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Dragons notch another win this week, working on ethics

dragons-game.jpgThe Drumheller Dragons have “slid down the standings the last few weeks,” according to their coach, but are holding onto third spot and waiting for their chance to climb up the ladder.
On Monday, November 10, the Dragons faced off against the Brooks Bandits, currently first place holders in the southern division.

“We played well against Brooks, and ended up losing,” head coach Jason Hegberg explained.
In front of a hometown crowd of over a thousand, the Dragons fought hard to take the Bandits out from the top spot, but were beat 3-2.
Drumheller played and beat spot two holders, the Calgary Canucks to a sound 4-2 win, dropping the Canucks down to fifth overall now.
“We played well against the Canucks, and came out with the win,” Hegberg said.
Goalie Braden Gamble held strong against Calgary, receiving as many shots on his net as the Dragons shot at the Canucks, but only letting two find the back.
“In Okotoks we played well for the first 10 minutes but we just got into some discipline problems which cost us the game,” the coach said.
The Dragons took too many undisciplined penalties, allowing Okotoks to charge on the power play, scoring three goals on a shorthanded Drumheller.
“We got buried on the power plays. We couldn’t get a comeback and that was pretty much it,” Hegberg said.
“We haven’t had discipline problems in a while, and have a number of things we need to make consistent.”
The Dragons coach said  there are a few inconsistencies that the team needs to build on, “it’s a lot of things, their work ethics, their discipline, one day we do great and the next we take stupid penalties. It starts with work ethic, and if you don’t have that everything else goes downhill.”
“We are talented and skilled enough to win hockey games, so if we have a work ethic we can do it.”
Drayton Valley is up next for the Dragons to face, the Drayton Valley Thunder are in last place in the north division.
“They came down here about a month ago. They play hard and work hard, they may not have the talent we have but they will try. We need to go in there with confidence and with our system and not worry about the end results and go in there thinking it will be easy.”
The Dragons play at Drayton Valley on Wednesday, November 19.
The team’s next home game is on Friday, November 21, against the Canmore Eagles who are in second last place in the south.
“We had a good skate today,” Hegberg said, “so we’ll go in there and hopefully come out with a win.”

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