Dragons 4 Barons 3
The Dragons welcomed the Barons to the Den on Sunday evening with both teams seeking to find their edge in the new League campaign. With the Dragons losing both of their opening League encounters and The Barons coming out on top in a preseason challenge game, the Barons were seeking to build upon an excellent win the previous evening, to push themselves up the League table.
From the first puck drop the Dragons were unrecognisable from the team that had struggled to find any form the previous week. The game was played at break neck speed and both net minders saw plenty of rubber in the opening period. The Dragons got the breakthrough in the 14th minute with #93 Heatherington finishing an excellent passing move, to grab his first goal for The Dragons. The period was to finish even when Soar poked home a scrappy goal in the 18th minute.
The second period saw the Dragons grow in confidence and began to dominate play, underpinned by an MVP performance in net with debutant goalie # 1 Graeme Bird. The pressure told and the Dragons scored two power play goals from #72 Jones and #77 McKenzie to the end the second period 3-1 to the good.
Determined to see the job through, the Dragons continued third period where they left off. Imposing power forward import #14 Brodin grabbed a superb 4th goal, which put the Dragons firmly in control.
To their credit The Barons did not give up and came back with a power play goal on 45 minutes and a third goal in the 56th minute to bring the score within one. As the game went into the last three minutes, both teams exchanged penalties and The Den enjoyed a tense and exciting finish to the game.
The Dragons held firm to record their first win of the season but more importantly a much improved performance that demonstrated the team can compete at this level.
Game winning goal #14 Mickael Brodin.
MVP #1 Graeme Bird