Monday, May 9, 2016

Ex Viper Mick & The Bandits Advance To Royal Bank Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick & the Alberta Junior Hockey League Brooks Bandits have advanced to their second Royal Bank Cup after a 2-1 victory over the defending National Champion Portage Terriers Sunday. This will be Mick's second trip to the RBC Cup after Mick and his hometown Vernon Vipers went to the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Vernon.

Mick playing in his first season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Brooks Bandits collected (6-goals-11-assists-17-points) in 24 games with the Bandits this season, are in the second round of the AJHL Playoffs with the Canmore Eagles.

Mick started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, never played a single game this season due to injury was traded to Langley on October 6th 2015. Mick was released from the Rivermen after playing in 22 games (2-goals-8-assists-10points) before signing with the Bandits on December 30th 2015.

Mick played two years in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded to the Merritt Centennials on May 29th 2014 as part of the future considerations from a trade in January. On January 3rd 2014 the Vipers sent defenceman Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick) to Merritt for defenceman Dylan Chanter. In May the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion Bloomington Thunder selected Mick 400th overall in Round 25 of Phase two of the USHL draft. On June 20th the Merritt Centennials traded Mick to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for Luke Bertolucci & future considerations.

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Bandits punch ticket to RBC Cup, beat Portage 2-1

Posted May 8th, 2016

ESTEVAN. SK (May 8, 2016) -- The Brooks Bandits earned a spot in the 2016 RBC Cup national championship tournament on Sunday afternoon, downing the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champion Portage Terriers 2-1 in the runner-up game of the Western Canada Cup.

Josh McKechney (Calgary, AB) and Jeff Malott (Waterdown, ON) had goals for the Bandits, while Garret Hughson (Foremost, AB) stopped 18 of 19 shots in net.

“I think we played pretty simple; we did what we needed to do against this team,” said Bandits head coach and general manager Ryan Papaioannou. “They’re big; they’re physical; we needed to play a little different style tonight than we normally do. Some guys stepped up and played a heck of a lot of minutes, some guys didn’t, and I think that’s what a team’s all about.”

Off the start of the game, the Bandits found themselves back on their heels with a pair of Portage scoring chances from forwards left open in the slot. But on both occasions, goalie Garret Hughson made stellar saves to keep the affair scoreless.

With the Bandits on their third power play late in the 1st period, McKechney worked his way around a defender at neutral ice and carried into the Portage zone on a partial breakaway, tucking the puck on a backhand-to-forehand move past goalie Nathan Park to give the Bandits the opening lead.

In the second, Brooks capitalized on a Terrier error when Nick Prkusic (Medicine Hat, AB) won a puck battle behind the Portage net, and centered the puck to a wide open Malott, who one timed the puck past Park to double the Bandit lead.

The Terriers replied before the end of the middle frame, though, with Braydon MacDonald tipping a point shot past Hughson to narrow the deficit to 1 after the second.

But after outshooting the Terriers 27-12 in the opening two periods, the Bandits held the Terriers to only 7 more shots in the third, for a 34-19 final tally. With a final faceoff in the Bandits zone with less than 4 seconds left, a final shot was blocked by Malott, and the Bandits swarmed goalie Hughson celebrating an impending trip to the national championship.

The Bandits will next take on the Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Trenton Golden Hawks to open their second RBC Cup tournament in franchise history. Puck drop is scheduled for this coming Saturday at 3:30 PM in Lloydminster.

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