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Dragons top Grizzlys, drop to Kodiaks

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The Drumheller Dragons split last weekend with a win over Olds on the road but fell to Camrose at home.
The Dragons were in Olds to take on the Grizzlys on Friday, April 2. The Grizzlys were on the defensive right away after a tripping penalty. Defenseman Cyle Clayton scored his first as a Dragon on the powerplay, assisted by Carter Belitski and Kasey Hiemstra. Less than 10 minutes later Aiden Yakimchuk scored unassisted.
The Grizzlys tied it up with two powerplay goals; one late in the first period, and one early in the second period Zach Burns regained the lead for the Dragons with 4:07 left in the second on the powerplay, assisted by Tyson Gross and Aiden Yakimchuk.
In the third period, Adam Raesler put the Dragons up 4-2 assisted by Sam Simard and Burns. The Grizzlys answered back with two minutes left but it was too little too late as the Dragons won 4-3.
It appears a rivalry is growing between the Dragons and the Camrose Kodiaks, and while the Dragons outshot the Kodiaks 40-30 on Saturday, April 3 at home, penalties played a big role in the outcome of the game.
After a scoreless first period, five minutes into the second, Luke Fennig scored shorthanded, assisted by Grayson Dietrich and Kiano Robinson, to tie the game. A tripping penalty by Kent Anderson led to the Kodiaks taking the lead on a powerplay goal, but then Burns tied it up again a minute later. At the 17:31 mark of the second Hiemstra was issued a kneeing penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct. The Kodiaks capitalized with a goal to end the second period, and another early in the third period to go up 4-2. The Dragons dominated play in the third period, but a tricky bounce led to the Kodiaks going up 5-2, and then an empty netter sealed their fate.
At this point, the AJHL has not announced whether there will be more play this season. Currently, the Dragons are in fourth place in the Viterra AJHL South division.


Dragons on three game winning streak

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With two victories last weekend, the Dragons are on a three-game winning streak through the second weekend of the new season.
The Dragons were in Olds on Saturday, March 20, to take on the Grizzlys, and put on a scoring clinic.
Luke Fennig opened the scoring unassisted at the 8:39 mark. This was followed up by Aiden Yakimchuk two minutes later, on the powerplay.
In the second period, the Dragons picked up where they left off with Kent Anderson scoring at 5:24, and then Hayden Prosofsky 10 minutes later. Mack Stewart scored his first as a Dragon in the third period to cap the Dragons 5-0 victory. Ryley Osland had the shutout, stopping 28 shots.
On Sunday evening, the Dragons were back home to take on the Camrose Kodiaks. The Kodiaks scored a minute into the game, but Grayson Dietrich tied it up five and half minutes later, to end the first period tied at one. The Kodiaks took the lead early in the second period, but Carter Belitski tied it back up, and with less than a minute left, Miles Hilman scored to give the Dragons the lead.
The Kodiaks wouldn’t relent and scored early in the third period. Stewart found the net again for the winner at the 4:20 mark. The Kodiak didn’t give up and pulled their goalie with two minutes to go. After a flurry of chances, Hilman hit the empty net for the 5-3 win. Garrett Fuller stopped 26 shots in the win.
This Friday, March 26, the Dragons host the Grizzlys, and then on Sunday head to Camrose to play the Kodiaks.

Dragons return to home ice Saturday

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This Friday, the Dragons will be back on the ice as the regular season gets back on track.
On March 1, the AJHL announced that regular-season play would resume under new protocols. The teams will be playing in a cohort group. For the Dragons, this means they will be facing off against the Olds Grizzlys and the Camrose Kodiaks.
On Friday, March 12, the Dragons will be in Camrose to take on the Kodiaks, and then on Saturday, March 13, will be back in the Dragons Den to take on the Olds Grizzlys.
The AJHL has completed the first round of testing in its return to play plan with no positive COVID-19 results across 13 teams and 367 players and staff. Private PCR testing was provided by DynaLife to all members of the team cohorts after a 7-day isolation period.
Spectators are not currently permitted at AJHL games due to provincial restrictions; however, all games will be broadcast on HockeyTV.

Fans can show their support for the team by purchasing a cardboard cutout which will be displayed at the arena for games. You can even take them home after the season concludes.
So far, games have been scheduled for the Dragons until the first week of April.


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