Dragons season closes

Dragon, Derrick Budz,19, and Canmore Eagles left wing, Michael Spafford, 24, jump for the puck as Eagles defenseman Mark Drohan, 28, Dragons forward Shane Ott, 15, Eagles Jesse Sheen, 33, and Eagles goalie Thomas Davis, 35, brace for action.
The Eagles soared past the Dragons, taking home the win after a 2 – 1 lead by the end of the third period, advancing the Eagles to the next round of playoffs. ECA Review/ T.Huxley

With a nail-biting five-game series between the Drumheller Dragons and Canmore Eagles Junior A Hockey teams, the Dragon’s season has come to an abrupt end.

On Wed. Mar. 13, the Dragons hosted the Eagles in front of a full house of spectators.

Leading up the intense evening, the hometown team consisting of players from all over Western Canada began the beginning of playoffs at home on Thur. March 7. The Eagles won 2 – 1 in overtime.

Game 2 was also held at the Drumheller Memorial Arena the next night. The Dragons bounced back scoring 3 – 2.

Back at the Canmore Recreation Centre, Game 3 showed intense spirit from both sides as both had scored four goals by the time the third-period clock timed out. In overtime, the Dragons prevailed, scoring the fifth and final goal of the night.

Game 4 took place on Mon. March 11 in Canmore. The Eagles were able to take two points off the Dragons, leaving the game 2 – 1.

The back and forth matches led to a rowdy crowd on Wed. March 13 for the determining round of play.

For two periods, neither team scored on net.

The Third-period vibe changed when the Dragons broke the dry spell at 5:44 on the power play thanks to Brady Risk who was assisted by Derrick Budz.

Less than 10 minutes later, the Eagles fought back, tying the score 1 – 1 at 14:29.

Not even 20 seconds later, a stunned audience watched as the Eagles scored a second time, which eventually sealed the Dragon’s fate.

The team has six players moving on to higher ranking hockey teams.

They finished third in the regular season after accumulating 78 points behind the Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers.

The Eagles, winners of the series, have advanced to round two against the Brooks Bandits.

 

Terri Huxley

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