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Sheriff's Patrol - Jeremiah Boyce
Bobcats Dive into Divisional Play
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bismarck Bobcats will play two critical inter-division opponents starting with round one of the Titan Machinery Dakota Cup when they face the Aberdeen Wings, followed by opening night at the Den against the Austin Bruins. This weekend's opponents could set the tone for how the Cats are going to look this season because they are the top two teams in the Central Division.
"I think Austin and Aberdeen are going to be good," Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie said. "I think our division is going to be pretty solid from top to bottom."
The home opener against the Bruins is scheduled for a puck drop on Saturday night. The Bruins went 4-0 at the NAHL Showcase and are expected to be really good again this year.
"The division is wide open right now, but Austin came through and pretty much steam rolled everybody, so they're going to be tough. The way that Chris Tok recruits, they're a contender every year," Bobcats radio voice Paul Teeple said. "As long as Coach Tok is in Austin, they're going to be in the mix right at the top of the division. They have been basically since his second year as a coach and they certainly haven't looked back."
The Bruins are the second-ranked team in the country and will be a tough test for the Bobcats on Saturday.
"I think it's going to be a fun night," Sedevie said of Saturday's home opener. "On top of that, we go down for Aberdeen's opener so we're going to have a tough weekend and it's going to be a battle, but I expect our barn to be pretty packed. We have to have patience, but we want to have urgency too so we can see where we're at against teams in our division this weekend."
Patience is important for Sedevie because he doesn't have many veterans this season.
"This year we have six, seven, eight vets, but last year we had 14, so we have a lot of new faces," Sedevie said. "The big thing for us is being patient and making sure we do a good job of teaching these guys."
Sedevie explained to the Sheriff's Patrol the reason why it will be important for the coaching to be patient.
"You expect a lot every day, but sometimes you have to take a step back and make sure we're doing the right things and teaching," Sedevie said. "With a veteran group, guys should understand the system, but with a lot of young guys it's a slower pace so we slow it down to make sure they understand what we're doing."
Sedevie is used to winning, but that's not always possible in juniors.
"I think the best thing for me to remember this year is to be patient," Sedevie said. "That's the challenge of junior hockey because we don't have classes like colleges do when they can recruit to what they're going to be losing because we don't know what we're going to lose and what we're going to get, so that's a challenge we have every year."
This season will be interesting to watch and see how the young Bobcats grow as a team.
The Beginning of the Road to Frisco
Meet Bobcat Goalie Scott Albertoni
Bobcats Face Wilderness
Roth and the Cats Look to Continue Their Hot Streak
Nelly and the Cats Still Remain Confident
Bismarck, North Dakota. On this Wednesday morning, I had the opportunity to visit with the Captain of the 2013-14 Bobcats. Despite being in a five point hole to the Bruins, there is no panic sitting in with the five time Central Division Champions. The Captain was just like he always is with the Bobcats media, he was cool under the questioning from the Sheriff's Patrol. When it came to why Layne pulled him in last Friday night's game, the Captain was the first to admit "I did not play well." I then went on to talk to Aaron about this weekend's opponent, and he said he "knows what is on the line." That is the reason why Aaron is the Captain. Aaron also stated that "this weekend is a big weekend for us and we must come out with four points!" When it came to the shooters for Austin, Nelson said that "you must be aware of the shooters, because anyone with the puck is dangerous." Aaron also said that "you have to be aware of their power play too."
Moving on to Assistant Coach Garrett Roth. Garrett, and I talked about the injury bug, and the Bobcats' current state of affairs. I also talked about one area that Assistant Coach Roth knows so well, and that is the defensive end of the puck. Garrett began his interview by talking about the team's inconsistency, and said that he "was not trying to make excuses." Health was the biggest topic on 27's mind when the Sheriff sat down with him. Garrett said that "we have had some of our top guns not able to play, like Filip Starzynski, who is still suffering from a lower body injury."
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a host family?
Today, I got a chance to sit down with host mom Sherry Neas. For those that don't know what a host family is, they take a Bobcat player into their home during the season and house them. They also support them while they are chasing their dream of a Robertson Cup. Sherry Neas is the host mom for number eight Chris Diver, who is from Wilmington, Delaware. The Neas family is an interesting host family, because not only are they the host to Chris Diver, but they also have two children, Alexis and Braxton, who both also play hockey. When it comes to Mrs. Neas's responsibilities, she said that she is responsible for providing a room and "plenty of food." Sherry, and her husband Allen have been a host family for the Bobcats for six years, and "wouldn't change a thing, because all the boys have been nice."
