Your Drumheller Dragons wrapped up the 2018 portion of the 2018-2019 season at home on Saturday night against the Olds Grizzlys. The last time these two teams met at the Memorial Arena, the Grizzlys won in overtime. The Dragons wanted retribution.
The Dragons are coming off a loss on Tuesday night at the hands of the Okotoks Oilers. The team has been struggling through a four game losing skid and wanted to get back in the win column.
Drumheller took it to Olds right off the opening faceoff. Forty seconds into the game, Drumheller took the lead. Scout Truman scored his fourth of the season from Troy Dudley and Aiden Yakimchuk. Then on the power play, Drumheller increased their lead with a goal from Derrick Budz, his thirteenth of the year, from a great set up by Dylan McCabe. The Dragons rounded out the period when at 16:31, Roc Truman scored his fourteenth of the season from Alex Rotundo. Drumheller lead 3-0 after one and out shot the Grizzlys 17-11.
The Dragons continued in the second as Alex Rotundo would deflect a shot from Troy Dudley to score his third of the year at 3:43. Drumheller would make it 5-0 when Brayden Nicholetts scored a beauty on a set up from Kiano Robinson and Dylan McCabe. The Grizzlys would get on the board at 12:38 when Dawson Leroux, an affiliate player from Lethbridge, scored his first of the year to make it 5-1 Drumheller. Just under a minute later, the Dragons would get another from Derrick Budz with assists to Brady Risk and Shane Ott. Drumheller would add one more before the end of the period as Brett Edwards would score his seventeenth of the season from Brady Risk to make it 7-1 Dragons.
In the third, Drumheller continued to pepper Olds goaltender, Jay Thompson, but could not score another. Olds would add one more with 5:41 left to go when Brandon Rude scored to make the score 7-2 Dragons. It got heated near the end of the game as Dragon Kiano Robinson and Grizzly Colby Wolter dropped the gloves for a fight near centre ice. It felt like a rivalry game between two teams that do not like each other. There were scrums after every whistle for the remainder of the game.
With the win, the Dragons will end the 2018 portion of the year in second place in the Viterra AJHL South Divison at 48 points. It was a very important win as Okotoks won their game against Calgary and now sit only one point behind the Dragons in third place. The Bandits lead the division with 64 points.
Shots on Goal
Olds - 31
Drumheller - 49
Olds - 0 for 5
Drumheller - 2 for 6
- Derrick Budz (DRU 2 goals)
- Alex Rotundo (DRU 1 goal 1 assist)
- Troy Dudley (DRU 2 assists)
The Dragons are now on their Christmas break. They are not back on the ice until January 4th when they will host the Brooks Bandits at the Memorial Arena at 7:30 pm. Be listening starting on December 27th for your chance to win VIP tickets to the game as well as have a chance to win season tickets for the 2019-2020 season.