The RBC Cup tournament is being held in Summerside, PEI this year; and for a team that recently finished 2nd in the Western Canada Cup on the countries opposite coast; the Bandits have so far shown they are ready to shine their brightest colors. The Bandits finished the regular season one win short of a CJHL record, at 53-4-3 for 109 points. Last season, they came up short, falling in the Doyle Cup to the eventual RBC winner, the Penticton Vees.
Joining the Bandits at the RBC Cup is the Truro Bearcats, who finished the season at 38-9-0-5; the host Summerside Western Capitals,
For Reed, it was a difficult season as he fought injury troubles early on, but in the end he finished strong, totally 15 playoff points in 15 playoff games. In the Western Canada Cup, Reed was named to the All-Tournament Team, thanks to 3 goals and 4 points in his teams 6 games.
The RBC Cup began on Saturday May 11th, with Brooks having their way with the Maritime Hockey League and Fred Page Cup champ Truro Bearcats, winning 7-1. Cam Maclise was the hero, garnering a hat trick and an assist, while Anthony Paskaruk chipped in with a goal and a couple helpers. The Bandits outshot Truro 27-8, and just 5-3 in the third period.
The Bandits get right back on the ice on Sunday, taking on the Central region champion Minnesota Wilderness of the SIJHL, who won the Dudley Hewitt Cup. The Wilderness won 16 more games than the league's 2nd best team, going 51-3 on the year, while being the CJHL's #2 team behind the Bandits. The game was very close in the first couple periods, tied at 2, but then in the 3rd Brooks started to take some control. Anthony Petruzzelli had a pair of goals and a three point night to lead the Brooks Bandits to a 6-3 win, with Maclise, Paskaruk and Mark Reners putting up multi-point games.
In one of the tournament's most exciting games, if not the; the Surrey Eagles erased a 4-2 deficit in the 3rd Period to win in overtime on Monday night by a score of 5-4. Rewind 16 years, and it was a 3-2 Western Capitals win in the Royal Bank Cup championship game of 1997. An ex-Vernon Viper and a player I personally have seen play a lot of games, Adam Tambellini, was tremendous for the Eagles as he put up 2 goals and 2 assists in the win. First year Western Capital Chris Caissy had a 3 point night for Summerside, while two players had 2 point nights for Summerside; one for Brooks, while Devon Toews also had a great night, with a goal and an assist. The crowd was over 2,500 strong.
On Tuesday's schedule is perhaps the next biggest game of the round robin, as the Bandits take on the Western Capitals with a chance to remain undefeated going in to the final game of their round robin schedule. The Bandits will close the tournament out on Thursday night against Surrey, and it seems as though they've warmed up nicely for perhaps their two toughest games of the 2012/2013 campaign.
The main motive of this post is to encourage folks to check out Junior Hockey in their community, whether your team is in the playoffs or not, in Flin Flon or Toronto, and in a brand new rink or an old barn. The work that goes in to events like this, from the players and coaches working all season to the volunteers putting in more than two years worth of work, is second to none and if you're a Hockey fan then you should consider buying seasons tickets for your local team! Another reason towards this is to send out a large congratulations to RJ Reed on everything he has accomplished in his Hockey career. He is a player that dealt with a lot of adversity over the years but always kept pushing and all of his friends and Millet residents alike are very proud of the Bandits and what thay have helped RJ do, and vice versa!
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