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Dragons split weekend versus tough competition

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    The Dragons had a strong weekend at home versus some tough competition, and came away with a win and a loss.
    The Drumheller Dragons hosted the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Friday night, December 9, and then on Saturday faced the Bonnyville Pontiacs. They were coming off an impressive overtime win versus the Brooks Bandits earlier in the week.
    Versus the Crusaders, the Dragons jumped out to the lead 9:32 in, when Tyler Kreklewich found the net. The Crusaders tied it up but Evan Tschumi retook the lead on the power play. The back and forth continued in the second period, as the Crusaders evened up again, but the Dragons ended the period up 3-2 thanks to Troy Dudley’s goal.
    The tables turned earlier in the third period as Sherwood Park scored twice in the first four minutes to go up 4-3. Brad Stonnell tied it just two minutes later, and then held until 1:19 left when Sherwood Park scored the winner, 5-4.
    The Dragons regrouped to get back on the ice on Saturday to play the Pontiacs. Bonnyville is second in the standings in the AJHL Viterra North, and are playing great hockey. The Pontiacs outshot the Dragons 18-6 in the first period, but ended the period tied. Markus Boguslavsky scored for the Dragons just 1:51 into the game. The Dragons’ power play was firing in the second period as Brett Campbell, and Kreklewich each scored to put Drumheller up 3-1.
    The Dragons scoring ways continued as Chad Harrison and Tyson Scott each scored in the third to put the Dragons up 5-1 for the win. Dane Dow faced 40 shots and stopped 39 in the win.
    The Dragons were in Calgary to take on the Calgary Mustangs on Tuesday, December 13, results not available at press time. Tonight (Wednesday, December 14), the Dragons are hosting the Brooks Bandits for the second time this season. It will be a special night as Cervus Equipment has lined up country singer Drew Gregory to perform at the game.

Drew Gregory to perform at Dragons game


    Fans of hockey and country music are in for a treat come December 14, when the Dragons, Cervus and Drew Gregory come together for a night of fun.
    On Wednesday night, the Dragons’ regular season home game versus the Brooks Bandits goes at 7 p.m.  Cervus Equipment is that evening’s game sponsor and they are making an evening to remember, with its Christmas Hockey Night.
    “Drew will be doing a performance at the first intermission of the hockey game,” said Geoff Roy, Marketing Advisor with Cervus Equipment.
    Fans might get a chance to meet Gregory and get an autograph. There will also be a Cervus display with John Deere merchandise and giveaways. They have even guaranteed a $2,000 50/50. Don’t be surprised to see lots of Drew’s trademark John Deere hats in the arena.
    Drew Gregory continues to make his way in the music industry. Originally from down the road in Standard, his unique country music sound has been laid down on two full-length albums and last March he released his new EP I Was There. In 2015, he won the Alberta Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year.
    The country music singer and Cervus have built a great partnership.
    “Drew came on board with us. We partnered with him in late spring. He’s on team Cervus and he’s a good customer as well,” said Roy. “With Drew, he is involved in the communities. We sponsor many rodeos, and for many, he performs at. We have lots of exciting things coming up.”
    They will also be giving back at Christmas Hockey Night. In the arena will be a John Deere Gator they hope to fill with food donations for the local Salvation Army Food Bank. They encourage fans to bring a non-perishable food item to the game.

Dragons top Brooks in come from behind victory

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    The Dragons battled back against one of the top teams in the league for an overtime win Wednesday night.
    The Dragons hosted the Brooks Bandits, who were sporting the league’s best win record and an eighth place ranking in Canada. The Dragons came out strong and 10 minutes in, Markus Boguslavsky opened the scoring on the power play, ending the first period up 1-0.
    It didn’t take long for the Bandits to react and in the second period they outshot the Dragons 16-8. They scored three quick ones before Brett Campbell made it 3-2, to end the second period.
    The Bandits continued to pour on the pressure with a 17 shot pe-

riod, however, it was the Dragons who tied it up on the powerplay. This time Joren Patenaude scored to even it up.
    The Bandits had a great opportunity with seven minutes left when Tyler Kreklewich went to the penalty box, but Hunter Virostek stood tall in net versus the Bandits’ potent offense, and the game went into overtime. Just 49 seconds in, Jordan Taupert went over the Bandits goalie’s left side to win the game.
The Dragons were 50 per cent on the power play and held the Bandit at bay with five successful penalty kills.
    This was a positive start for the Dragons who have a tough weekend ahead. This Friday night, December 9 they host the Sherwood Park Crusaders, who are holding on to fifth place in the Viterra AJHL North, and then on Saturday, face Bonnyville at home. The Pontiacs are second in the north with a 23-7-3 record.

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