Bandits beat first place Jr. Bruins 5-32011-12-18
Hawkrigg, Horak, McManus line power Bandits for huge win
The Bandits opened the weekend against the Jr. Bruins in a Saturday matinee game. Both teams have been banged up as of late and the Bandits had just ten forwards dressed for the game. However the first place Jr. Bruins were no match for the home team.
Joseph Horak battled concussion like symptoms all week from a big hit sustained in a win last weekend against the Monarchs, but was cleared on Friday and the Bandits couldn't have been happier. On the power-play midway through the first period Michael Hawkrigg found Horak back door for a tic tac toe goal. " Joe is one of our top scorers, so when he toughed it out and played, it gave the whole team a boost". Coach Stirling said. Just a few seconds later, the Bruins bounced back with a goal of their own by KJ Tiefenwerth. The period ended with things square at one.
Early in the second and the Bandits shorthanded, Matthew Solomon fed Steve McManus for a 2 on 1. McManus drew the defensemen, used his body to create space and found Michael Hawkrigg in the slot who ripped the puck bar down for the go ahead goal. Minutes later the Bruins would answer as Kyle Smith beat goalie Tyler Kapp for the goal tying it at two. With the second period winding down Steve McManus broke into the offensive zone and buried the Bruins defensemen behind the net, freeing the puck up. Hawkrigg was open again in front for the easy goal, his team leading fourteenth of the year.
The Bruins opened the third period on two man advantage and made the Bandits pay. Zach Luczyk scored his 25th goal of the season. Hes currently second in the EJHL in goals. With less than five minutes to play and the game on the line, Peter MacIntyre took the puck end to end and finessed through two defensemen for a highlight goal to take the lead. Brendan McCafferty would add a late goal for the home team as the Bandits won an epic 5-3 hockey game.