Bobcats Sweep Weekend but Lack Restraint
After falling short the previous weekend to TSCHL rival University of Cincinnati, the Bobcats had something to prove this weekend against an always tough opponent in the University of Maryland Baltimore-County Retrievers (UMBC). The Bobcats offensive attack was relentless throughout the weekend placing 120 shots on goal and scoring 13 goals. Throughout the weekend 9 different Bobcats scored and 12 different Bobcats contributed assists. Leading the way was #4 Jordan Frasse (1) and #18 Mason Schmitt (1) who both scored a goal and who added 4 assists each. Other Bobcats contributing to the offensive attack were #17 CJ Hoy (1) with a goal and 2 assists, #9 Dominic Visalli, #26 Collin Gustafson (2) and #20 Joe Pergolizzi (2) who each added 2 goals, #10 Nick Aleva (2), #21 Matty Geither (2), #22 Tyler Gebhardt (1) and #27 Nathan McPherson (1) all added a goal and an assist, #2 Pat Daniels contributed 2 assists and #6 Nick Carey, #7 Connor Hoarty, #11 Matt Wurst, #16 Kevin Yarcusko and #23 Alex Little all added an assist. In both contest's the Bobcats jumped out in front with early leads. On Friday night the Bobcats went up 4-0 before giving up 3 unanswered goals to the Retrievers and on Saturday afternoon the Bobcats went up 5-1 before giving up 3 unanswered goals and allowing the Retrievers to climb back into the game. However, in both games Ohio showed resilience and had answers for the Retrievers challenges but an all to familiar concern arose among the Bobcat players and bench. As the Bobcats showed resilience in their game, they failed to show restraint in the face of adversity by taking vindictive penalties resulting in multiple minors and 1 DQ. This lack of restraint changed the entire momentum, mood and mindset for the Bobcats and allowed for UMBC to take advantage. Head Coach Philip Oberlin had this to say regarding the undisciplined play, "This is something we addressed the first day as a team and until we're able to play with a team first mindset we won't be successful. We have to play above and through the petty stuff. We have to change the channel and refocus shift to shift. No one individual can put themselves before the team."
Jacob Bloomfield received the start in goal on Friday night recording his and the Bobcats first win of the season stopping 25 of 29 shots. Michael Lively made his debut on Saturday, earning his first win of the season and closing out the sweep for the weekend stopping 29 of 34 shots faced.
The Bobcats take to the road next weekend as they face off against the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, Oct. 7th at the Alpha Ice Complex with the game scheduled for 9:20PM. The Bobcats then travel to the University of Akron, Saturday, Oct. 8th at the Center Ice Sports Complex with the game scheduled for 8:00PM.