FINAL SCORE: Sherwood Park Crusaders 6 Drumheller Dragons 4
The first period was not a good one to be a goaltender. There were six goals in total with the first coming 40 seconds in courtesy of Dragons forward Cody Young. The Crusaders responded accordingly, however, with a goal from Alex Rotundo who sniped one past Dow for his 19th of the season. Drumheller grabbed themselves another goal after a slap shot was tipped past Klassen. After that, the Cru dominated the remainder of the period scoring three more goals coming from Torontow, Sowa, and Younghans.
The second period was the complete opposite in terms of goaltending. Both Klassen and Dow made some outstanding highlight reel saves to keep their teams in the game. However, Drumheller did get on the board towards the end of the period, nothing Klassen could’ve done about it. The Cru had a couple of good opportunities to add to their total. The first came from Dykstra who opted to go for the fancy goal rather than just sliding it by Dow. The other came from Oszytko when he rifled one off the crossbar on the power play. Also, the team was without Tyler Maltby for the majority of the period after he received a 10-minute misconduct.
The third period didn’t have much happen until the 12-minute mark when Ty Readman slotted one home for the Cru’s 5th. Shortly after, the Dragons had a goal disallowed after Zac Klassen lost his helmet. A couple minutes later, Brandon Wallis extended the Crusaders lead with his 6th of the season. One more goal was added when a pass from Klassen bounced off Sowa’s skate directly to a Dragons forward who put it in the empty net.
Overall, a highly entertaining game full of goals, great saves, and a solid effort from both teams.
- The offense was in the building this afternoon for the Cru. The team finished with a total of 49 shots on goal and would’ve had a few more if it wasn’t for some good goaltending from Dow.
- Klassen played well despite allowed four goals. He did struggle to start off the game but when settled in he had a made some key stops.
- Ty Readman had a five-point game. Another excellent performance from him.
- Torontow played well at both ends of the ice. He created a good amount of opportunities for his team.
- They conceded a goal 40 seconds into the game. It’s not unusual to see a slow start from this team.
- He did play well but we the Cru need Klassen to be in the game from the start, not just the second period on.
- The team took to many unnecessary penalties today. Luckily for them, the Dragons could only capitalize on one.
THE TURNING POINT:
Klassen made an excellent save on a Dragons breakaway in the first. From that point on, Klassen locked in and made plenty of saves to keep the Crusaders lead. If it wasn’t for him this game could’ve been much different.
The Crusaders travel to Bonnyville next to take on the Pontiacs. The last time these two rivals matched up Bonnyville left Sherwood Park with a 7-4 victory. This game will take place this Friday at the RJ Lalonde Arena with the puck dropping at 7:30.