Sheriff's Patrol - Jeremiah Boyce
Three Helpings of Bobcat Hockey
Bismarck, North Dakota. Consider the Minot game on Wednesday your appetizer, and then on Friday and Saturday your main course will be served when the Bobcats will face the Austin Bruins. Last time the Highway 83 rivals met at the Maysa, the Bobcats had a 4-2 lead before Minot went on a four goal explosion, and delivered a shocking 6-4 loss.
When the Bobcats Captain sat down with the media today, he stated "the Tauro's obviously wanted it more than we did." I then asked Nelly if there would be a hangover from the Thanksgiving holiday? He said, "no, we will have a pre-game skate on Friday."
I also had the chance to meet with Cullen Willox, who scored a huge goal for the Bismarck Bobcats which helped earn the Bobcats a split with Aberdeen. The spilt helped the Bobcats stay two points behind Aberdeen for second place. After last Friday night, the Bobcats fell four points behind Aberdeen. The final score from Friday night's game was Bobcats 1 and Aberdeen 2. The final score from Saturday night's game was Bobcats 4 and Aberdeen 2. Players who step up in big moments, like Cullen Willox and Tanner Salsberry did this past weekend, get featured in the Sheriff's Patrol, and is why they both are featured in this weeks Sheriff's Patrol.
Moving on to Tanner Salsberry, who is a native of Plainfield Illinois. Tanner has been fighting the injury bug along with several of his teammates. Tanner told me today that he has a high Achilles strain, which he suffered due to being hit and landing wrong in practice. Even though Salsberry is hurt, he still played through his pain from his injury. Tanner also went on to say that the Assistant Coach watches out for him by watching how he plays. "Coach Roth will ask me if it's bothering me and won't play me if it is."
Sedevie Confident Going into Battle with Brookings
The Bobcats Head Coach and General Manager was nice to do an interview with me through email, and give us his thoughts going into the first round of the 2013 NAHL Central Division semi-finals.
Bobcats Stun the Bruins
On Friday night, the Bismarck Bobcats were able to put together a full 60 minutes of solid hockey, as they routed the Austin Bruins 5-2. But on Saturday, they went into overtime after being down 3-0. In this article you will hear what it feels like to beat number one.
In part one with the Bobcats general manager and head coach Layne Sedevie, you will hear what jubilation sounds like. Entered in a very excited Layne Sedevie who told us in my one-on-one session with the coach, "this was a big moment for our guys the way we responded after being down 3-0." The Bobcats began chipping away with only six minutes left, the goals began to come! After they got two goals to make it 3-2, they weren't done there. The Bobcats were like a total animal in the wild! They began to pick up their intensity level, tying the game with only seconds remaining at 3-3. Then entered in last week's special guest on the Sheriff's Patrol, Joe Giordano. He had one more fatal shot to deliver to the number one Bruins, which also happened to be the winning goal. This comeback was special for Layne, who said it was "one of the best I have ever seen, even when I was a player for the Billings Bulls." He also said of his coaching counterpart, "I don't think he was very happy, no one was happy in that building!"
The biggest thing that Layne wants out of this upcoming weekend is, "we want to get healthy going in to the playoffs, because we have some guys who are injured." More on the Bobcats' playoff opponents next week, when we sit down for part two with Layne and Garrett. This week is all about what it feels like to beat number one!
When Sedevie was asked if he thought his team could be five time champions of the Central Division, he said "I think so. We can play really good when we are healthy. I don't see any reason why we can't be five time champions."
Roth Clearly In Playoff Mode
Bismarck, ND. On Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's Patrol sat down with number 27 Garrett Roth. The coach seemed a little on edge and who can blame him, with the Bismarck Bobcats holding a six point lead over Brookings? No one.
The first subject we covered with coach Roth was the way the Bobcats had played on March 9th. "It was very physical," Roth stated. "Minot and Bismarck are 100 miles apart, so the rivalries are more intense, and you're going to have intensity." Next I asked about the power play and he stated "early in the season, we weren't moving our feet, but now we are." We asked about teams taking liberty with number 19, and he stated "Adam is our leader, and we have 20 other guys that can stick up for one another!" Roth also said that "if teams are going to be running around, we want to make them pay with our power play." The biggest thing that the Bobcats are working on is "staying strong on their sticks."
