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Drumheller Minor Hockey set for season

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Drumheller Minor Hockey is back on the ice for the season.
Drumheller Minor Hockey president Keith Poole tells the Mail, evaluations are complete, teams are set up and they are playing exhibition games.
He says even with the fourth wave of COVID registration this season was strong.
“This year we have two U11 teams, and this is the first year we have had two U13 teams for quite some time, so we have seen an increase,” said Poole, adding they have two teams for the remaining younger squads, and are close to capacity for the remaining teams.
With COVID-19, Drumheller Minor Hockey has to adhere to the current protocols with the restriction exemption program. Anyone 12 and over are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative privately paid for COVID test to enter the arena. Masking is still required.
For participants 12-17 years of age, who are not vaccinated but participating in organized sport or recreation, they do not need to provide proof of vaccination, but cannot join as a spectator inside the facility before their ice time.


Dragons shine at AJHL showcase

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The Dragons were in action in Brooks last week participating in the AJHL showcase. They came home Sunday afternoon with a win and a loss.
On Thursday, September 30, the Dragons took on Grande Prairie for the first time this season. The Dragons came out on fire, and outshot the Storm 13-5, and went up 2-0 in the first period with goals from Carter Belitski and Sam Simard. They kept the pressure up in the second as Belitski scored his second and then Sam Lozinski connected on the powerplay. The Storm scored at the 5:13 mark of the third period, but that is all they could muster.
Will Christian scored on the empty net with 1:19 left for the Dragons as they cruised to a 5-1 win.
The Dragons weren’t back on the ice until Sunday, October 3, when they took on the Sherwood Park Crusaders.
After a scoreless first period, the Crusaders struck 45 seconds into the second period. The Dragons evened it up quickly with a goal by Cyle Clayton, and then Will Christian and Hayden Prosofsky put the Dragons up 3-1. By the end of the period, however, the Crusaders had tied it back up.
Grayson Dietrich put the dragons up 4-3 about five minutes into the third period, but the Crusaders tied it back up, sending the game to a shoot-out, where Sherwood Park earned the 5-4 win.
This Wednesday, October 6, the Dragons are in Calgary to take on the Canucks and on Friday are home to host the Okotoks Oilers.

Drumheller Peewee Terrapins remain undefeated

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The Drumheller Peewee Terrapins are undefeated so far this season, after dealing a crushing blow to the Strathmore Badgers on Saturday, September 25.
The Terps were on the road Saturday and found themselves in a situation where they were dominating, leading 44-0. The game was called early.
“They had a short bench and had a couple of injuries, so they called the game at that point,” said coach Brad Iverson.
“We have dedicated kids, and we have better numbers, we are up to 30 now. We have a few really good athletes that can really run the ball.”
Along with the offence, Iverson says the defence is holding true as well.
“They have progressed a lot over the last few weeks, they had some solid tackles,” he said.
This win comes after their home field drubbing of Strathmore the previous week, 55-6, and gives them a 4-0 record.
“From what I gather a little bit, I think we should have a shot at going undefeated,” he said.
He is very happy with the team’s progress.
“From what I understand, three years ago, we had 11 players… and now we are up to 30, and some of our standouts, last season was their first year, and now they are in their second,” he said.
This coming weekend the Terrapins are in Red Deer to take on a strong squad.
Our next game versus the Red Deer Hornets should be our biggest test as they are also undefeated,” said Iverson.


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