Drumheller Drag­ons win home opener

The Drumheller Mail - - AGRICULTURE & FARM - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drag­ons earned their first win of the sea­son, and they did it on home ice.

The Drag­ons cel­e­brated their home opener on Fri­day, Septem­ber 23, tak­ing on the Cal­gary Mus­tangs.

Af­ter out­shoot­ing the Mus­tangs 14-3 in a score­less first pe­riod, Bradley Ston­nell found the net 3:42 into the sec­ond. Just 14 sec­onds later, Blake Kleiner put the Dragon up by 2. The Mus­tangs an­swered back, but Leif Matt­son put the Drag­ons up 3-1. A minute later Jor­dan Tau­pert also found the net. The Mus­tangs scored one more to end the pe­riod, but it was too lit­tle too late as Drumheller won 4-2.

Coach Brian Cur­ran the ef­fort.

“I loved about 35 min­utes of that game,” he said. “It was our home opener, we came out strong and the guys played to- liked gether as a team. When we got up to our fourth goal, we got away from our team con­cept, and be­gan play­ing more like in­di­vid­u­als. That was hard, I didn’t en­joy that.”

The next night the Drag­ons hosted the White­court Wolver­ines, who were stung by the Brooks Ban­dits the night be­fore.

“White­court is a much older team than we are, lots of vet­er­ans there,” said Cur­ran.

Out­shoot­ing the Drag­ons 14-3 in the first pe­riod, the Wolver­ines went up 1-0 on the pow­er­play. The Drag­ons evened it up in the sec­ond, when Slater Dykema scored, as­sisted by Tau­pert and Joren Pate­naude.

The Wolver­ines jumped ahead in the sec­ond with two goals, but with two min­utes left, Dykema scored, end­ing the game 3-2 for White­court.

“They de­served the win there is no ques­tion about it, but I was very proud of our play­ers, the way they com­peted all night,” said Cur­ran. “We know that we are go­ing to get bet­ter. We know ev­ery­one is go­ing to get bet­ter, but if we put that kind of com­mit­ment and work ethic into it, the way we bat­tled, it shows we can com­pete with them.

“At the end of the day if we keep get­ting that kind of ef­fort, and we con­tinue our growth and the path we are on, ev­ery­one is go­ing to be see­ing a dif­fer­ent team in two months.”

The Drag­ons are play­ing in a tour­na­ment week­end in Cam­rose where on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29, they play the Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der, and on Fri­day, play the Fort McMur­ray Oil Barons. They are back home on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7 to play the Cal­gary Canucks.

The Drag­ons were vic­to­ri­ous in their home opener ver­sus the Cal­gary Mus­tangs last Fri­day night. They’re back on home ice to play the Cal­gary Canucks on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

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