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Dragons build towards playoffs

dragons-bw.jpg The Drumheller Dragons have been playing good hockey in the new year, but haven’t been able to pull above .500. So far the Dragons are 1-2 in 2009. The team came out swinging with a 3-2 win over the Camrose Kodiaks on the road, but a 2-1 loss at home to the Brooks Bandits and then a 5-2 loss in Okotoks is adding up to a drought in points. “We’ve played nine periods, and I think we’ve played seven that are outstanding, and two that were so-so. For the most part we are happy with how we’ve been playing,” said head coach Rob Hegberg. On January 3, the Dragons outshot the Kodiaks 40-33 in their winning effort. Jeff Young opened the scoring on a powerplay, but the Kodiaks evened the score at one, 13 minutes into the second period. Seconds later Cam Lamoureux put the Dragons back on top. Again Camrose tied up the game, but Kyle Fehr scored the winner with 1:40 left in the game.

Dragons lost fire this week

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The Dragons looked in fine form when they took to the ice last Tuesday night, against the Bonnyville Pontiacs, but the team has yet to shake off the slump they found themselves in only a few weeks ago.Drumheller lost both of their games this week, each to the final tally of 4-2, against the Pontiacs and the Olds Grizzlies.With only four wins in the team’s last ten games, the Dragons have sunk to fifth in the south and are ice cold heading into the Christmas break.Finding the back of the net was hard earlier in the season, but the Dragons seemed revitalized with the arrival of several new faces in the dressing room.Import John Bolka has scored six goals and assisted seven since arriving in Drumheller only ten games ago, adding to the Dragons established goal scorers Young and Faryna.The Dragons are on a break until Saturday, January 3 when they play in Camrose against the Kodiaks, who are currently standing one place behind the Dragons.

Dragons show heart against Canada's best

dragons.jpg    The Dragons showed their heart and resolve taking the number one team in the country to the wire last Friday, December 13.
    The Dragons hosted the Spruce Grove Saints at the Memorial Arena, and while the Dragons had a slow start, they never stopped chipping away at the top team in the league, and Canada.
    “We knew what we were up against coming in, and prepared the guys the best we could, I just don’t think we had the start we wanted,” said coach Jason Hegberg.
    The Saints have earned their ranking, and part of that is a powerplay that is firing at over a 30 percent average. Two poorly timed penalties allowed the Saints to capitalize early in the first period. The Dragons had a break as John Bolka beat the Saints’ goalie one on one. Spruce grove lead 3-1 after one, out shooting the Dragons 10-2.

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