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December 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster still in basement but with games in hand

It took until December, but the Lloydminster Bobcats finally struggled back-to-back victories together in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season.
Unfortunately, by the end og the weekend, Lloydminster had lost two straight and still remain the basement of the AJHL North Division.
After a 3-1 victory over the Drumheller Dragons a week prior, the Bobcats looked for their second straight victory in their first game of two with the Grande Prairie Storm.
The Bobcats would give up the first goal of the game, but answered back with three straight in the first period, as Wilson Northey, Brady Barclay and Chasetan Braid made it 3-1 after 20 minutes of play.
After a scoreless second period, Grande Prairie would cut the gap in half, as Zac McNeil would get his second of the game with plenty of time left in the third period.
Lloydminster would keep the net closed for the rest of the period, coming away with a 3-2 victory and earning two critical points.
The next night, however, they would give it right back, as the Storm scored twice in the first period and once in the second, blanking the Bobcats on all of their 24 shots, en route to a 28-24 victory.
On the trip home, the Bobcats would make a stop in Whitecourt to face the Wolverines, but would find themselves down 3-0 after the first 14 minutes of the first period.
Kobe Walker had the lone first period for the Bobcats, who trailed 3-1 after the first.
Whitecourt would score on the power play just 33 seconds into the second period, putting the Wolverines back in front by three until Caden Benson added a power play goal to make it 4-2 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Whitecourt would put the final nails in, scoring three more times, going on to win 7-3, handing the Bobcats their second loss in less than 24 hours.
After the three game swing, the Bobcats have played half of their eight game road trip to end December, coming away with a .500 record of 2-2.
At 8-21-2, Lloydminster has 18 points in the North Division standings and still sits two points behind the Drayton Valley Thunder for the final playoff spot in the division.
But there isn’t panic yet, as the Bobcats have three games in hand on the Thunder, who have just as many wins as the Bobcats this year, while the Storm have played five more games than the Bobcats and have just a three point lead on them for sixth in the division.
The Bobcats will now head to southern Alberta for another three game weekend, first starting against the South Division leading Brooks Bandits on Friday night, a team Lloydminster lost to, 7-0, in their final home game of 2016.
Lloydminster will then swing to Canmore to take on the Eagles (16-11-4), before finishing against the South Divisions last place team, the Calgary Mustangs, on Sunday afternoon.
The final game of 2016 will see the Bobcats heading to Sherwood Park next Wednesday, before returning home for three straight home games in January.

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