Landridge: Whole Lotta Goals
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The Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs were on the road Wednesday to meet rivals the Lloydminster Bobcats. It was a high-scoring game at the Centennial Civic Arena, assistant coach for the Bonnyville Pontiacs, Neil Landridge laughs, “it was a whole lotta goals.”
Landridge says five of the six goals scored on the Pontiacs were power play goals, so that’ll definitely be an area the squad will be working on at practice. The veteran line of Alden Dupuis, Brandon Whistle and Erik Donald opened the scoring at 10:45 in the first before Trygve Many Guns went to the sin bin for Cross-checking. While he was in there Bobcat’s Zach Webb fired back making it a 1-1 game. Jake Gresh from Derek Brown got the go-ahead for the Yaks, but Webb quickly answered back for a 2-2 game at 16:43. Charlie Gawlick was tossed soon after for a dangerous hit that led to a game misconduct and two Lloydminister goals before the end of the first.
Zach Webb got a third goal,midway through the second for a hat trick and to advance the Bobcats to a 5-2 lead. Derek Brown with the help of Brendan Holterhus and Evan Katelnikoff started the climb back for the Yaks with a goal a minute later; then it was back to back minute apart goals for the Pontiacs to advance the game 6-5 by the end of the second. Goals from Dupuis, Luke Israel, and PJ Marrocco rounded out the period. “Derek Brown really didn’t take his foot off the gas; I thought he was our best player,” Landridge says it was the momentuem from Brown that kicked the Pontiacs back into the game. “He really stepped up and scored that big goal. That changed the game for us, and the guys really responded.”
You need guys like Derek Brown on the team. Those veterans that’ll lead the team. – Neil Landridge Assistant Coach Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs
The Pontiacs took advantage of the power play in the third to move the game to 7-5, thanks to Jake Gresh from Brandon Whistle and Derek Brown. Less than a minute later the Bobcats would have their final goal of the game from Connor Odelein with the assist to Webb. The Pontiacs secured one more goal, for good measure, at 17:33 in the third, by Trygve Many Guns from Ryan Piche and Luke Israel
“Definitely some work to be done on our penalty kill; but also some work at staying out of the penalty box,” Landridge says he was impressed at the character showed by the club, fighting back from being down 5-2. “A lot of character from the guys; they stepped up, battled back and didn’t look back after that.”