Bandits erase three goal deficit, but fall in overtime to rival Oilers

BROOKS, AB (February 14, 2020) – Despite coming back from being down 3-0, the Brooks Bandits fell in overtime to the Okotoks Oilers on Friday night at the Centennial Regional Arena.

Oiler forward Jack Works scored the winner 68 seconds into overtime, giving Okotoks a 5-4 win and a 6 point lead on Brooks for 1st in the South Division. The Bandits have a game in hand.

Bandit goaltender Pierce Charleson (Aurora, ON) made 22 saves in the overtime loss.

Okotoks had a goal waved off early in the 1st, as Seth Bernard-Docker fired in a point shot, but forward Louis Jamernik was in the crease. The Oilers would make it 1-0 at 16:44 as Liam Freeborn finished off a Jack Works pass.

An early opportunity for the Bandits in the 2nd period as forward Taylor Makar (Calgary, AB) was awarded a penalty shot, but was denied by a Brady Parker save. Soon after, Okotoks forward Gibb Coady turned and fired in a goal at 4:07 to make it 2-0, followed by a Marc Pasemko shorthanded goal at 5:03 that made it 3-0.

Brooks climbed back into the game at the 10:23 mark, as defenceman Jake Kustra (Lethbridge, AB) shot the puck of the end glass, it rebounded off the back of Parker and Kustra tapped it in for the Bandits first goal. Then at 13:10, captain Jakob Lee (Owen Sound, ON) found a rebound off the end boards and scored in his first game since January 3rd to cut the Oiler lead to 3-2. Then at 15:44 on the powerplay, defenceman Tim Rego (Mansfield, MA) scored top shelf from the slot to tie the game 3-3.

The 3rd period started well for Brooks, as Rego scored again 44 seconds into the frame, shooting from the right circle to make it 4-3 Bandits. However, Freeborn would tie the game for Okotoks, scoring from the left circle at 4:56.

The game went to overtime, and Works would end the night at 1:08 on a shot from the slot.

Shots were even 27-27, while the Brooks powerplay went 2 for 6, while the penalty kill was 8 for 8.

The Bandits travel to Canmore on Saturday to face the Eagles. Live coverage begins at 6:45 PM on Martin Chrysler Bandits Hockey on Real Country 105.7 FM.


Photo: Em Duncan