BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bobcats opened their best of five playoff series in Minot last week and it could not have gone worse for Bismarck.
The Minotauros won both to force Bismarck into a must-win situation. The 'Cats head coach says the result was not indicative of how his team played but as it can happen in playoff hockey a good goaltender can make it look worse than it is.
"We played actually pretty well, just didn't get some bounces and it didn't go our way. I mean, on Friday night we came out in the second period and out shot them 16-2 to start the second period and we're down. We gave up two goals, so we just needed to be a little bit better defensively. But I think our work ethic and I think we were ready to go so we need that same effort in our building," said Layne Sedevie, Bobcats head coach.
Bismarck must win three straight to advance in the Robertson Cup tournament, but the Bobcats know there's no need to focus on anything beyond Friday.
The 'Cats Johnny Roberts will play a key role in the turn around.
"I think goalies, if Johnny has a couple of really good games and make a couple of big saves to turn the momentum to get us going and then out power play too, our power play sets up and start scoring some more goals, it's very possible we'll get a jump and get a lead," said Austin Jouppi, Bismarck Bobcats.
Game three is Friday at 7:15 CDT at the VFW Sportscenter. A Bismarck win and that's where game four will be on Saturday.