Bandits defeat Crusaders in overtime after erasing 3-2 deficit Saturday night in Sherwood Park

SHERWOOD PARK, AB (April 17, 2021) – Zach Bookman’s first AJHL goal was an overtime winner, as the Brooks Bandits (11-1) erased a 3-2 deficit and defeated the Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-3 in dramatic fashion Saturday night at the Randy Rosen Rink.

Bandits goaltender Jared Whale made 18 saves for the win, while the Bandits successfully killed off 11 of 12 penalties.

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Brooks got on the board first, as forward TJ Hughes (Robert Morris) fired in a backhand shot from the left circle to make it 1-0. just 3:29 into the game. Shots were 14-8 Brooks in the 1st, who killed off 2 penalties in the 1st.  

After the Bandits killed off 4 penalties to open the 2nd period, Sherwood Park had a goal waved off, as it was deemed to have gone in off a high stick. This was followed by a Bandits powerplay, which saw captain Taylor Makar (UMass) score a top shelf shot from the right circle at 10:13 to make it 2-0.

The Crusaders then scored three straight goals. The first came from Zafir Rawji at 13:45 on a breakaway backhander, followed by a shorthanded Vincent Scott goal at 15:23 that saw him skate in front of the Bandit and net and score on the forehand, and the third was a powerplay goal off the post and in by Ty Mueller at 17:32 to make it 3-2 Crusaders. But Brooks would tie the game 3-3 with 11 seconds left in the frame, as forward Chris Pappas (St. Lawrence) fired in a shot from the left circle. Shots were 16-10 Bandits, who killed off two more penalties late in the frame.

Despite outshooting Sherwood Park 9-6 in the 3rd, no goals were scored.

In overtime, Makar carried the puck into the attacking zone, which ended up being recovered by forward Brayden Krieger (Bowling Green), who set up a two-on-one chance that was finished off by Bookman to give Brooks the win. Final shots were 40-24 Bandits.

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The Bandits will host the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Fri, April 23 and Sat, April 24 at the Centennial Regional Arena. Game time for each game is 7:00 pm. Spectators are not allowed at AJHL games due to government restrictions.