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Senior Titans host first round of playoffs

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The Senior Titans are into the provincial playoffs as they get ready to face the Willow Creek Cobras in the south semi-final.
This comes after securing the top spot in the south and home-field advantage for the playoffs by defeating Canmore 31-0 in Cochrane.
“We stuck to our game plan and executed it well,” said head coach Ken Fournier. “We felt like we controlled the ball for most of the first half, we distributed the ball around and made sure we were doing some simple things right. A couple of things we have been sloppy on in the last few weeks we worked on so that was nice. There is still work to be done, but it was a good team effort.”
The Titans have secured the top spot in the province at the Tier IV level with a perfect 8-0 league record. Willow Creek of Claresholm is a perennially strong team and is ranked 5th after falling to W.R. Myers of Taber. The Titans will meet the Cobras on their own field this Saturday, November 11 at 1 p.m. The winner of this game will play the winner of Canmore and Taber in the South Final.
In the north end of the draw, the number two St. Paul Lions (6-2) have a bye, while the number 10 Wainwright Commandos (0-7) take on the number 3 Sexsmith Sabres.
The Alberta Bowl provincial championship is in Red Deer on Friday, November 24.

Dragons improve record

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The Dragons picked up four of a possible six points last week as they split their time between home and away.
It was the biggest crowd so far this season on Tuesday, October 24, when area students crowded into the Drumheller Memorial Arena for Hockey Hooky Day. 1,210 fans watched the Dragons take on the Olds Grizzlys.
The Dragons started out strong and Jacob Goudreau opened the scoring at the midway point of the first period. This was followed up by Connor Poffenroth seven minutes later on the powerplay. Olds added one at the end of the first period, as the Dragons led 2-1 after one.
Kai Matthew scored on the powerplay in the second and Easton Adrian did the same in the third period as the Dragons carried a 4-1 win.
Whatever energy the Dragons had on Tuesday afternoon had disappeared by Thursday night, October 26 as the Dragons hosted the Okotoks Oilers. The Dragons were outshot 21-2 in the first period alone and by then were already trailing by four goals. Coy Pighin added one early in the second, but Okotoks added three more to make it 7-1 after two periods. Adam Raesler scored his 11th of the season early in the third period, but that was as much offence as the Dragons could come up with, falling 7-2.
On Friday, October 27, the Dragons regrouped on a road trip to take on the Sherwood Park Crusaders. Sherwood Park scored first, but Aiden LaRose followed it up to tie the game. The Crusaders connected against lead 2-1 after one. Raesler got hot in the second period scoring two and taking the lead 3-2. The third period saw a performance from Goudreau as he scored two. Jordan Luk added one with 49 seconds left, as the Dragons went on to a 6-2 win.
The Dragons are not back on the ice until this Friday, November 3, when they take on the Spruce Grove Saints. On Saturday they host the Crusaders.

Bantam Titans host league final Saturday

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The Bantam Titans topped Ponoka in their semi-final at home and are ready to take on Olds in the championship on their own turf.
On Saturday, October 28, the Bantam Titans hosted the Ponoka Broncs in the league semifinal. The two teams had met previously this season with the Titans getting the win. This time the Broncs came out much improved, but the Titans battled through to a 42-6 win.
“It was a very solid performance all around,” said coach Brad Iverson. “They were a tougher test this time. They went on a roll and won three games, so they were much tougher, and we knew they would be.”
He said the Titans had a balanced approach with a solid performance on both offence and defensive end.
“It was a well-rounded effort. They (Ponoka ) put up a lot of points in the last few games, and our defence really held them. They were really solid, especially in the second half when we had a decent lead. Defense just shut them down,” said Iverson. “We just kept battling because we had a few penalties and a few turnovers, so the offence wasn’t quite clicking as well as it had all year. In the end, we put up points when we had to and had a really solid victory.”
Iverson says they are grateful the team was challenged because it helps them prepare for adversity, especially going into the finals versus Olds. The two undefeated teams in the league will be meeting at DVSS Field this coming Saturday.
“Olds are a very solid team. They are undefeated as well, and have won very much like we have this year. So it is a battle between the two top teams,” said Iverson. “We haven’t seen them, so we are kind of new to each other. So it will be a battle for sure.”

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