Main Camp over
The Bonnyville Pontiacs have completed Main Camp, and their first exhibition game. The Lloydminster Bobcats paid a visit to the RJ Lalonde Arena Wednesday night. Both teams still had plenty of player watching to do. The first game of the pre-season schedule allowed for that. The Bobcats managed to take the game 2-1 in a three on three overtime against the Pontiacs.
There are still cuts to be made coming out of Main Camp. The Yaks have 10 games to decide how their roster will shake out. The Pontiacs iced an almost full rookie lineup for their first exhibition game. Isaac Saniga was the only veteran to be featured in the game for the Pontiacs.
“For a rookie lineup besides Isaac coming into tonight, I thought they showcased themselves very well. We put up almost 40 shots on Lloydminster tonight. In the first exhibition game, we’re not too concerned about results. It’s more or less to see which players will showcase themselves as the pace gets higher, and higher, and higher. The competition gets harder.” Assistant Coach Neil Langridgre, who ran the bench last night, says.
It’s always hard to know what to expect in the first exhibition game. Even more unpredicted, the game went to a three on three overtime period. A 2-1 score, left Coach Langridge admiring the job of the goaltenders.
“I have to give a big shout out to all four goaltenders. I thought at all times someone was making a big save. I thought we could have won this game multiple times, but Lloydminster’s goaltenders both played very well.” Assistant Coach Langridge explained.
Another chance coming
Hopeful Pontiacs will have another chance to continue their efforts on Friday. They will once again face the Lloydminster Bobcats, this time in the Border City. Stay tuned to Lakeland Connect for updates throughout the pre-season.