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The Dragons took two tough losses on the road this weekend, after a trip to Brooks and Olds saw them take their second and third losses of the early season.
While the team has now dropped to 1-4 on the regular season, they did manage to eke out some points in overtime on both Friday and Saturday, losing both games 5-4.
On Friday in Brooks, the Bandits and Dragons had things tied up 3-3 at the start of the third period, but some late period dramatics saw the Dragons’ Adam Heindel respond to the Bandits’ go-ahead goal. But the Bandits’ finished things quickly, scoring just 12 seconds into overtime to give the reigning AJHL champs another win on the season, making them 4-0 atop of the south division.
The Olds Grizzlys sent Saturday’s game into overtime too, after coming back from an early Dragons lead. The first period saw the Dragons jump ahead to a three goal lead, but Olds worked their way back with three unanswered goals to close out the game. This overtime went a bit longer though, but not by much, as Olds scored just over three minutes into OT to secure it.
The Dragons were hosting the Camrose Kodiaks on Tuesday evening, results not available at press time. The team will be on the road this Thursday in the AJHL North to visit Sherwood Park, and back at the Dragons Den at the Memorial Arena on Friday, September 27 for a noon matinee matchup against the Lloydminster Bobcats.
In player news, the Dragons announced the signing of 19-year old goaltender Cale Elder from the Lloydminister Bobcats on Sunday. The 6’1 netminder from Saskatoon Saskatchewan posted a 4.12 GAA and an .880 save percentage in 31 starts as a rookie for the Bobcats. The Dragons say Elder was a top recruit for the Bobcats after posting a .930 save percentage with the Prince Albert Mintos in the Saskatchewan Major Midget League. In 30 starts, Elder maintained a 1.94 GAA during the 2017-18 season.
The team also completed a transaction with the Kindersley Clippers of the Saskatchewan junior league, sending forward/defenceman Dylan Wenzel to Saskatchewan in exchange for the CJHL File photo
rights for Parker Gavlas and a conditional player development fee. The team said Parker Gavlas is a 6’1 right shot defenseman from Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Gavlas is currently playing with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League. In 87 Western Hockey League games split with Medicine Hat, Regina, and Edmonton, Gavlas has recorded 2 goals, 13 assists, and 91 minutes in penalties.