Bandits Break Record for Best Start in AJHL History

The Brooks Bandits have set a new record for the best start in Alberta Junior Hockey League history.

With a 2-0 win over the Drumheller Dragons on Wednesday, the Bandits ran their record to 19-0-0, surpassing the 18 wins the Olds Grizzlys recorded to start the 1993-94 season.

Maddison Smiley and RJ Reed scored for Brooks, while Michael Fredick made 15 saves for his league-leading third shutout and 18th win of the season.

Are they ever going to lose?

“We hope not,” forward Patrick Lee said recently. “It’s been really good so far.”

The Bandits will now take aim at the longest winning streak in AJHL history — the 21 straight games the Calgary Canucks won in 1987-88.

They host the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in a rematch of last year’s final on Saturday (7 p.m., Centennial Regional Arena) and won’t play again until the following weekend where, if the streak is still alive, they will have a shot at tying the mark in Grande Prairie on Nov. 16 and breaking it in Whitecourt on Nov. 17.

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