*Written/supplied from Okotoks Oilers
Despite a tighter margin in shots, the Okotoks Oilers dropped their second straight lopsided decision Saturday night in Game 2 of the AJHL South Final, falling 6-1 to the host Brooks Bandits.
A back and forth first fell squarely in Brooks’ favour when key offensive catalyst Brendan Boyle (Lake Country, B.C.) was called for a blow to the head penalty after a light hit in the corner, removing him from the game for twelve minutes and leading to Brooks’ opening goal on a wrist shot off the rush from Boston Buckberger at the 15:51 mark.
Vociferous protestations from the Okotoks staff after the first period garnered another minor penalty and a subsequent Brooks power play to start the second, which while killed off still set the tone for a four-goal Brooks frame, with two goals by Hunter Wallace combined with singles from Brendan Poshak and Brendan Mairs giving Brooks a 5-1 lead after two, the lead shortened only by a tipped point shot goal from the Oilers’ Dean Spak (Calgary, AB).
Parker Sawka (Cochrane, AB) relieved Jack McNaughton (Calgary, AB) to start the third, and allowed only one further goal on a similar net front tip by Anthony Cipollone to notch the 6-1 final score.
The Oilers were outshot 33-21 in the game.
The setting now shifts to Okotoks for Games 3 and 4 of the series on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, both of which are scheduled for 7:00 PM at Pason Centennial Arena. Tickets are available online at tickets.okotoksoilers.ca.