Bandits roll to 16th straight win, beating Grande Prairie 7-1 on Wednesday

BROOKS, AB (January 5, 2022) – Jack Seymour scored 17 seconds into the game and the Brooks Bandits never surrendered the lead, beating the Grande Prairie Storm 7-1 on Wednesday at the Centennial Regional Arena, the team’s 16th straight win.

Brooks (36-1-1) hasn’t lost in regulation in 36 straight games going back to September 18.


Seymour (Holy Cross) found the back of the net just 17 seconds into the game off an offensive zone faceoff, as forward Anthony Cipollone skated from behind-the-net and shot on the GP net, with the rebound coming to Seymour who knocked in his 9th of the season. Brooks made it 2-0 on the powerplay as forward Dario Beljo got his own rebound on a net-front scramble at 11:27 and beat Storm starter Aiden Feddema. With 29 seconds left in the period, forward TJ Hughes (Mercyhurst) shot from the right circle to make it 3-0. Shots were 12-3 Brooks in the period.

Bandits forward Nic DeGraves scored from the slot 5:29 into the 2nd period on the powerplay to make it 4-0. Forward Noah Hackett (Niagara) scored off the rush on the right wing with 1:43 left in the 2nd on the powerplay to give Brooks a 5-0 lead after two periods. Shots were 15-10 Bandits in the frame.

Forward Ryan McAllister (Western Michigan) increased the lead to 6-0 on a rush to the net that ended in a backhand shot. The Storm spoiled Bandits goaltender Max Beckford’s shutout bid at 13:46 as forward Ethan Strang backhanded Grande Prairie’s lone goal. But with   1:40 left in the game, Bandits defenceman Boston Buckberger (Wisconsin) cleaned up a loose puck in the right circle to make it 7-1, the final. Shots were 16-7 Brooks in the period, and 43-20 overall.

The Bandits host the Bonnyville Pontiacs on Friday, January 7 at the Centennial Regional Arena, game time is 7:00 pm.