Dragons fin­ish open­ing week­end un­de­feated

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Dragons were breath­ing fire to open the sea­son, win­ning their first two games and outscor­ing their op­po­nents 15-4.

The Dragons opened the reg­u­lar sea­son on Fri­day, Septem­ber 14 in the Dragon’s Den in front of 1,224 fans. First or­der of busi­ness was the Brooks Ban­dits. While the Dragons dropped two in a row to the Ban­dits dur­ing the pre­sea­son, on Fri­day night they let loose with 11 goals and led the whole game.

“Our guys showed up and played hard and got the re­sults they de­served,” said head coach Kevin Has­sel­berg.

Kaden Hanas opened the scor­ing just three min­utes in on Fri­day ver­sus the Ban­dits, fol­lowed by Shane Ott on the pow­er­play. The Ban­dits scored with about six min­utes left in the first pe­riod, but Jor­dan Tau­pert put the Dragons up 3-1 to end the first pe­riod.

The se­cond pe­riod was all Drumheller as Braden Ni­c­ho­letts, Scott Tru­man, Bradley Ston­nell and Brady Risk pushed the Dragons’ lead to 7-1. Brooks opened the scor­ing in the third pe­riod, but the Dragons did not re­lent as Adam Hein­del, Brett Ed­wards and Roc Tru­man all scored. Tau­pert scored his se­cond, as the Dragons went on to an 11-3 vic­tory.

The Dragons were 100 per cent on the power play.

“Ob­vi­ously early in the year you just want to find how you are go­ing to de­velop chem­istry within your lines and I think that stood out for me. You could re­ally start see­ing some lines start to gel and work well to­gether,” said Has­sel­berg.

The Dragons con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate Satur­day night as they headed to Cam­rose to take on the Ko­di­aks. The Dragons out­shot the Ko­di­aks in the first pe­riod 15-5, but it took un­til the 16-minute mark to get on the score­board as Brady Risk found the net unas­sisted. Af­ter a score­less se­cond pe­riod, Alex Ro­tundo put the Dragons up 2-0. Cam­rose an­swered back, but Ai­den Yakim­chuk and Shane Ott each scored as the Dragons won 4-1.

Rookie Shane Ott was named the first 2018-2019 Canalta Ho­tel Player of the Week post­ing 2 goals and five as­sists to lead all play­ers with seven points.

The Dragons have a busy week. Tues­day night they hosted the Can­more Ea­gles, re­sults not avail­able at press time. On Fri­day they are back in Brooks for a re­match, and then on Satur­day, they head to Oko­toks to take on the Oil­ers.

“We want to get bet­ter. I think the qual­ity of teams in the south di­vi­sion this year is re­ally go­ing to chal­lenge teams to be at their best all the time. We are go­ing to see a lot of that this week,” said Has­sel­berg.

Shane Ott scores his first goal as a Dragon Fri­day night, Septem­ber 14, as they de­feat the Brooks Ban­dits 11-3.

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