Dragons drop Griz­zlys in Ot

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Last week the Dragons were in two very dif­fer­ent games with two pos­i­tive out­comes as they com­pleted a two-game se­ries sweep ver­sus the Olds Griz­zlys.

Last week “The Mail” re­ported of the 8-2 come from be­hind drub­bing given to the Griz­zlys by the Dragons, in­clud­ing three pow­er­play goals.

“I think we have proven 10 games into the sea­son that our spe­cial teams have been con­sis­tent and strong,” said coach Kevin Has­sel­berg. “I know if I were pre­par­ing to play against our team, it would be some­thing that I would pay at­ten­tion to closely.”

It was a much dif­fer­ent game last Satur­day night when Olds came back to play.

“In the sec­ond game they had some key pieces back in the lineup,” said Has­sel­berg.

“They got their start­ing goal­tender and their cap­tain back in the lineup. They made a cou­ple trans­ac­tions since then in­clud­ing adding a late Western Hockey League re­lease, so they had a much dif­fer­ent look to their team.”

Just 3:11 into the game, Daw­son Bruneski scored unas­sisted to put the Dragons up 1-0, and then just over half­way through the sec­ond, Brett Ed­wards scored one pow­er­play goal to end the sec­ond 2-0. In the third pe­riod, Joren Pate­naude put the Dragons up 3-0 short­handed.

“I thought it was a dan­ger­ous game that we had com­plete con­trol of, out­shoot­ing them and out-chanc­ing them badly, but it was one of those games that if they got one op­por­tu­nity they would seize it, and they did,” said Has­sel­berg.

The Griz­zlys rat­tled off three straight goals in 10 min­utes, ty­ing the game and forc­ing over­time.

With only 38 sec­onds left in the first over­time pe­riod, Ed­wards scored the win­ner as­sisted by Brady Risk.

“Hats off to our guys for not los­ing our com­po­sure and com­ing out with two points,” said Has­sel­berg.

The Dragons out­shot the Griz­zlys 47-21. Has­sel­berg cred­its a strong per­for­mance by Griz­zlys’ goalie An­drew Hen­der­son.

“He was sharp against us, he has had some in­con­sis­ten­cies but he is def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ence maker for that hockey team. When he is in the line-up they play bet­ter,” said Has­sel­berg.

Coach Has­sel­berg says he likes how this team is show­ing con­tin­u­ous growth.

“That is one thing about our hockey team, they do value the ex­pe­ri­ences they have had and each one has given us a lit­tle bit more to build from and make our team bet­ter for it,” said Has­sel­berg.

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