Satisfied With Comeback And Looking Ahead
Bismarck, ND -- In this Sheriff's Patrol, you will hear from number 10 Nate Repensky. Before coming to the Bobcats, Repensky played for his Duluth high school hockey team, the Greyhounds, where he was recruited by coach Roth and coach Sedevie. We talked to the Duluth native about the Bobcats' recent trip to Brookings, South Dakota, where the Bobcats fell behind by three goals. Immediately after that, coach Sedevie called a "T.O." and the Bobcats began chipping away, en route to a stunning 6-3 victory over the Blizzard. The Blizzard come to Bismarck to wrap up the season series with the Cats this Friday, followed on Saturday by their in-state rivals, who held them off the scoreboard the last time they faced them in Minot.
We asked Repensky what it would take to avoid the same thing from happening again? He stated, "we need to get off to a quick start." He also said that the Bobcats have been working on their power play. When the Bobcats began scoring goals in Brookings, the Blizzard began to run around and take penalties, and towards the end of the game they began to play really dirty. Repensky hopes that it doesn't carry over to Friday when the two teams renew their acquaintance in Bismarck. Repensky also stated that the Bobcats would like to get off to a quick start so that the home crowd can get into the game early, so it makes it hard for the Blizzard to hear. Repensky then said it doesn't matter who is in the net, "we still feel comfortable with either Nelly or Nies in the net."
Cats Happy with Three Out of Four from the Bruins
Bismarck, ND. After the Bismarck Bobcats took three out of four points from the number one Bruins, we sat down with assistant coach Roth to talk about the results from the past weekend, in which they lost 6-5 on Friday in a shootout but then rebounded in a big way, stunning the number one Bruins with a total dominating effort and a 5-2 win on Saturday.
We asked Garrett if he thought that sent a message to the Bruins? He stated that they are a very confident group of guys. "It doesn't matter where they are, Coach Chris Tok believes that they can win on any given night," Roth said. Roth also stated of his goalie Aaron Nelson, "he is a very good competitor, and sometimes the emotions get the best of you, especially in big game." He also stated of his coaching partner, "Layne is our leader. I try and stay calm on the bench, because you do not need two coaches yelling at the referee. Yelling doesn't get you anywhere." When asked about the Titan Machinery Dakota Cup, Roth said, "This would be the first time I have won it. Bismarck has won it the past two years. But at the end of the day, I don't care who wins the Dakota Cup. The only cup that I want to win is the Robertson Cup. The team that has that has the respect of everybody in the league."
Now moving on to number four, Levi Blom who is a native of Butte, MT.
We asked Levi why he did not play for the former Butte Irish? He said at the time that the Irish were there, he was a younger version of Levi. When asked what he thought about when he sees the Aberdeen Wings logo, he said he "thinks it's time to rock "n" roll!"
We asked number four if he would trade in his Bobcats uniform for a Butte Irish uniform, if they were still a team, and he stated, very bluntly, "No! Because the Bobcats are like family."
The Sheriff Interrogates the Doc
Good afternoon Bobcat nation!
This story is about the Bobcats and their organization. This is the first story in a series called College Hockey Bobcat Style. The first player you will hear from is number 9, Mike Dockry from Burnsville, Minnesota.
I sat down with Dockry to talk about his recent commitment to the United States Army. Mike began the interview by thanking all of his Bobcat coaches, including head coach Layne Sedevie and also assistant coach Roth. We learned that Mike has committed early in the season. We also learned that Doc has made a visit to the Army's college at West Point, where he will be playing hockey and serving his country at the same time.
We asked Mike what he would be majoring in, and he stated engineering. After he is finished for the Knights, he will serve his country for a total of five years, before moving on to his next rotation. Mike also gave us the story of why he wears number 9. The reason why he wears number 9 is because of Mike Modano from the Dallas Stars of the NHL. Mike leaves for West Point on July, 31, 2013.
A look inside the Bobcats front office
The Sheriff Patrol wanted to know how the Bismarck Bobcat organization is run. Off the frozen pond, we asked Lena, director of Bobcat ticket sales and sponsor relations, this question. Lena is a very busy young lady. She is in charge of getting all the advertising sponsors for every game. Without Lena there wouldn't be any Bismarck Bobcat Hockey, and of course, Tom B.!
