The Drumheller Dragons took to the road tonight to face off with the Camrose Kodiaks. The last time the two teams met, the game went to overtime where the Kodiaks won. This game would be a close one.
The Dragons and Kodiaks are in a dog fight in the AJHL South Division with the Calgary Mustangs, Canmore Eagles, and Okotoks Oilers for second place in the division. This game plus a few others would have implications in the standings.
The Dragons would open the scoring 9:40 into the first when Roc Truman would streak in on a breakaway and score his 18th of the season, short-handed and unassisted to lead 1-0. The Kodiaks would tie the game on a 5 on 3 power play when Zach Vinnell scores to make it 1-1 after one.
Early in the second, the Dragons would once again take the lead as Eric Martin scored his 5th of the year from Alex Rotundo to make it 2-1 at 1:56. Drumheller would add another at 3:36 when Derrick Budz netted his 16th from Jordan Taupert. The Dragons would end the period leading 3-1.
Cue the Kodiaks comeback in the third. At 1:28 Cody Laskosky would score to make it 3-2. Just under six minutes later, affiliate player, Robert Kincaid would tie the game at 3-3 with a shot from the slot. The Dragons give the Kodiaks a power play at 9:32 and it would cost them as the Kodiaks would take their first lead of the game at 10:37 when Kyler Kupka scored his 23rd of the year. It looked dire for the Dragons but with 14 seconds left in the game and with goalie Daniel Allin on the bench, Brayden Nicholetts scored his 9th from Markus Boguslavsky and Brady Risk. That would tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the extra period, it was a quick end to the game. Kyler Kupka was the trailer on the three on three and snapped a shot that Daniel Allin could do nothing about to give the win to the Kodiaks. With the win, the Kodiaks are now tied with the Canmore Eagles for fifth in AJHL South. With the overtime loss, the Dragons are three points behind the Okotoks Oilers and tied with the Calgary Mustangs for third in the AJHL South.
Shots on Goal
Drumheller – 35
Camrose – 31
Drumheller – 0 for 8
Camrose – 2 for 7
Hardest Working Dragon – Scout Truman
- Kyler Kupka (CAM 2 goals, 1 assist)
- Brayden Nicholetts (DRU 1 goal)
- Derrick Budz (DRU 1 goal)
No time to dwell on the loss as the Dragons prepare to travel to Olds to face the Olds Grizzlys. Game time tomorrow night is at 7:00 and unfortunately will not be on the radio.