Brooks set a franchise record
A 9-1 whooping over the Olds Grizzlys extended the Brooks Bandits win streak at 21 last night breaking a seven-year franchise record. The win also pushes the Bandits into the second all-time in the AJHL record books with the 1988 Calgary Canucks. Currently, the record is held by the 2017-18 Okotoks Oilers who went 24 games undefeated in regular season competition.
Blackjack! 21 straight wins, a new franchise record, as your Bandits down Olds 8-1 tonight at the CRA!
That's the second-longest win streak in the history of the #AJHL!
We're off to Drumheller to try to make it 22 straight tomorrow night! pic.twitter.com/DTFoeIohzB
— Brooks Bandits (@BrooksBandits) February 2, 2019
In last night’s game, the Bandits had 11 players get their names on the scoresheet. Bobby Harrison grabbed himself a hat-trick which ended a 10-game goal drought, Brandin Scanlin (University of Nebraska – Omaha Mavericks) picked up three assists and now has 10 points in his last four games, and between the pipes, Tanner Marshall got the started stopping 8 of the nine shots he faced.
Daine Milgate scored the lone goal for the Grizzlys on a shorthanded attempt for his 6th goal of the season.
Crusaders Rooke Hits Career High
Rookie sensation, Carter Savoie (University of Denver Pioneers) had himself a night for the Sherwood Park Crusaders versus the Grande Prairie Storm last night putting up a career-high five points. The Denver commits five points helped the Crusaders defeat the Storm 8-4 as they look to get their legs back after a tough stretch which saw them go 2-4-0 to round out January.
On the night, Savoie had a single goal and four assists to bring his total on the season to 63 points and is now 5th in league scoring.
Arjun Atwal also had a great night with his three assists, and both Jack Hamly and Will Zapernick (University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers) each had a pair of goals.
As for the Storm, despite being down the entire game, they didn’t make it easy on the Crusaders pulling themselves within a couple of goals twice. Zachary Okabe (St Cloud State University Huskies) was excellent in this contest showing off his speeding, quick hands, and scoring abilities. He finished with three points (two goals, one assist) for his 12th multi-point game of the season.
Late Drama in Bonnyville
Talk about a dramatic ending! The final minutes of the Bonnyville Pontiacs versus the Canmore Eagles were hectic.
With a little less than two minutes to play the teams were locked at 3-3, but the Eagles found themselves on the powerplay. The Eagles star forward, Alex Young (Colgate University Raiders) gave Canmore a 4-3 led which seemed to secure the win and complete his hat-trick. Young also finished this game with five points for his 19th multi-point game of the season. However, with one second left on the clock, Captain Clutch Grayson Constable (College of the Holy Cross Crusaders) tied the game and forced overtime with his 22nd goal of the year.
Despite some late heroics from Constable, 48 seconds into overtime Connor Lyons regained the Eagles led and assured that they went home with the two points. The final score in this one finished 4-3 in favour of the Eagles.
The Round Out
Drumheller Dragons 6 – 1 Calgary Canucks
Recently committed Brett Edwards (University of Denver Pioneers) led the charge with two goals as the Dragons get back to winning ways and stay third in the South Division.
Calgary Mustangs 5 – 6 (SO) Okotoks Oilers
Okotoks extends their win streak to 11 despite being pushed to the brink by the Calgary Mustangs. Oilers forward, Ben Evanish tied the game to send it to overtime with less than a minute to go in regulation, and then Dylan Holloway (University of Wisconsin Badgers) sealed the two points in the third round of the shootout.
Spruce Grove Saints 5 – 1 Lloydminster Bobcats
The Bobcats had an early lead in this one from Noah Taron shorthanded, however, that led only lasted six minutes until the Saints went on to score five unanswered goals. Logan Gaine and Cole Basnett each scored three points while Liam McCloskey made 26 saves to secure his 9th win of the season.
Whitecourt Wolverines 2 – 4 Fort McMurray Oil Barons
The rivalry still exists between these two despite being at opposite ends of the standings with a total of 70 penalty minutes were dished out between the two North Division rivals. The Oil Barons got up 2-0 early which saw Ben Rishaug replaced by Tye Morin between the Wolverines pipes. Jaedon Leslie (Ohio State University Buckeyes) didn’t get a goal against his former team but did get two assists as his Barons look to gain the Saints in third place.