The Grand Blanc Bobcats Varsity Hockey team hosted the Tawas Braves on Wednesday night in their first home game of the season at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center with one thing on their minds……revenge. Tawas upended Grand Blanc on the opening weekend at their barn 8-6 in a close game and the Bobcats were looking to prove that loss was a fluke.
Just 2:30 seconds into the game, Tawas scored the first goal to put the Bobcats on notice….and it did just that…put the Bobcats on notice. Less than one minute later Captain Hayden Seguin evened the score on a pass from Michael Heiberger. The Bobcats then added a pair of first period goals. The first by Trey Peterson on assists from Rylee Edmonds and Alex Griffel and the second by Alex Mosqueda on feeds from Seguin and Freshman Defenseman Ryan Groleau. The Bobcats would head to the intermission up 3-1.
In the second period the Bobcats were still serving notice as they put 18 shots on the Braves’ goaltender. Mosqueda netted goal number 2 on feeds from Seguin and Edmonds on the Power Play which continues to provide solid results. That goal was followed by Evan Storozhenko burying the puck on assists from Jacob Castro and Mitchell Gorney.
Gorney then netted his own tally on a feed from Brendan Beasinger before Trey Peterson scored goal number 2 from Heiberger and Griffel. The Braves answered late to send the teams to the locker room with the Bobcats in the lead 7-2.
The talk in the locker room was centered on an early victory. Grand Blanc has finished early numerous times over the past several seasons and decided it was time for them to be on the winning side of a game shortened by the mercy rule.
In the third, the Bobcats came out with an early goal by Hayden Rose on a feed from Seguin and then the first timers got involved……Alex Griffel scored his first varsity goal as a Junior on feeds from Edmonds and Peterson before Freshman Ryan Groleau netted his first Varsity goal on the Power Play on assists from Seguin and Mosqueda to end the contest 10-2 at the 6:04 minute mark of the third period.
“Tonight was a balanced attack. All three lines played and all three lines scored. We got contributions from almost every player both up front and along the Blue Line. We knew coming into the game we had to shut down their top player and we accomplished that with hard work and relentless pressure in the offensive zone.”
Luc Roberts was solid in net for his third straight victory stopping 14 of the 16 shots directed at the Bobcats net minder including stopping a pair of breakaways to back stop the lopsided victory.
“From an offensive stand point…I am most pleased that we are being unselfish with the puck. We are getting 2 assists on most of our goals which clearly shows our willingness to pass the puck and our Power Play continues to be strong while Defensively we tightened up tonight by utilizing a strong fore check to create pressure.”
The 3-1 Bobcats next play Oxford / Avondale United at the DSC on Saturday evening looking to improve on an impressive start to the season.
Coach John Lesser