Drumheller Dragons head into post sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

They are as ready as they will ever be this sea­son as the Dragon be­gin the first round of play­offs this Thurs­day in Can­more.

The team, plagued with late in­juries, put to­gether a strong fin­ish to the reg­u­lar sea­son, string­ing to­gether five straight wins, and then a close over­time loss to Cam­rose Satur­day night. Coach Brian Cur­ran says any­thing can hap­pen in the play­offs.

“It should be a pretty even se­ries, both teams have had good times and both have strug­gled at times,” he said.

While there are still a few spots on their ros­ter, which will re­main empty, he likes how the team is play­ing.

“We’ve lost two play­ers who are pretty well done for the year, so that doesn’t help us at all, but we are so used to not hav­ing our full line-up, at the end of the day we have what we have, and in the last six games I like how we played.”

Head­ing into the post sea­son, he likes to keep rou­tines and prac­tices the same.

“You want to work on spe­cific things that might work best against the team. If we make the right de­ci­sions, we’re good, but if we make the wrong ones, we ad­just,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing is about tweak­ing things. You want to go in with the ba­sic foun­da­tions you have had for most of the year so you don’t get the guys think­ing too much. You want to keep it as nor­mal as you can.”

He does have some ar­eas of fo­cus.

“We know we have to get bet­ter on our penalty kill, we think our power play is okay, but needs some work, so we are go­ing to work on it all week. There is not much more than the coaches putting to­gether the best match –ups and get­ting them ready to play.”

“Play­offs have been no­to­ri­ously about who are the teams that are hot go­ing in, who is healthy, who is play­ing well, and then it comes down to who wants it the most,” said Cur­ran.

Games one and two are on Thurs­day and Fri­day night in Can­more. On Sun­day, the Dragons will host the Ea­gles at 4 p.m.

We’ve lost two play­ers who are pretty well done for the year, so that doesn’t help us at all, but we are so used to not hav­ing our full line-up, at the end of the day we have what we have, and in the last six games

I like how we played.”

Brian Cur­ran Drumheller Dragons coach

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Play­offs be­gin Thurs­day for the Drumheller Dragons as they head to Can­more to take on the Ea­gles in game 1.

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