By Medicine Hat News on December 10, 2019.
It’s a battle for second place so far in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League’s Ram South Division.
The South East Athletic Club Tigers kept pace with a 2-0 win over fourth-place Lethbridge last Wednesday, but were shown the ropes in a 4-3 loss by division leader Red Deer Saturday.
Beck Boiteau was in net for both games, making 24 stops for the Wednesday shutout on the road. Elias Eisenbarth scored and assisted on Julian Laqua’s insurance goal.
At Hockey Hounds Recreation Centre Saturday, Boiteau made 30 saves against Red Deer. The Tigers only managed 17 shots on the Rebels net but made things interesting with goals from Gavin Smith, Cole Unger and Josh Van Mulligen.
Now 5-10-3, SEAC is a point back of Airdrie for second but with two games in hand. Red Deer is way ahead with a 13-1-2 record, while Lethbridge is 5-12.
The midget 15-year-old Tigers had a loss and a tie in league action this past week.
On Saturday they fell 8-5 on home ice to the Calgary Canucks.
Sam Lozinski’s hat trick led the visitors, while Aiden Ma had two goals for SEAC. Josh Drefs, Austin Derzaph and Daniel Ganert had the other goals.
Hosting the Rangers Sunday, the South East club led with five minutes left but wound up with a 3-3 tie.
Ganert, Ty Flaigh and Matthew MacPherson had the goals.
Medicine Hat’s Jasper Homes Hounds blew one lead, but still had a three-point weekend.
The midget AA team led Calgary’s Rangers 5-2 through 40 minutes Sunday, but three straight goals from the home team tied it 5-5 before the sides settled for a 6-6 tie.
Vaughn Strutt and Cameron Hall each had two goals for Medicine Hat, with the others coming from Kyden Moore and Cole Rath. Nate Hoffman was busy with 35 saves, his team outshot by a 41-32 margin.
The Hounds were coming off a 6-2 win in Okotoks Saturday in which they had all their goals before the 30-minute mark. Callen Prosofsky had two, Cayden Dumanowski one plus three assists, while Moore, Connor Miller and Kaden Rath notched the others.
Medicine Hat’s bantam AA’s made it four straight wins before suffering their first loss in a month.
They beat foothills 4-3 Saturday at Hockey Hounds, then fell 5-2 in Strathmore to the Wheatland Warriors Sunday.
A last-second goal from Jacob Hazzard earned the win Saturday, following Jake Christianson’s game-tying marker with 3:01 to play. Kaige Schafer starred in net with 42 saves.
Hazzard had more flair for the dramatic, tying Sunday’s game early in the third period, but Wheatland then scored three more to end the winning streak.
Medicine Hat’s peewee girls Wildcats reported a second-place tournament finish in Regina this past weekend, but no scores to accompany it.