by Charles Ryan

On Saturday, October 21st, 2023 the Mississippi SeaWolves skated past the Bobcats in an overtime win 4-3.

The scoring started out by the SeaWolves as Chuck Costello picked up the tap-in from a wrap-around assist off the sticks of Jackson Bond and Philip Wong 1:06 into the first period.

But the scoring wasn’t done, following the face-off just seconds later Jackson Bond stole the puck away at the top of the Bobcats' attacking slot, and sent it down ice where Chuck Costello sent the lateral to Philip Wong who buried it into the top shelf. 

The Bobcats took a while in the first to get going but found the back of the net from a crease suffocation by Hunter Hall as he pushed it through the five-hole with assists from Zac Horn and Christopher Ciolek at 18:43.

Then it was the Bobcats who took over in the scoring department as Jakub Volf sent it over the shoulder of Joseph Sheppard on the one-two-three transition sending it coast-to-coast for the goal 14:52 into the second period. With assists from Fabian Granqvist and Vladislav Vlasov.

After some quick fighting, the Bobcats found themselves with the upper-hand man advantage during the Hitachi Energy powerplay. Vladislav Vlasov took it down ice with the help of Zach Tatrn and Fabian Granqvist at 17:43. Giving Blue Ridge their first lead.

Mississippi looked to respond two minutes later as Yianni Liarakos found a way to break through the crease with the help of Kyle Russell and Jake Raleigh at 19: 29 to bring the score tied at three.

The game stayed pretty silent throughout the third but in the overtime period, a penalty by Kolton Maguire gave Jackson Bond and the SeaWolves a penalty shot. As Christian “Patches” Pavlas moved back to block the shot Bond found the opening right over his right calf. Giving the Mississippi SeaWolves the win 4-3 over the Bobcats.

The Blue Ridge Bobcats hit the road next weekend as they travel up to Fraser Michigan to take on the Motor City Rockers on Friday, October 27th with puck drop at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday, October 28th with puck drop at 6:05 p.m.