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U18 Raptors win league play

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The U18 React/ DT Fire Raptors were crowned league champions on home ice Sunday, March 5, after defeating the Hanna Colts in two straight games.
It has been a whirlwind of hockey for the U18 Raptors as they topped Stettler in a three-game series and went on to play the Colts for the banner.
Game one was on Saturday, March 4 in Hanna. The classic rivalry of Drumheller and Hanna was a highlight of the season, and for the Raptors, in the regular season, were not able to get that elusive win, going 0-3-1. On Saturday, however, Terry Martin, Kerric Chambers and Kegan Regis all found the net in the 3-2 win in game one.
This gave the Raptors a chance to win in two games on home ice. The score wasn’t indicative of the battle on the ice, as the Raptors went on to a 5-1 win.
The rivalry was not lost on coach Stephen Fournier.
“I grew up in this town and had that rivalry my whole life. I tried to instill this in these kids,” said Fournier. “We hadn’t beaten them all year and we took them in two games, finally.”
As the results of the game became a forgone conclusion, some tempers flared on the ice. Drumheller however held on.
“We skated them into the ground, we used our legs, we used everything we taught them, and they played a full 60-minute game for both games,” said Fournier.
“We got in on the dump and chase. They (Hanna) had a short bench as it was, so we skated on them and played an aggressive game on them. We let them take the penalties.
For the series, the Raptors only allowed three goals.
“Our goalie stood on their head for a whole 120 minutes, even in the Stettler series they both came out to play, it was phenomenal to watch.”
The victory was especially sweet for seven players on the team who are in their third year.
“We hope to have 7 or 8 guys coming up from the Bantams, and we’ll just build on from there,” said coach Fournier.
With a banner under their belt, the Raptors still have the opportunity to compete at provincials.
“There’s still work to do,” said Fournier.

DVSS host 3J Boys Zones

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There was some great basketball action at DVSS over the weekend as the Dynos hosted the 2023 3J Boys South Central Championship.
Teams including Meadow Ridge, Christ the King, Springbank, Holy Cross Collegiate and Strathcona Tweedsmuir played off for the championship.
DVSS was ranked third going into the tournament and they began to play on Friday night, March 3 versus Holy Cross Collegiate. they were able to dispatch them handily winning 71-35 and went on to play Strathcona Tweedsmuir, just a game later that evening. Strathcona Tweedsmuir proved to be a tough opponent and topped the Dynos 63-40.
This put them in the third place draw whether they faced Christ the King on Saturday. This was a pretty close game before DVSS pulled ahead with great defence and rebounding, winning 47-30.
This put them in the third-place game to play Springbank. The Eagles were too tough on this day and won 71-47.
There is still more basketball action coming up as the Senior Boys host the South Central Zones this coming weekend.

Regular season ends with victory

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The Dragons are sitting in third place heading into the playoffs after a strong finish to the regular season.
The Dragons finished off the final week of the regular season with three straight wins to capture third place in the Viterra South, and are facing Canmore in the first round of the playoffs.
The Dragons were in Calgary on Tuesday, February 28 to take on the Canucks. Sam Simard opened the scoring on the powerplay less than two minutes in and Ty Daneault put the Dragons up by two to end the first period.
After a scoreless second period, the Canucks got on the scoreboard, six minutes into the third. Calgary put pressure on to get the game back within reach but Ty Whitford and Dylan Glynski both scored on empty nets to put it out of reach. The Dragons win 4-1.
On Friday, March 3, the Dragons were in Okotoks to take on the Oilers. With only a handful of points separating the two teams, these were important games. Wil Christian got the jump on the Oilers, scoring 3:21 into the game. Okotoks tied it up by the end of the first period.
In the second, Daneault scored two minutes in. Kai Matthews added another 25 seconds later. Whitford added one more to end the second 4-1 Dragons. Simard capped it off with 1:15 left in the game with an empty netter. Dragons win 5-1.
The Dragons carried the momentum home in front of 1,011 fans to finish the season on Saturday, March 5.
Matthews put the Dragons up 1-0 after one. Adam Raelser added another 16 seconds into the second. Okotoks answered back, but another Dragons goal, this time by Whitford put the Dragons up 3-1.
Coy Pighin scored his 12th of the season just 1:41 into the third period. Okotoks showed signs of life and added two goals, but Raesler scored his second of the game on an empty net to carry the Dragons to a 5-3 win.
The playoffs begin for the Dragons this Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, as the Dragons host the Canmore Eagles in games one and two.

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