Dragons bat­tle through pre­sea­son

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Patrick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller Dragons are mid-way through the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son and have chalked up a win, and two losses.

On Au­gust 31, the Dragons opened the pre­sea­son, ver­sus the Cal­gary Mus­tangs, and went away with a 5-2 win.

“In the first game we played, I thought our com­pete level was great. We had a few minutes through­out the game at dif­fer­ent times where we sat back a lit­tle bit and we can’t,” said coach Brian Cur­ran. “We are try­ing to de­fine the iden­tity of our team and that is one thing we are push­ing hard right now. For most of that game, I thought we kept a good pace.”

On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 1, they fell 5-2 to the Cal­gary Canucks. Cur­ran felt the first five minutes they pushed the pace well, but a power play took the wind out of the team. “I didn’t like how we re­sponded to that … we did not push back. It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for us,” said Cur­ran.

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 2, they fell 4-0 ver­sus Oko­toks.

“That game was a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent than what the score was. They got a cou­ple pow­er­play goals, and we couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize, but again I don’t think we pushed the pace as good as we could have, es­pe­cially in the first pe­riod,” said Cur­ran. “I will say we ended on a high note in the third pe­riod where we re­ally pushed the pace, moved our legs very well, fore checked and con­trolled a lot of the ice. We ended on a good note.”

While grad­ing the pre­sea­son can be am­bigu­ous, and not eas­ily counted in wins and losses, coach Cur­ran likes what he is see­ing so far.

“Ob­vi­ously it is ex­hi­bi­tion and every­one is play­ing who­ever,” said Cur­ran.

“We are re­ally try­ing to de­fine the iden­tity of our hockey club. I re­ally like the play­ers we have, even though they are young, I think they are go­ing to con­tinue to grow and grow and get bet­ter, and learn the game we want to play.”

The Dragons are in Lloy­d­min­ster on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8 where they play the Bob­cats, and then are fi­nally home to end the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9, ver­sus the Bob­cats.

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