Blackfalds Bulldogs Bonnyville Pontiacs Brooks Bandits Calgary Canucks Camrose Kodiaks Canmore Eagles Drayton Valley Thunder Drumheller Dragons Fort McMurray Oil Barons Grande Prairie Storm Lloydminster Bobcats Okotoks Oilers Olds Grizzlys Sherwood Park Crusaders Spruce Grove Saints Whitecourt Wolverines

VIDEO: Bandits take 9th straight, win in Canmore 9-5

CANMORE, AB (December 28, 2018) – In a high-scoring return from the Christmas break, the Brooks Bandits (33-3) won their ninth consecutive game on Friday night, beating the Canmore Eagles 9-5 on the road.

The Bandits got their nine goals from eight different goal scorers, with only captain Nathan Plessis (Salmon Arm, B.C.) scoring twice in the game.

The first period featured a whopping seven goals with a back-and-forth start to the game. Plessis scored the opener on a breakaway just 1:44 into the game, but Alex Young tied it for Canmore eight seconds later on a wrist shot from the right circle. Bobby Harrison (Waterdown, ON) jammed home a rebound goal at the 3:34 mark to make it 2-1, but Canmore tied it again on a Quinton Ong goal at 9:13.

Brooks then scored three times consecutively; the first a Jakob Lee (Owen Sound, ON) marker at 11:08, then Plessis’ second of the game on the rebound of a Nick Hale (Raleigh, NC) point shot at 13:55, then Hale himself wristed home a top shelf shot at 15:49 on a setup by Simon Gravel (Boucherville, QC) to make it 5-2 heading into the first intermission.
Canmore changed goalies to start the second with Logan Dyck replacing Thomas Davis, and narrowed the deficit to two when Tian Rask tipped a Mark Drohan point shot at 6:28 to make it a 5-3 game. But the Bandits reclaimed the three-goal cushion when Gravel sped in on a breakaway, delayed and cut his way to the right side, and fired a high wrister over a downed Dyck to make it 6-3.

In the third, the Bandits held Canmore to just 5 shots, outshooting them 12-5 in the frame and 40-28 in the game, but the home side still made it interesting. Ong scored a shorthanded breakaway goal just 36 seconds in, before the Bandits converted on the remaining power play when Jordan Di Cicco (London, ON) flung a puck in front from the end wall that got caught in goalie Dyck’s skates and was poked home by William Lemay (Marieville, QC) to make it 7-4.

Owen Reith wristed home a goal at 3:20 to make it 7-5, but Simon Boyko (Mississauga, ON) scored the insurance marker on a breakaway backhander at 10:38, and Andrew Lucas (Alexandria, VA) blasted a slap shot at 16:31 that was tipped home by Andranik Armstrong (Alexandria, VA) to notch the 9-5 final score.

Pierce Charleson (Aurora, ON) made 23 saves on 28 Canmore shots for his league-leading 24th win of the season. The two teams will meet again for the rematch on Saturday night at the CRA in Brooks, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 PM. Tickets are available online at