Dragons drop back-to-back se­ries ver­sus Ban­dits

The Drumheller Mail - - THE DRUMHELLER MAIL - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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

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