For the third straight game the Drumheller Dragons and Canmore Eagles required extra time to determine a winner.
The Round 1 series shifted back to Canmore for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon (March 10, 2019) with the series tied 1-1. Following two overtime finishes in the first two games, Game 3 was an important swing-game in the series. Drumheller put together a solid road period in the first, starting strong and scoring two power-play goals in the first frame. The opening goal came at 4:54 on a point shot by, #11 Troy Dudley, followed up with a late marker at 19:15 by Dragons captain, #37 Markus Boguslavsky.
The Dragons carried a three-goal lead into the third period, leading 4-1 with just twenty minutes to play. But it was the Eagles, with their raucous crowd at their backs, who would rally in the third period with three unanswered goals to tie the game at 4-4. (#23 Tian Rask, #28 Mark Drohan, #9 Taden Rattie). The final two goals were scored just 14 seconds apart. For the third straight game, the Eagles and Dragons would need overtime.
Just 1:26 into the extra frame Dragons rookie, #10 Scout Truman, drove the net with the puck on his stick and sent a quick saucer pass across to #21 Eric Martin, who quickly one-timed the shot passed Eagles goaltender, #35 Thomas Davis. Martin had a three-point game (1G, 2A) on Sunday afternoon.
Dragons head coach / GM, Kevin Hasselberg was pleased to see different players step up and lead the way offensively for Drumheller in Game 3.
“We had big contributions from Hassan Akl, scoring the shorthanded goal which was huge for us,” recalls Hasselberg. “With Marty having the game he did and scoring the big goal for us in overtime, those are two unlikely heroes who have worked hard to be in that position, all year.”
Dragons All-Time Leading scorer, #14 Jordan Taupert and AJHL Rookie of the Year finalist, #13 Roc Truman, left the game and their status’ are unknown for Game 4 on Monday night (March 11). Despite the inherent adjustments that might need to be made, the Dragons approach is staying the same, play Dragons hockey for 60 minutes… (or more.)
The Dragons lead the Best-of-5 series 2-1 and are heading into Game 4 with a chance to advance to the second round of the AJHL Playoffs with a victory.