The Drumheller Dragons had a rare Tuesday night home game where they faced off against the Drayton Valley Thunder. This would be the third time these two teams have met this year.
Going into the game, the Dragons led the season series two games to none. The last time these two teams met, the game went to overtime where Drumheller won 5-4. Since that time, Drayton Valley has seen some significant improvement, especially in net. Luke Lush has been named the AJHL Defensive Player of the week for the past two weeks. Luke got the night off as the starting goaltender for the Thunder was Rory Dumelie
The first period was a good period for both teams. They battled back and forth with each having some good scoring opportunities, but both goalies did their part. Period One ended in a draw at 0-0 with Drumheller outshooting Drayton Valley 11-6.
Drumheller opened the scoring in the second period. James Orban from the Thunder, took his second penalty of the game at 7:13. On the ensuing power play, Shane Ott scored his seventh of the year from Jordan Taupert and Eric Martin to make it 1-0 Drumheller. The Dragons continued with the scoring later in the period when Derrick Budz and Shane Ott set up affiliate player, Max Kathol beautifully for his first goal in junior hockey. Drumheller led 2-0 after two periods.
In the third, both teams continued to battle. Drayton Valley had their chances, but Hunter Virostek was up to the task. The Thunder pulled their goalie with 2:47 left in the period for the extra attacker. It did not matter as Hunter made save after save to get the shutout. It was the 54th win in Hunter's Dragons career, which puts him in the record book, passing Jonathan Larose to have the most wins as a Dragons goaltender. Final score, Drumheller 2 Drayton Valley 0.
Shots on Goal
Drayton Valley - 31
Drumheller - 29
Drayton Valley - 0 for 5
Drumheller - 1 for 4
- Hunter Virostek (DRU)
- Shane Ott (DRU)
- Max Kathol (DRU)
With the win, Drumheller remains in second place, one point over the Okotoks Oilers, and ten points back of the AJHL South leading Brooks Bandits. Drumheller will have another opportunity to close the gap on Friday when they travel to Olds to face the Grizzlys for the first time this season. The game will be on 99.5 DrumFM with Jason Blanke and Dustin Edwards. The Riverside Value Drug Mart Pregame show begins at 7:15 pm.