Dragons hop­ing for healthy post sea­son

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

The Dragons are hop­ing to heal up this week to be a force to be reck­oned come the play­offs.

The Dragons have been limp­ing to­wards the post­sea­son and af­ter last week­end they are on an eight-game skid. They have one more reg­u­lar sea­son game ver­sus Olds be­fore play­offs this com­ing Satur­day, and Coach Darryl Olsen hopes they can use the time to heal and re­fo­cus.

“This is com­ing at a per­fect time for us, we are still not 100 per cent healthy,” said Coach Olsen. “Last week we had one prac­tice where we ac­tu­ally had 20 guys. So this week will be good, we can get back to the draw­ing board and start putting our sys­tems back to­gether.”

Last week­end was a tough one for the squad. On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 24, the team was in Oko­toks to take on the Oil­ers. Oko­toks jumped out to a two-goal lead be­fore Jor­dan Evans scored for the Dragons on the power play with a minute left in the first pe­riod. Joren Pate­naude tied it up at the 6:16 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod. Just three min­utes later Oko­toks scored the win­ner.

On Satur­day, Oko­toks came to Drumheller for the home and away se­ries. This time the Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first pe­riod with goals from Clay Kee­ley and then Tyler Krek­lewich. The Oil­ers tied it up in the sec­ond pe­riod and then went ahead 6-2 in the third pe­riod. An­drew Kar­tusch made it 6-3 to end the game.

“The first two pe­ri­ods were re­ally good, and then we just kind fell into some penalty trou­ble and then the wheels just fell off. Those first two pe­ri­ods is the kind of hockey we are go­ing to play when we get ev­ery­body back, high en­ergy, lots of puck move­ment, lots of shots.”

He is look­ing for­ward to a healthy play­off se­ries. Their op­po­nent is yet to be de­ter­mined. Be­fore then, they have one more game ver­sus the Olds Griz­zlys on the road this Satur­day.

“We have this week, and then a few days be­fore the first play­off game. We are look­ing for­ward to all of th­ese guys get­ting back to­gether. There is noth­ing like be­ing on the ice to­gether in prac­tice as one co­he­sive unit.”

Lo­cally Owned and Op­er­ated by Greg and Sum­mer Manca

The Dragons have one more reg­u­lar sea­son game this Satur­day ver­sus the Olds Griz­zlys be­fore the post­sea­son be­gins.

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