Storm beat Bandits to final

PETE LUCAROTTI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

The Grande Prairie Storm are through to the AJHL finals for the first time since 2004.

The Storm beat the Brooks Bandits 3-2 last night to take the best-of- seven AJHL semifinal series in five games.

Brendan Turnbull was the hero, scoring the game-winning goal with 3:30 remaining in the third period.

Turnbull went wide on the Brooks defence before picking the top corner on goaltender Rob Gunderson for his third goal of the playoffs.

3-2, AGAIN

It was a fitting score.

Every game in the series finished with 3-2 on the scoreboard.

John Stimson opened the scoring four minutes into the first period.

Brooks scoring leader and AJHL co-MVP Jarret Granberg was hit and lay injured on the ice.

The play continued and Stimson took an innocent-looking wrist shot from above the left face off circle that tricked Storm goalie Chad Carder.

Granberg was given an assist on the play.

Zahn Raubenheimer responded for the Storm with his ninth of the playoffs before the period was done.

Carter Rowney scored on the power play to give Grande Prairie its first lead of the game Jarret beat a screened Carder on a Bandits power play to tie the game heading into the third.

THAT'S ALL

But that's all the offence the Bandits were able to muster.

The Bandits pulled Gunderson in favour of the extra attacker in the final minute, but were unable to beat Carder.

Carder only had to make 17 saves in the win, while Gunderson had 34.


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