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Atom Yavis Raptors second in B final at Kneehill tournament

The Atom T3 Yavis Raptors played in the newly renovated Three Hills Arena at the Kneehill Atom Tournament on December 12 and 13 and the kids were in tough against the Kneehill Chiefs as the average height of the opposition appeared to be 5’8”.
    The team started passing and playing good position and definitely took advantage of their scoring chances. The Raptors had two goals on three shots and ended the 1st period down 3-2. The Chiefs eventually wore the Raptors down as they could only muster eight shots on goal. The “Big E” Westman got a workout for his pads as he faced 47 shots in a losing cause 8-2.
    The team’s next game was against Calgary’s Glenlake Hawks. There was barely enough room for all of their 20 players to fit on the bench, so the Raptors knew they would need to play a full 60 minutes of hockey to compete.
    Sean “The Sniper” Michalevich was moved over to centre and was full of energy as he powered around the ice creating chances and making numerous defensive plays. There was no scoring until the second period when Nathan Waiboer broke in the Hawks goalie and buried it in the corner. It was an action filled next two periods as Drumheller kept the lead and built on it from a beautiful set up from Tanner “The Tank” Boutin as he feathered a pass to the “Snowman” who finished it off. The steady play of Tyler H, Tyler C, Haylea Crone and “Zach Attack” Suntjens helped the squad to a 4-2 win.
    The Raptors advanced to  the B final on Sunday. Their opponets, the Red Deer Chiefs looked like some had driver’s licences. The Raptors came out flying and scored the first goal and had 2 goals on 4 shots. Great effort from the ‘Twin Towers” of “Jumpin” Jake Petrie and Kevin “Knuckles” Schrock as they were constantly digging pucks out of the corner and making things happen in front of the net.
    The team was playing hard and only down 3-2 near the end of the first period. Determined not to be run over as “Wild Bill” McDougald was keeping things clean by clearing traffic in front of his tender. Unfortunately the ref didn’t see it that way. Even with the fresh legs of Bradyn, the Raptors couldn’t hold the Chiefs off the scoreboard.
    Scoring this weekend: Sean Michalevich 2G,1A; Devon Snow 1G,2A; Tyler Cardamone 2G; Nathan Waiboer 1G,1A; Kevin Schrock 1G,1A; Zach Suntjens 1G,1A; Jake Petrie 1G; Tanner Boutin 1A; Eric Westman 102 saves, Coach Crone and Coach Hummel 10 cups of coffee.

Off Ice Official of the Year Honoured

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In a tradition that dates back to the first season of the Drumheller Dragons, an off ice official is awarded for their commitment. Russ Gill has also been volunteering since the Drumheller Dragons first season, and according to off ice official coordinator Barry Pozzo, he has hardly missed a handful of games in his seven years with the team. Pozzo, left, presented Gill with the Off Ice Official of The year Award before the Dragons took to the ice on Friday, December 18 versus the Spruce Grove Saints.


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