The Bobcats played 60-times to put secure a place in the playoffs. If they don't win three of the next five-games, the 'Cats will have to hang up the skates. The Central Division playoffs start tonight in Aberdeen.
The Wings have been the best team in the division to close the regular season, and it's not even close.
Aberdeen has 16-wins and a tie in its final 18-games. All coaches will tell you none of that matters once the playoffs begin and the Bobcats are hoping their experience will make the difference.
"I think we got a lot of veteran leadership and we have 11 guys that can't come back next year and a lot of them have been to the national tournament, so I think that's a big thing that we need to lean on at this time of the year in moving forward. I don't think we've played our best hockey, and I think when we do play the way that we can we're a very good hockey team," says head coach Layne Sedevie.
The Bobcats will have to play well to beat the Wings something they only did four-times in their 12-regular season games. Aberdeen has also won the last six-times it's face Bismarck.
"I definitely mean we're getting there for sure, but there's always room for improvement. Improve the power play a little bit that an help and penalty kill and work on the D-zone. Work your hardest for 40 seconds and get off and do it for the guy next to you. He's going to do the same for you, and you just got to step up and make big plays," says forward Cullen Willox.
The Bobcats left town at 1:30 this afternoon and Jason Dumas boarded the bus with the team. Look for his all-access story next week.