The Bobcats (1-0-2) made up for a lackadaisical first period to double up the Grande Peace Storm 4-2 at the Rusway Construction Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The black and orange threw away a strong opening few minutes to stand still and watch the play throughout the remainder of the opening frame before a late goal seemed to bring the boys back into the match.
“I thought the effort was there for the last 40 minutes,” said Bobcats head coach Mike Applegate.
“Probably for 15 minutes of the first it was just a mental thing where we didn’t have our feet moving. So, it’s an easy correction.”
Bobcats forward Ethan Weeks gave his sleepwalking team a 1-0 lead about 12 minutes into the first period, by jamming a loose puck in close past Storm netminder McCoy Bidewell.
Seth Herbert woke the Bobcats up by wiring a shot top corner far side off a rush down the wing with 1:51 left in the frame.
“I was just looking for any net and shooting where I saw it,” said Herbert, noting he works on cutting wide and firing high regularly during practice.
Herbert notched the 3-0 marker while his team enjoyed a power-play opportunity 14 minutes into the second period, by finding a Bidewell rebound at the top of the crease and depositing the puck into an open side.
The Storm (0-3) provided a reply with 1:25 remaining in the second frame when Nolan Flint flew into the Bobcats zone on a breakaway, and deked to his forehand to beat goalie Vaughn Holbeche low stick side.
Bobcats defenceman Austin Klein made it 4-1 a little over 12 minutes into the final frame by jamming the puck under Bidewell at the side of the net.
Flint finished the scoring two minutes later on a shot from the top of the circle that fooled Holbeche glove side.
“Today we shot the puck well,” said Applegate.
“Once we got in the offensive zone I thought we (controlled) the play. The power play was good tonight. We didn’t score on every chance that we had, but we scored when it mattered.”
Herbert said the Bobcats have a mix of new players and familiar faces this season, but everyone seems to be gelling together as a team really well.
He said they have the skill to go a long way this year, and the plan is to use the first win as a building block towards that goal.