By Medicine Hat News on January 10, 2017.
Medicine Hat News
The South East Athletic Club Tigers have narrowed the gap towards making the playoffs.
With eight games left on their schedule, the midget AAA hockey team is six points back of the sixth-place Calgary Northstars following a win and a loss this past weekend.
South East put up two strong road efforts, losing 2-0 at Leduc Saturday before engineering a 3-2 win over Edmonton’s Knights of Columbus Pats Sunday.
With the split, they’re 7-15-4. The Northstars are 11-12-2 with nine games left and sit in the last spot in the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s Chrysler Division playoff picture.
The last time a Medicine Hat-based midget AAA team made the AMHL’s post-season was 2006.
Tyson Laduke scored in Sunday’s first period, then Mack Benn-Wipp and Noah Irvine potted insurance markers early in the third against the Pats, who made it 3-1 shortly thereafter but didn’t get their second goal until 14 seconds remaining with their goalie pulled. Nelson Schiller made 39 saves for South East in the critical game.
Saturday’s loss saw the Tigers outshot 27-21 by Leduc, but Nathan Reay got the shutout. Logan Larock was in net for the visitors.
South East is in Red Deer and Calgary this weekend. They’re then at home for five of their last six games, the exception being a potentially monumental clash against the Northstars in Calgary Feb. 18.
Their playoff hopes may be over but there was some good news for a South East bantam AAA player last week.
Defenceman Caleb Irvine was named a league all-star, and will play in the game at Okotoks this Saturday.
On the ice, South East lost 4-3 to Airdrie Saturday and 9-2 to Red Deer Sunday at the Medicine Hat Arena. Now 3-24, the team has nine games remaining.
Saturday’s loss —in which Airdrie clinched the division’s final playoff spot —saw the Tigers leading 3-1 after Caleb Wyrostock’s second goal of the game 14 seconds into the second period. Irvine had the other goal. But Airdrie then switched goalies and went on the attack, scoring three more times before the second intermission.
Nate Hoffman stopped all 21 shots he faced in the third period, and 39 overall for South East.
Shots in Sunday’s loss were 40-11, with Ty Olinski and Quade Hughson scoring for the hosts.
As for South East’s midget 15-year-old team, they make the playoffs regardless although lower-half teams play in essentially a consolation tournament to end the year.
Following a 10-4 loss Saturday and a 4-4 tie Sunday against the Calgary Blazers, the Tigers are 13th out of 14 teams in their division with 15 games to go.
Braden Larochelle had two goals, Aiden Zinger and Austin Klimosko had the others in Saturday’s loss.
Dawsen Savage’s 60-save performance was the reason for Sunday’s tie, plus goals from Larochelle, Zinger, Dax Wandler and Levi Schlosser.
They’ll be hosting playoffs in a couple months but in the meantime the Medicine Hat midget AA Hounds are proving they deserve the honour.
The Hounds beat Okotoks Oilers Green 4-2 Sunday, improving to 16-4-3 overall. They’ve been picked to host their division’s playoff tournament March 9-12.
In their first game in nearly a month, the Hounds got first-period goals from Morgan Grona and Cody Riehl. Brayden Dyck and Bailey Taylor made it 4-1 in the second, then Medicine Hat’s defence took over. Martyn Clift finished with 35 saves.
The bantam AA Hounds had a winning weekend, besting Red Deer Ramada 2-0 Friday and the Foothills Bisons 3-2 Saturday at the Moose Rec Centre.
Brendan Olson got a 29-save shutout Friday with Carsyn Good and Gavin Schroeder scoring.
Good had the game-winner with 1:09 remainng Saturday, following hayden Prosofsky’s second of the night with 2:09 left. Gavin Angstadt’s 33 saves were also a key.
Medicine Hat’s peewee AA team got a win and a tie in their first post-holiday action.
On Saturday at Hockey Hounds the Hounds beat Red Deer Parkland 5-4. Van Yuhas’s second goal with 2:56 remaining held up as the winner, while Dawson Stewart, Tyler Miller and Roman Cherniak had the other goals and Beck Boiteau made 34 saves as Medicine Hat was outshot 38-24.
Matthew MacPherson had both Hat goals on the power play in Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Airdrie Red. This time the Hounds led the shot total, 39-18.
The Medicine Hat peewee Tier 1 Hounds White remain unbeaten after a couple road wins.
On Saturday they beat Cochrane 7-2, getting four goals from Taiga Hernandez and singles from Tyler Broesky, Elias Eisenbarth and Zach Herman.
Broesky had five goals in a 13-6 win over Red Deer Sunday, while Hernandez and Joshua Drefs each had two goals. Eisenbarth, Kaden Pahl, Jeffrey Bullock and Wyatt Bishop rounded out the tallies.
Medicine Hat’s novice Bruins went 2-2 to take third place at a tournament in Strathmore this past weekend.
Gavin Perry’s shorthanded goal in the final two minutes was the difference in an 8-7 bronze medal game win over Okotoks Sunday. Kian Lang had a hat trick in the finale, while Nate Orr, Brayden Levesque, Chase Smyth and Lincoln Presber had the other markers. Baylor Nabis got the win in goal.
Also in novice play, the Flyers won a tournament in Brooks. No details were submitted.
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