Drumheller took to the road for game four in the first round of the Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs.
Coming off a strong win on Sunday night, the Dragons were hoping to have the same outcome tonight, The Calgary Canucks were hoping to stretch the series to five games.
The first period started off with both teams having opportunities. The Dragons opened the scoring at 9:35 when Jordan Taupert scored his second of the playoffs from Nate Keeley. Calgary would answer back at 11:46 when Chad Varney scored his first of the playoffs unassisted to tie the game at one. The period would end with the teams tied and Drumheller out shooting Calgary 16-8.
The Dragons would have a quick start to the second as Jordan Taupert would score his second on the night from Derrick Budz at 2:11. That would open the flood gates as Drumheller would score another four minutes later on the man advantage, as Brady Risk scored his second of the playoffs from Dawson Bruneski and Andrew Kartusch. The Dragons would add another at 11:50 on the power play when Tyler Kreklewich scored his fourth of the post season from Markus Boguslavsky and Troy Dudley. Drumheller would get their fourth goal of the period when Brett Edwards got a great cross ice pass from Brady Risk and Brayden Nicholetts. Risk would add another on the power play at 14:49 with assists from Brayden Nicholetts and Brett Edwards. Andrew Kartusch would take an inadvertent high-sticking double minor with just over 3 minutes left in the second. The Canucks would capitalize on the second power play as Mark Drohan scored his first of the playoffs from Jordan McConnell. The Dragons would end the second in the driver's seat with a 6-2 lead.
The Canucks would put up a fight in the third. They would reduce the Dragons lead to three at 4:16 when Michael Johnson would snap a wrist shot by Hunter Virostek. Drumheller would answer back with a key goal by Jordan Taupert, his hat-trick goal, from Slater Dykema. The Canucks would not give up and scored with 5:27 left when Josh Giacomin scored to make it 7-4 Dragons. Calgary would pull their goaltender for the extra attacker with just under two minutes left. Markus Boguslavsky takes advantage and pots one into the empty net to make the final 8-4 Dragons.
With the win, Drumheller continues in the Inter Pipeline Playoffs. They will take on the Brooks Bandits in round number two.
Shots on Goal
Calgary – 28
Drumheller – 41
Calgary – 1 for 4
Drumheller – 3 for 6
Hardest Working Dragon – Derrick Budz
Jordan Taupert (DRU)
Brady Risk (DRU)
Brayden Nicholetts (DRU)
Round two begins on Friday as the Dragon head to Brooks to battle the Brooks Bandits. Western GM Pregame show begins at 6:45pm with Jason Blanke on your home of the Dragons, 99.5 DrumFM and drumheller online.com.