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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.

Drumheller Senior Titans shut out Canmore

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The Drumheller Senior Titans cruised their way to another victory under Friday Night Lights at home.
The Titans hosted Canmore on October 15. It was a runaway as the Titans scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and two in the fourth quarter, and shut out Canmore with a 28-0 victory.
“Canmore is adapting their offence throughout the season, so the first time we played them a lot was in the air. This time we played them a lot was between the tackles and over the top,” explained Coach Fournier. “Our defence did a heck of job adjusting. We are playing some tough opponents so this helped us prepare for these scenarios, and get healthy and get some guys in the lineup. We’re getting young guys in, and they are making a difference .”
He said Davis Watson had a great game at linebacker, and Haydn Jones was steady again.
“Shutouts are hard to come by especially when you are playing the same team two or three times a year,” said Fournier. “Offensively, I thought we played better, I think we are more fluid in our passing game.”
“We made a few errors, and guys were out with injuries, but that’s the nature of the game.”
The post-season is quickly closing in on the Titans. This Thursday the Titans will be in Olds for their final league game, and then will have a weekend off. The following weekend they will be playing in the league semifinals. Currently, they are ranked second in the province for Tier IV teams and are looking towards provincials.
He hopes the team will continue to get healthy down the stretch.
“It seemed like in the first half of the season, we were playing every game down a couple of guys in key positions. It appears we are getting to a point where we are tougher, we are getting guys healthy. We are rotating some of the younger guys in more, they are coming in and out of the game, keeping guys fresh. We are in a better spot than we were earlier in the season,” said Fournier.

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