Stingy Starts Earn Bobcats’ Ullan Divisional Honors
FRISCO, TX – A pair of shutdown appearances in net for Bismarck Bobcats goalie Ryan Ullan the Central Division Star of the Week award, the North American Hockey League announced Monday.
Between the pipes for road wins at Minot and Brookings, 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, the second-year junior goaltender stopped 55 of the 57 shots his way to contribute to the Cats’ sweep of a critical three-game divisional weekend.
Ullan was quick to spread the credit for the wins around to the entire Bobcat roster.
“We won those games because the team played really well; everyone did a good job keeping shots to the outside and blocking a lot of them before they ever got to me,” lauded the Hibbing, Minn., native. “We had one goal coming into the weekend: take the number one spot in the Central.
“Now that we’ve accomplished that goal, we can’t look back—we have to just keep working hard like we have been.”
Thanks to his miserly weekend, Ullan is now 5-3-0 on the season with a 2.12 GAA and a .930 SV%—leading the Central in each category.
“Ryan has been a huge part of our success so far this year,” hailed Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie. “He is technically sound, 6-foot-2 and is very athletic; he’s going to be an elite goaltender in this league—take all of those together and that’s why I believe he has a chance to be taken in next year’s NHL Draft.”
Ullan is currently listed as a 2018 Draft prospect by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.
On the ice, Ullan and the Bobcats are preparing for a big home-and-home series in the Subway ND Cup against the archrival Minot Minotauros, starting Friday in Minot before shifting home to the VFW Sports Center for a Saturday homecoming at 7:15pm.
Tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s home date: fans can buy and print tickets online 24 hours a day at BismarckBobcats.com or by clicking “Shop Now” on the Bobcats’ Facebook page.
Friday’s rivalry dustup will be broadcast live locally on Super Talk 1270 AM, the radio home of the Bismarck Bobcats, and worldwide at HockeyTV.com, the official web broadcast partner of the North American Hockey League. Pre-game coverage will begin at 7:10pm.
Pro-rated season tickets are still on sale for the Bobcats’ 2017-18 campaign: lock in the best seats now and be here for all the action! Visit BismarckBobcats.com or call 222-3300 for more info.