Bandits drop two on first road trip of season
The Bandits traveled to Wayne, New Jersey last weekend to face the Hitmen for their first road trip of the season. However things didn’t go as planned for the Jr. Bandits. Despite the Hitmen’s recent struggles they sat just two points back of the Bandits in the Southern Division standings. After a five hour bus trip most teams would come out flat, but the first two periods of the weekend were the Bandits best. It appeared these two southern division foes would have an exciting back and forth weekend, but the Hitmen had other plans. Michael Hawkrigg scored his tenth goal of the season, unassisted just 40 seconds into the game. The team was fired up and for the next ten minutes it looked as though they had control of the game until Jack Barre scored the next two goals of the game for the Hitmen. Late in the second period and the Bandits on the power-play with a chance to tie the game fell apart and allowed a breakaway goal to Eli Riddle. Things looked to be falling out of reach for the Bandits until Peter Macintyre scored his tenth goal of the season tying him with Hawkrigg for the team lead. That would end the scoring for the Bandits for the game and the Hitmen tacked on three more in the third to win 6-2. Tyler Kapp stopped 60 shots, but allowed a season high six goals. The Bandits played some of the best hockey of the year for the first two periods, but they need to figure out a way to put together 60 minutes of solid hockey to beat the better teams in the league.
In game two the Hitmen simply outplayed the Bandits in every aspect of the game. The Hitmen sent the Bandits home with an 11-2 beating. There were a few positives in the game for the Bandits however. Mike Miller scored his first goal in the last six games. He had a slight separation in his shoulder, but battled through it knowing he had a week off for Thanksgiving to get it healed up. Also Joe Horak scored his first goal in the last four games, both these players are vital to the Bandits success. So if there’s a way to pull a couple positives from an 11-2 loss that’s it. The Bandits will take the next week off and get back to practice after the holiday. They immediately face the Huskies at home for the first time this season on Wednesday. The Huskies are two points ahead of the Bandits in the overall standings. It’s a very important game for the Bandits as they’ll head to Long Island that weekend to face Apple Core who are 6-3 in their last nine games and sit four points ahead of the Bandits in the Southern Division.