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Bantam Titans advance to playoffs

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The Bantam Titans are one step closer to a championship and a shot at provincials.
The Titans hosted the Ponoka Broncs on Saturday, October 30. It was a run and gun game with the Titans coming out on top 58-44.
“It was certainly an exciting game. I didn’t really know what to expect. I know our offense really came together and were able to put some points on the board, it was a bit of a shoot-out,” said coach Brad Iverson.
The Titans were down by two touchdowns early, but as the second quarter drew to a close, they rallied and brought the score to 32-30 for the Broncs. They carried the momentum into the second half and pulled out the win.
“Our defence has been a bit of a work in progress, but we had a stronger second half. So we are going to build on that and take it into the finals,” said Iverson.
He was encouraged by how the team was able to regroup and come back.
“We have really been a second-half team in the last four games,” said Iverson.
This weekend the Titans will be playing in the Central Alberta Football League 9-man final; game time and the opponent has yet to be determined. If they are successful, they have a shot at extending their post-season to the next level.
“A win next weekend, and we are off to the tier two provincials.”

Dragons struggle on road trip

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The Dragons were on an extended road trip over the weekend facing three teams in three days.
On Friday night, October 29 they were in Drayton Valley to take on the Thunder. The two teams met on the previous weekend in Drumheller where the Dragons were victorious.
After a scoreless first period, the Thunder went up by two goals in the second. Luke Fennig drew them closer, scoring with five and half minutes left in the period. At the eight-minute mark of the third period, Grayson Dietrich tied the game on the powerplay. The game went to a shoot-out, where the Thunder connected on three of their shots, to the Dragons two, securing the win.
On Saturday night, October 30, the Dragons were in Grande Prairie. The Storm scored in the first period, but Fennig tied it up at the midway point of the second. The Storm added one more to lead 2-1 after two periods. The Storm went up 3-1 early in the third, but Zach Burns added a goal to make it 3-2. It wasn’t enough as the Storm added one more for a 4-2 win.
The Dragons concluded the weekend with a matinee against the Whitecourt Wolverines on October 31. After a scoreless first period, the Wolverines got the jump scored three times before Dietrich found the net for the Dragons on the powerplay. It was as close as they would get as the Wolverines added an empty-netter with three minutes left to go on to win 4-1.
The Dragons will be home this coming weekend to take on the Brooks Bandits on Friday, November 5, and then the Calgary Canucks on Saturday, November 6.

Dragons extend streak to five, with two home wins

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The Dragons had a chance to see how they match up against strong North Division teams, and the outcome was respectable.
The Dragons were at home all weekend as they faced the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on Friday night, October 22 at home.
Kasey Hiemstra drew first blood just 1:56 in to put the Dragons up. Cyle Clayton scored five minutes into the second period, but the Oil Barons answered back to end the period, 2-1 Dragons.
In the third, Luke Fennig added one at 8:42, and then Hiemstra notched his second as the Dragons went on to win 4-1. Dragons outshot the Oil Barons 23-16.
On Saturday night, October 23, the Dragons were back on home ice to face the Drayton Valley Thunder. Again the Dragons jumped out ahead in the period on a goal by Sam Losinski. The Thunder tied it up in the second, but at 5:27of the third Hayden Prosofsky scored the winner as the Dragons went up 2-1. Dragons outshot the Thunder 29-17.
This weekend the Dragons head north. On Friday, October 29, they are back on the ice against Drayton Valley, and then Saturday, they are in Grande Prairie to take on the Storm. On Sunday, they finish off against the Whitecourt Wolverines.

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