BROOKS, AB (March 22, 2017) – Tickets are now on sale for Games 1 and 2 of the AJHL South Division Final between the defending league champion Brooks Bandits and the Okotoks Oilers, with the full schedule officially released today by the AJHL.
The Bandits will host Games 1 and 2 on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks. Okotoks will host Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 3rd and Tuesday, April 4th at the Pason Centennial Arena.
If necessary, Game 5 would be in Brooks on Friday, April 7th, Game 6 in Okotoks on Sunday, April 9th, and Game 7 on Tuesday, April 11th. All games are scheduled for a 7:00 PM puck drop.
Both teams involved in the series are undefeated in the playoffs so far. The Bandits advanced to this league semi-final round by virtue of a four-game sweep of the Olds Grizzlys in the divisional semi-final after a first-round bye. The Oilers swept the Camrose Kodiaks in 3 straight games in the first round, and the Calgary Canucks in 4 games as well.
It will be the fifth time the Bandits and Oilers have met in a playoff series, with Brooks holding a 3-1 edge. In 2015, the Bandits swept the Oilers in 4 straight in a divisional semi-final series, while in 2013, the teams met in their only other South Final matchup and went to 7 games, with Brooks coming back from a 3 games to 2 series deficit to take the division in 7 en route to the team’s first RBC Cup national championship.
The teams also met in 2007, in which Okotoks won in 6 games in a divisional semi, and in the first round in 2006, in which Brooks won in 5 games.
The Bandits held an edge in the regular season series between the two teams. After falling 2-1 to the Oilers in the team’s home opener on September 16th, and 2-1 in overtime in Okotoks on September 24th, the Bandits rhymed off four straight wins over Okotoks; 4-2 on the road on October 8th, 3-0 on November 12th in Brooks, 3-2 in overtime on November 27th at home, and 6-1 in Okotoks on February 17th.
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.brooksbandits.ca, by phone at (403) 501-0122 or in person at the Bandits office at the Centennial Regional Arena.