Weekly Chat With The Cats
The first person you will hear from, and always number one in your heart, is number 27, Garrett Roth. We talked about everything, including Brookings and the Bobcats. We asked Garrett how the Bobcats put together a game plan for the boys to follow. Coach Roth said that they do all of their game planning through video. They break down all of Brookings' tendencies, and from there a game plan is formed. Coach Roth stated that they play Brookings five or six times, mainly in the month of January. If the Cats can come up with four points, Roth feels like they can create a little bit of separation between themselves and Brookings. As far as the altercation, coach Roth stated it was just boys being boys. He expects there to be no fallouts from the altercation. It will be extremely important to win, to get back at them for their altercations. Coach Roth said that they break down the Blizzard as a coaching staff, and they don't allow the boys to break them down on their own. This is so that the coaching staff and the boys can be on the same page, and hopefully catch Austin. Coach Roth wouldn't comment on why the coaching staff wouldn't put Bryan Nies in the net, but we found out later from the head coach and general manager why that was. Sedevie stated that it was due to a gut feeling. "We intend to give Bryan some more games down the road," Sedevie stated. That was while we were on the phone in a telephone interview that we had conducted on Wednesday afternoon. WARNING! There will be a two part Sheriff Patrol next week! Here is a sneak peak of the first part. You will hear what goes on in the Bobcats front office from a young lady named Lena. You will also hear about a press conference between coach Sedevie, coach Roth, and me from Brookings.
After we were done with coach Roth, we got to catch up with the quiet one, Sam Wolfe, who came to the Bobcats from the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Wolfe stated, "I learned how to be a better defenseman during my time with the Riders." Wolfe was asked if Adam, the captain, told him anything about the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Adam said to the young man from Eagan MN, that "this league is good. Keep working on trying to be strong on your defensive game." Sam's favorite food is pizza, and his favorite music is rap. Wolfe's favorite movie is Training Day, but his favorite hockey movie has to do with the 1980 US Olympic team, it's called Miracle.
Behind the Microphone with Teeple
And now, let's meet the starting lineup that brings you Bobcat Hockey on the radio. He comes from Cleveland Ohio, he is the guy who paints the picture, he is Paul Teeple. When the Bobcats go on the road, he is the guy who comes into your home and brings all the excitement of Bobcat Hockey. He brings you every bone crushing hit. Paul is not just a fan, he wears his emotions on his sleeves to bring us the game we all love.
Bobcats Don't Dwell On The Past
On Wedensday morning, the Sheriff Patrol sat down with Layne Sedevie, Aaron Nelson, and Garrett Roth. Among the topics we covered for you to read about was how number 29 planned to erase the shutout from his memory bank. Nelson stated "I thought I did my best, but the offense wasn't able to back me up on Saturday night." We also talked to 29 about his relationship with Bryan Nies, and not surprisingly, they get along really good. We asked Aaron if they sit next to each other on the bus. He stated "I like to sit next to him and talk about hockey." We also asked Nelly what it means to bang his stick on the ice. He said, "when I bang my stick on the ice, it's to tell my teammates that the other guy is coming out of the box, so they need to be careful." Aaron Nelson and Bryan Nies push each other in practice to try and make each other better. When asked about who he needs to watch out for in Aberdeen as far as shooters go, Nelson stated "Justin Parizek." "My teammates like when I play the puck. You have to watch out for the boards, because sometimes the puck can take a funny bounce on you" Nelson stated. "I like to go out of my net during warm ups to get familiar with my surroundings."
Moving on to Layne Sedevie, the Head Coach and General Manager was not happy with his team's performance on Saturday. He stated, and I quote "this is not acceptable." When asked how he was going to fix it, Sedevie's plan was to put the line back together that was together while the Bobcats were winning four in a row. Sedevie also said, "I don't know why we broke the line combination up that was working for us. We will put the lines back together this weekend. Hopefully, they still have chemistry with one another." Sedevie stated regarding the home and home series, "we must have four points. The guys know that the Wings have been struggling, but that shouldn't matter. We need to take the crowd out of it."
After the Head Coach spoke to the media, it was number 27's turn! Roth stated of the Wings, "they are really struggling. Ownership decided to move on from Pete Sauers. They have gained Garrett Strot in place of Pete Sauers as the interim head coach for the rest of the season." Even though they only have eight wins on the season, Roth stated they are a dangerous team. They got a player from the Wenatchee Wild.
Sedevie still has hope for fifth title
On wedensday morning the Sheriff Patrol had a chance to sit down with Bobcat's head coach and general manager
Layne Sedevie. In this article you will hear Sedevie's thoughts on several different topics. The first topic we covered with the head coach and general manager of the Bobcats was if he thought he needed to take away the C (captain). Sedevie stated I can but I don't think thats necessary Sedevie stated he still supports his choice for captain. Hopefully Adam can deliver the message Sedevie stated. We did ask the head coach if anyone scares him in the central devision, and he said no one really scares me.
We just need to get our consistency back and start playing hockey the way we know we can. The Bobcats have had a tendency to give away two points, which doesn't make Sedevie very happy it's very frustrating. At this point Sedevie doesn't care where they get into playoffs. He just wants his Bobcats to be more consistent and put together a full 60 minutes. When asked if the goalies had anything to do with it, Sedevie stated Aaron Nelson and Bryan Nies are doing good. When asked what he tells the goalies when they let in a goal? Sedevie stated you better focus on the next puck . Sedevie did point to one area specifically that he would like to improve and that area is in the defensive zone.
