ALEXANDRIA, MN – In the midst of a season full of two, three, four and five-game roadtrips, the Bismarck Bobcats are getting ready to hit the road for a rare one-game weekend as they travel for a Saturday matchup with the Alexandria Blizzard at the Runestone Center.
The Bobcats, winners of their last five games, will look to cool off a similarly hot Blizzard squad that swept the second-place Owatonna Express last weekend with wins of 4-1 and 8-1.
“Saturday is going to be the 11th time we play Alexandria,” said Bobcats assistant coach Layne Sedevie, “so by now we know to expect them to work hard and play good, tough, disciplined hockey for [head coach] Doc [DelCastillo].”
In the previous ten games, the Bobcats are 9-1-0 against the Blizzard but the Bobcat coaches maintain that Alexandria is a big threat in the Central.
“We’ve known for awhile now that Alexandria is a dangerous team, but now they’re even tougher since they picked up Nardo Nagtzaam,” noted Sedevie.
Nagtzaam, who the Blizzard acquired from the Alaska Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Trent Johnson, has already piled up five goals and four assists in just four games with Alexandria.
In four games against the Bobcats with the Avalanche in September and October, the Dutch forward notched three goals and two assists.
The Bobcats have been active in the trade market over the past few weeks, as well, bringing in forward Aaron Quick from Wichita Falls as well as Tyler Klein and Ben Danford from the North Iowa Outlaws.
Quick has notched a point in three straight games in black and gold while Klein and Danford will both make their Bobcat debut on Saturday.
Bobcats Jason Fabian and Sam Rendle have been the high scorers in the ten-game season series to date, with each racking up 11 points; defenseman Michael Pieper has been the most productive Blizzard with two goals and five assists (1-4-5 on the power play) for seven points against the ‘Cats.
Saturday’s 7:00 PM contest marks the Bobcats’ last trip of the regular season to the Runestone Center, where they are 4-1-0 on the year. The ‘Cats lost their last visit to Alexandria 4-2—the Blizzard’s lone victory in the season series so far.
The game will be broadcast locally on the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, Super Talk 1270, KLXX-AM, and worldwide at BismarckBobcats.com via B2 Networks. The pre-game show starts at 6:30 PM.
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