By Medicine Hat News on February 12, 2019.
With league playoffs on the horizon the bantam AA Hounds are looking to make a run.
This past weekend the Medicine Hat team earned a pair of wins, guaranteeing they’ll finish third in their South Central Alberta Hockey League conference.
On Saturday at the Moose Rec Centre, the Hounds beat the Foothills Bisons 8-2. Down 2-0 on a pair of power play goals in the first period, the home team stormed back with eight unanswered including three man advantage markers of their own.
Taiga Hernandez got both of his goals at even strength. Zach Hauck, Brady Mahar, Caleb Garrecht, Luke Renschler, Dawson Stewart and Braxton Thornton also scored, their team outshooting the Bisons 36-19.
Goalie Zach Ferguson found his form after the rough start to make 17 saves.
Sunday in Taber was a similar story, as the Golden Suns stayed close for 40 minutes but fell 6-2.
Hernandez had another pair of goals, while Garrecht, Mahar, Hauck and Stewart netted the others. Rylan Hodgson mad 24 saves, as the shot totals were again lopsided, 46-26 in Medicine Hat’s favour.
Now 17-11-3 with three games left to play in the regular season., the Hounds host Olds this Saturday, 7:45 p.m. at the Moose.
In what could be a pair of playoff previews, the South East Athletic Club’s midget 15-year-old team got a tie and a loss but clinched their spot in the top eight of their division, ensuring they’ll be in the mix when it comes to winning a spot at provincials this season.
The Tigers lost 4-2 at home to Lethbridge Friday, then tied the Calgary Stamps 6-6 Saturday on the road. With five games left before the post-season they’re 11 points ahead of the ninth-place team.
Cayden Dumanowski and Gerret Harty scored in Friday’s loss, while Evan Gebhart had assists on each. Lethbridge, the first-place team in the conference, never trailed and outshot the Tigers 39-19 despite SEAC having nine power plays to their one.
Visiting the seventh-place Stamps, South East got two goals each from Kalum Mucenski and Hunter Price but gave up three third-period goals to settle for a single point. Jared Norris and Connor DeLay had singles.
SEAC’s bantam AAA’s also clinched a playoff berth over the weekend, even though they too didn’t register a win.
At Calgary Saturday, the Tigers fell 4-1 to the host Flames. Dawson Seitz scored 11 seconds in, but their final 28 shots couldn’t beat netminder Ethan Rau. Calgary tied it in the second and got three third-period goals pas Kaiden Morin, who made 19 saves.
On Sunday in Okotoks it was the host Oilers who jumped to a quick start, up 4-1 through 20 minutes and running away with a 7-2 win.
Seitz and Dayden Collier scored, Morin relieved Bodee Weiss after just 11 minutes in net but it wasn’t the Tigers’ day.
Still, at 12-13-4 they’re five points up on fifth-place Airdrie which only has two games to play.
All good things must come to an end, and so it was for the midget AA Hounds’ unbeaten streak.
The Hounds fell 5-4 at home to Olds Saturday at the Kinplex, ending a string of 17 games without a loss.
But they started a new streak the next day in Calgary, beating the Blackhawks 5-2.
Olds led 5-2 before a third-period push from Medicine Hat, which got goals from Zackery Dovichak, Ryley Manz and Brandon Kasdorf. But they couldn’t get the tying goal despite 42 shots on net.
Undeterred, the Hounds rebounded Sunday with goals from Kasdorf, Manz, Peyton Cox, Brayden Anderson and Connor Miller plus 33 saves from Teron Funk.
One haughty streak remains in local minor hockey circles, that of the Medicine Hat peewee AA Hounds.
Unbeaten in league play since September, the Hounds extended a winning streak to 19 games with a pair of blowouts against visitng Cranbrook.
Friday was a 6-2 win with Deegan Kinniburgh netting a hat trick and Josh Evaschesen adding a pair of goals. Ryan Miller had t he other and Kaige Schafer made 19 saves.
Saturday was a 10-0 win, Beck Boiteau stopping all 23 shots sent his way and Josiah Jackson exploding for five goals. Samuel Hynes had two, while Kinniburgh, Jesse Klimosko and Austin Watts had the others.
Playoffs have arrived for the Wildcats peewee girls team.
After beating the Olds Grizzlys 7-1 Sunday, the Wildcats will face the same team in a two-game, total goal series.
Brianna Finke had five goals in the win, while Hannah Orr and Keira Grant added singles.
Medicine Hat also beat Airdrie 3-1 Saturday, getting goals from Finke, Taya Christie and Jailyn Painter.
Medicine Hat’s atom A Stars and the Irvine Bulldogs needed a shootout to decide who would get gold Sunday in Irvine.
The host Bulldogs came away with the 6-5 win, getting two shootout goals as the Stars were stymied.
Ilusha Khazova’s hat trick paced the Hat team in the final, with other goals coming from Nate Orr and Nathan Lepine.
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