BROOKS, AB (October 19, 2022) – Dario Beljo and Aiden Fink each had five point games, Ethan Barwick made 25 saves and the Brooks Bandits blanked the Olds Grizzlys 9-0 on Wednesday at the Centennial Regional Arena.
Brooks (12-1-1) has won nine consecutive games, and improved to 8-0-1 at home this season, as they wrapped up a four-game home stand.
Fink opened the scoring, cleaning up a loose puck at 11:14 on the powerplay to make it 1-0 Brooks. Forward Caelan Fitzpatrick (Niagara) also cleaned up a loose puck on a scramble at 18:33 to double the lead to 2-0. Shots were 15-7 Brooks.
Most of the goals came in the 2nd period. Just 20 seconds in, forward Jordan Hughesman (Merrimack), playing in his first game since being traded to Brooks, scored on a wrist shot off the right post on a left wing pass from Beljo to make it 3-0. Forward Danylo Korzhyletskyi finished off a partial breakaway with a backhand shot at 3:064 to increase the lead to 4-0. Then at 7:06, Fink scored on a left circle shot to make it 5-0, chasing Grizzlys netminder Marek Andres, who was replaced by Noah Nelson. Forward Hunter Wallace (RPI) tapped in a Beljo pass on the powerplay at 12:06 to make it 6-0. At 15:23, defenceman Sam Court (New Hampshire) passed to the right circle for Beljo, who cut in front of the Olds net and tucked in the 7-0 goal. Then at 16:39, Court sniped a right point shot to make it 8-0 on the powerplay. Shots in the 2nd were 18-8 Brooks.
Just one goal in the 3rd, Beljo scored again on the powerplay, one-timing a Fink pass to make it 9-0. Final shots were 45-25 Bandits.
The Bandits will play their next four games on the road, beginning this Friday (October 21) in Sherwood Park, followed by a Saturday (October 22) visit to Lloydminster. Both games start at 7:00 pm, with live play-by-play on Real Country 105.7 FM.