January 22nd, 2021

Minor hockey: Tigers win twice, have fun doing so

By Medicine Hat News on October 8, 2019.

Medicine Hat Hounds' Brayden Weiss protects the puck from Ryder Riedel of the Olds Grizzlies during a South Central Alberta Hockey League peewee AA game at the Moose Recreation Centre on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

They kept it light, and they reapt the rewards.

After earning their first win of the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League season Friday, the South East Athletic Club Tigers donned ’70s outfits for a Saturday road trip to Calgary.

Sure enough, the team earned a second-straight 3-1 win.

Hosting the Calgary Rangers on Friday at Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre, SEAC’s 15-year-old team got two goals and an assist from Matthew MacPherson, two helpers from Ty Flaig and a goal from Kieran Christianson in their victory. Kaiden Morin made 26 stops in net, including nine key ones in the third period when his team had to kill four penalties.

Looking like suave in bell bottoms and whatever else they could raid from their grandparents’ closets Saturday, the Tigers hit the road and opened up a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes against the Calgary Royals Gold. Christianson scored and assisted on Josh Drefs’ first-period goal, while MacPherson had a goal and an assist on the day as well. Landon Porteous made 24 saves in net as the team improved to 2-1-1.

They host the Calgary Stampeders Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

Midget AA

The Jasper Homes Hounds only had one game on the weekend, but they sure made it count.

The defending midget AA provincial champs shut out Taber’s Golden Suns 8-0 Sunday in Taber.

Brendan Olson stopped all 23 shots that came his way, while Evan Gebhart had two goals. Mason Mowat had a three-point day, with himself, Cameron Hall, Cayden Dumanowski, Ty Moore, Vaughn Strutt and Kyden Moore all tallying.

Shots were 42-23 in the visiting team’s favour.

The Hounds are in Strathmore Friday before hosting Calgary Royals Blue at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kinplex.

Bantam AAA

Facing the only other winless team in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League, opportunity knocked for the South East Athletic Club Tigers Saturday.

But despite a thrilling finish, neither they nor the visiting Okotoks Oilers could claim victory at Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre.

The Oilers scored twice in the final two minutes to take a 4-3 lead, but Josh Van Mulligen tied it up with 44 seconds left to earn a single point for each side.

It was Van Mulligen’s second goal of the game. The first also knotted the score at the time during a second period power play.

Oddly enough, Okotoks’ No. 2 also scored his team’s second and fourth goals, with each teams’ No. 17 getting their respective third. Griffin Amyotte had the pair for the Oilers while Andrew Sikora had the other.

Deegan Kinniburgh had SEAC’s third goal, while Cole Unger had the first. Silas Currie made 34 saves as his team outshot Okotoks 40-38.

Now 0-3-2, the Tigers lead 0-4-1 Okotoks by a point in the standings. They host Lethbridge Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Bantam AA

Only one of the Medicine Hat bantam AA team’s games this past weekend was reported to the South Central Alberta Hockey League website by press time Monday.

The Hounds lost 6-3 at the Wheatland Warriors Saturday in Strathmore. They were to host Wheatland Sunday.

Peewee AA

Both Hat peewee AA teams chalked up wins on the weekend.

Medicine Hat Black earned wins of 10-2 Friday and 5-3 Saturday over Chestermere, with the first game at the Kinplex and the second in Bassano.

Medicine Hat Orange earned a weekend split, beating Red Deer Parkland 6-3 on Saturday before a 5-2 loss at home to Olds Sunday.

Peewee girls

The defending provincial female peewee AA champions are ready to kick off their season, but first the Medicine Hat Wildcats got in a pre-season game.

This past weekend the Wildcats tied Lethbridge’s Cyclones 3-3. Keyanna Bert had two goals and Keira Grant the other for Medicine Hat. Taya Christie got the win in goal.

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