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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.

Dragon breaks historic record


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It was an exciting week for the Dragons. Not only did they welcome their first signing of the 2019-2020 season but Jordan Taupert also became the Dragons all-time career goal-scoring leader.

They also earned four of a possible six points with a win and two overtime losses.

On Tuesday, January 15, the Dragons hosted the Okotoks Oilers. On the bench with the Dragons that night was Nickolas de Beurs. The 17-year-old from Cochrane has signed a letter of intent to play with the Dragons come next season.

“We are very excited Nick and his family have chosen the Dragons,” said Coach Kevin Hasselberg. “Nick’s values align with ours and we are confident his transition from midget to junior will be with relentless preparation and a lot of hard work. Nick’s effort in games played with us already this season has shown he has the abilities to be a successful Alberta Junior Hockey player.”

On the ice, the Dragons jumped ahead with a goal from Tory Dudley 10 minutes in, but the Oilers tied it up to end the first period.

  The Oilers then went on a two-goal streak in the second period, but a goal with a minute left from Kiano Robinson put the Dragons back within reach trailing 3-2.

Brett Edwards scored three minutes into the third period to tie the game, this forced overtime where Okotoks scored 48 seconds in for the win.

On Friday, January 18, the Dragons were in Camrose. Roc Truman scored at the 9:40 mark shorthanded to take an early lead. Less than two minutes later the Kodiaks tied it. The Dragons took a 3-1 lead in the second period with goals from Eric Martin and Derrick Budz, respectively.

In the third period, the Kodiaks scored three straight goals to take the lead but with 14 seconds left Bryaden Nicholetts scored to force overtime. Just 26 second into extra time the Kodiaks took the win.

  On Saturday night, the Dragons were in Olds to take on the Grizzlys. After a scoreless first period, Brady Risk put the Dragons on the scoreboard. This was followed in short order by Taupert who scored his 66th career goal becoming the all-time leader. This topped Derek Werenka’s record set in 2007. Taupert is also the Dragons all-time top point getter and all assist leader.

The Dragons’ scoring continued with Roc Truman and Brett Edwards finding the net, winning 4-1. The Dragons outshot the Grizzlys 42-27 and were 40 per cent on the powerplay.

The Dragons are in Spruce Grove on Wednesday, January 23,  but back on home ice on January 25 to take on the Canmore Eagles.

Sabres host successful tournament

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The St. Anthony’s Sabres Junior Varsity basketball team made it to the consolation round at their home tournament.

The Sabres hosed their 15th annual tournament on January 11 and 12. They invited teams from Beiseker, Airdrie, Wheatland Crossing, Disdbury, Bashaw, St. Joseph’s Collegiate from Brooks, and Forestburg.

The Sabres took on Beiseker in the first round but fell in a close 51-42 loss.

This put them up against Wheatland Crossing and won a defensive battle, 33-29.

That win earned them a place in the consolation game versus Didsbury but they lost 54-46. St. Joseph’s won the tournament over Airdrie.

The Sabres brought up players from the Junior High team to help out and they played well gaining valuable experience.

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