By Medicine Hat News on December 3, 2019.
They didn’t get a win on the scoreboard, but that wasn’t the important thing Sunday for the Jasper Homes Hounds.
The midget AA hockey team raised awareness and money with its fifth annual breast cancer charity game at the Kinplex, though the 3-2 decision went to the visiting Wheatland Chiefs.
No dollar amount was reported but the team auctioned off jerseys, sold pink popcorn and donated 50/50 proceeds.
On the ice, it was the two top teams in the South Central Alberta Hockey League’s South Division. Wheatland remained in first thanks to Adam Kirkpatrick’s second goal of the afternoon with 6:58 left in the third period, a shorthanded tally from Nolan Bailey late in the second and 31 saves from goaltender Drew Dovichak.
Medicine Hat outshot the visitors 33-21, but Connor Miller’s second period marker and one in the third from Mason Mowat weren’t enough. Nate Hoffman made 18 saves.
It was the last of a five-game homestand for the Hounds, who blanked the Red Deer Elks 6-0 Saturday. Hoffman made all 27 saves in that one, while Vaughn Strutt had two goals and an assist, Cayden Dumanowski a goal and a helper and Mowat and Tanner Gold the other two markers.
Medicine Hat doesn’t have another home game until Dec. 21. At 8-2-2 they’re still on pace with the 11-2-2 Chiefs with three games in hand, but no longer have the tiebreaker. The two rivals will face each other twice more in January.
The South East Athletic Club’s midget 15-year-old Tigers earned a pair of wins on the weekend.
In Calgary Saturday, they clamped down for a 3-1 win over the Canucks. Landon Porteous made 31 saves, while Daniel Ganert, Braden Patey and Ty Flaig had the goals.
They never trailed in Sunday’s 4-3 win on home ice. Ganert, Josh Drefs and Austin Derzaph had first-period goals, Matthew MacPherson added one late in the second shorthanded and Kaiden Morin made 24 saves.
SEAC is at home this Saturday (7:45 p.m.) and Sunday (2:45 p.m.) at Hockey Hounds.
Injury woes slowed the Tigers in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League play this past weekend.
The SEAC squad earned a tie and took a loss in a pair of games. On Saturday they fell 3-2 to the visiting Calgary Royals, despite a goal and an assist each from Caleb Garrecht and Deegan Kinniburgh. Beck Boiteau made 39 saves, while SEAC could only manage 14 shots on the Royals’ net.
In Airdrie to face the division-rival Xtreme Sunday, the Tigers never trailed but had to settle for a 3-3 tie. Julian Laqua, Sammy Hynes and Josh Van Mulligen had the goals, while Cole Unger and Elias Eisenbarth each had two assists.
The team was missing three players to injury.
Make it three wins in a row for the bantam AA Hounds.
Medicine Hat went in to Cranbrook and beat the Hornets 3-2 Saturday and 6-0 Sunday.
First period goals from Jacob Hazzard, Jake Christianson and Deegan Bert were enough to hang on to Saturday, as Kaige Schafer made 41 saves, his team outshot 43-25.
Tyler Wakelam earned a 35-save shutout Sunday according to the online scoring, with six different scorers led by Bert’s three-point effort, plus two-point days from Hazzard and Jesse Klimosko.
Only one of Medicine Hat’s two peewee AA teams had regular season games this past weekend, and they won them both.
Orange beat the Foothills Bisons 7-3 Friday at the Family Leisure Centre, then doubled up Airdrie 4-2 Saturday.
Cash Olson had four goals in Friday’s win, while Joey Clarke led the scoring table with a pair on Saturday.
The Wildcats peewee girls team dominated in a pair of weekend matchups.
On Saturday they beat Airdrie’s Lightning 7-0. Riley Gramlich had a hat trick, while Keira Grant, Keyana Bert, Bella Ferguson and Marley Howes notched the others.
Gramlich had another four goals in Sunday’s 9-1 win over Red Deer. Grant had two and singles came from Jailyn Painter, Hayley Grad and Campbelle Gross.