The Bobcats only have one game this week. There should be no excuse we need to get our two points Sedevie stated. We can't worry about other teams that have a two game weekend, we just need to empty the tank Sedevie stated.
Puuurrrring with Garrett
Cats Tied for Second
Bismarck, ND -- On tuesday the Sheriff patrol had a chance to catch up with the defending Central Devision Champions. In this article you will hear how they felt after taking seven out of eight points over thanksgiving weekend also, on tap you will hear what two of the members of the Bismarck Bobcats do to keep them selfs focused over the holidays.
The first member of the Cats that we talked to was team captain and three year veteran, number 14 Adam Knochenmus. The first qeustion we asked the captian was are you happy with seven out of eight? he stated yes I am very happy with seven out of eight because we worked hard. The next question we post to the captian was why have you been having trouble with Minot, they are a good team the captian stated. We know we can beat them we just have to work harder. We also asked the Captian if he was happy with his teams first half of his third year was going? He stated yes the team has worked really hard. We also asked the captain what he does to stay sharp when he is not with his Bobcats, he stated I work out with my former high school team the Roseau Rams.
The next player you will hear from is Bismack native Aaron Nelson. Nelson is a former Century High graduate.
Nelson returns to his home town after playing one year with the Force, where it did not work out for Nelson. The first question we asked of the bismarck nd native, is what led you to rejoin the Cats? He stated it did not work out for me in fargo so I had a choice and, my choice was to return to my home town. Question number two we post the question to number 29. What goes thru your mind thru a shoot out, Nelson stated try to remain calm and relax. We asked Aaron what scares you the most about this weekends opponent the Aberdeen Wings? Nelson said their offense, they have really good shooters. We also asked Nelly what he does over the holidays to keep sharp? Nelly stated I work out with my former team the Century Patriots.
2012-13 Dakota Cup on Tap
Bobcats media, had a chance to catch up with assitant coach Garrett Roth. In this interview you will hear how coach Roth gets the Bobcats prepared for round one of the Dakota Cup.
Coach Roth stated of his former employer the rivalry is fun for the boys he also stated i'm excited for the boys.
The bobcats and Aberdeen will face off against each other 12 times. Going in to the battle North Dakota enters two time defending champions the Bobcats. The Bobcats have the upper hand but, this is a new year anything can happen. Coach Roth stated about the Bobcats inconsistencies, if they put the work in consistency will follow.
The biggest disappointment, Coach Roth said, they have been playing so hard but the record doesn't show it. They haven't been getting the results that the coaching staff thinks they deserve. When asked if they still the a shot at the drive for five Roth replied, We take it one day at a time we don't even try to think about winning the title, if we do it can get in the way.
2011-12 Season In Review
Bismarck, ND – Even though our favorite team fell short of bringing home Robby (Robertson Cup) there are plenty of things that the Bobcats can hold their heads high about. For example, they have won four straight Central Division Titles and earned 92 points this year. Also, my coach of the year, Layne Sedevie and the way he put together this group of Bobcats is super.
I’d like to send a special thank you to the following people: Paul Teeple for never forgetting me while the team was in Frisco, Thom Brigl for being the best owner ever, Layne Sedevie for treating me like family and waiting with for Transit with me after the Coaches Show, Audrey Halverson for always including me in the team program every year, Super Talk 1270 for bringing all of the away games to me, the players for their media availability, and also the people at the rink for their cooperation with the elevator. Thom, I love you and you bring me great joy for the way each and every one of you treat me like family. There is no other hockey team in the world that I would rather work for and that is from the bottom of my heart. I will always be a Cat!
Cats Quest for the Robertson Cup
After dispatching the Bruins in four games and winning the series 3-1, the Bobcats look to climb hockey's ultimate mountain, winning the Robertson Cup. After laying claim to the fourth straight Central Division crown the Bobcats must play as one. Team unity will be key as the Bobcats look to GROWL at the rest of the teams in the NAHL. Powerplay, goal tending, and specialty teams are going to be factors, as well as staying out of the penalty box. This is something that every NAHL team dreams of. The Bobcats have been to Dr Pepper Arena before, back in 2004 when they came in at number two in the country behind the Texas Tornados, falling to Texas 5-1.
