DRAGONS – A NEW BEGINNING
Dragons -v- Steeldogs – 5th November 2017
Bonfire Night gave a boisterous Den crowd an opportunity to get behind the Dragons as they welcomed top of the table Sheffield Steeldogs to Deeside.
With virtually a full roster the home squad was determined to give the Den faithful something to cheer for. There was a great atmosphere around the rink.
The Dragons high energy attack saw immediate pressure on the visitor’s net, but perhaps there was a bit too much adrenalin and within 30 seconds a 4 on 0 breakaway saw the Steeldogs on the score sheet. Oh dear, that wasn’t in the script! But the Dragons never blinked and within 2 minutes the scores were level as #7 Parry finished a flowing Dragons attack.
The game then flowed end to end with the visitors creating the better-quality chances and out shooting the Dragons 20-7 in the first period. Pure weight of pressure saw the Steeldogs score 3 more to end the period 4-1 to the good. Despite that, there was a lot of positivity in the Den and every supporter knew the guys had put in a real shift.
Two and half minutes into the second period, #7 Parry was on the score sheet again. The atmosphere within the Den was bouncing as the Dragons put everything in to the game. Not only were the Dragons putting more pressure on the visitor’s goal, they were also digging deep in their own zone killing off 4 penalties. The Dragons won the period 1-0 and the home fans finally got the performance they had craved for so many weeks.
In the third period the Dragons continued to ask questions, but a quick power play goal at the start of the period and one other won the game for the League leaders. Final score Dragons 2 – 6 Steeldogs. The defeat felt like a victory however and not a single supporter left the Den until they had taken the time to thank every member of the Dragons team for a great performance.
Dragons young net minder #26 Armstrong capped off an outstanding weekend performance with the Man of the Match award.