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Bandits put on a show when they open their Season at the Showcase.
September 24, 2017
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Bandits put on a show when they open their Season at the Showcase.

 

Hockey is officially back as the NCJHL kickstarted their season at the Bob with a beautifully organised day by Gatineau Hull Volants organisation.  The annual NCJHL showcase is highly anticipated by all fans and participants a like and none left disappointed with the day.

 

The Bandits faced the Vankleek Hill Cougars in what would turn out to be a very exciting game which the Bandits eventually won by a score of 5-2.  Both teams came out with a slow start but then quickly picked up the pace.  “Stellar goaltending on both sides throughout the game. Shots were 43-29 in our favour. We had a slow start, but seemed to find our legs midway through the second. Had a strong third killing of the first half of a 5 on 3 and scoring a short handed breakaway goal.”  Said Bandits Head Coach Dale Murdoch on his first game back with the Bandits, this time as Head Coach

 

“We had a slow start, but seemed to find our legs midway through the second. Had a strong third killing of the first half of a 5 on 3 and scoring a short handed breakaway goal.” Added Alex Barr in his first game as a Bandits coach.



Our D core played a solid game following our defensive game plan. While also contributing offensively, scoring 3 out of our 5 goals.  Good team effort for our first league game.” Added JJ Mainsonneuve also in his first game as a coach with the Bandits. 

 

“I was happy to see our guys regroup after a slow first and pick up the pace midway through the game.” Said former Bandits captain and now coach with the team Nigel Roy.

 

Second year player Defenseman Marc Bertrand lead the way with a goal and an assistant with fellow D Josh Bourdeau also scoring.  Veteran Bandit Alex Labrecque added 2 assists and missed out on a breakaway by hitting the post.  Nicholas Thibault, Alexi Latimer and Devon Upton each added singles to round up the scoring.

 

In his debut as the Bandits goaltender Miguel D’aoust stole the show with his stellar play.  “I strongly believe that Miguel’s play throughout the game inspired the players to pick up the pace” said President of the Bandits Paul Forgues.

 

The Bandits don’t get any rest as tomorrow night they face the St-Isidore Eagles in their barn.  “We are happy to get this first game under our belts as a coaching staff.  It was great to start with a win but as we know this is a long season and things don’t get easier” said Head Coach Dale Murdoch

 

 
 
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