VIDEO: Bandits look back on breaking AJHL win streak record

By Scott Roblin
February 11, 2019 - 5:32pm Updated: February 11, 2019 - 7:28pm

 

BROOKS, AB – You don’t have to look far to find Canada’s top Junior ‘A’ hockey team, as the Brooks Bandits are in the midst of a truly historic season.

The Bandits are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on Saturday night, recording their 25th consecutive victory and setting a new AJHL record in the process.

Brooks now sits alone in first place in the AJHL record books, passing last season’s Okotoks Oilers club that won 24 straight games heading into playoffs.

It’s been a magical season so far for the Bandits, who have already locked down first place in the South Division with a 49-3-0 record and have outscored their opponents by a 294-113 margin.

Brooks also needs just four more victories to break the AJHL’s single season wins record, which could come in the next few weeks.

The 2018-19 campaign hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the CJHL’s top ranked club though, as they battled injuries throughout the first half of the year that limited the team to just three defencemen for a stretch.

All roads will lead to the 2019 RBC Cup in May, as the Bandits already have their ticket punched to the national championship by hosting.

CHAT Sports spoke to captain Nathan Plessis, defenceman Brandon Scanlin, and head coach Ryan Papaioannou about the record and why they’re not relying on their national title berth ahead of playoffs.

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