Drag­ons win one at home

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The Drag­ons will be short handed for the next few games af­ter a skir­mish at the end of Satur­day’s win over the Cal­gary Mus­tangs last Satur­day at home.

The Drag­ons hosted the Cal­gary Canucks in front of 526 fans and de­spite a slow start, took con­trol of the game.

The Drag­ons were up just 21 sec­onds in with a goal from Chad Hur­tubise, how­ever Cal­gary ended the pe­riod up 2-1. The Drag­ons re­grouped and out­shot the Mus­tangs 19-5. Jor­dan Tau­pert scored twice and the game was tied 3-3 go­ing into the third pe­riod.

In the third pe­riod, Evan Ro­chowiak and Brett Camp­bell each scored putting the Drag­ons up 5-3, and out of reach.

“The first pe­riod against Cal­gary was one of the worst pe­ri­ods we have had in the last five or six games,” said Coach Brian Cur­ran. “We re­cov­ered in the sec­ond and third pe­riod which is the kind of hockey I like.”

Things got chippy at the end and it will have an ef­fect on the Drag­ons go­ing for­ward. Brett Camp­bell was sus­pended for two games as a re­sult of be­ing in­volved in a fight at the end of the game, Evan Tschumi will miss 5 games af­ter be­ing as­sessed a match penalty and Slater Dykema will miss one for a game mis­con­duct.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate. We don’t want to be known as a team like that. Both teams were rep­ri­manded pretty hard,” Cur­ran said. “It puts us in a hole be­cause we short now.”

This game fol­lowed a Fri­day night 4-1 loss to the Cam­rose Ko­di­aks. Hur­tubise had the lone goal for the Drag­ons.

“I thought in the Cam­rose game we didn’t play Drumheller hockey,” said Cur­ran. “I think we skated hard and played hard, but we weren’t as ag­gres­sive get­ting it to the net or win­ning bat­tles. I think it was a good all around game are

The Ban­tam Ti­tans left it all on the field as they bat­tled to a close fin­ish ver­sus Lind­say Thurber of Red Deer on Satur­day.

The Ban­tam’s sea­son wrapped up on their home field in the first round of play­offs, and in the end they fell 24-22.

“The close ones are a lit­tle harder to take,” said Coach Paul Red­mond. “We were down 14-0 and we came back. We had a cou­ple chances at the end to win it, but we had a cou­ple mis­takes.”

Coach Red­mond was im­pressed with the ad­vances the team has made this sea­son.

“De­fen­sively we have been strong. Ti­tans al­ways pride them­selves on tough de­fense,” go­ing to be as far as guys work­ing hard, but we have to be a much more phys­i­cal team, es­pe­cially against a team like Cam­rose, you are not go­ing to get many chances and you have to cap­i­tal­ize on them.”

This Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, the Drag­ons are up against the Spruce Grove Saints and the on Satur­day, face the Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der.

The Ban­tam Ti­tans hosted Lind­say Thurber on Satur­day in the first round of league play­offs, but fell 24-22.

The Drag­ons fell to the Cam­rose Ko­di­aks on Fri­day night but bounced back to beat the Cal­gary Mus­tangs on Satur­day 5-3.

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