Bobcats Regain their Championship Form
New Guys, Brookings Back, With a Spicy Insight
The following is a special presentation of championship entertainment.
Coming up on today's Sheriff's Patrol, you will hear from the Head Coach and General Manager Layne Sedevie. You will also hear from Assistant Coach Garrett Roth, and the newest Bobcat player who arrived from the Soo Eagles, Jacob McDowell.
First, I will bring you the thoughts from everybody's favorite leader in Bobcat country. He is also has my vote for coach of the year, Layne Sedevie. The first topic I covered with Sedevie was the butt-whooping his team administered to the Brookings Blizzard this past Saturday night, with the final score of Bismarck 7, and Brookings 2. The Sheriff asked Layne if he thought the Blizzard were going to come back this weekend with revenge on their mind? Layne told the Patrol "we don't worry about what the Blizzard are doing. The thing that we need to worry about is our consistency. We have trouble putting a consistent effort together." After this weekend's games with the Blizzard and the Minotauros, the Bobcats will be on the road to Wenatchee where Layne will face his former coach Bliss Littler. Layne said it will be "a nice little road trip."
I then went on to ask about Scott Albertoni, and I also pointed out the fact that when Albertoni is in the net, they lose games. Layne stated that Albertoni "needs to get stronger. Albertoni has three more years in the league, so he needs to work with Mike from Healthways and get stronger."
As far as the Central Division, Coach said he expects it to be "tight right down the stretch, so points are a must-have at the moment, that is if they want to make the playoffs. Every point you don't have is a point that can hurt you in March and April."
Moving on to Assistant Coach Garrett Roth. I asked him his thoughts about the past game on Saturday? He stated that "it was first time we had been able to put up a crooked number, and I'm sure that Brookings will be ready to go. So we hope to be in first place by this Sunday." Roth also went on to say that the team is not thinking about anything else but this weekend, since they will have three very important games.
I then had the chance to sit down with newly-acquired Jacob McDowell. Since Jacob has put on his new uniform, here are some stats that I thought you would be interested in. Jacob has played in 11 games and has scored four goals. He also has two assists and four penalty minutes. Jacob has one thing in common with last week's guest Tommy Malkmus, and that is they both have yet to win a Robertson Cup, and now they are both with a team that has a legitimate chance to win a Robertson Cup and a sixth Central Division title.
Welcome Back Bobcat Fans
Crucial Weekend for First-Place Bobcats
Sedevie Forecast: Mostly Happy with a Chance of Points
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.
About the Brookings Blizzard, he said that if Bryan Nies was called upon, he has plenty of confidence in him. Coach Sedevie stated that the team has worked extremely hard to get their home ice during the first round, and that the home ice could be used to their advantage, if they can take care of business. He also said number 29 Aaron Nelson has improved a lot in all areas, including physically, mentally, and technically since the beginning of the season. When asked about the Healthways training program, the head coach said "they are a big reason for our success since they have been part of our program." Layne also said that "Mike is the best hockey trainer." Coach Sedevie is very confident in the systems the Bobcats have been running. I then went on to ask about adjustments having to be made, and the coach said if any adjustments needed to be made, "we will make them."
Bobcats Stun the Bruins
Roth Clearly In Playoff Mode
Satisfied With Comeback And Looking Ahead
Cats Happy with Three Out of Four from the Bruins
The Sheriff Interrogates the Doc
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.!
Lena also deals with ticket sales, and making sure everything is running smoothly. She can be found on game night by the will call area or in the front office. Lena states that she likes hearing fan's stories about their game night experience.
When Lena is not working with the Bismarck Bobcats, she enjoys family time and during warmer months, running. Lena likes sports and when the Bobcats came calling she jumped on board right away. Lena also states that the Bismarck Bobcat organization is a fun place to work and she wouldn't change anything about her job!
In closing, Lena would like to get the word out to all Bobcat fans that the front office is always there to help any customers who might have any questions.
