April 22nd, 2019

Minor hockey: Pair of AA Hounds teams win division; league finals up next

By Medicine Hat News on March 12, 2019.

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The peewee AA Hounds celebrate their SCAHL South Division title on Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Taber.

Medicine Hat News

It’s going to be a busy week for Medicine Hat’s top minor hockey teams.

Not one, but two Hounds teams have made it to this week’s South Central Alberta Hockey League finals.

The peewee AA’s avenged two of their four losses all season in one thrilling day Sunday, finishing with a 7-3 win over the host Taber Golden Suns in the South Division tournament final.

Deegan Kinniburgh and Ryan Miller each had a goal and an assists as the Hounds – who had surprisingly lost 8-2 to the Golden Suns in the last weekend of the regular season – got early goals from Samuel Hynes and Jesse Klimosko and never looked back. Hynes finished with a goal and two assists, Josiah Jackson had three helpers and Deegan Bert scored the other goal. Beck Boiteau only needed to make 10 saves as his team outshot Taber 34-13.

Medicine Hat had also lost to Lethbridge Hurricanes Red Friday but got a rematch in Sunday’s semifinal and earned a 5-3 victory. That game was far tighter, the Hounds never trailing but not getting the winner until Hynes’ power play marker with 2:22 to go.

Hynes added an empty-netter while Deegan Kinniburgh scored a pair and Jackson the other.

The only two teams to beat Medicine Hat this season were Red Deer Parkland and the West Central Tigers. West Central hasn’t lost a single game all season and swept through its North playoffs, clinching the division with a 7-0 win over Olds Sunday.

West Central and Medicine Hat will play a best-of-three series this week. No schedule was announced as of press time Monday. Both teams will go to provincials which Medicine Hat is hosting.

Midget AA

The road to league finals required two double-overtime wins on the same exhausting day for the midget AA Hounds.

At Okotoks Sunday, Austin Klimosko scored in double overtime to beat the Wheatland Chiefs 2-1 and send the Hounds to the best-of-three league finals. That followed a 3-2 double-OT win over the host Oilers in the morning semifinal.

Against Wheatland, Ryley Manz had Medicine Hat’s lone regulation goal in the third period, while Teron Funk made 46 saves in the unforgettable championship game. Wheatland’s Landen Brassard was no slouch either, making 54 saves.

Medicine Hat will have home ice advantage in the SCAHL finals against Red Deer, with the winner advancing to provincials.

The Hounds were 5-0 at the South tournament. In the semifinal, Ryley Manz was the hero on a double-OT power play, his second of the contest.

The SCAHL finals schedule against Red Deer starts with a 7:45 p.m. puck drop at the Kinplex Thursday.

Midget 15’s

A year of improvement saw the South East Atheltic Club’s midget 15-year-old team crack the top eight in its division, giving the Tigers a shot at going to provincials.

They didn’t achieve that goal, but the team did win its final game of the season.

Late Friday in Cochrane at the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League’s Sutter Cup, SEAC came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Calgary Stamps 5-3.

Ethan Machan kick-started the effort with his fist of two goals 6:43 into the second period. His power play marker with 7:10 left in the third stood up as the game-winner, and he got an assist on Kaden Rath’s insurance marker with a minute to go.

Aidan Low was only credited with two saves in the third period as his team poured on the offence, finishing with 21 stops. Vaughn Strutt and Mason Mowat had the other goals for SEAC.

Cayden Dumanowski and Jarred Schrock each had two assists in the win.

Red Deer beat Lethbridge 2-1 in overtime Sunday in the Cup’s South final. Leduc beat St. Albert 5-3 in the North final.

Midget girls

Four Medicine Hat players on the Lethbridge Cyclones midget elite girls team wound up their season this past weekend.

Maddy and Brooklyn King, Matayah Metz and Hayley Whelan all played for the Cyclones, who went 5-18-3 in the regular season.

In playoffs they surprised the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs with a 2-1 shootout win Friday, with Metz scoring in regulation and Maddy King netting the only goal of the shootout.

Whelan made 31 saves in a 6-2 loss Saturday, then Red Deer won the deciding third game Sunday, 5-2. Metz had a goal and Maddy King an assist in Game 3, but Red Deer advanced to the second round.

Peewee girls

The Wildcats began their best-of-three league final series with a bang Sunday.

At Red Deer, Medicine Hat’s peewee girls entry racked up a 7-1 win. Ryan Harvey-Zenk and Brianna Finke each netted hat tricks, while Riley Gramlich scored the other and Maddy Ferguson made 17 saves in goal.

Game 2 is this Saturday, 2 p.m. at Hockey Hounds, with Game 3 if needed on Sunday, 10:15 a.m. at Hounds.

Submitted Photo – Members of the midget AA Hounds celebrate their victory.

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