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Dragons struggle with top teams on road

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The Dragons had a tough week facing strong opponents on the road.
The Dragons were in Blackfalds, on Tuesday, October 17 to take on the first-place Bulldogs.
Drumheller drew first blood on Tuesday night, as Nolan Viesner scored his first of the season six minutes into the game. The Bulldogs added two, but Cyle Clayton scored one to tie the game after the first period.
Kai Matthew put the Dragons up early in the second, but Blackfalds rattled off two to retake the lead. Adam Raesler tied it up again but the Bulldogs kept up the pressure, leading 6-4 after two periods. Aiden Connell drew the Dragons closer with two and a half minutes left, but the Bulldogs sealed it, winning 7-5.
On Friday, October 20, the Dragons took on the second-place Bandits in Brooks. The Dragons were able to get off 17 shots, but none of them connected, as the Bandits went on to a 5-0 win.
On Saturday, it was Deja Vu all over again as the Dragons took to the ice in Brooks to face the Bandits. Adam Raesler scored just 18 seconds into the game, but that was all they could get as Brooks tied it in the first period and added three more in the third to take the 4-1 win.
The Dragons have a two-game home stand, starting on Tuesday, October 24, as they faced the Olds Grizzlys at noon at the annual Hooky Hockey game. Students from area schools are invited to watch a matinee game. Results are not available at press time. On Thursday night, October 26, they host the Okotoks Oilers and on Friday, October 27 they face they travel to Sherwood Park to take on the Crusaders.

Dinosaur Downs Disc Golf opens

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Disc Golf just keeps growing in popularity and now with more venues in the valley. The most recent one celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, October 14. The 18-hole course criss crosses the site at the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society. This is now the fifth course in the valley for locals and visitors to enjoy the sport, and its popularity continues to grow, making it another attraction to the valley.

Dragons battle through close games

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The Dragons faced tough competition from up north last week and fell in three close games.
The Dragons hosted the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on Tuesday, October 10. Despite outshooting the Barons 42-23, Fort McMurray found victory, with a goal in the second period, and then an empty netter to take the 2-0 win.
On Friday, October 13, the Dragons hosted the Grande Prairie Storm. Grande Prairie was the fist to get onto scoreboard at the midway point of the first period, but Connor Poffenroth tied it up 30 seconds later onhte powerplay. The Storm scored again to end the first up 2-1. The second period followed the same pattern. Grande Prairie scored first, but this time Spencer Claerhout answered back. The Storm scored once more to go up 4-2 after two.
The Dragons regrouped in the second period, with Luke McPhee and Adam Raesler scoring to tie the game and force overtime. The Storm dashed their hopes just 33 seconds into the extra period to win 5-4.
On Saturday night, October 14, the Dragons hosted the Lloydminster Bobcats. Again, the Dragons brought the action outshooting Lloydminster 46-27, and Josh Diegel scored his first of the season to put the Dragons up, just 26 seconds into the game. Lloydminster tied it up to end the first period. Jamie Hikida capitalized on a powerplay in the seconds to regain the lead. The Bobcats scored two early in the third to take the lead, but McPhee scored on the powerplay at the midway point to force over time. After a scoreless extra period, the game went to a shootout and Lloydminster scored two to the Dragons one, and went on to a 4-3 victory.
This week, the Dragons are on the road facing Blackfalds on Tuesday, October 17, and then are back-to-back in Brooks on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21.

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