FINAL SCORE: Sherwood Park Crusaders 1 Brooks Bandits 9
Everybody has a tough at the office every now and then, today was one of those for the Crusaders. The score doesn’t 100% reflect how the game was but it definitely gives you a good idea. There were times throughout the game where the Cru did look good, however, in the end, Brooks made the most of their opportunities and took home the two points.
In the first, the Crusaders gave Brooks to much respect, allowing them to come right at them. The team gave up too many penalties which are where both of Brooks goals came from. The Cru didn’t test the Bandits at all and only had four shots on goal after 20. If you want to beat teams, like Brooks, you’ve got to give it to them right away and the Crusaders didn’t.
As for the second and third period, the offense looked much better despite on scoring one goal. The created plenty of chances to score and did actually get a goal taken off the board after Jesse Zaharichuk had a collision with the netminder. However, even though the offense had more life, the Bandits kept coming scoring seven more goals. Later on in the game, the Crusaders took their frustration out with their fists, both Rotundo and Younghans dropped the gloves.
Overall, tough for loss for the Crusaders but defiantly a few positives to take away from this. They have the players capable of beating the top teams, like the Bandits, but today clearly wasn’t a game they were ready for. The absence of the league’s leading scorer, Tyler Maltby, was present today.
- The game started out with Ty Readman receiving his player of the month award, congratulations to Readman.
- Koletrane Wilson was the stand out on the penalty kill for the Cru. Wilson put his body on the line twice blocking two hard slapshots for his team. You could see he was in some pain after the first put still threw his body at the second shot anyways, those are the kind of plays you want to see.
- Ben Sowa stepped up for the Cru like a captain should. Sowa created a decent amount of chances for his teammates and was awarded an assist on the Atwal goal.
- After conceding early in the second, the second line of Atwal-Rotundo-Dykstra gave the Cru some life. They put a lot of pressure on the Bandits which eventually led to a Crusader’s powerplay.
- After a Cru powerplay in the second, the team started to play like their familiar selves. The poured on the pressure for a good couple of minutes and during this period they scored their first goal of the game.
- Most likely out of frustration, the Crusaders dropped the gloves twice after the Bandits made some over the top plays. The first fight came from Rotundo out took a high hit the head and other from Younghans who took a hard slash. Although we don’t want to encourage fighting, it’s good that the players won’t allow this to happen without consequences.
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- They were too undisciplined in the first taking three penalties and once putting the Bandits on a 5 on 3 powerplays. When you’re playing a team like Brooks you can’t give them those opportunities.
- Whilst on the penalty kill, the Cru did clog lanes but also gave Brooks to much time with the puck. The Bandits just cycled the puck around until the door was open for them to score. Got to put more pressure on the puck handler and make them make a mistake.
- 17 seconds into the second Brooks scored. The worst way the Cru could’ve started the period.
- At one point there was a 4 on 4 and the Cru played it as if they were on the penalty kill leading to another Bandits goal.
- There was a goaltending change after the Bandits fourth goal and yet the Cru still couldn’t stop them from scoring.
- The team took to long to get into the game and when they did it was too late.
Crusaders next play away in the Drumheller to take on the Dragons. The Dragons are sitting in sixth place in the south division with a 12-11-4 record. The game is next Friday at the Drumheller Memorial Arena with the puck dropping at 7:30pm.