Dragons snap losing streak
As the Dragons begin healing, so do their prospects heading into the postseason.
The Dragons snapped a losing streak with two wins over the weekend.
Coach Brian Curran said the team put together a great effort on the ice despite still being depleted by injuries and suspensions.
“Over the last three weeks, we have had anywhere from four to nine players out. It makes a big difference when you have very good players out. It is not an excuse, it’s a fact,” Curran tells “When we played in Okotoks (February 13), we finished with three forwards and eight defensemen.”
Despite being depleted, the team put together a strong performance Friday night at home versus the Olds Grizzlys. The Dragons went up 2-1 in the first period with goals from Levi Wunder and then Jude Butler. In the second period, Scott Ivey scored five minutes in before Jacob Scholfield contributed two to go up 5-1 to end the period. The Grizzly’s added one more midway through the third period before Scholfield connected with an empty net to finish his hatrick.
“They worked their tail off,” said Curran. “They stuck to their game plan, and played a very simple game. Our boys worked extremely hard and the deserved to win.” On Sunday afternoon, the Grande P ra i r ie Storm blew through the valley and caused a bit of a dust up. By the 12- minute mark, the Storm were up 3-1. Chayden Lauber put the Dragons on the scoreboard in the first period. Scholfield followed it up in the second and then Evan Tschumi tied the game at three a piece midway through the third period, forcing overtime.
After a scoreless extra period, it went to a shootout where Clint Filbrandt notched the winner.
“They fought back, and showed a lot of character, and played much better in the second and third period.
The Dragons are not out of the woods just yet, they are still missing a few key components and not much left of the season.
“Until we get our players back into our lineup, which won’t be for anther week at least, it is just going to be a battle and we need to be prepared,” said Curran. “If we are working our tails off and players are coming back and everyone is buying in, we’ll have more success as we go on.”
“We know what we have to do to be successful, we just have to get everybody back on the ice.”
Last night the Dragons were in Calgary to play the Mustangs (results not available at press time), and Friday they return the favour, hosting the Mustangs.
Over the last three weeks, we have had anywhere from four to nine players out. It makes a big difference when you have very good players out. It is not an
excuse, it’s a fact.”
Coach Brian Curran
The Dragons had a successful weekend taking two wins. The first at home versus the Olds Grizzly’s on Friday night and then the Grande Prairie Storm on Sunday afternoon.