CAMROSE, AB (October 21, 2017) – Nathan Plessis (Salmon Arm, B.C.) tipped home a Nic Hamre (Ottawa, ON) shot just over halfway through three-on-three overtime to give the Brooks Bandits (10-4-1) a dramatic 4-3 win over the Camrose Kodiaks (4-6-4) on Saturday night in Camrose.
The Bandits came back from an early 1-0 deficit, but saw a late 3-1 lead evaporate with two third period goals by the Kodiaks to force the extra frame.
Camrose notched the only goal of the opening period on the team’s first power play of the game, when Ryan Hartman one-timed in a shot from the slot to give them the 1-0 lead.
The Bandits came out firing in the second though, with Simon Boyko (Mississauga, ON) firing home a rebound shot from a Dennis Cesana (Providence, RI) shot to tie the game at 1:21.
Just 1:15 later, Ryan Mahshie (Stoney Creek, ON) fed a pass in front from the left half boards that was deflected home from the front of the net by Orca Wiesblatt (Calgary, AB) to give Brooks its first lead of the game.
That lead was extended early in the third when Conner Jean (Oakland, MI) fired a power play shot home from the goal line at the right side of the Kodiak net.
But Cale Chalifoux scored his first junior hockey goal on a deflected slapshot from the top of the right circle to pull Camrose to within one. In the final minute, with the Kodiaks pressing with an empty net, the puck deflected off the back of the Bandit net and out in front to Hartman who quickly jammed in his second of the game to force overtime.
But the Bandits had the only two shots of the extra frame, and Plessis’ deflection sent the team streaming off the bench to celebrate the win. The victory put the Bandits into a tie with the Drumheller Dragons for 2nd place in the AJHL South, after Grande Prairie beat them 3-1 later in the night.
The Bandits will return home for a special Wendy’s Wild Wednesday game against the Lloydminster Bobcats on Wednesday night at the CRA, beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are just $5, and beer is just $3, with tickets available online at tickets.brooksbandits.ca.