The Grand Blanc Bobcats Varsity Hockey team celebrated a solid victory the night before Thanksgiving over the Bay Area Thunder at the Bay Area Civic Arena.
The Bobcats were delayed and arrived just in time for the puck drop against the Thunder but managed to get things together and end the first period tied 1-1 when Rylee Edmonds scored on a feed from Michael Heiberger at the 6:35 mark of the first stanza.
In the second….the Bobcats seemed to put a little distance between themselves and the Thunder with 3 second period goals by Hayden Seguin (Ryan Haden & Alex Griffel), Brendan Beasinger (Alex Mosqueda & Mitchell Gorney) and Seguin again on the Power Play from Mosqueda to give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead.
Late in the third, the Bobcats seemed a bit too comfortable and allowed another Thunder goal to end the 2nd period with a 4-2 lead.
The third period was a back and forth contest with both goalies making several key saves….but it was the Thunder who scored first at the 12:01 mark to make it a 4-3 Bobcat lead. With the momentum and the raucous home crowd on their side, the Thunder made the final push. But with 8:43 to go, Sophomore Hayden Rose netted his first career high school goal on assists from Jacob Castro and Alex Griffel to seal the 5-3 victory for the Bobcats.
Sophomore goalie Luc Roberts made his 2nd consecutive start for consecutive victories for the Bobcats making 32 of 35 saves to improve his record to 2-0-0.
“Our offense is off to a surprisingly strong start…averaging over 5.5 goals per game, we are getting contributions from all 3 lines as well as the defense. We need to tighten up play defensively in our own end a bit and make better first pass choices, but the progress of this young and inexperienced team is a confidence builder for most of these guys. “
“We have had some really tough practices lately but the boys have responded.”
“One really bright spot for the Bobcats so far this season is the Power Play which was designed by assistant coach Bryan Byarski. The Bobcats have scored at least one Power Play goal in each of the first 3 games and have totaled 7 of 17 on the PP for a 41% clip.”
The bobcats open the home schedule with a rematch against Tawas on Wednesday 12/4/2019 seeking revenge for the only loss of the season so far.
-Coach John Lesser