Coming into their Friday night meeting, there seemingly wasn’t much to separate the Lloydminster Bobcats and the Blackfalds Bulldogs. Both teams came in with remarkably similar points and special teams percentages, and both sat middle of the pack in their respective conferences.
Blackfalds’ potent powerplay sourced them the only goal of the first period, with Jason Siedem finding a rebound and roofing it over Freddie Halyk. The Bobcats, however, started the second period red hot, and straight out of the gates came Mathew Swanson, scoring first just over a minute into the second, and again on the powerplay less than eight minutes later to give Lloydminster a 2-1 lead. Tyler Wallace would notch a powerplay goal to tie the game up before the end of the second period, taking a sweet pass from Jason Siedem and eventually converting on his own rebound.
Much like the second period, Lloydminster started the third very hot, scoring a go-ahead goal just 22 seconds into the third period. Blackfalds, however, pushed back, and thoroughly dominated the remainder of the game. Tyler Wallace would score his second to tie the game before Brett Meerman found a rebound in front of the net to grab his sixth goal of the season. Blackfalds did an excellent job of keeping possession and zone time for the remainder of the game, and Wallace would grab his hat-trick goal into an empty net to seal a 5-3 win for Blackfalds.
The Bulldogs now start a four-game road trip, starting in Olds tomorrow. Blackfalds’ next home game comes on Tuesday, October 25, when the Eagle Builders Centre will be hosting College Night.