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The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

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.

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