Weekly Chat With The Cats
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.
Paul grew up listening to hockey on the radio with his father Brian Teeple. He got his shot at the University of Ohio where he learned how to become an announcer. Teeple grew up listening to the Maple Leafs on the radio. When the Cats are on the road, he becomes the producer and the director of what we hear on the radio. When asked what his favorite arena is to broadcast in he stated, Austin. Most of the teams in the Central Division know that I'm coming with the Bobcats. The thing that bothers Teeple the most is when fans cheer due to a player's injury. When fans cheer for that, it makes Paul upset, because when you are with the guys for awhile you get attached to them, and you feel for them when they are having a bad or good night on the ice, Teeple stated.
Teeple began his career in the NAHL with the Mahoning Valley Phantoms. After that, he came to the Bobcats, with the help of former Bobcats announcer Skip Berry. He has been in the league for five years. He takes a little bit from every national hockey league announcer. He listens to George Mathews with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and his favorite announcer with the NHL is Doc Emrick on NBC.
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."
Sedevie still has hope for fifth title
Puuurrrring with Garrett
We also had a chance to catch up with number 27 and assistant coach Garrett Roth. In this article you will read about what goes thru assistant coaches mind after taking seven out of eight points and preparing for round two of the Dakota Cup, Bobcats vs Wings in Aberdeen.
Roth stated we are very happy to have seven out of eight points. Now you will hear what the bobcats must do to claim four points on the road coach says, the Bobcats must do a good job on the power play and, must also play a good solid 60 minutes of hockey. When asked what he thought about being the hunter coach Roth stated the mentality is the same regardless, you want to take each game and try to play a full 60 minutes. Four games in four days is really tough on the boys Roth stated but he went on to say the seven out eight weekend allowed the Bobcats to climb into a tie for second place.
Cats Tied for Second
2012-13 Dakota Cup on Tap
2011-12 Season In Review
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.
Here is an article on a few of the players to watch.
Players to Watch
#19 - Castan Sommer - All season long when the Bobcats have needed big goals Castan has been one of the deadly weapons for the Cats. Castan was recruited by the Holy Cross Crusaders, he will join the Crusaders next year.
#14 - Adam Knochenmus - Adam was acquired from the Alexandria Blizzard and he turned out to be one of the better players this season. He is a player with firepower and he can really strike fear into the other team's heart.
#17 - Tyler Richter - Tyler wants to bring his hometown of Bismarck the second Robertson Cup. Tyler has been one of the most improved Bobcats all season long.
#29 - Aaron Nelson - Aaron has stepped up his game in the playoff's this season, helping the Bobcats earn another shot at hockey's ultimate prize, the Robertson Cup. He has really filled the back-up role nicely.
Keys to Victory at Austin
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
With the Bismarck Bobcats aiming for a Central Division regular season title, they clearly showed why they have been the dominant team in the Central all year long. The Bobcats blew past the Minotaurs 5-2 by hopping on them early and often in Friday night's game at the Maysa Arena. "Sommer" (#19) came early making Minot feel the heat with the first score of the night. From there the growl got louder when #21, Minot native and Bobcat Captain, Bryce Schmitt put his hometown in an 0-2 hole. Minot then cut the Bobcats' lead in half, making the score 2-1. The Bobcats quickly answered however, restoring their lead back to 2 at 3-1. The score was made 4-1 in the second period and a couple minutes later the Bobcats padded the lead 5-1. Minot came back with a goal of their own, but it was too little too late for the Minotauros. Tonight's game features two brothers going head to head, Buster from the Bobcats and Jake in the net for Minot. Face-off is at 7:15 at the VFW Sports Center where there will be no brotherly love tonight!
Coach of the Year
Sedevie named Coach of the Year by jeremiahboyce.com!
With the Bismarck Bobcats having an outstanding season, the credit goes to the man behind the bench. This former Bismarck High and Billings goalie has the Bobcats threatening to win another National Championship. There were several things that went into Sedevie getting the award. The first credentials that jeremiahboyce.com looked at was quality of play on the ice as well as how well Sedevie deals with media. Credential number two; friendliness. We find Coach Sedevie to be a very friendly, family-oriented, genuine, knowledgeable, and classy coach! Congratulations on the award and good luck with continuing success!!!
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.