Saints Fall In Overtime Of Game 5, Bandits Win Series 4-1

Apr 28, 2023 - AJHL Finals - Game 5 between Brooks Bandits and the Spruce Grove Saints at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, AB (Photo by Chad Goddard)

In a heartbreaking game five loss, the Spruce Grove Saints dropped the AJHL final series four games to one. 

The first period contained goals from two Bandits. Early into the frame, Caelan Fitzpatrick scored to open the scoring. Then, with thirteen seconds left, Fitzpatrick scored his second of the night on a power play to give the Bandits a two-goal lead. 

The second period was a battle of the goaltenders. However, Liam Watkins (Okotoks, AB) was able to put one past Ethan Barwick to cut the game in half. 

Halfway through the third frame, Luigi Benincasa (Edmonton, AB) scored a powerplay goal to tie the game at two; then, once again, the game would be headed to overtime. 

Five minutes into extra time, Brendan Poshak scored for the Bandits to win the game 3-2 and the AJHL championship.