Border Skirmish

Bobcats Return Home to Face South Dakotan Foes
 
Matchups: Bismarck Bobcats (6-4-0) vs Aberdeen Wings (4-6-0); Brookings Blizzard (4-4-1)
Games: Friday, October 21, 7:15pm; Saturday, October 22, 7:15pm
Venue: VFW Sports Center, Bismarck, N.D.
Season Series: Bobcats lead Wings 1-0-0, Bobcats and Blizzard tied 0-0-0
All-Time: Bobcats lead Wings 47-14-10; Bobcats lead Blizzard 28-13-4
Radio: SuperTalk 1270 AM, SuperTalk1270.com and the radioPup smartphone app, 6:45pm both nights
Internet TV: http://NAHL.FASTHockey.com, 6:45pm both nights
 
BISMARCK, ND – With a successful two-week road swing behind them, the Bismarck Bobcats are back at the VFW Sports Center Friday and Saturday nights for a weekend featuring games against the Aberdeen Wings and Brookings Blizzard, respectively.
 
“Being able to go to Minot and Austin and come away 2-1-0 like we did over the last two weekends is a good gauge of what our team is made of,” stated Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie on his team’s first set of true road games in 2016-17. “Now we need to take the lessons we learned about ourselves on the road and put them into action in front of our home crowd this week.”
 
Friday the Cats will face a reenergized Aberdeen team that has compiled a 3-1-0 mark since a 1-5-0 start behind leading scorer Carter Roo, who has three goals and six assists in that four-game stretch.
 
“A number of us got a chance to play against Carter a lot in Minnesota high school hockey,” assessed Bobcat blueliner Noah Bormann, a Blaine, Minn., native, “and a lot of other guys played against him with Aberdeen last year so we know how talented his. Our goal is to put a body on him and not let him pull any of the magic tricks we know he’s capable of.”
 
Saturday, meanwhile, will be the first time that the Bobcats and Blizzard will clash since the Cats knocked Brookings out of the 2016 Central Division Semifinals, three games to one.
 
The Blizzard come to the capital region after a hard-fought road split with the Minot Minotauros that included a three-goal rally for a 6-5 overtime win at Maysa Arena last Friday.
 
Rookie forward Cade Borchardt leads Brookings offensively with six goals and three assists. Former Bobcat netminder Nick Althaus has posted a 2-1-0 record with a 3.59 GAA since being traded to Brookings during the preseason.
 
Bobcat co-captain Zach Kennedy has the hot hand for the black and gold coming into the weekend, amassing three goals and three assists in his last seven games—including a short-handed tally last Friday at Austin. Goalie Will Ulrich earned the Central Division’s Second Star of the Week award Monday after stopping 67 of 70 shots in two games against the Bruins.
 
Tickets are now available for the Cats’ last home weekend of October: fans can buy and print tickets online at BismarckBobcats.com or charge-by-phone at 222-3300.
 
Friday’s tilt with the Wings will be broadcast locally on the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, Super Talk 1270 AM, and worldwide on HockeyTV.com–the web television partner of the North American Hockey League–with pregame coverage starting at 6:45pm.
 
Season tickets are now on sale for the Bobcats’ landmark platinum anniversary campaign fans can get more information or reserve their seats for all of Season Twenty now by calling 222-3300.

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