By Medicine Hat News on October 11, 2016.
Medicine Hat News
The fight back to respectability took a major step forward for the Southeast Alberta Club midget AAA Tigers this past weekend.
The team, which hasn’t had a winning season since 2004 and hasn’t been to the playoffs in a decade, is now 2-1-1 after a pair of road wins.
In St. Albert Saturday, Southeast beat the host Raiders 8-5, capitalizing with four power play goals including two from Ty Budai. Chandler Aleman had two goals and an assist, Josh Schafer a goal and two helpers while Colton Cameron, Eric Welford and Spencer Champman also found the back of the net.
Building on their momentum, the Tigers then bested Fort Saskatchewan 5-3 Sunday, outshooting them 41-27 and coming behind from a 2-0 deficit late in the second period.
Noah Irvine had two goals and an assist, his second goal the game-winner on a third period power play. Charlie Risk, Fletcher Aleman and Liam Stalwick also scored, while Nelson Schiller followed Logan Larock’s win in net the previous day with a solid performance of his own.
Fort Saskatchewan will look to get some revenge at the Medicine Hat Arena Saturday (5 p.m. start). Southeast then hosts Edmonton’s Maple Leaf Athletic Club Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Five straight home games to start the season seemed like a blessing for the Southeast minor midget AAA Tigers, but they’ve now lost the first two of them.
On Saturday at the Medicine Hat Arena the Tigers fell 7-3 to the Calgary Royals Blue.
Levi Schlosser, Jacob Milne and Caleb Kinch were Southeast’s goal scorers. The team hosts the Calgary Rangers and Lloydminster Rage this weekend, Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in Medicine Hat and Sunday 11:45 a.m. in Brooks.
A decent crowd came out to see the midget AA Medicine Hat Hounds play their home opener Friday, and it was definitely worth more than the price of admission (free).
At the Kinplex, Medicine Hat beat Red Deer 2-1 on a third period power-play goal from Devon Schneider, who also assisted on Brenden Weisgerber’s second-period marker.
The hard-nosed, back-and-forth contest included both goalies making stops on breakaways, though the Hat’s Martyn Clift wound up the victor with 29 saves.
Medicine Hat then improved to 3-0 Sunday with a 12-1 win over Foothills Shots were 50-19, with Morgan Grona getting a hat trick, plus Kian Simonson (two goals and two assists) and Bailey Taylor (four assists) leading in points.
The Hounds host Bow Valley at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kinplex, then are in Brooks Saturday against West Central.
The Southeast bantam AAA team fell 5-1 to the Calgary Northstars Saturday on home ice. Brady Dovichak had the lone goal for the hosts, who were outshot 47-16. Ryan Hodgins took the loss in goal.
The Medicine Hat peewee AA Hounds endured their first loss of the season, but sandwiched it with wins on the weekend.
After beating Lethbridge White 7-2 Friday, highlighted by five unanswered goals in the third period, the Hounds lost a 10-9 heartbreaker to the same Hurricanes Saturday in Lethbridge. But they rebounded with an 11-4 win in Cranbrook Sunday.
Dayden Collier had a hat trick and Dawson Stewart three assists in Friday’s win, while Beck Boiteau made 19 saves. Gavin Bibeau had four goals as Medicine Hat outshot Lethbridge 45-28 Saturday. But a crazy third period including three lead changes went White’s way, Cole Wirun’s second of the frame holding up as the game-winner.
Vann Yuhas had four goals and two assists against Cranbrook, while Roman Cherniak added three goals and an assist.