I know this is late in coming, but I just finished watching the Bandits/Rock game from Saturday. The Bandits did defeat the Rock 8-6 for the first time since 2006 in the Air Canada Center. Which is a good thing because we face the Rock twice on the road.
The major shining light was the play of Ken Montour and the Bandits defense. Montour stepped up to the plate when it counted the most, stopping 38 of 44 Rock shots and keeping an offense that couldn’t seem to crack Bob Watson in the game. The Bandits offense mustered 47 shots on Watson while only netting 8 of them. Steenhuis scored three times while Tavares scored twice.
Brandon Francis played a two-sided role in this game, he went 11-17 on faceoffs and had 5 loose balls, but also took two dumb penalties early in the fourth quarter which could have cost the Bandits the game. Thankfully, the penalty kill of the Bandits was good, going 3-4 on the day.
The next game for the Bandits is Friday night against a Knighthawk team that is still looking to find a groove after losing to the Wings at home on Saturday. Expect Mike Thompson in net for that one as the Bandits will use a goalie rotation until it is necessary not to.