Keys to Victory at Austin
The Sheriff's Keys to Victory
Key #1 - Good goal tending
Key #2 - Execute all aspects of the game
Key #3 - Very good puck control
Key #4 - Stay out of the penalty box
Key #5 - Be aggressive but play within yourself
Key #6 - Take away Austin's time, space, and ability to shoot the puck
Key #7 - When the Bobcats have power plays, capitalize right away
Key #8 - Make Austin make the mistakes
Key #9 - Give the Bobcats fans something to cheer about right away
Key #10 - Be ready to play all sixty minutes
Bobcats Sweep Home and Home
Bismarck, ND. After a 5-2 win on Friday in Minot, the Bobcats were able to back up their Friday night effort on Saturday with a complete 60 minute effort. They earned their 40th win bringing their record to 40 and 9. Here is the way the story went down. The Bobcats scored early and often. It all started in the first period on a goal by Francis DeAugustine. The Bobcats continued to pour on the offense during a powerplay, doubling the lead, on a goal by Donald Olivieri. Before Minot knew what had hit them, the score would be 4-0 in the second period, with goals by Adam Knochenmus and Patrick Moore. Minot answered with their only goal of the night by Hans Drawbert. Bismarck made the score 5-1 in the third period with a final goal by John Furgele on the powerplay. The Bobcats host a pair of play-off teams nest weekend. Friday they host the Aberdeen, Wings and Saturday they also host the Alexandria Blizards. Face off will be at 7:15 p.m. both nights.
Bobcats Blow out Minot
Coach of the Year
Sedevie named Coach of the Year by jeremiahboyce.com!
Bobcats earn win #32
Last night in Austin, MN the Bismarck Bobcats continued their attack on the rest of the Central Division by hammering the Bruins 6 to 1. Bismarck took control early and often not allowing Austin to get a sniff of life until it was too little too late. This has been a theme for the Cats all season long! Last night's game was just the beginning of a 3 day swing through Minnesota. The series with Austin wraps up tonight, before the Bobcats move on Alexandria on Sunday. The Bobcats are now fighting for the best record in the entire NAHL!
It was game number five of the Dakota Cup with the Bobcats having a commanding 9-1 lead in the cup race. The cats got on the board early with a goal by number four, John Furgele. Furgele separated his shoulder on the play in which he scored the goal on a really dirty play by the Wings and will possibly be out till Christmas. The Bobcats weren't done scoring there. They would double their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Filip Starzynski. Aberdeen however, would score three straight goals to take the lead 3-2. But the lead was short lived and Daniel Zawacki would get the equalizer tying the game at three. Adam Knochenmus would then give the Bobcats a lead they would never relinquish. The Wings would make it interesting scoring one more goal on the night to make it a 5-4 game but the Bobcats would get the icing on the cake with an empty net goal. The final score was Bismarck 6, Aberdeen 4. The Bobcats will look for win number seventeen on a Saturday night in A-town (Alexandria). If you would like to watch the game, you can go to The Pitch where you can cheer on the Bobcats on their quest for the Robertson Cup and win number seventeen.
Veterans Overcome Youth
On Friday night at the VFW sports center it was the Highway 83 rivalry. The 14-4 Bismarck Bobcats against the expansion Minot Toros. It would be the boys from the magic city getting on the board early with an early goal that surprised number thirty-one Tommy Burke. Minot got on the board early at 3:19 in the first period with a goal by Kelvin Walz. It would remain 1-0 though two periods, but in the third the Bobcats would score five straight goals to blow away the Minot Toros by a count of 5-1. Tonight the border battle continues to see who the best team in the Dakotas is when the Bobcats look to barbecue the Wings. You can listen to the best announcer in the NAHL, Paul Teeple, as he brings you all the barbecuing. The pre-game show begins at 6:45 on the radio home of the 15-4 Bismarck Bobcats, Supertalk 1270.
Bobcats Remain Hot
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
The Bismarck Bobcats scored early on a goal by Castan Sommer on the powerplay at 11:53 in the first period. This gave the Bobcats an early 1:0 lead; only to be answered by a Kelyn Opel goal. The Rage tied the game at 0:50. That was the first of two Opal goals in the second period. The Rage then took a brief lead at 10:14 in the second period, but the Bobcats wouldn't be denied on this night.
Tying the game at 2 was a goal by newcomer Adam Knochenmus, newly acquired from the Alexandria Blizzard. The Bobcats gained their momentum from the Knochenmus goal and carried the momentum for the rest of Friday night with an offensive explosion. Final score: Bobcats 5, Dawson Creek 2.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to an early season record of 7 wins and 2 losses. The Bobcats have yet to play an overtime game in this new season.
You can hear game 2 of the Dawson Creek series beginning tonight by listening to the radio voice of the Bobcats, Paul Teeple, starting at 8:30 CT on the radio home of the Bobcats 1270AM.