Dragons bat­tling to main­tain sec­ond-place spot

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

The Dragons are main­tain­ing their sec­ond-place spot in their divi­sion be­hind the seem­ingly un­catch­able Brooks Ban­dits, split­ting their Novem­ber games with four wins out of nine games played.

Brooks leads the divi­sion with 48 points and a 24-2 record, leav­ing Drumheller (34 pts) play­ing with both Can­more and Oko­toks at their heels (both at 31 points).

The Dragons are com­ing off a one-game home­s­tand Sun­day which saw them lose 4-3 to the Grande Prairie Storm. A late pow­er­play goal by Eric Martin in the third pe­riod saw them get close to ty­ing the game but the team couldn’t get one past the Storm’s net­min­der, de­spite out­shoot­ing the club 37 to 30.

On Tues­day last week, the team hosted an­other north­ern divi­sion team when the Dray­ton Val­ley Thun­der en­tered the Dragon’s Den. The Dragon’s blanked the Thun­der 2-0, with goals com­ing from Shane Ott and Max Kathol, both in the sec­ond pe­riod. Drumheller goal­tender Hunter Virostek was the home star of the game af­ter stop­ping all 31 shots from Dray­ton Val­ley.

Over half way through the sea­son now, Jor­dan Tau­pert leads the team with 28 points on 11 goals and 17 as­sists, adding onto his record as the Dragons all-time lead­ing scorer. Brady Risk leads the team in goals with 13 goals, and Brett Ed­wards and Roc Tru­man are sit­ting on 12.

Drumheller’s next game is at Fort McMur­ray on Fri­day, and the team will be on the road un­til De­cem­ber 7 when they host the Oko­toks Oil­ers.

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