CALGARY, AB (December 4, 2018) – Tanner Marshall (Kelowna, B.C.) stopped all 25 shots he faced in his first game in a Brooks Bandits (26-3) uniform in a 4-0 road win over the Calgary Mustangs on Tuesday night.
It was the first regulation win for the Bandits at Father David Bauer Arena since the 2016-17 season. The Bandits were able to dress only three of their regular defencemen due to injury, suspension, and Team Canada West tryouts, with two affiliates, Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont, AB) and Tyler Bates (Calgary, AB), and a forward in Ryan Mahshie (Stoney Creek, ON) filling the final three spots.
One of those three healthy defencemen, Ethan Lund (Calgary, AB), set up the game’s opening goal when he fed a puck to Ray Christy (St. Paul, MN) at the left faceoff circle. His one-timer beat Calgary goalie Ben Howard for the game’s eventual game-winning goal.
In the second, William Lemay (Marieville, QC) drove into the Calgary zone down the left side and fired a perfect pass across the slot to Simon Gravel (Boucherville, QC), who wristed one home to double the Brooks lead 8:29 in.
Then, in the final minute of the period, just after having his shot from the left circle denied, Andrew Lucas (Alexandria, VA) collected a loose puck at the left hashmarks and fired a wrist shot into the top shelf to make it 3-0 heading into the second intermission.
In the third, the Bandits held the Mustangs to only 3 shots on goal, despite an extended 5-on-3 power play when the team’s top penalty killers Arnaud Vachon and Jake Theis were called for simultaneous minors. With the team down two men, captain Nathan Plessis (Salmon Arm, B.C.) poked a puck free at his own blue line, chased it down at neutral ice, and fired home a breakaway goal to notch the 4-0 final score.
The Bandits outshot Calgary 33-25 in the game, with Marshall posting the 25 save shutout in his first game since being acquired from Trail in the BCHL. Brooks was 0 for 4 on the power play but a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.
The Bandits continue their four games in five nights stretch with a home date against the Calgary Canucks on Wednesday night, with puck drop at 7 PM. Tickets are available online at tickets.brooksbandits.ca.