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Bandits claim Alberta Cup with 7-3 defeat of Crusaders

The Brooks Bandits were hoping to make a little history Wednesday night.

They were one win away from winning the first-ever BCHL Alberta Cup, and after weathering a strong start by Sherwood Park, they got what they came for, winning 7-3.

The victory gave them a 4-1 series victory and an Alberta Cup to add to their four national championships.

After falling behind 2-1 in the first period, Brooks caught up and pulled ahead 4-3. In the third, they added three straight goals to secure the win.

Mirko Buttazzoni led the way with two goals and an assist, while captain Nic DeGraves added a goal and two assists.

Bandit forward Logan Sawyer was named the most valuable player of the Alberta playoffs.

Next up for Brooks is a best-of-three showdown with the winner of the Fred Page Cup final between Surrey Eagles and Penticton Vees. That best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece.

Whoever wins travels to Brooks to compete for the Rocky Mountain Challenge, which will be played May 31 to June 2 at Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks.

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