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Dragons extend streak to five

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Drumheller are on a roll after winning their second game against the Calgary Canucks 4-0 shutout on Monday afternoon. The Dragons have only lost one game in February (6-1 on the month so far), and that was to the top Canadian junior team Brooks Bandits on February 2. They’ll be on the road for one against Canmore on Friday, and back in the Den to host the Olds Grizzlies on February 23.

Dragons split weekend games

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The Brooks Bandits extended their franchise record winning streak to 22 games with a win over the Dragons on Saturday night at the Memorial Arena, securing themselves a first round bye into the playoffs.

The Bandits, who have been a phenomenon at the junior level across Canada, outshot Drumheller 39-25 and won the game 4-2. 

Brooks capitalized on the powerplay in the first period, notching two in the latter half of the period. Dragons’ Brett Edwards answered back early in the second period with a breakaway goal with an assist from Eric Martin. Brooks would score another in the second period making it 3-1. Bradley Stonnell would make it 3-2 in the third on a powerplay goal trying to tie it up, but Drumheller couldn’t even the score and Brooks got an empty netter to finish the game. The Bandits went 2 for 4 on the powerplay and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill.

With the win, the Bandits will receive a first round bye in the 2019 playoffs, with their postseason set to begin in the AJHL South Semifinal, tentatively scheduled to begin March 15.

The loss comes after a big win over the Calgary Canucks on the road on Friday evening, where the Dragons won 6-1 in the Max Bell Centre. The Dragons heavily outshot the Canucks 58-16, with Brett Edwards and Hassan Akl each scoring two, and Shane Ott and Jordan Taupert with the others.

Former hoopsters excel on court and online

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Former Drumheller basketball players are excelling on the court and in the podcast world.

Former DVSS Dyno Jordan Britton is playing in his third year at St. Mary’s University basketball, and Alex Cliche is in his second year playing centre. Previously he played at St.Anthony’s and DVSS. Both graduated from DVSS in 2012. When they are not on the court, at practice or in the weight room, talk always revolves around basketball. They have taken the next step and joined another DVSS alum Brock Boyd and friend Joshua Groen to create the Double Double Podcast.

    We started the podcast basically with a group of us because it is a reason to hang out,’ said Cliche. “We talk about basketball anyway.”

So far they have put out 15  podcasts, posting them each Monday, for the last three months. Cliche has a radio background, so he is familiar with the audio equipment as well as bringing broadcast skills.

“There has been a learning curve, figuring out everyone’s groove, being able to intervene with people without cutting them off, but I feel like we have a good flow,” he said.

The podcast has been getting noticed. In fact, they have been mentioned in the annual Best of Calgary poll. Finalists will be announced later this month.

On the court, Cliche is enjoying playing basketball at St. Mary’s University. He decided to go back to university and was roommates with Britton. He asked for a walk on try out and was successful

St. Mary’s plays in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) and there is some strong competition.

“SAIT is number one in the country right now and Southern Alberta is usually considered the toughest division to play in. A lot of times when it comes to national tournaments Southern Alberta gets to admit two teams,” explains Cliche.

Coming out of high school, he was scouted for football but declined.

    “When the opportunity came around (to play basketball), I said let’s see if I have a shot. It worked well enough I was able to get on, improve and over time took a more formidable role with the team,” said Cliche.

    Cliche said the program has helped him develop as a player.

“At high school, it was all about being part of a system. Whereas at the university level, everybody has to be influential. We still run a system and everyone gets touches, everybody gets opportunities, but I am getting more one-on-one coaching so I can be more influential in a game when the ball is in my hands,” he said, it is good getting that individual training, rather than just training as a team.”

The Double Double podcast is available on SoundCloud as wells as on iTunes.

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