The Grand Blanc Bobcats Varsity Hockey opened their annual Bobcat Invitational Tournament with a resounding victory over the Lapeer Lightning Saturday afternoon at the Dort Federal Credit Union Arena.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the first when Kevin LaHaie lit the lamp on assists from Alex Mosqueda and Rylee Edmonds. That goal was answered by Lapeer on the Power Play just 4 minutes later to knot it at 1-1.
Shortly thereafter the Bobcats scored a shorthanded goal when Freshman Jacob Castro netted his first Varsity goal on an assist from LaHaie. That goal was again answered by Lapeer at the 5:43 mark of the first to tie the game again. The Bobcats took the lead once again when Owen Walker scored and even strength goal with only 1:57 left in the first on assists from Hayden Seguin and Brody Rosol.
The second period began with Lapeer netting a pair of quick goals just 0.19 seconds apart at the 10:01 mark and again at the 9:42 mark to take a 4-3 lead. The Bobcats coaching staff quickly called a time out to settle the team down. “It was apparent this team needed a little butt chewing as we seemed to let down a bit. I think I was able to get them going again with a little pep talk”.
The Bobcats came out the time out on fire. Just 0:23 seconds later Hayden Seguin scored on feeds from Rosol and Ryan Haden to knot it at 4-4. And then just 0:37 seconds later Owen Walker scored his second of the contest on a feed from Seguin…and then less than a minute later the trio combined on their 3rd goal of the shift when Hunter Bankstahl scored from Seguin and Walker to give the Bobcast the momentum and a 6-4 lead after 2 periods.
In the third period it was more Bobcat’s scoring. Bankstahl netted his second on assists from Seguin and Ryan Haden before Sophomore Brendan Beasinger scored his first Varsity goal to make it 8-4. The Beasinger goal was assisted by Jared Green and Alex Stockman. The Bobcat’s big line scored again when Seguin buried one from Bankstahl and Walker before Bankstahl completed his Hat Trick on an unassisted goal to give the Bobcats a 10-4 lead. Lapeer answered with a late goal but Brody Rosol finished off the Bobcat scoring fest with an unassisted Power play goal to close out the 11-5 victory for the Bobcats. Luc Roberts and Nick Hensley split time in the Bobcat goal stopping 20 of 25 shots while the Bobcats fired an impressive 31 shots at the Lightning net minder.
On Sunday….we lost to SCF Pride 8-0.
Nick Hensley was outstanding in net Sunday versus SCF making 38 saves on 46 shots.
The Bobcats were shorthanded most of the third period including a 5 minute major. SCF scored 4 third period PP goals to end the contest early and win the Championship.