Game two of the Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoff Series between the Calgary Canucks and your Drumheller Dragons was held at the Memorial Arena tonight.

Drumheller was coming into the game with a 1-0 series lead after the victory last night over the Canucks 6-3.  Calgary was looking to even up the series and Drumheller was looking to take a stranglehold on the series.  Something had to give.

Drumheller opened up the scoring early in the first when Slater Dykema scored his second of the playoffs from Alex Rotundo and Bradley Stonnell.  Calgary pushed back and evened up the score at 7:58 when Zach Russell scored his second of the playoffs from Michael Clarke and Kyler Newman.  The game remained tied to finish the first period.  Drumheller out shot Calgary 11-5 in the period.

The Dragons regained the lead midway through the second.  At 7:25, Derrick Budz scored his first of the playoffs from Nate Keeley and Brett Wieschorster.  Drumheller dominated play for the first 15 minutes of the period but the Calgary Canucks would not give up.  Calgary tied it once again when Zach Russell scored his second of the playoffs from Josh Giacomin and Michael Clarke.  The second ended with the teams tied at two.  

In the third, both teams had their chances, Derrick Budz had a great opportunity but Calgary goaltender Kolby Matthews made a great toe save.  The score remained tied until the 19:13 mark when Jordan McConnell scored at the side of the net with the assist going to Zach Webb.  The Dragons pulled goaltender Dane Dow but could not get a good scoring chance.  The final score would be 3-2 Calgary and would tie the best of five series at one a piece.

Shots on Goal

Calgary - 24

Drumheller - 35

Power Play

Calgary 0 for 4

Drumheller 0 for 5

Three Stars 

  1.  Kolby Matthews (CGY)
  2. Derrick Budz (DRU)
  3. Jordan McConnell (CGY)

Hardest Working Dragon - Brayden Nicholetts

The series now shifts to Calgary for games three and four.  Game three is Sunday evening at 5:00p.m.  We will have the game on DrumFM with the Western GM Pregame Show at 4:45p.m. with Jason Blanke.  Game four will be Monday at 7:00p.m. with again the Western GM Pregame Show at 6:45p.m.

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