Sam Huck (Calgary, AB) scored twice, but the top line of the visiting Brooks Bandits stole the show, taking down the home side Okotoks Oilers 4-2 on Saturday night in front of the team’s biggest crowd of the season, an announced attendance of 999.
Goaltender Parker Sawka (Cochrane, AB) made 42 saves in the effort, as the Oilers were outshot 46-19 in the game.
With the loss, the Oilers fell to a points tie with Blackfalds for fourth place in the AJHL South, but hold the tiebreaker due to having more regulation time wins.
Ryan McAllister opened the scoring on the power play for Brooks with a long point shot at 6:47, before Huck scored his first on an Okotoks power play with just 33 seconds left in the period, tucking home a rebound from the side of the net.
In the second, TJ Hughes scored back to back goals for Brooks at the 12:15 and 18:31 marks, on a rebound and shot from the slot respectively.
Huck got the Oilers back within one with a goal at 8:09 of the third, intercepting a pass from goalie Ethan Barwick and firing the puck into an empty net to make it 3-2. But McAllister sealed the game with an empty net goal at 18:31 to notch the 4-2 final.
Okotoks was 1 for 6 on the powerplay while Brooks was 1 for 7, in what was a penalty-filled affair.
The Oilers will next host the Calgary Canucks on Monday afternoon at Pason in a Family Day matinee at 4:15 PM.
Fans 17 and under can get in for free, and the team’s black alternate jerseys will be auctioned off at the game.
Tickets are available online at tickets.okotoksoilers.ca.