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Dragons silenced by Olds Grizzlys, lose playoff series three games to two

dragons.jpgMaking it to the final game of the series, the Dragons were beat out in round one of the AJHL play-offs on Friday in their series against Olds. Battling until the fifth and final game of the series, the Dragons lost 5-2 to the Grizzlys, after fighting for an overtime win to tie it up two nights before. Dragon Ashton Reinboldt opened up the scoring late in the first, after being fed a pass from Robbie Nocera. Olds replied with two goals, the lone goal in the second. Olds took a steady lead in the third, until Jeff Young scored on a powerplay chance in the middle of the third. This was the last of Dragons scoring, as Olds fired one through Braden Gamble and finally dumping one into an empty net with under a minute left.

Dragons capture game one in Olds

dragons-fans.jpgThe Dragons got the jump they needed on the Olds Grizzlys stealing game one of the series last Saturday on the road.
    While the results of game three on Tuesday March 3 were unavailable as of press time, the Dragons came home from game one and two on the road with a split, and have the Grizzlys feeling the heat.
    “We’re coming into our home rink and hope for big crowds and lots of energy,” said assistant coach Jason Hegberg. “We’ve been preparing for this for a month now… everyone has bought in and come together, and it feels like one team.”

Former Dragons flying with Yellowjackets

jellowjackets.jpg     For some, junior hockey is the satisfying end to a career of minor hockey, while for others it signals the beginning of even more success on the ice.  
    While Alberta hockey players are turning heads across the United States on campuses, the Wisconsin Superior Yellowjackets are benefiting from some Dragon power.
    The Division 3 NCAA team has a healthy roster of Alberta skaters who are tearing up the ice in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). Most notable is former Dragons Talon Berlando and Braden Desmet.
    Last week Desmet was named to the All-NCHA Team, while Talon was an honourable mention. Former Dragon Joey Martini, who plays for the College of St. Scholastica also received an honorable mention.
    “Talon is really doing awesome,” says his father Darrell Berlando. “Basically this is what I always wanted to see him do. To go on to the States and play college hockey. After if he wants to keep playing, he can go to Europe. And then coming back here at 26 years old he has a pretty good resume with a college degree.

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