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Drumheller Senior Titans top Strathmore

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A win by the Senior Titans allowed them to hold tight to the fifth place provincial ranking.

The Titans hosted the Strathmore Spartans under Friday Night Lights in Drumheller September 28. The Titans were first on the scoreboard and led the whole way to a 38-12 victory. Despite the lopsided score, it was a  competitive game.

“They (Strathmore) could move the ball really well through the air. They played differently than a lot of teams in our league who play on the ground,” said coach Ken Fournier.

He said the team’s discipline made the difference.

“I like their discipline level, their ball situational awareness is great,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like we are stopping drives because of holds or procedures, which is good, we are not giving up big plays. The guys are playing really well against the run and the pass.”

Offensively they have lots of options.

    “We have been able to distribute the ball offensively to five or six guys consecutively in games. We have receivers getting the ball more, slot backs are getting the ball too, not just a couple of running backs taking all of the load,” he said.

They are still playing Ironman ball with about 23 on the bench, however, they have only dressed as many as 16 for games, so many are playing both ways.

“The guys are showing all guts right now, there are some bangs and bruises,” he said.

“We have young guys that are playing really well. We have Grade 10 kids coming in and playing two ways and making an impact,” he said.

This win comes after a road win over Canmore, and they are fighting to hold on to the top spot in the league. This will give them a bye when playoffs get underway. They can firm up that spot this Saturday as they host Canmore again.

“If we want to have home-field advantage for the playoffs, we have to win or not lose by more than 11. What it really comes down to is that we have to put our work in. It is going to be a business like game, we are wanting to get it done.”


Boguslavsky selected as Dragons captain

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The 2018-19 AJHL season is underway and the Dragons have selected third year veteran Markus Boguslavsky as their captain.

Last week the Dragons announced its leadership group, and they have selected the 1999-born forward to wear the “C.”

Markus has tremendous leadership characteristics,” said head coach Kevin Hasselberg. “He has earned the respect of the dressing room leading with integrity and valuing hard work, relentless preparation, and common unity.”

Boguslavsky had an impressive 2017-2018 season with 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points and was an alternate captain during that campaign. In 2016-2017 he won the team’s Aacademic Achievement Award and last season was awarded for his community involvement.

Selected as alternate captains are Jordan Taupert, Brayden Nicholetts, and Bradley Stonnell this season. Taupert is also in his third year with the Dragons and last year had 74 points. Nicholetts and Stonnell are also in their third year on the roster and these three will be leaned upon for offensive punch.

Brett Edwards, Hunter Virostek, Kaden Hanas, and Dawson Bruneski will make up the Dragons Leadership Team.

Women’s hockey league returns

 

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Women’s hockey is back in Drumheller after a number of years with the start up of a new adult rec league this month, and they’re looking for more players.

The league will start up on September 28 and about 11 ice times are primarily booked at both the Drumheller Memorial on Friday evenings with a couple games planned in Rockyford. So far, the rec league consists of four different teams with Delburne, Bowden, and Rockyford.

“We have enough, but barely enough. Being that we are mom’s who work and have other responsibilities, we could certainly use more players,” says organizer Angie Gill.

“We just look for people who can skate and have knowledge of the game. A lot of us never played organized hockey before, it’s just about having that drive to get exercise and have fun. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great group.”

Being a rec league, it is no contact and mostly played for fun. The team does not have a name or logo yet – that will be decided once the team starts playing together.

  It has been three years since Drumheller had a women’s rec hockey league, since the Drumheller Drumstix folded a few years ago because of dwindling interest and individuals moving on. Gill hopes this league is here to stay for coming seasons.

   Anyone interested in joining the team is encouraged to visit the Drumheller Women’s Hockey Facebook page and leave a message there. If you don’t have Facebook you can email Angie at angiegil@telus.net. Fees are $100 for the full season to help cover ice times, and drop-in costs are $20 a game up to two games a season.


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