Daine Dubois’s goal came at the perfect time.
Tied 2-2 with just over a minute left to play in a fast-paced, pugnacious, chippy hockey game, the Pontiacs streaked across the Bobcats blueline, and Marc-Antoine Benoit found his linemate for the goal.
The Bobcats wanted the play blown dead because of offside, and the official replay “looked close” in coach Rick Swan’s eyes, but it was allowed and the Pontiacs were able to push a 3-2 win past a hot goaltender from Lloydminster in Curtis Meger.
“One of the themes is that good teams find a way to win,” said Swan.
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Isaac Saniga scores in first game back
Pontiacs scorer Isaac Saniga drew back into the lineup for the first time in nearly a month. It didn’t take long for him to find his scoring touch either.
He tapped home a loose rebound from a Luke Albert point shot to open the game’s scoring at 1-0.
“I was in the corner and me and Const [Constable] were moving it around. Now we got the puck up top and I saw the point shot and I deflected it, then got my own rebound.
Saniga was named to the Team Canada West camp happening next Monday.
“It’s special because not only is he a Bonnyville Pontiac, and the coach of Team Canada West happens also to be the coach of the Bonnyville Pontiacs, but it’s a really fair process,” said Swan.
Sean Thomson named star
Defenseman Sean Thomson earned the star of the game for the Yaks with his equalizing goal in the third period also on a rebound.
Thomson has already surpassed his point totals from the year before with the Grande Prairie Storm. Through 29 games, the rearguard has six goals and 12 assists.
The Pontiacs play again Friday against the Calgary Canucks before hosting the Drumheller Dragons Saturday.