This past weekend, the Bay State Bobcats dropped 2 tight decisions to the Northeast Generals, 5-4, and the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, 4-2, to move to 3-3-0 on the season through the first 6 games of the season.
Northeast 5 @ Bay State 4 – In what turned out to be quite the thrilling affair, the Generals saw a 4-1 lead vanish in the third period, only to net the game-winner late for a 5-4 victory over the Bobcats. After a scoreless first, Sean Loftus, Gabe Stoner and Sean Gorman each struck in the second period to eclipse Thomas Hoffman’s marker for Bay State and give Northeast a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes. Payton Felix appeared to lock things down for Northeast with a goal early in the third, but three straight Bobcats goals from Ian Skinner, John Kosa and Troy Harwell — who found twine with just 37 seconds remaining in the game — knotted things up at four. But just for one more twist in this one, Nicklaus Obourn restored the Generals advantage with 17 seconds to play, sealing the regulation time victory for the visitors. Timothy Pesek earned the win between the pipes in this wild tilt, stopping 26 shots and outdueling Zack Roncarati and Nathan Moffitt of Bay State, who combined for 56 saves on the night.
Bay State 2 @ Danbury 4 – The Jr. Hat Tricks jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 4-2 win on Saturday over the Bobcats. Danbury led 2-0 after the 1st period as Ryan Wojciechowski and Nicholas Rogers lit the lamp. The lead swelled to 4-0 in the 2nd period as Kolby Donovan and Drew Goodman scored for Danbury. The Bobcats scored their two goals in the 3rdperiod to make it a 4-2 final as Cameron Kinsell and Troy Harwell found the back of the net. Danbury goalie Trey Hirschfield made 25 saves in the win, while Nathan Moffitt took the loss with 18 saves.
“We played a 10 minute game on Friday against the Generals,” said Volunteer Assistant Coach Henri Langevin. “During those 10 minutes, we scored 3 goals and outshot them, as well. For 50 minutes, we just were not there. It was unfortunate as we only played 10 minutes and gave ourselves a chance to win.”
“On Saturday night, we just didn’t show up for the first 40 minutes. From the goalie to our defense to our offense, we weren’t playing hard. Our effort lacked, completely,” Head Coach Anthony Langevin said. “We played well in the final period, but we were already in a 4-0 hole. It was too big to come out of, although we almost did.”
“The biggest disappointment is our lack of effort in both games. We need to learn how to play a complete 60 minutes (or even 40 minutes to start). We have only played at max 20 minutes a game, and in some cases even less than that. That’s the most disappointing thing about the weekend. Regardless of the scores, our effort is lacking. And there is no reason for that. A 3-3-0 record is unacceptable with the talent we have in the room. Luckily, it is early on in the season and we are going to figure things out fast. We have a lot of talent on the roster this year and need to come together as a group to play a full 60 minutes of Bobcat Hockey.”
The ‘Cats are off this weekend for games but will be back in action the following weekend, on the road.