The Dragons made the trek to Brooks for the first time since late September. Many things have change for both teams since then.
The Bandits have a fourteen point lead on the Dragons in the AJHL South standings going into the game. Drumheller was looking to take the season series lead.
The Bandits opened the scoring midway through the period when Simon Gravel scored short-handed at 10:32 to make it 1-0. Drumheller would tie the game three minutes later when Derrick Budz snapped a quick shot from the top of the left circle and beat Brooks goaltender Pierce Charleson. Assists went to Jordan Taupert and Eric Martin.
Early in the second, the Dragons again were on the penalty kill, Simon Gravel got in behind the Dragons defense and went top shelf over the glove of Hunter Virostek, to give the Bandits a 2-1 lead. With just over five minutes left in the second, Drumheller, on the power play, tied the game on a shot by Adam Heindel with an assist to Brett Edwards. The second would end with the teams tied 2-2.
Very early in the third period, the Bandits would take the lead for good when Randy Hernandez would score his first as a Bandit to make it 3-2 Brooks. The Bandits would add another at the 7:40 mark with a goal by Jordan Di Ciccio. The Dragons would pull the net-minder with 1:40 left in the game and the Bandits would score an empty net goal on a shot by Brooks top scorer William Lemay to make the final 5-2 Brooks.
Shots on goal
Drumheller – 22
Brooks – 32
Drumheller – 1 for 3
Brooks – 1 for 4
Hardest Working Dragon – Troy Dudley
- Simon Gravel (BRK)
- Derrick Budz (DRU)
- William Lemay (BRK)
The Dragons weekend continues with a battle with the Camrose Kodiaks on Saturday night at the Memorial Arena. Game time on Saturday is at 7:30 pm