The table was set for a fast-paced, physical Game 2 between the Drumheller Dragons and Canmore Eagles at the Memorial Arena on Friday night (March 8, 2019). It was an Alberta Junior Hockey League playoff game for the ages, as the game went to overtime for the second straight night.
In Game 2, it was AJHL Rookie of the Year finalist, #13 Roc Truman who put on a show for the Dragons. He was dangerous every time he hit the ice and had four or five break away opportunities in the game. Truman would go score two goals and was named the Dragons’ Player of the Game.
Not to be outdone was #35 Hunter Virostek in the Dragons net. In a game that featured outstanding goaltending performances from both Virostek and Eagles goaltender, #35 Thomas Davis (40 saves), it was Virostek who stole the show. In addition to his 46-save performance, he added an assist on the opening goal of the game and made multiple huge saves in the extra frames to set the stage for the double overtime heroics provided by #12 Brady Risk.
Both teams were exhausted entering into overtime number two. There was a lot on the line, especially for the Dragons who did not want to head to Canmore down 2-0 in the series, having all the momentum swinging with the Eagles. At the 7:53 mark of the period Dragons forward, #15 Shane Ott, found the puck on his stick, sending a quick pass to Risk in the slot area who made no mistake, firing the game-winner passed Davis in net, to secure the win and tie the series up 1-1.
“We’re playing well,” Risk explains. “We’ve had success against Canmore this season, but we’re not going to let that get to our heads, because we all know that anything can happen in playoffs.”
The Drumheller Dragons head to Canmore on Sunday afternoon for Game 3.