The Brooks Bandits have won their first league championship and are the 2012 AJHL Enerflex Cup Champions. The Bandits captured the league title with a 4 – 0 victory over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Fort McMurray tonight.
The Brooks Bandits held a perfect 8-0 post-season record entering the series versus the Oil Barons. Brooks opened the Enerflex Cup final series with a 5-1 win to extend a 20-game win streak dating back to January before facing their first loss in Game Two. The Bandits won the Enerflex Cup in Game Six of the best-of-seven series.
AJHL Vice-President Ryan Bartoshyk presented the 2012 Playoff MVP Award to Brooks Bandits goaltender Jan Obernesser. Obernesser recorded a shutout in the championship victory in Game Six. He posted a 12-2 record, a league leading 2.16 GAA, and 2 shutouts in the 2012 AJHL Playoffs.
2012 Enerflex Cup Schedule and Results:
- Game 1 Friday, April 6 Fort McMurray 1 @ Brooks 5
- Game 2 Saturday, April 7 Fort McMurray 7 @ Brooks 1
- Game 3 Monday, April 9 Brooks 2 @ Fort McMurray 3
- Game 4 Tuesday, April 10 Brooks 3 @ Fort McMurray 2
- Game 5 Thursday, April 12 Fort McMurray 1 @ Brooks 4
- Game 6 Saturday, April 14 Brooks 4 @ Fort McMurray 0
The Brooks Bandits won the Dave Duchak Trophy as the 2011-2012 AJHL Regular Season Champions with a record of 47-7-6 and 100 points and earned a bye to Round Two of the 2012 AJHL Playoffs. The Bandits then swept the Calgary Canucks and Olds Grizzlys to advance to the AJHL Enerflex Cup Finals. This was the first League Final appearance for the Brooks Bandits franchise.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Enerflex Ltd. as its Championship Sponsor. The AJHL’s sixteen member teams battle annually for the honour to hoist the AJHL Enerflex Cup as League Champion.
The Bandits will now meet the BCHL Champion Penticton Vees in the 2012 Doyle Cup. The winner will represent the Pacific Division at the 2012 RBC Cup in Humboldt, SK from May 5th – 13th. The Doyle Cup will begin in Brooks on April 20th and 21st. If one team sweeps the first two games, the remainder of the series will be played in BC. If the teams split the opening two games, Game Three will be played in Brooks on April 22nd before the series switches to Penticton, BC for the remainder of the series.