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Preview: Oilers vs. Bandits – March 28, 2021

Oilers aim for fourth straight win against only team to beat them this year

TIME: 4:30 p.m. MT
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The Oilers take on Brooks for the second time since return to play began, after last Saturday’s planned rematch was postponed due to precautionary measures. The team comes off a dramatic 3-2 overtime win in Calgary on Friday night in which Carson Dyck scored the extra frame winner and Zane Kindrachuk notched two goals in his return to the lineup.

Okotoks: 6-1-0, 12pts (29 GF, 15 GA)
Brooks: 6-0-0, 12pts (33 GF, 14 GA)

The Oilers lost for the first and only time this season when Brooks took a 5-1 decision at Pason on March 13th. After a Carson Dyck shorthanded goal early in the second period tied things 1-1, the Bandits replied with four consecutive goals, two of which came on the power play, en route to the win. Shots were 29-27 Brooks with a 6-4 power play advantage for the visiting Bandits.

Since beginning to sport the captain’s “C” on his jersey, Carson Dyck has scored at least one point in all four games he’s played. After adding the overtime winner and an assist in Calgary on Friday, he now has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 7 games this season.

Defenceman Eric Parker has averaged two points per game over his last three, recording a goal and five assists in that span. The Bowling Green commit leads the team in overall scoring, is tied for eighth in the AJHL scoring race, and is the second-highest scoring defenceman in the province this season behind only Cade Mason of Grande Prairie.

Both teams have hit eight-goal outbursts recently; Brooks downed the Calgary Canucks 8-1 at home last night, and Okotoks did the same with an 8-0 win over Calgary in their last home game. Brooks hasn’t been held to fewer than 4 goals in a game this entire season.

Photo: Chad Goddard Photography