Bobcats to Headline Pepsi Arena Opener in Minot
Matchup: Bismarck Bobcats (8-7-1) vs Minot Minotauros (11-3-2)
Games: Thursday, November 10, 7:05pm
Venue: Maysa Arena, Minot, N.D.
Season Series: Bobcats lead Minotauros 1-0-0
All-Time: Bobcats lead Bruins 36-19-4
Radio: SuperTalk 1270 AM, SuperTalk1270.com and the radioPup smartphone app, 6:35pm
Internet TV: http://NAHL.FASTHockey.com, 6:35pm
MINOT, ND – Five seasons ago, the Bismarck Bobcats were a part of the Minot Minotauros’ first-ever home-opening weekend; Thursday, the Bobcats will once again be the opponent Thursday as their now-well-worn arch rivals start a new chapter with the opening night of the brand-new Pepsi Arena at the Maysa.
“Growing up around hockey in western North Dakota, I know what a big deal it is to get a beautiful new rink in our region, so it’s very exciting that our team has the opportunity to be the first opponents at Pepsi Arena,” stated Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie, a former Bismarck High School Demon. “I hope Bobcat fans make the trip up [Thursday] and join in, because it’s an exciting time for hockey here ‘out west’.”
While Thursday will provide a chance for the front-running Minotauros to pad their lead in a tightly packed Central Division, the Bobcats hope it will be where their current four-game road funk comes to an end.
“Nobody likes losing, but we’re confident that we can use the last two weeks as a learning experience,” asserted Bobcat blueliner Brandon Young on the team’s 0-3-1 mark on their current road swing. “There’s a lot of talent in our locker room, now we have to rise to the challenge of turning that into points [in the standings].”
Forward Alex Adams has the hot hand for the Minotauros, tallying four goals and four assists in the Minotauros’ last five contests to seize the team lead in points at 17 while topping the Central Division in goals with 10.
Second-year Bobcat winger Parker Mismash continued his torrid start to 2016-17 with a goal and an assist last weekend, extending his active point streak to six games (4g, 4a). The Edina, Minn., native’s 21 points in 16 appearances are most among Central Division skaters.
Thursday’s installment of the Battle of Highway 83 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 6:35pm.
Right now, fans can bid on a Bobcats VIP Experience for Saturday’s home game against Minnesota, including tickets, food and drinks for four along with a locker room meet and greet with the Bobcat captains, a tour of the Bobcats’ press box command center and being the one to call “let’s play hockey” at the opening face off. Bids can be placed on the DASH Auction app, available on the App Store and Google Play.
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.