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Drumheller Dragons downed by Canmore Eagles

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The Dragons stumbled out of the gate of the regular season, falling in two games versus the Canmore Eagles.
The Dragons travelled to Canmore on Friday, November 13. After a scoreless first period, Grayson Dietrich put the Dragons on the scoreboard, but the Eagle’s answered back 10 seconds later. Kasey Hiemstra put the Dragons ahead again, but the Eagles tied it up to end the period.
Canmore scored two more in the first half of the second period, but Luke Finnig drew the Dragons closer with 23 seconds left. It was too little too late as the Eagles won 4-3. Dragons outshot the Eagles 39 -34.
On Saturday, November 14, the Eagles came to the Dragons’ den for the second game of the series. The Dragons outshot the Eagles 13-7 in the first, but the Eagles scored two, to the Dragons’ one, from Dietrich on the powerplay. The Eagles took over in the second period with three straight goals before Hiemstra scored shorthanded with 13 seconds left in the period.
Tyson Gross scored on the powerplay 8:18 into the third, but an empty-net goal from Canmore put it out of reach with a 6-3 win.
This Friday, November 20, the Dragons host the Olds Grizzlys and then on Saturday travel to Olds to complete the weekend series.


AJHL announces November 13 start to season

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Board of Governors has approved a regular season start date of Friday, November 13, 2020.
Teams will play within a divisional format composed of a South Division and a North Division. A decision on the Annual AJHL Showcase, season end date, and playoff format will be announced at a later date.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League is operating under the Government of Alberta’s Junior, Collegiate and University League Guidance, developed to support leagues in returning to play and reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
The AJHL Regular Season protocols are in alignment with Hockey Canada’s Return to Hockey Safety Guidelines and Hockey Alberta’s Return to Hockey Plan in focusing on the safety and wellbeing of all participants and spectators.
Arena capacity limits, social distancing protocols within the facility, and the ticket sales process will be dictated by the regulations within each community and the respective team. No League Passes will be accepted for entry, including all AJHL and CJHL accreditation, until facility capacity limits are significantly increased.
The 2020-21 AJHL Regular Season will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com - Annual Passes are now available to AJHL fans at an $80-discount through each team.
The 2020 AJHL Exhibition Season will continue through to Sunday, November 8. A complete League schedule will be posted at AJHL.ca when finalized.

Dragons split series with Calgary Canucks

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The Dragons were back in exhibition action last weekend, taking on the Calgary Canucks in a two-game series.
On Friday, October 30, the Dragons were at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary to take on the Canucks. The Dragons came out strong, and less than eight minutes into the game, Grayson Dietrich put the Dragons up. Just seven minutes later, Aiden Yakimchuk found the net again. The Canucks answered back to end the period with a 2-1 score.
The Dragons outshot the Canucks 20-9 in the second period and added to their lead with goals from Sam Simard and Kent Anderson. The Canucks closed the gap making it 4-2 with 53 seconds left in the game, but Logan Radmanovich put it out of reach with 11 seconds left. Final score: 5-2 for the Dragons.
On Saturday, October 31, the Dragons hosted the Canucks at the Dragons Den. This time the Canucks got the jump going up by two goals in less than six minutes in. Carter Belitski put the Dragons on the scoreboard but ended the period trailing 2-1. The Dragons were able to take the lead in the second period with goals from Peyton McKenzie and then Simard.
Belitizki scored his second of the game to put the Dragons up 4-2 early in the third period, but the Canucks came back and tied it up, forcing overtime. Just 33 seconds into extra time, Tyson Gross picked up a poorly timed penalty for boarding. The Canucks had a 4-3 advantage and 23 seconds later scored the winner.
Last week the AJHL announced the beginning of the regular season. Before that, the Dragons will be hosting the Bandits this Friday, November 7, and then heading to Brooks to wrap up the exhibition season.


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