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Dragons finish out season

Drumheller Dragons Forward Brady Risk charges the net on Sunday, March 25, during Game 6 of the second series of playoffs against the Brooks Bandits at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Bandits players Jacob LaPointe, 15, Jack Theis, 19, David D’Agostino, 21, and Goalie Mitchel Benson, 1, attempt to counter the offense. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Drumheller Memorial Arena held an intense energy as the community came out to support the Drumheller Dragons on Sunday, March 25.
1386 people were in attendance to watch the most highly anticipated game of the season. The Dragons entered the game winning the previous two but lost three. This game was the determining factor to whether the team would advance to Game seven for a final showdown against the Bandits before possibly moving on to series three against the Okotoks Oilers.
The Brooks Bandits came out of the gate with a fire in their belly’s as the rival team scored 11 seconds into the first period. The Dragons later replied, scoring at 10:28 thanks to Brayden Nicholetts who was assisted by Dawson Bruneski.
Bandits took advantage of the second period by scoring two goals, one of which was on the power play. Not even four minutes later, they scored their third goal making the score 3 – 1.
Many seemed to be holding their breath during the third period. Brett Edwards made the first goal of the period at 3:05 assisted by Alex Rotundo and Jordan Taupert.
Bandits came back to score two more goals before the Dragons managed to score off the power play by Brayden Nicholetts from Tyler Krecklewich and Andrew Kartusch.
The Dragons were unable to keep up as the Bandits put their 6th goal on the board, making the score 6 – 3.
As for power plays, the Dragons were 1 for 4 and the Bandits were 1 for 6. The Dragons had 21 shots on net to the Bandits 27.
Brooks took the best of seven series four games to two.
The Bandits will now advance to the next series against the Okotoks Oilers this weekend.

 

Photo Caption: Drumheller Dragons Forward Brady Risk charges the net on Sunday, March 25, during Game 6 of the second series of playoffs against the Brooks Bandits at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Bandits players Jacob LaPointe, 15, Jack Theis, 19, David D’Agostino, 21, and Goalie Mitchel Benson, 1, attempt to counter the offense. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley


Yavis Atom Raptors win provincial banner

Raptors

    After an undefeated week in Spirit River, the Yavis Atom Raptors boarded a bus home as provincial champions.
    Last weekend the Raptors captured their league banner, and then headed north for the ATB Alberta Atom C Provincial Tournament. They took it all the way to the championship, and they did it in style.
    “They played excellent from the first game to the last game,” said coach Bryan Olsen.
    The Raptors opened the tournament versus the host team on Thursday, March 15, and beat Spirit River 12-3. On Friday, they took to the ice versus Ponoka and won 8-4. On Saturday, their winning ways continued as they bested Wabasca 12-7.
    On Sunday, the Raptors were in the semifinals versus Westlock and won 5-1. This put them in the final versus New Sarepta.
    New Sarepta scored first, but Tom Scobie answered back three minutes later. Chase Mackey put the Raptors up 2-1 after one period.
    Two minutes into the second period, Mackey added his second. Chase Maunula added a goal at the 12-minute mark putting the Dragons up 4-1. Ryan Schrock found the net midway through the third period as the Raptors went on to a 5-1 win.
    “The other team was always getting the first goal on us and we always fought back and we shut them down after the first goal,” said Coach Olsen. “The kids worked well together. They have been working all year towards this.”
    This wraps up the season for the Raptors, but the future bodes well for the team.
    “Three are moving up to Peewee and the rest are sticking together. So we have a really good group of kids and we’ll have an excellent team next year,” said Olsen.

Dragons survive game four against Bandits

The Drumheller Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits for Game 4 of the second round of playoffs on Tuesday, March 20. This game was the final do or die for the Dragons as the Bandits won the last three games. The Dragons came out on top and won 3 – 2. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Drumheller Dragons have lived to fight another day in the second round of the playoff series.
The team rose to the occasion as the Brooks Bandits visited the Dragons den for a second night in a row on Tuesday, March 20.
The Dragons headed into last night’s game trailing 3 – 0 in the second round series. The Bandits won Monday evening with a score of 6 – 1 but that didn’t deter the local hockey team from coming back with a vengeance.
The Dragons outshot the Bandits in the first period 12 – 6, but it was scoreless heading into the second.
Second period brought back to back scoring between the rivals.

Tyler Kreklewich, 10, makes a breakaway. The Drumheller Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits for Game 4 of the second round of playoffs on Tuesday, March 20. This game was the final do or die for the Dragons as the Bandits won the last three games. The Dragons came out on top and won 3 – 2. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Tyler Kreklewich, 10, makes a breakaway. The Drumheller Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits for Game 4 of the second round of playoffs on Tuesday, March 20. This game was the final do or die for the Dragons as the Bandits won the last three games. The Dragons came out on top and won 3 – 2. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley


The Bandits were on the scoreboard first, but Brett Edwards scored on the power play to tie the game. Two minutes later Tyler Kreklewich put the Dragons up 2 – 1 to end the second.
Dragons fell asleep in the first minute and a half of the third period as the Bandits hit the back of the net tying the game at 2 – 2. At the 14:42 mark, Edwards scored his second goal of the game which ended up being the point that led the Dragons to victory.
With this win, the Dragons will head back to Brooks for Game 5 this Friday, March 23.
Up to this point, the Bandits have been dominating the series and bested the Dragon’s in Game 1, with a score of 6 – 1. Derrick Budz scored the lone goal for the Dragons in the third period assisted by Tyson Scott and Bradley Stonnell.
Game 2 on Saturday, March 17, was more competitive. The Bandits went up two goals early before Jordan Taupert scored with five minutes left in the first period. The Bandits banged in two more in the second before Slater Dykema scored for the Dragons to end the second period down 4 – 2.
Brooks kept pressing in the third period scoring seven minutes in. Just 30 seconds later Troy Dudley found the net, but it was too little too late and the Bandits won 5 – 3.
On Monday night, March 19, the Bandits were in Drumheller for Game 3. The Bandits outshot the Dragons 20 to 16 through the first two periods, and went up 5-0. Markus Boguslavsky scored seven and a half minutes into the third period, but that was all the Dragons could muster. Brooks walked off the ice with a 6 – 1 win.
The Dragons prepare for Game 5 on enemy territory this Friday, March 23. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

The Drumheller Dragons attempt to score on the opponents net in the second period of Game 4. The Drumheller Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits for Game 4 of the second round of playoffs on Tuesday, March 20. This game was the final do or die for the Dragons as the Bandits won the last three games. The Dragons came out on top and won 3 – 2. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Drumheller Dragons attempt to score on the opponents net in the second period. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Brooks Bandits fans got heated, yelling at the refs after a 'bad call'. The Drumheller Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits for Game 4 of the second round of playoffs on Tuesday, March 20. This game was the final do or die for the Dragons as the Bandits won the last three games. The Dragons came out on top and won 3 – 2. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

Brooks Bandits fans got heated, yelling at the refs after a 'bad call'. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Dragons and Bandits game did not end without many scrapping fights. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley

The Dragons and Bandits game did not end without many scrappy fights for the puck. Mailphoto by Terri Huxley


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