Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:18

Brooks onto to south final, four named all stars

Written by  Tyler King
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The Brooks Bandits will open their defence of their Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) South Division championship at home this coming Friday and Saturday.


The best of seven playoff series between the Bandits and the Camrose Kodiaks will begin on April 1st and 2nd with home games at the Centennial Regional Arena, before shifting to Camrose for Games 3 and 4 at the Encana Arena on Monday, April 4th, and Tuesday, April 5th. If necessary, a fifth game would be Friday, April 8th in Brooks, the sixth in Camrose on Sunday the 10th, and a decisive seventh back at the CRA on Tuesday the 12th.
Puck drop for all games of the series will be at 7 p.m.
This will be the second consecutive year that the Bandits and Kodiaks have met in the South final. Last season, with the Kodiaks holding home-ice advantage, the Bandits rebounded from a 2-games-to-none series deficit to win the division in seven games.
The Kodiaks defeated the Olds Grizzlys in the first round in a 3-game sweep, and defeated the Okotoks Oilers in their divisional semi-final in 5 games to earn their spot in this series. Brooks received a first round bye by virtue of finishing first in the South in the regular season, then swept the Canmore Eagles in their divisional semi-final in 4 games.
This will be the sixth time in franchise history that the Bandits and Kodiaks have met in the playoffs, with Camrose having won four of the six series. The Kodiaks swept Brooks in 4 games in 2005, while the Bandits won in seven games in 2009. Camrose won in 5 games in 2010, and in 7 games in 2011, with the Bandits winning last season’s playoff series also in seven.
The winner of the best of seven will face the winner of the AJHL North Division final between the Spruce Grove Saints and Lloydminster Bobcats in the 2016 AJHL Gas Drive Cup Final.
Q105.7 FM will broadcast all games of the Bandits’ playoffs live, with pre-game coverage beginning 15 minutes before game time.
Fans are reminded that the best way to avoid the line at the Centennial Regional Arena is to pre-purchase playoff tickets, which can be done online at http://tickets.brooksbandits.ca, by phone at (403) 501-0122, and in person at the CRA from Tuesday to Thursday, 9 AM to 1 PM, at the Bandits’ office.

 

Four Brooks Bandits players were selected to the annual Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) All-League and All-Rookie teams in a vote of league head coaches, it was announced this week.

Star Bandits defenceman Cale Makar (Calgary, AB), fresh off his accolades as AJHL Rookie of the Year, was selected as one of two defencemen on the AJHL South All-League Team, and was the only unanimous selection on the South All-Rookie Team.

Makar was joined on the All-League team by teammates Jeff Malott (Waterdown, ON) and Derek Lodermeier (Brooklyn Center, MN), as the Bandits comprised half of the honoured players in the South this season. It is the first time a team has had 3 players on a single all-League team since the Bandits also accomplished that feat in 2010-11, when goaltender Jan Obernesser was joined by forwards Riley Simpson and Matt Wilkins.

Bandits rookie forward Josh McKechney (Calgary, AB) was also selected as a forward on the division’s All-Rookie team, after opening his AJHL career as the fifth-highest scoring rookie in the league with 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists) in 59 games.

The Bandits have now been represented on the South Division All-League team for the last six consecutive seasons, and on the South Division All-Rookie team for the last five straight. It is also the Bandits’ second consecutive season with a unanimous All-Rookie selection, after goaltender Josh Davies (Guelph, ON) received all votes last year.

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