Dragons fall to Mustangs in overtime
The Dragons hosted the Calgary Mustangs on Friday, losing in a nail-biting overtime period.
At 3:35 minutes into the extra period, Mustangs player Tyler Lentz claimed the last goal of the night, letting the score stand 3 – 2.
“I thought our guys worked extremely hard and they care deeply about what they want to accomplish,” said Kevin Hasselberg, Drumheller Dragons head coach. “I just think that our group was tight for whatever reason that game and we really had trouble making plays with the puck and moving pucks with purpose, and really at the end of the day, that’s what cost us in that loss.”
The Dragons started off the game by scoring the first point within five minutes thanks to Blake Kleiner with an assist from Jordan Taupert.
The Mustangs woke up shortly afterwards, getting two points by the end of the first period.
For the second period, Dragons player Brett Edwards tied the game. Brayden Nicholetts assisted. Many penalties took place equally from both sides by the second period.
The Dragons’ coaches want to focus on the mental challenges the team faces by evening out the highs and lows that are associated with gametime.
“We came off a very high weekend when Lloydminster and Bonnyville came to town and then to lose that game how we did, that was a crashing blow for most of us and the staff,” said Hasselberg. “As a team, we have to minimize those peaks and valleys in those situations and just stay the course with our development.”
There was no scoring in the third period, ultimately leading to overtime.
Although the Dragons were on fire with their 27 shots on net, the Mustangs reigned victorious with the accuracy of 17, resulting in the OT win.
“I think they are all positive experiences, in a sense that it acts like a test,” said Hasselberg. “Sometimes we pass with flying colours and sometimes we are just squeaking by. I think if we can all collectively work together to start acing those tests, whether your opponent is the Calgary Mustangs or whether it’s the Fort McMurray Oil Barons that we’ll face here on Friday, we have to value our preparation and we have to respect the process and the time that is required to prepare ourselves for a hockey game. That’s part of the mental challenge with our hockey team. We have to find consistency in that and when we do, our team will play much better.”
The Dragons next home game will be on Friday, December 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Calgary Mustangs goalie, Ashton Abel gets ready for a possible shot as Drumheller Dragons forward player, Tyson Scott, 36, reaches for the puck. Mustangs defensemen, Cayden Shmyr, 23, and Nathan Walker, 2, and Dragons assistant captain Jordan Taupert, 14, close in on Scott. The Mustangs won the game 3-2 in overtime in front of a crowd of 466 people on Friday, December 1.