Whitecourt- Drumheller Dragons made their first and only regular-season trip to the Scott Safety Centre on January 4. These two teams met back in November when the Wolverines were on their three-game, three-day road trip to the South Division. Dragons are ranked third in the south with a 21w-14l-3otl record. The Dragons won the last match 5-3, outshooting the Wolverines 41-28.
Wolverines Connor Ungar would get the start in the net and Ryley Osland for Drumheller. Both netminders faced each other in the last matchup. Osland may sound familiar to Wolverine fans as he did start in two games last season for the team.
Dragons open the scoring at 3:03 when Derrick Budz finds the back of the net from Kaden Hanas and Travis Bohnet giving Drum the early lead.
Kaleb Ergang would breakout past the Drum defenders off a faceoff in the Wolverines end, using his speed and scored unassisted to tie the game at 1. Minutes later, Wallz would shut down a Drum clearing attempt and pass to an open Leyer in front of Osland. Osland makes the initial save, and Ergang found the rebound taking Wolverines first lead of the game. Leyer would score just a minute into the second period from Augot and Wallz, which would be the only goal of the period. Wolverines would start the third with another goal just a minute into the period on the power play scored by Brayden Labant from Bryce Osepchuk and Ethan Green, making it 4-1. Shane Ott would capitalize on the power play for Drumheller, cutting Whitecourt’s lead in half. Wallz and Osepchuk would add two more goals to the Wolverines lead, making it a 6-2 final. Tonight’s game marked Garin Butler’s 150th career AJHL game.
Drumheller Dragons 1 for 5 (20.0%)
Whitecourt Wolverines1 for 6 (16.7%)
Kaleb Ergang moves to the top spot for points on the season after tonight’s game.
# PLAYER NAME Goals Assists
#14 Kaleb Ergang 11G 21A
#29 Cassidy Bowes 12G 18A
#10 Bryce Osepchuk 7G 20A
#23 Ethan Leyer 8G 18A
#15 Hayden Clayton 4G 22A
Vincent Duplessis .904
Connor Ungar .895
Wolverines currently rank 8th in the AJHL on special teams with 18.45% on the power play and 76.67% on the penalty kill.