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FunTeam hosts Heritage Classic

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The Drumheller FunTeam hosted its annual Heritage Classic at the Midland outdoor rink on Saturday, January 26. There was great hockey action throughout the day at the open-air venue in front of an appreciative audience.

Dragons hold on to third in the South Division

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With about a month left in the regular season, the Drumheller Dragons are clinging to third place in the AJHL south and earned two of possible six points last week.

The Dragons were on the road on Wednesday, January 23 to take on the Spruce Grove Saints who are in third in the AJHL Vittera North Division. Spruce Grove led 2-0 after one and scored 15 seconds into the second period to go up by three. Brady Risk scored with three and a half minutes left in the second to put the Dragons on the scoreboard.

Early in the third, the Saints stretched the lead to 4-1. The Dragons fought back and Roc Truman scored at the 2:12 mark, and Shane Ott scored with 2:26 left but that was as close as the Dragons could get, falling 4-3.

The Dragons were back home on Friday, January 25 to take on the Canmore Eagles. They wasted no time and the score was 2-0 by the end of the first period with a power play goal from Roc Truman and then Brett Edwards.

Canmore scored at the 7:16 mark of the second, but the Dragons scored their second powerplay goal of the game from Brayden Nicholetts, followed by a goal from Markus Boguslavsky.

Canmore scored again 15 minutes into the third period but Edwards scored his second of the game to put it out of reach, winning 5-2.

On Sunday, January 27, the Dragons were back on the road to take on the Sherwood Park Crusaders, who are currently in second place in the North. The Crusaders went on a rampage early and were up  3-0 by the midpoint of the second period. Edwards scored short-handed with seven and a half minutes left in the period, but were trailing 4-1 by the end of the second. An early goal in the third period put the Crusaders up 5-1, but Shane Ott added one for the Dragons at the midway point, ending the game losing 5-2.

This Friday, February 1 the Dragons are in Calgary to take on the Canucks, and then Saturday at home to take on the Brooks Bandits.

McDonald’s Novice Raptors strike silver

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The Raptors hosted a six-team tournament that included Airdrie, Chestermere, Stony Plain, Leduc and Strathmore on January 18 - 20.

  The Raptors played well going 3-1 in round robin play with victories over Strathmore, Airdrie, and Leduc. They fell to Chestermere, 7-5.

These results put them into the final on Sunday afternoon, where they once again faced Chestermere.  While earlier in the season the Raptors claimed victory over Chestermere, the Lakers had the upper hand with another 7-5 win.

Coach Bern Mackey was happy with how the team played especially with a short bench. The Raptors have only 10 skaters.

They have been doing really well all year and had a strong showing in the tournament,” said Mackey. “Guys are stepping up really well and working our system and playing a team game.  We had the most complete team effort  in the tournament.”

The Raptors have a busy schedule, with two games this coming weekend and then a tournament in Rocky Mountain House in two weeks.

As for Chestermere,  it appears a little bit of rivalry is developing.

“Don’t worry, playoffs are coming,” said Mackey.

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