It took a period for the Dragons to get down to business in Hanna Tuesday night versus Canmore, but when they did, they caught fire.
The Dragons hosted the Eagles on January 5 in Hanna. Coach Brian Curran likes the direction the team has been taking.
“Over the last nine games, our team has been a better hockey team,” said Curran.
Despite this, they had a sluggish start to the game Tuesday night and were outshot 21-13 in the first period. Canmore scored first on the powerplay but the Dragons evened it up at the 15-minute mark on the powerplay by Matt Muzyka.
Nine minutes into the second period, Canmore went up 2-1, but Evan Rochowiak tied it four minutes later. With three minutes left in the second period, Rhett Kingston put Drumheller up 3-2.
Canmore’s powerplay was running at 50 per cent as they tied it again 13 minutes into the third period, but it was short lived as 16 seconds later Levi Wunder put the Dragons up for good. Isaac Schacher and Slater Dykema each got one as the Dragons went on to a 6-3 win.
Coach Curran said he liked the effort he saw on the ice, and liked how they responded to a tough first period effort where goalie Xavier Burghardt stopped 20 of 21 shots. In the entire game, he faced 42 shots.
Coach Curran was also appreciative of the 320 fans that came out on Tuesday night.
“I thank the people of Hanna who came out last night to see them, the event went well,” he said. “They were really supportive, and I know we get some fans from Hanna coming to Drumheller to watch our games and we appreciate that. We hope to continue to do it.”
‘It’s a good thing to do, the kids like the hockey, and that’s good to see.”