Devon Bobak woke up ready to stuff pucks Tuesday morning.

The Thunder goalie stopped all 31 shots he faced as the Twin City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia Hockey Club in a USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference game at the Advent Ice Center in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

“He must of got up early, because he was dialed in,” Thunder assistant coach Cam Robichaud said. “He has been good; in his last five (starts), he has four wins. He has been definitely winning games for us. We have a great tandem; we are fortunate it could be either (Bobak or Connor Leslie) going in net for any given game .”

Philadelphia (8-21-1, 17 points) defeated Twin City (11-14-2, 24 points) in the teams’ first meeting, 3-1, in Jan. 23. Heading into Tuesday morning’s game, Robichaud was anticipating another hard-fought contest.

“They are extremely fast and physical and take away time and space, pretty well-structured,” Robichaud said. “They are a very good team and they gave us a really tough game a couple weeks ago when we lost to them. We were taken aback and surprised because we hadn’t seen them much, and based on their record we couldn’t believe how strong a team they were.”

Lewiston native Alex Rivet put the Thunder up 1-0 as he finished off a feed from newcomer Colton Friesen, who the Thunder acquired on Saturday from the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. The goal, which is Rivet’s eighth of the season, came with under four minutes remaining in the first period.

Bobak made one of his 31 saves at the end of the first period as he dove across the crease to keep the Philadelphia off the board.

“We talked about it as a group after the first period, being mature hockey players and knowing (when) to take risks and not to take risks,” Robichaud said. “That was an area we did not execute well in that last minute, and we gave them three chances and (Bobak) stepped up for us.”

Noah Furman notched the Thunder’s second goal in the second period after Gabe Potyk won the faceoff and the puck went to Furman. Valeri Rykov also had an assist on the goal.

Potyk added the empty-net goal with a minute remaining in the game.

The Thunder return to action Thursday against the Rockets Hockey Club.

THUNDER TRADE CAPTAIN

Friesen came to the Thunder from the Junior Monarchs in exchange for Nick Rashkovsky, who was Twin City’s captain this season.

Rashkovsky, a 20-year-old from Los Angeles, California, had 11 goals and nine assists in 25 games with the Thunder this season. The Williams College commit was also on the Thunder roster last season, the team’s first at the NCDC level, tallying 20 goals and 16 assists, which ranked fourth on the team.

With the Monarchs, Friesen had six goals and 13 assists in 27 games this season.

UNCOMMITTED PROSPECTS GAME

Thunder goalie Connor Leslie, defenseman Eamon Doheny, Potyk and Friesen took part in Monday’s NCDC Uncommitted All-Star game, which Team American won 10-6 over Team National.

Friesen had two goals and an assist for Team American, while Doheny recorded no points. Potyk didn’t find the score sheet for Team National.

Connor Leslie played the third period for Team National, stopping six of 10 shots he saw.

The Thunder did not have a representative in the NCDC NHL Prospects All-Star game, but Scarborough native Zander Lizotte of the Junior Monarchs participated. The defenseman had no points as Team National lost 13-5 to Team American.


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