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Dragons receive league awards

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As the season comes to an end AJHL players are being honoured for their efforts on and off the ice.
The league announced its 2022-2023 All-League teams and Ty Daneault was selected as forward for the South Viterra Divison All-League Team. Daneault has had a stellar season and racked up 65 points in the regular season with 37 goals and 28 assists. In the playoffs he has five goals and four assists so far. He also played for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge back in December, and etched his name on the game sheet in all but one outing in January that produced a hat trick and six multi-point affairs.
Last week the AJHL also announced the Inter Pipeline All Academic Team. Each year the16 players selected demonstrate the qualities of an exceptional student-athlete working to further their athletic and academic achievements.
The 2023 Inter Pipeline AJHL All-Academic Team recognizes players regarded as having commendable dedication to their studies at either the high school or post-secondary level, along with a grade score reflective of their academic success.
Easton Adrian is the selection for the Dragons and earned a $1,500 scholarship. This season Adrian committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.


Dragons top Canmore in six games

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The Dragons are getting set for round two of the AJHL Playoffs after defeating the Canmore Eagles in six games.
The Dragons were tied at one game apiece after last weekend, and on Tuesday night, March 14, they were at the Canmore Recreation Centre to take on the Eagles.
After a scoreless first period, the Eagles landed two straight goals. Ty Daneault scored at the 8:21 mark to end the second period trailing 2-1.
Will Christian scored less than four minutes into the third to tie the game. Cyle Clayton scored the winner on the powerplay.
The Dragons now led the series 2-1 but weren’t out of the woods, or Canmore, just yet. On Wednesday, March 15 they faced off again. It took until the third period before Canmore scored. Six minutes later Ryan Henderson tied it up to force overtime. The Dragons outshot the Eagles 11-8 in the first overtime but came up without a goal. Just 10 seconds into the second overtime Coy Pighin scored his first of the playoffs to win 2-1.

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The Dragons had a chance to clinch the series at home on Friday, March 17, in front of 1,422 fans, but the Eagles weren’t going to rest and opened the scoring 3:05 into the second period. Sam Simard and Wil Christian put the Dragons up 2-1, but the Eagles tied it with just two seconds left in the period. Canmore scored the winner 4:07 into the third.
This put the series back in Canmore on Sunday, March 19. The Dragons were the aggressors right out of the gate outshooting Canmore 16-7 in the first, but nary a goal. In the second, Pighin scored 42 seconds in, but Canmore evened it up at the midway point. After a scoreless third period, for the second time this series, it went to overtime. This time Captain Sam Simard scored his second of the playoffs and the series winner.
The Dragons move on to Round Two vs the Blackfalds Bulldogs.
Game 1 in Blackfalds is on Friday, March 24.

Students try out curling

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Students from Morrin School were at the Drumheller Curling Club to try out the sport on Wednesday, March 15. The Club reached out to area schools about hosting students, and potentially increasing participation in the junior curling
program. Students from both St. Anthony’s School and Morrin School have taken part in these clinics, and Club President Debra Walker says there have been over 100 students participate over the last few weeks between the schools.

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