Thursday, 29 September 2016 05:58

Horawski pitches shutout as Bandits down Canucks 2-0 at home

Written by  Tyler King
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The Brooks Bandits (4-1-1) moved into first place in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) South division on Wednesday night, after a 2-0 home win over the Calgary Canucks (4-2-1).

Bandit goaltender Alex Horawski (Toronto, ON) stopped all 21 shots he faced for the first shutout of his Junior A goaltending career, and his second win.

Both Brooks goals came off of a power play that went 2 for 7 on the night. The first was on Brooks’ first man advantage, at the 2:58 mark of the first period. Josh McKechney (Calgary, AB), who led the Bandits in power play goals last season, ripped a shot from the right-wing circle top shelf and short side on Canuck goaltender Logan Drackett for the eventual game-winning goal.

In the second, a Nick Prkusic (Medicine Hat, AB) power play point shot blast missed the Canuck net, but Ty Mappin (Big Valley, AB) nonetheless managed to force the puck to the side of the net, where Oliver Chau (Oakville, ON) won a puck battle and jammed it past Drackett to double the Bandit lead.

It was Chau’s team-leading fifth goal, and team-leading fourth power play goal as well.

After outshooting the Canucks 27-13 in the first two periods, the third saw a narrower 9-8 shot lead for Brooks. But the Bandits stood tall to preserve Horawski’s shutout, with the highlight of the third coming when Bandit forward Nic Hamre (Ottawa, ON) was jumped by Calgary defenceman Braxton Kane after a whistle, and after taking a couple of blind side punches, got his right hand free and responded in kind before being wrestled down to the ice.

The Bandits next hit the road for the annual AJHL Showcase this weekend, beginning Friday night at 8:00 PM against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:45 PM from the Max McLean Arena in Camrose on Q105.7 FM.
Also on Wednesday. the Bandits have traded 1999-born forward Markus Boguslavsky (Calgary, AB) and future considerations to the Drumheller Dragons, the team announced.

The move is part of the completion of the November 30, 2015 trade that sent 1996-born forward Ty Mappin (Big Valley, AB) to the Bandits.

Boguslavsky, 17, dressed in one regular season game for the Bandits this year, as well as one game at the 2016 Western Canada Cup.

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