The Grand Blanc Bobcats started the 2018-2019 campaign with a tough road game against the Southgate Anderson Titans on Saturday night. The Bobcats opened the scoring in the first with the seasons’ first goal by Sophomore Defensemen Brody Rosol at the 11:52 mark. Southgate Anderson answered back at the 7:45 mark and again at the 4:54 mark to take a 2-1 lead…..which would not hold up long as Senior Kevin LaHaie notched his first goal of the night at the 3:14 mark on assists from Freshman Center Jacob Castro and Junior Forward Hayden Seguin. The Bobcats finished the first period scoring when Sophomore Evan Storozhenko netted his fist High School goal on a feed from fellow first year player Hayden Rose….to take a 3-2 lead to the locker room after one period.
The second period started the same way the first period did with the Bobcats scoring first when Senior Forward Owen Walker netted his first of the season on a pass from Rosol to put the Bobcats up 4-2 early in the second. Unfortunately for the Bobcats the penalties started to get called and they found themselves shorthanded eight straight times. The penalty killing was really good but Southgate Anderson did manage a pair of Power Play goals in the second period. However, during one of the penalty kills…LaHaie struck for his second of the evening to end the 2nd period with the Bobcats in the lead 5-4.
The penalties continued to get called in the third when Southgate Anderson scored their third Power play goal of the evening to knot the score at 5-5 at the 12:42 mark of the third period. Again, with most of the Bobcats exhausted from the PK….Southgate Anderson was able to sneak a forward past all of the Bobcats for the Game Winner at the 9:17 mark of the third period giving the Titans a 6-5 lead. The Bobcats pulled the goalie with just under minutes left in an effort to tie the score but were called for their 9th penalty of the game and could not finish the furious comeback bid.
Freshman goalie Luc Roberts started his first Varsity game and made 38 saves against 44 shots in his debut.
We actually played really well for our first game….very good position and spacing and we really took the body well. There is not a lot you can do when you are shorthanded that much and have to kill off that many consecutive penalties. Our guys did a great job only allowing three (3) Power Play Goals on nine (9) attempts.
The Bobcats next play Powers Catholic at CFH this Wednesday 11/21/2018.