Inside the Den: Bobcats Open Season Saturday

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It’s a pretty incredible number when you think about it: 24 new players are on the Bobcats this season. More than 10 Bismarck players last year are playing college hockey so the talent they have to replace is pretty impressive. It’ll be a tough task as the Cats get ready for their opener on Saturday.

Bismarck returned to the top of the Central Division standings last season and it was a fun ride. The Cats went to Edina for the Robertson Cup but fell short in the semis to Wichita Falls. There are 24 new players on the roster including former Williston goalie Cam Haugenoe.
(Cam Haugenoe, Bobcats goalie)
“The systems and stuff are pretty simple. We’re coming together. The younger guys look up the older guys and the veterans always keep going in the right direction so we know what’s going on,”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Haugenoe has some huge skates to fill. Hunter Shepard is off to Minnesota Duluth after his record setting year. With the huge influx of players, it’s just another day in the life of a junior hockey coach.
(Layne Sedevie, Bobcats coach)
“I think it’s been good. It’s been different every year. it’s a different group of guys. That’s kind of the nature of junior hockey. I thought hell week was good. I thought we battled. At the end of the day, you want to grow as a team,”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Parker Mismash is one of the lonely vets on the team, he came over to the Cats after the Showcase last season. He recognizes the challenge the new guys have
(Parker Mismash, Bobcats)
“Just a lot of systems and stuff. It’s tough to learn defensive zone coverage and all this gibberish. The guys are picking it up pretty quick. We’ll see how it works out on Saturday.
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
Aberdeen comes to town Saturday and like Layne says, when these two play, all bets are off.
(Layne Sedevie, Bobcats coach)
“It’s gonna be a change of pace. There’s a new coach out there who had some success in Topeka. I think it’s a rivalry that is probably second to Minot. We have two great rivalries in the Central Division, one being Minot, one Aberdeen, so I think it’s gonna be a hard fought game, some good hockey.”
(Johnny Mangano, KX Sports)
The Bobcats got scorching hot the 2nd part of the season last year. Will they start out that way? We’ll see, beginning Saturday.

So the Wings come to town Saturday, then next week, Bismarck heads off to the Showcase, then it’s the long march back to the Robertson Cup.

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