Dragons drop back-to-back series versus Bandits
The Dragons had a tough weekend with back-to-back losses to the Brooks Bandits.
Despite the losses, coach Kevin Hasselberg saw some bright spots.
On Friday night, October 27, the Dragons hosted the Bandits in front of 526 fans and jumped out in front with two quick goals from Nate Keeley and Tyson Scott. The Bandits scored one to end the first period 2-1.
Brooks tied it up in the second period and then went up 4-2 in the third period. Jacob Bayne, a 17-yearold called up to play his first game, scored his first goal in the AJHL. It was too little too late as the Bandits won 4-3.
“As much as it is hard to be in the moment, it is a valuable lesson that can be taken from it,” said Hasselberg. “I know our players are learning and our frustration is showing. So as coaches we have to gauge that and steer the frustration towards positive outcomes.”
On Saturday night, October 28 the Dragons travelled to Brooks for the back-toback series. This time the Bandits were leading 2-0 after the first period and by the third period were up 4-0 before Carson Kurylo put the Dragons on the scoreboard. The Bandits scored once more before Markus Boguslavsky scored on the power play with 1:38 remaining to end the game 5-2.
Hasselberg says the pres- sure of Saturday’s game came from not having players. The Dragons had eight regular players out of the line-up. They only dressed 10 forwards and five defensemen. Included in the group were two affiliated players.
“It is all injuries, I have never seen anything like it. It is stressful, but it is also exciting for the guys that have to take added responsibility. It’s exciting to see how we respond in these situations,” said Hasselberg.
“I guess it is better to experience this in October and November than in February and March.”
The Dragons are at home this Friday, November 3, to take on the Okotoks Oilers and then return the favour Saturday.
Rookie Derrick Budz had a good look in the third period last Friday night versus the Bandits. The Dragons to Brooks. fell two game straight last weekend