Bandits Clinch South Division
With their 22nd victory in a row, the Brooks Bandits secured top spot in the South Division and a first-round bye after a 4-2 win over the Drumheller Dragons.
Bandits win! That's 22 consecutive wins! 4-2 is the final in Drumheller tonight, and with that win, your Bandits have clinched first place in the #AJHL South Division and a first round bye in the playoffs!
Stay tuned fans – playoff tickets will be on sale this coming week!
— Brooks Bandits (@BrooksBandits) February 3, 2019
Andrew Lucas (University of Vermont Catamounts) and Ray Christy (Colorado College Tigers) got the Bandits off to a good start making it 2-0 after 20 minutes. Lucas has been fantastic lately scoring 12 points in his last seven games including a 4 point outing against the Grande Prairie Storm.
A rocket slap shot from Ethan Lund midway through the second got the Bandits on the scoresheet for the third time.
Drumheller didn’t back down, however, pulling within one with goals from Brett Edwards (University of Denver Pioneers) and Bradley Stonnell. Edwards finished the evening with two points to his name extending his point streak to four games scoring nine points.
Despite that, it wasn’t enough to knock off Brooks who finished them off with an empty net goal from Nathan Plessis (Brown University Bears).
Hunter Virostek (Albertus Magnus College Falcons) made 35 saves in the loss and was the named the Dragons Viterra Star of the Game.
Kodiaks climb into first-round home ice seed
Griffin Bowerman was outstanding for Camrose making 28 saves for his second shutout in a row (fourth of the season) as his Kodiaks went on to defeat the Calgary Canucks 9-0. In his last three games, Bowerman is averaging 0.33 GAA and has a 0.987 SV% making his the hottest goaltender in the AJHL.
His fine form has helped push the Kodiaks in the final first-round home ice advantage spot in the South Division. The Camrose offence has done a great job at giving him goal support; especially last night. Thirteen players got their name on the scoresheet last night with nobody scoring more than two points.
Cody Laskosky ended a two-game point drought with a pair of goals. Since being acquired from the Sherwood Park Crusaders, Laskosky has 10 points in 9 games which is just one point shy of his total with the Crusaders in 26 games.
Coming out today too, Kodiaks forwards Carson and Mckenzie Welke announced via Twitter that he has committed to Albertus Magnus College Falcons. Drumheller Dragons goaltender Hunter Virostek is the other AJHL player committed to the NCAA Division III school.
Okotoks Oilers 6 – 3 Olds Grizzlys
Olds found themselves up 2-0 on the Oilers early in the second period with goals from Colby Wolter and Daine Milgate. However, Okotoks came surging back with Dylan Holloway (University of Wisconsin Badgers) leading the way with a four-point night (two goals, two assists). Brady Parker picked up the win for the Oilers which is now his 13th in fourteen games.
Whitecourt Wolverines 1 – 4 Bonnyville Pontiacs
The Pontiacs got back on track as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the North Division. Jeremy Gervais had a three-point outing for the Pontiacs which included a goal and a pair of assists.
Canmore Eagles 4 – 2 Lloydminster Bobcats
A four-goal second period for the Eagles proved to be the difference in this contest. Thomas Davis was excellent for the Eagles making 35 saves for his 12th win of the year. The win pulls Canmore within three points of the Dragons in third in the South Division.
Grande Prairie Storm 3 – 4 (OT) Fort McMurray Oil Barons
The Storm and Oil Barons trade goals throughout in this one with the Barons ultimately ending it in over from Jarred White. Kole Gable had two goals and now has scored a point or more 15 of his last 16 games for the Barons. On the Storm side, star forward Zachary Okabe (St Cloud State University Huskies) had a goal which extended his goal streak to four games.
Sherwood Park Crusaders 4 – 2 Drayton Valley Thunder
Sherwood Park made it three wins in a row last night in Drayton Valley. The game was tied at 2-2 after 20 minutes, but goals from Brennan McDonnell and Zach Kaiser keep the Crusaders within two points of the Pontiacs.