Inside the Den: Bobcats reflect on 2018 season

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The Bismarck Bobcats will play for pride this weekend. Bismarck’s playoff chances ended in a 7-6 loss to Aberdeen last Friday night. This year, has been a roller coaster ride for the Bobcats. 

For the second straight season, the Bismarck Bobcats missed the playoffs.

“We got the talent to make a run,” captain Zach Van Sant said. “We had the talent. We had everything we needed but the stars didn’t aline.”

Early in the season, the Bobcats led the Central Division. Overtime, Bismarck lost their lead and dropped to fifth.

“At the end of the season,” Patrick O’Connor said, “we had a lot of injuries. We lost a lot of guys, which is something that you can’t control, but it happened and it kind of made us stumble for a bit.”

This season was unique for Layne Sedevie. The Bobcats head coach had to replace captain Jared Resseguie, who left to play at Denver University.

“It was a big adjustment for us,” Sedevie said. “I don’t know if we ever really recovered from that.”

The players bonded over the new captain Zach Van Sant, but the trip to Alaska really brought the team together.

“When we went up to Alaska and won three of four,” O’Connor said. “That was pretty special. We got a lot of time — two weeks — to spend with the guys in hotels room and really bond on the season. I though it was a lot fun.”

“I think that’s when our team really came together bonding,” Van Sant said. “You spend two weeks together and you do everything together. I think it was a lot of fun.”

The end result for the season was not what Bobcats’ players or fans wanted, but there’s hope for the future, most of the guys return next season.

“You have to start from Day 1 and keep progressing and going in the right direction,” Sedevie said. “I think we had some really good runs, but then we would follow that up with some inconsistent play.”

This weekend, Bismarck plays their final two games of the season against the Austin Bruins.

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