Monday, 23 November 2015 04:34

Bandits split home weekend vs. Mustangs, Kodiaks

Written by  Tyler King
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The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) split two weekend home games against divisional rivals, downing the Calgary Mustangs 6-1 on Friday night, before falling 5-2 to the Camrose Kodiaks on Saturday night.

The split drops the Bandits’ record to 17-5-2, one point behind Camrose for first place in the AJHL’s South Division, with a game in hand.

On Friday, a dominant performance by Brooks saw the team outshoot Calgary 49-18 despite being put on the penalty kill eight times. Josh McKechney (Calgary, AB) scored two power play goals early in the first period before Everett Putz of the Mustangs knocked a puck out of mid-air and into the Bandits net to make it 2-1.

In the second, Jesse Pereira (Fort Erie, ON) deflected a Jarrod Gourley (Calgary, AB) point shot to reclaim the two goal lead, before Brooks exploded for three more goals in the third; shots off the rush by Austin Wright (Niagara Falls, ON) and Jared Cockrell (Byfield, MA), followed by another tip by Pereira, to notch the 6-1 final.

With the win, the Bandits have won the first four games of the six-game regular season series with the Mustangs.

On Saturday, despite outshooting Camrose 41-21, Brooks fell for the second straight game against their divisional rivals, for just their second regulation loss in the last 17 Bandits games, with both losses coming against the Kodiaks.

Mackenzie Bauer opened the scoring on a rebound chance just 2:11 into the game, before Tanner Younghans scored on a wrist shot from the slot just 6 seconds into the Kodiaks’ first power play to make it 2-0. Kyler Nachtigall (Calgary, AB) scored off of an odd-man rush setup by Joe O’Connor (Hamden, CT) to make it 2-1, but the Kodiaks would pull away in the second off a wraparound goal by Stefan Danielson just 2:28 in, and a Paul Lovsin goal at 15:18.

In the third, Camrose recorded another power play goal on a rebound chance for Cole McBride at 7:53, before Derek Lodermeier (Brooklyn Center, MN) pulled the Bandits to within 3 again with just over three minutes left with a wrist shot from the high slot.

The Bandits will next take on the Drumheller Dragons on the road Wednesday night, before returning home Friday night to take on the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the second of the two-game regular season inter-divisional series. Puck drop for that game is 7 PM at the Centennial Regional Arena, with tickets available online at

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