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Dragons start season 2-0

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After a winning exhibition season, the Dragons jumped right into the regular season and saw some instant success.
The Dragons hosted their home opener versus the Calgary Canucks Friday, September 17, in front of a limited 621 fans.
The Dragons jumped out in the first period with a goal from Grayson Dietrich at the 13:37 mark. Will Christian followed it up a minute and a half later to end the first period up 2-0.
The Dragons kept up the pressure with powerplay goals from Luke Fennig and Tanner Willick. Ty Daneault then found the net for the Dragons to go up 5-0 less than eight minutes into the second period. The Canucks found the net, but Kiano Robinson scored on the powerplay to end the second period with the Dragons up 6-1.
In the third period, the Dragons kept up their scoring ways, with Zach Burns scoring at the 4:42 mark. The Canucks connected again, but Grayson Dietrich scored his second on the powerplay to cap off a Dragons’ 8-2 win.
On Saturday, September 18, the Dragons travelled to Brooks. The Bandits were coming off delivering a 17-0 drubbing to the Blackfalds Bulldogs.
The Dragons wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Adam Raesler scoring a minute and 15 seconds in.
Christian followed him up on the powerplay to end the first period up 2-0.
The Bandits tied it up after two, but 1:47 into the third period, Kody Willick scored on the powerplay. The Bandits tied it up again, but Christian scored the winner with 6:38 left in the game, making it 4-3.
The Dragons are back in action, looking to build on this strong start on Friday, September 24, when they host the Camrose Kodiaks, and then on Saturday, head to Okotoks to take on the Oilers.

Titans top St. Paul

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The Drumheller Senior Titans continued the momentum they began in the preseason to Saturday afternoon, topping St. Paul.
The Titans hosted the St. Paul Lions on their home field on Saturday, September 4. The Titans earned a convincing 28-6 win, however, coach Ken Fournier said the game was a lot closer than the score indicates.
“Offensively, we struggled to move the ball on the ground as effectively as we wanted. St. Paul did a heck of job. They had some big linebackers who could read well, so it was tough to move between the tackles,” he said.
Despite this, the Titans settled into playing their game.
“We were a lot steadier this game. We came out and put together three drives … so we were moving the ball better,” said Coach Fournier. “Offensively we had some big plays, but it was special teams and defence that really won the field position battle for us.”
He said their return team would earn them great field position before the offense even took the field.
“Defence was great. We had one pick-six by Teigan Sattler for 90 yards, and another interception by Ben Messom,” said Fournier. “Defence played well; sacks interceptions, bat downs.”
He says the team improved from their first outing last week.
“We have a long way to go but we improved on our discipline, penalties, and situational awareness,” he said. “We still make mistakes, there is still lots of room for improvement. As the games go on we are starting to cycle the rookies in even more.”
The team’s first league game will be against Strathmore on Friday, September 17 at home.
Before that, they are looking at possibly scheduling an exhibition game.

Dragons notch first exhibition win at home

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It has been a long time coming, but the Dragons are back on the ice and fans are lapping it up.
Last week the Dragons completed its main camp, and just like that, the exhibition season started.
The Dragons began the exhibition season on the road and were in the Grant Fuhr Arena in Spruce Grove to take on the Saints, on Thursday, September 2.
The Saints went up three goals before the Dragons, despite outshooting them, found the net. Carter Belitski put the Dragons on the scoreboard midway through the second period. Grayson Dietrich found the net with less than three minutes left, but the Dragons fell 4-2. Dragons outshot the Saints 45-21.
On Saturday, September 4, the Dragons were in Brooks to take on the Bandits, who are always a tall order. The Bandits went up 5-0 after two periods. Just 21 seconds into the third period, Kiano Robinson put the Dragons on the scoreboard. This was followed up by Dietrich two minutes later, but that was all the Dragons could muster, falling 7-2.
On Sunday, September 5, the Dragons were finally on home ice for a rematch with the Bandits. This time the Dragons brought the action, as Ty Daneault scored just 1:47 in. Brooks answered back, but Dietrich evened it up again. The Bandits scored two more and ended the period up 3-2.
Myles Hilman tied the game four and a half minutes into the second period, and Hayden Prosofsky put the Dragons up 4-3. The Bandits scored two more and the Dragons scored two more. Daneault scored his second of the game, followed by Prosofsky’s second, to end the second period up 6-5.
The Bandits scored with 58 seconds left in the third perod to force overtime. Robinson scored 1:43 into extra time to take the Dragons’ first win of the exhibition season.
The Dragons are on the road this Wednesday, September 8 to take on the Olds Grizzlys, and then Friday, September 10 are in Calgary.
On Saturday, September 11, they are back home for their final exhibition game versus the Canucks.

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