A New Challenge for Charleson

Brooks Bandits goaltender, Pierce Charleson, is under heightened scrutiny this season, despite his success a season ago.

He won 42 games (42-2-0) in 2018-19, posted a 2.16 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .913 save percentage (Sv%). He was the Bandits Rookie of the Year last season, as well as an NCAA Div. 1 commit to Michigan State. He backstopped the Bandits to their 5th AJHL title and later to a National Junior Championship!

Yet somehow, there was still speculation heading into the season as to whether Charleson’s numbers might have been inflated and insulated by the solid Bandits lineup in front of him. Well, fifteen games into the 2019-20 season, it’s safe to say that those numbers speak for themselves.

Taking on more responsibility this season is exactly the type of challenge that Brooks Bandits head coach, Ryan Papaioannou, believes his 19-year-old netminder is made for.

“He’s in a little bit of a different light this year, where he’s going to have to be our best player every night,” Papaioannou explains. “It’s a good challenge for him, good for us too, it’s nice to have a calming influence back there.”

Charleson (Aurora, ON) is setting out to quiet any prior notions regarding his numbers, as he and the Bandits are out to a 15-0-0 start to the 2019-2020 season. Charleson has twelve wins (12-0-0) to start the campaign.