Going into last Saturdays series finale against the Minnesota Wilderness in Cloquet Mn., the Bobcats finally found the championship formula that had been missing from their game due to the injury bug in making the Wilderness fans be quiet by winning in a shootout 3-2 which leads them on a positive note headed into their home and home series against the first place Aberdeen Wings in the NAHL Central Division starting Friday night at the Odde Ice Center in Aberdeen SD.
The Wings are head and shoulders above every other team in the NAHL Central Division, currently holding a 17 point lead over the second place Austin Bruins who have 47 points. The Bobcats are currently sitting in fifth place with 41 points, but only four points behind the third place teams Minnesota Wilderness and Minot Minotauros.
If the Bobcats can somehow play as a unit, their is no excuse for still having 41 points at the end of the weekend. Most of the injured players have returned to the lineup, including starting goalie Johnny Roberts who backstopped the Bobcats in their victory over the Wilderness on Saturday night. In my opinion, the Wings can be beaten by the Bobcats, however this will not be an easy four points to obtain. The Bobcats will have to put their “paws” to the grindstone, especially after being humbled by the Wings two weekends ago by a combined score of 11-1 at their den. No one should be allowed to walk onto your home ice and handle you with ease on back to back nights.
I expect the Bobcat team to show their “paws and fangs” this weekend in their attempt to make this years playoffs and play with fire and passion like their leader did when he played, Head Coach Layne Sedevie.