|Bandits Start Season 2-0 with Two Road Wins|
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Bandits Start Season 2-0 with Two Road Wins
The Bandits started the season with two roads win by defeating the Vankleek Hill Cougars in the Showcase and followed it up with a win against long time rivals St-Isidore Eagles.
Both victories were hard fought games were the outcome could have gone either way. Fortunately both went the Bandits way. The final score on Sunday was Bandits 4 and Eagles 2. The Bandits whom last year had a lot of slow starts to games came out this time with a strong first period tallying up a 3-0 lead on goals by veteran Bandits Alex Labrecque and Gabriel Cuillerier. Billy Denham making his second start as a Bandit notched his first of the season and played a solid game all around.
The Bandits came out for the second period looking flat and off their system. “Too many turnovers and odd man rushes resulted in losing the second 2-0 for a close 3-2 game going into the third. We regrouped as a team between the second and third and played a strong shutdown game.” Said head coach Dale Murdoch.
Nick Ouellette who made is much anticipated return to the Bandits this season added his first of the season with a Power play goal in the third giving the Bandits that important insurance goal. Miguel D’aoust was once again solid in the Bandits net.
We proved this weekend that when you follow and system and work hard every period you will more than likely win. The NCJHL is a tough league to play in and if you take even a few minutes off, you will find yourself behind the 8 ball rather quickly added long time Bandits equipment Manager Denis Ouelette.
The Bandits will try to continue this great start on the weekend with two games including their Home Opener Saturday night when they will face last season’s Finalist the North Dundas Rockets, led by their great defenseman and 2016 NCJHL MVP Captain Bryan van Kessel at the Ray Friel Centre with a puck drop of 7:30pm. The Bandits will then travel to St-André d’Avelin to face the Vikings at the Stéphane Richer arena at 3:30pm.
“I’m happy with our start but this is just opening weekend. Next weekend we need to play with confidence but not arrogance because a 2-0 record can quickly turn into a 2-2 record especially with these two teams. “ exclaimed Coach Murdoch.