Anchorage's Ryan Luiten and UAA recruit Dylan Nowakowski, both of whom play for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, are champions -- the Bandits captured the Enerflex Cup over the weekend as playoff champs of the circuit.
But the boys are done chasing hardware. Next up is the Doyle Cup, which pits the Bandits against the Pentiction Vees, champions of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.
That best-of-7 series opens Friday in Brooks and matches two clubs with ridiculous records. Brooks went 47-7-6 in the regular season and 12-2-0 in the playoffs for a combined 59-9-6 (.838 winning percentage). Penticton went 54-4-2 (and won 42 straight games) in the regular season, then 12-3-0 in the playoffs for a combined 66-7-2 (.893 winning percentage).
Pentiction in all games has outscored its opponents 386-137 this season. It has at least 16 guys headed to Division I teams on scholarship.
As for Brooks, Luiten owns 1-4--5 totals in 14 playoff games after going 23-27--50 in 60 regular season games. Nowakowski, who joined the Bandits late in the regular season after a trade from BCHL Alberni Valley, owns 2-9--11 totals in 14 playoff games after putting up 6-16--22 totals in 15 regular-season games for the Bandits.