Drag­ons head back to Calgary for se­ries fi­nal

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

Drag­ons fever is sweep­ing the Val­ley as the un­der­dog is push­ing the Calgary Canucks to the brink.

The Drag­ons, who coasted into the post­sea­son, were pit­ted against the num­ber 3 Calgary Canucks.

Rather than roll over, the Drag­ons came out with fire and stole game one on Calgary ice on Thurs­day, March 9, 4-2. Calgary opened the scor­ing, but Tyler Krek­lewich tied it unas­sisted. The was no scor­ing in the sec­ond, but 6:31 into the third pe­riod Joren Pate­naude put the Drag­ons up 2-1 Chad Hur­tubise scored twice to put Drag­ons up 4-1. Calgary added one more but that was as close as they would get.

The next night, the Canucks evened it with a 4-2 win. Scor­ing for the Drag­ons were Hur­tubise and Jor­dan Evans.

The se­ries came back to Drumheller on Sun­day af­ter­noon, and the game didn’t dis­ap­point.

“It was a great at­mos­phere in the rink, the ex­cite­ment of the crowd helped fuel the Drag­ons fire. No doubt this was an im- por­tant win for the Drag­ons but to­mor­row is a new day, we can’t look back and we can’t look for­ward – we have work to do,” said Coach Dar­ryl Olsen.

The Drag­ons jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first pe­riod with goals from Blake Kleiner, Nate Kee­ley, and Markus Bo­guslavsky. The Canucks chipped away with two goals but the Drag­ons held on to a 3-2 win.

The Drag­ons had a chance to close out the se­ries Mon­day night at home, and once again the game didn’t dis­ap­point. The teams du­eled through two pe­ri­ods score­less, and as the third pe­riod be­gan it be­gan to look like the next goal would be the win­ner. Just 12 sec­onds in, Bradley Ston­nell took a high stick­ing penalty lead­ing to a pow­er­play and the Canuck’s win­ner. The Drag­ons out­shot Calgary 10-6 in the fi­nal pe­riod, but they were not able to tie it as the Canucks held on to the win.

Game 5 is this Wednes­day, March 15 at the Max Bell Cen­tre.

The Drag­ons had a chance to win the first round of the play­offs on Mon­day night, but a 1-0 loss means the de­cid­ing game is back in Cal- gary this Wednes­day.

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