The Bandits traveled to Long Island last weekend to face division rival Apple Core. The Bandits were just behind Apple Core in the Southern Division standings so they knew how vital it was to leave New York with some points. On Saturday they were able to shed their bus legs quickly and played a full 60 minutes of hard hockey. “We finally played a full game, we haven’t played this well in a while and that’s why we were successful tonight”. Coach Stirling said. The Bandits outplayed Apple Core for the majority of the game and Tyler Kapp made 41 saves for the 6-3 win. Peter Macyntire scored twice and Matthew Solomon added four assists for the Bandits.
On Sunday Apple Core was a new team and dominated the Bandits for most of the game. Apple Core jumped out to a 3-0 lead and although the Bandits battled back within a goal, the game was never that close. After Friday’s disappointment Apple Core was happy to escape with two points.
The following weekend the Bandits were invited to the Huskies Showcase in Fitchburg, MA. They drew a tough task of facing two of the best teams in the league (Jersey Hitmen and New Hampshire Monarchs). In a primetime Thursday game the Bandits played one of their best games in years beating the Monarchs for the first time in nearly a decade. The fourth line of Mikey VanSiclen, Dan Mcginnis and Brendan McCafferty were they key to the Bandits win. McCafferty and VanSiclen scored on the same shift in the second period and the Bandits wouldn’t look back as they cruised to a 5-3 win against the second place Monarchs. On Friday the Bandits fell to the Hitmen for the third and final time this season 6-1. Things were looking good for the Bandits in the first half as they were up 1-0 til late in the period before the Hitmen tied it. In the second half the Bandits fell apart halfway through. The Hitmen are too good of a team to let up for even a minute.
Things don’t get any easier for the Bandits this weekend. They welcome the first place Jr. Bruins for a Saturday Matinee and then travel out to Springfield for their last division game against the Pics. The Bandits are tied in fourth currently with Apple Core in the Southern Division.