The Brooks Bandits earned a spot in the 2016 RBC Cup national championship tournament on Sunday afternoon, downing the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champion Portage Terriers 2-1 in the runner-up game of the Western Canada Cup.
The Brooks Bandits (4-0) became the first team in the history of the Western Canada Cup to start with an undefeated round robin record, downing the host Estevan Bruins (0-4) by a 6-4 final score on Thursday night at Affinity Place.
The Brooks Bandits (3-0) scored the second-most goals in a game in Western Canada Cup history, as the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) champions got by the defending national champion Portage Terriers (2-1-1) of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) by a whopping 9-3 margin on Wednesday night at Affinity Place.
A three-goal first period was all the Brooks Bandits (2-0) needed on Monday night, as the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) champions continued their hot start to the Western Canada Cup with a 3-0 win over the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) champion Melfort Mustangs (0-2) at Affinity Place.
Despite 13 penalty kills, and only 4 power plays in the opening 59 minutes of play, the Brooks Bandits (1-0) took their opening game at the 2016 Western Canada Cup 4-2 over the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) champion West Kelowna Warriors (1-1) on Sunday afternoon.
On Jan. 6, 2016, the first two paragraphs of a Prairie Post story on Foremost-native Garret Hughson, who had just been released from the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfire and been picked up by the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits read like this:
Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta.) has been nominated for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Rookie of the Year award, it was announced April 25.
Parker Foo (Edmonton, AB) scored just 65 seconds into overtime, as the Brooks Bandits took a 2 games to 1 series lead in the 2016 Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Final with a 2-1 win over the Spruce Grove Saints at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks on Monday night.
The Brooks Bandits completed a four-game sweep of the Camrose Kodiaks with a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) South Division Final on Tuesday night, capturing the team’s fourth division championship in the last five seasons.