Dragons fall to Mus­tangs in over­time

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

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.

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

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.

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