this week in Dragons history, March 03–09
March 2004, 2005
The Dragons played their first playoff game on March 6, 2004 at
Olds. The Grizzlys won game one 5-2, en route to a 3-game sweep
of the Dragons in the series.
In March of 2005 the Dragons met the Calgary Canucks in the
first round of the playoffs. The Canucks swept the Dragons three
straight games. There are no scoring stats, scores, or dates
available for this series.
Met Brooks in round one of the playoffs. The Dragons won three straight
to post their first playoff series win. They put the cap on the sweep with a
3-0 win in Brooks in the third game. “the Velcro Goalie”, Steven Legatto,
made 33 saves to earn the shutout.
In game one of a first round series with Okotoks, the Dragons whipped the
Oilers 5-0 in Okotoks. Jonathan LaRose registered the first playoff shutout
in franchise history, kicking aside 28 shots to get the Dragons first road win
in the playoffs.
In game two of that first round series with Brooks, the Dragons went to
overtime before winning 3-2 on home ice. The hero was #25, Trevor Smyth,
who beat Bandit goalie Kody Vanrentergem at 3.16 of overtime to give the
Dragons a commanding 2-0 series lead. This was the first time the Dragons
won a playoff game in overtime. 1522 fans left the Memorial Arena
on a real high, 5 years ago.
Two years before Smitty's overtime heroics, the Dragons won their first
playoff game. After being swept in their first two post-season appearances,
the Dragons beat Canmore 4-3 at the Memorial Arena in game one of their
best-of-five first round series. The Dragons scored three 3rd period goals
to get the victory, the last two coming late in the period in dramatic
fashion. A.J. Mikkelsen scored at 19.10 of the 3rd period to tie the game at
3-3. Rookie Jeff Young netted the game-winner from Mikkelsen and Joel
Chisholm at 19.41 to cap the incredible comeback. 7 years ago in Dragons
Another memorable finish occurred on this date four years ago. In a game at
the Memorial Arena against Olds, the Dragons won 6-5 in double overtime to
square that series at two games apiece. Twice the Grizzlys had battled from
behind to tie the game, setting the stage for a wide-open, thrill-a-minute
overtime session between the two teams. Both Garrett Sheehan of the
Dragons and Marc Boulanger of Olds were spectacular in goal before
the Dragons won it. Ashton Reinboldt scored on a wicked backhand shot at
10.38 of the second overtime, from Scott Kennedy and Tyler Matthews to
give the Dragons the win, and stave off elimination in the series. One of the
truly great Junior games in AJHL history, March 4th, 2009.
Two days after Reinboldt's heroics gave the Dragons another shot at the
Grizzlys in Olds, the club ran the tank empty, dropping a 5-2 decision in
game five of the series. A disappointing finish to a hard fought series. A
disappointing finish to a storied career in Dragons annals. After this game
“the Captain”, Trent Colberg, peeled off #22 for the final time as a member
of the Dragons. After 229 regular season games, plus 21 more in the
playoffs, Trent's playing days with the Dragons ended, 4 years ago in
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.
On a more positive note, here's one from the AJHL record book involving
a Drumheller Falcon scoring star. On March 9, 1975 Ron Rose of the
Falcons scored 9 points in a 15-3 whipping of the Pass Red Devils.
Rose's 3 goal, 6 assist game still stands, 38 years later, as the single game
record for points in a game in AJHL history.
March 03 “Papi” celebrates his 26th….Ivo Musa, who played in 2007-08.
March 04 #11, all-time leading scorer Derek Werenka, turns 27.
March 08 current #7 for the Dragons, Brad Deagle, turns 21.
March 09 big winger Derek Wolbeck, from Heisler, turns 27. Wolbeck
played with the Dragons during the 2006-07 season. Last
winter he won a Senior AA provincial title as a member of the
Daysland North Stars.
March 09 Jamie Paulsen, #11 in 2007-08, turns 25.
Dragons Single Season Playoff Scoring
1. 15 Tyler Moir, 2007-08
2. 12 Trevor Smyth, 2007-08
3. 10 Trent Colberg, 2007-08
4. 9 Kevin Bui, 2007-08
5. 8 Joel Chisholm, 2005-06
6. 8 A.J. Mikkelsen, 2005-06
7. 8 Erik Slemp, 2007-08
8. 8 Adam Gialet, 2007-08
9. 7 Cam Lamoureux, 2007-08
1. 6 Trevor Smyth, 2007-08
2. 5 Cam Lamoureux, 2007-08
3. 5 Kevin Bui, 2007-08
4. 5 Chad Hohmann, 2007-08
5. 4 Tyler Moir, 2007-08
1. 11 Tyler Moir, 2007-08
2. 8 Trent Colberg, 2007-08
3. 6 Trevor Smyth, 2007-08
4. 6 Adam Gialet, 2007-08
5. 6 Erik Slemp, 2007-08
6. 5 Joel Chisholm, 2005-06
7. 5 A.J. Mikkelsen, 2005-06