Dragons head back to Calgary for series final
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.