FROM THE ARCHIVES OF DRUMHELLER DRAGON’S HISTORY
This is a date that long-time Dragons fans will recall as one of cruelest in
club history. In game five of the first round against Canmore, the Dragons
dropped a heart-breaking 6-5 decision to the Eagles in overtime. The Eagles
won the series three games to two, winning the final two in overtime. What
makes it especially bitter to remember is that the Dragons had won the
first two games on home ice to take a commanding series lead. Losing the
services of star winger Derek Werenka to an injury contributed significantly
to the upset. A dark day in Dragons history, 7 years ago.
Friday, March 8, 2103 – There is a saying that “History Repeats Itself”. The Canmore Eagles Junior A Hockey Club can only hope that this is true.
The Eagles dropped a 4-0 decision to the Drumheller Dragons in AJHL playoff action last night before 858 fans at the Drumheller Memorial Arena and now find themselves down 2-0 in their opening round, best-of-five playoff series with the Dragons.
The series now shifts to the Canmore Recreation Centre for Game Three on Saturday, March 9 and Game Four, (if necessary) on Sunday, March 10. Both Games will start at 7 pm, with the ticket booth opening at 5:30.
The Eagle’s power-play, or lack thereof, is the major reason the team is just one game away from elimination. Canmore went 0-10 on the power-play last night, including two lengthy 5-3 opportunities. In the two games combined, Canmore is 0-14 with the man advantage.
The Dragons have helped their cause by scoring two power-play goals in each game.
“We obviously need to find a way to score,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose club was out-shot 33-25 on the night. “We are snake bitten at the wrong time of the year. We had our chances to win but just couldn’t score. We got frustrated and that became our downfall. We are heading back home where we have played well and have had some success on the power-play, so hopefully that will help us. We haven’t played that poorly, but two goals in two games and no goals on 14 power-play opportunities won’t win too many hockey games. We have a day off between games, so hopefully we can make some adjustments and get back into the series.”
NOTEBOOK: Eagle forward Steven Phee sat out last night’s game, while Jeremy Gordon drew into the lineup. . . In other AJHL Southern Division playoff action last night, the Okotoks Oilers evened their series at 1-1 with the Olds Grizzlys by winning 6-1, while the Camrose Kodiaks also evened their series at 1-1 with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Mustangs.