Dragons snap los­ing streak

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Diane Thomas

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.

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