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Tough start to 2022 for Dragons

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The Dragons are back on the ice and shaking off some of the holiday rust, battling through some close games.
The Dragons opened 2022 on the road on Tuesday, January 4, versus the Olds Grizzlys. Olds got the jump on the Dragons going up by two goals early, but by the end of the first period goals from Tanner Willick and Myles Hilman, they were even at 2. Willick scored his second of the game early in the second period to put the Dragons up, but the Grizzlys answered back Luke Fennig connected on the power play at the midway point to take the lead 4-3, to put the Dragons up, but the Grizzlys tied it up forcing overtime.
With overtime expired the game went to a shoot out and Vann Yuhas and Ty Daneault connected on their shots for the win.
On Friday, January 7, the Dragons were back on home ice hosting the Grande Prairie Storm.
The Dragons outshot the Storm 44-22, and Myles Hilman put the Dragons up 2-1 after the first period with two powerplay goals. Grande Prairie stormed back in the second with two goals taking the lead.
The Dragons tied it up early in the third period with a goal from Alexey Trischuk, but the Storm scored the winners, and added an empty netter for good measure, winning 5-3.
On Saturday, December 8, the Dragons hosted the Bonnyville Pontiacs. Ty Whitford opened the scoring for the Dragons just 35 seconds in, but the Pontiacs were up 2-1 by the end of the first period. Yuhas scored on the powerplay early in the second period, but the Pontiacs answered back. Fennig tied it up at 3 going into the third period.

In the third, Hilman connected 35 seconds in, but with 1:07 remaining the Pontiacs tied it up, forcing overtime. Just 59 seconds into overtime, the Pontiacs took the 5-4 win.
The Dragons are home this week, taking on the Whitecourt Wolverines on Wednesday, January 12, and then the Okotoks Oilers on Saturday, January 15.

Dragons drop two over weekend

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The Dragons started the week out strong but fell to two northern teams during their homestand over the weekend.
The Dragons were in Calgary on Tuesday, December 7 to take on the Calgary Canucks. Two early powerplays put the Dragons up, with goals from Griffin Asham-Moroz and Luke Fennig. Calgary scored one but Sam Lozinski added one more to put the Dragons up 3-1. Asham-Moroz added one in the second period, and Myles Hilman added another in the third. Calgary answered back one more time, but the Dragons went on to a 5-2 win.
On Friday, December 10, the Dragons were back on home ice to take on the Spruce Grove Saints. After a scoreless first period, despite the Dragons outshooting the Saints 14-6, Spruce Grove went ahead with three goals within 10 minutes of the second period, Grayson Dietrich and Carter Belitski each capitalized on power plays, but the Dragons continued to trail 4-2 after two periods.
Hillman added a powerplay goal less than six minutes into the third period, but the Saints added an empty netter as the clock dwindled, and capped it off with another to make it 6-3 Saints.
On Saturday, December 11, the Dragons hosted the Sherwood Park Crusaders and found themselves down a goal after one period. Hillman tied it up on the powerplay just 50 seconds into the second period, but the Crusaders continued to chip away, leaving with a 4-1 win.
It will be another busy week for the Dragons, heading to Camrose on Tuesday, December 14 to take on the Kodiaks. They are back home on Friday December 17 to play the Okotoks Oilers, before finishing their December schedule on Saturday, December 18 in Brooks.

Charmont Memorial Tournament marks 10 years


The​​ Charmont Memorial Tournament has endured for 10 years and once again the Raptors shined. The tournament named in memory of Chris and John Charmont who lost their lives tragically in 2010, was played out at the Drumheller Memorial Arena over the weekend of November 12. The U11 Yavis Raptors, left, brought home the win over Sylvan Lake and the McDonalds Yavis Raptors, below, fell to Vauxhall. Drumheller Minor Hockey Association will be making a donation in honour of John and Christopher Charmont to the Charmont Bilingual School in Honduras.


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