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Bandits open weekend double header in Sherwood Park in winning fashion with 9-3 rout

SHERWOOD PARK, AB (April 16, 2021) – The Brooks Bandits broke a 2nd period 2-2 tie with 4 unanswered goals, routing the Sherwood Park Crusaders 9-3 on Friday night at Randy Rosen Rink.

The win improves the Bandits record to 10-1, and is their 4th straight win. Goaltender Ethan Barwick made 18 saves for the win.

Highlights presented by Days Inn & Suites Brooks:

Brooks scored first, as forward Owen Cole (UMass-Lowell) scored on a net front forehand shot 2:31 into the game. But Sherwood Park tied it 1-1 a minute later on a Ty Mueller breakaway goal. Shots were 9-6 Brooks in the 1st.

The 2nd period saw Bandits forward TJ Hughes (Robert Morris) also score on a breakaway, deking out Crusaders starter Carson Cherepak, making it 2-1 Brooks 5:37 into the frame. But the Crusaders would tie, thanks to a powerplay goal from Blake Sydlowski near the halfway point of the period after he knocked in a rebound.

In the final three minutes of the 2nd, the Bandits pulled away. Forward Sean Chisholm (Dartmouth) knocked in a board rebound off an Ethan Lund (Niagara) shot to make it 3-2. That was followed by a Brendan Mairs top-shelf goal after the Bandits forced a Sherwood Park turnover in the neutral zone. Then with one minute remaining in the period, Cole fired in a forehand shot from the left circle set up by Ryan McAllister (Western Michigan) to make it 5-2 Bandits. Shots were 14-11 Brooks.

The 3rd period saw Mairs score again, this time tucking a forehand shot from the right circle over the shoulder of Cherepak on the powerplay to make it 6-2 Bandits, 3:29 into the frame. The Crusaders got one at 10:03, again from Sydlowski, but that’s as close as they’d get.

The Bandits added three more goals. Defenceman Brendan Kennette fired in a Krieger pass from the left circle to make it 7-3, his 1st AJHL goal at 16:23, followed by a Hughes goal at 18:45, as he cleared up a loose puck in the slot to make it 8-3. Forward Chris Pappas (St. Lawrence added salt in the wound with a goal with 26 seconds left in regulation, blocking a point shot and then scoring five-hole in the other end on his own carry-in, final score 9-3 and final shots were 40-21.

The Bandits wrap up their weekend in Sherwood Park on Sat, April 17th for the rematch with the Crusaders.

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