Pharmasave Weekend Preview: 3 games in 3 days as Bandits face off against the Grizzlys

BROOKS, AB (April 30, 2021) – The Brooks Bandits are looking to add to their 7-game winning streak as they face the Olds Grizzlys three times over three days this weekend.

The Bandits host the Grizzlys on Fri, April 30 (7:00pm) and Sun, May 2 (5:00pm), but sandwiched in the middle is a trip to Olds on Sat, May 1 (5:00pm).  

Brooks has won 17 straight over Olds, dating back to October 9, 2017. Brooks and Olds have not faced each this season, with their last meeting coming on January 10, 2020 in Brooks; TJ Hughes had a 2-goal game in a 6-1 Bandit win.

Players to watch this weekend:

With 20 points on the year, Hughes (Robert Morris) is now 2nd in team scoring and had 4 points in the Bandits most recent win, a 5-0 shutout triumph over the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Sat, April 24.

Forward Devin Phillips (Holy Cross) is coming off one of his strongest outings of the year, putting up 4 points last Saturday and was named the Montana’s BBQ & Bar Bandits Player of the Game.

Centre Owen Cole (UMass-Lowell) has 4 points (2G, 2A) in his last four games, while winger Anthony Cipollone pitched in with a goal and an assist in the team’s last outing.

Captain Taylor Makar (UMass) has 5 points (1G, 4A) over his last four games, and is 5th in team scoring, while forward Chris Pappas (St. Lawrence) has 13 points (5G, 8A) over his last eight games.

In net, Ethan Barwick is tied for the AJHL lead in wins with 7, his most recent coming on April 16 where he stopped 18 of 21 shots. Rookie Jared Whale picked up his first career AJHL shutout on April 24, stopping all 9 shots he faced.

Bandits Weekend Schedule:
Fri, Apr 30 vs Olds Grizzlys (7:00 pm, CRA)
Sat, May 1 @ Olds Grizzlys (5:00 pm Olds Sportsplex)
Sun, May 2 vs Olds Grizzlys (5:00 pm, CRA)

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The Grizzlys (2-8-2) are coming off a 4-game cohort series with the Calgary Canucks, winning 1 out of 4 contests. Forward Noah Hackett is their leading scorer with 9 points (4G, 5A) in 11 games, while rookie Trenton Curtis is tied with Hackett for the team lead in goals with 4.