BROOKS, AB (January 14, 2022) – Devin Phillips scored twice, Dario Beljo scored the game winner and the Brooks Bandits doubled up the Whitecourt Wolverines 6-3 on Friday at the Centennial Regional Arena.
The Bandits (39-2-1) have not lost at home in 20 straight games since September 18. Ethan Barwick made 23 saves for the win, while Wolverines starter Carson Ironside made 50 saves.
Whitecourt needed only 38 seconds to score as forward Christiano Aiello skated in from the neutral zone and fired in a wrist shot to make it 1-0. But the Bandits tied it up at 10:34 following an offensive zone faceoff win from TJ Hughes (Mercyhurst), who found Phillips (Holy Cross) in front for the one-timer to make it 1-1. Phillips scored again at 14:33 on the powerplay, as linemate Ryan McAllister (Western Michigan) rushed behind the net and fed a no-look pass to Phillips, who knocked in the puck to give Brooks a 2-1 lead. Shots in the 1st were 16-8 Bandits.
Whitecourt tied the game 10:35 into the 2nd, as Aiello finished off a two-on-one pass for his second of the game. At 13:17, Brooks retook the lead as forward Hunter Wallace (RPI) tipped in an Anthony Cipollone (Quinnipiac) left circle pass to make it 3-2 Bandits. But the Wolverines wouldn’t go away, as forward Tyler Mahan found a rebound and scored to tie the game 3-3 with 45 seconds left in the 2nd. Shots were 19-12 Brooks.
Beljo broke the tie at 4:58 of the 3rd, as he skated from the half wall to the left circle and let go a wrist shot in the bottom right corner to make it 4-3 Bandits. Brooks scored on the powerplay 7:53 as forward Nicholas DeGraves cleaned up a net front scramble to increase the lead to 5-3. Forward Noah Hackett (Niagara) put the finishing touch on the game with 65 seconds remaining, firing in a left circle shot to make it 6-3, the final. Shots in the 3rd were 21-6 Brook and 56-26 overall.
Postgame comments from #BrooksBandits forward Dario Beljo following the team’s 6-3 win on Friday over the Wolverines!@TheAJHL pic.twitter.com/U7F49lsBmH
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Brooks is off Saturday, hosting the Calgary Canucks on Sunday, January 16 at 4:00 pm at the CRA.