The Bay State Bobcats brought their 2-game win streak into a 2-game mini series against the undefeated Northeast Generals, this past week. Although there were moments of greatness in both games, the squad fell 4-1 and 8-2, respectfully to the seasoned Generals.
Northeast 4 @ Bay State 1 – On Wednesday afternoon, the Generals stayed perfect on the season, moving their record to 5-0 as four different players found the back of the net in a 4-1 win. Kameron Young started the scoring for the Generals in the 1st period, which was answer by Bay State’s lone goal from Troy Harwell to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes. Zach Sinople scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 2nd period on the power play and Cody Lambert and Matthew Nuzzolilo added goals in the 3rd period. Corey Hendrickson made 26 saves in the win, while Ben Di Fiore made 43 saves in the loss.
Bay State 2 @ Northeast 8 – Payton Felix and Sean Gorman each scored twice to lead the Generals to an 8-2 win, improving the Generals record to a perfect 6-0 record to start the season. The Generals jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 1st period goals from Caiden Hess, Braeden Kennedy, and Felix. The Bobcats got a pair of goals from Damon Warren and Troy Harwell in the 2nd period to cut the lead down to 3-2, but the Generals scored five unanswered goals from there to secure the win, including a goal late in the 2nd period from Gorman and more in the 3rd period from Gorman, Felix, Tommy Lubin, and Viktor Solokhin. Mason Joseph made 35 saves in the win, while Braeden Bovey and Cameron Schnopp shared the loss.
“We took a step back from our recent great play in the final period of the “mini series” with the Gens,” Assistant Coach Trevor Simonson was quoted saying. “After a rough 1st period, we controlled most of the play in the 2nd. After falling behind 3-0, we battled back to 3-2 before the Gens ran away with it in the 3rd. To be successful in this league, we need to play a full 60 minutes or more each game. We have some work to do this week, before the red-hot Sharks come into town on Saturday night. We keep stressing to the guys that this is a marathon and not a sprint, but playing a full 60 minutes is what we need to get back to.”
The Bobcats have a busy weekend ahead as they host the 1st place Long Beach Sharks on Saturday night in Holyoke. 6:30pm scheduled puck drop at Fitzpatrick Arena. And the ‘Cats will travel to Danbury, CT to take on the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks on Sunday for a 7pm puck drop. We hope to see you in the stands or on HockeyTV!