Bandits Beat Bobcats in Brooks

Paying a visit to Brooks for the one and only time this season, the Lloydminster Bobcats were unable to get anything going on Friday night as they fell victim to the Bandits, who won their 24th straight game.

The Bandits tied the AJHL single season consecutive win record by defeating the Bobcats 8-0 at the Centennial Regional Arena.

Brooks was able to make its mark early in the game scoring four first period goals, followed by three more in the second frame.

Getting them on the board in the opening period it was their captain Nathan Plessis finding the back of the net when he beat Bobcat’s goalie Justin Vertesi off a rebound.

Plessis then struck again later in the frame to make it 2-0, before Ryan Mahshie and Arnaud Vachon found the back of the net as well for the Bandits.

In the second frame, it was the Brooks’ power-play that got things started.

With the man-advantage Simon Gravel got the puck past Vertesi extending the lead to 5-0.

Ray Christy then netted two straight goals for the homeside to make it 7-0 heading into the third.

Although it appeared we were heading for a scoreless final frame, Randy Hernandez scored for the Bandits with just over three minutes to play in the game.

Brooks outshot Lloydminster in the game 51-12.

The Cats finished the game 0 for 2 on the power-play with Brooks going 1 for 5.

Lloydminster came close to getting on the board early in the second, when Jordan Bosyriuk was denied on a penalty-shot.

Next up for the Bobcats is a trip to Olds on Saturday to battle the Grizzlys. Puck drop is at 7:00.