By Medicine Hat News on January 7, 2020.
They’d have had fun anyhow, but the atom A Kings got the icing on the cake at the Blades in the Badlands tournament in Morrin, Alta.
The youngsters went 4-0 in winning the weekend event, clinching it with a 4-1 gold medal game victory over the Blackfoot Chiefs.
Lincoln Presber, Rylan Cozart-Smith, Dylan Nelson and Kallum Ulmer all scored in the championship match, with goalie Marshall Turner solid as he was all weekend in the Kings net.
The team’s round robin wins included a 10-4 decision over Wood Buffalo Warriors, 5-4 over the Chiefs and 7-5 over the Calgary Northwest Warriors.
A last-minute goal salvaged a single point for the South East Athletic Club’s midget 15-year-old squad Sunday.
At Calgary to face the Bruins, Ethan Kinch scored with 57 seconds left to earn a 3-3 tie.
Kinch also assisted on Zach Hauck’s goal, while Matthew MacPherson had the other. Kaiden Morin made 23 saves, but SEAC outshot the Bruins 45-26 and had six power plays to Calgary’s two.
Coming off just their third loss of the regular season, Medicine Hat’s midget AA Jasper Homes Hounds got on the road and delivered.
In Calgary Sunday, the Hounds beat the Stamps 9-4, getting four goals from alternate captain Kyden Moore.
Moore also had an assist, while fellow alternate captain Cameron Hall had two goals and two assists in the blowout. Medicine Hat actually trailed 2-1 after the first period but scored six unanswered goals after that.
Nate Hoffman made 33 saves in the wide-open contest, in which his side outshot the Stamps 56-37.
The win followed a 5-3 home ice loss Friday in which the Okotoks Oilers got the first three goals and held on late. Kyden Moore, Ty Moore and Tanner Gold had the goals for the hosts at the Kinplex, while Brendan Olson made 34 saves.
It was set up as a key divisional matchup but it was the Airdrie Xtreme who had the killer instinct in Saturday’s Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League matchup with the South East Tigers.
Airdrie won 8-2 on home ice to take over second spot in the Ram South Division from SEAC.
Caleb Garrecht ended the shutout bid with 5:03 to go and Sammy Hynes added a late marker for the Tigers.
SEAC did rebound with a 3-2 win over last-place Okotoks Sunday, Garrecht getting all three goals including the game-winner early in the third period. Beck Boiteau made 35 saves in net for the visitors, who are still a point back of Airdrie with a game in hand. They host fourth-place Lethbridge this Sunday, 12 p.m. at Hockey Hounds.
The bantam AA Hounds put some distance between themselves and fifth-place Cranbrook with a pair of home wins this past weekend.
Medicine Hat beat the Hornets 3-1 Saturday and 6-1 Sunday, now a point back of third place in their division and seven up on Cranbrook.
Jacob Hazzard had a two-goal game Saturday, while Kaige Schafer made 31 saves. Connor Palmer potted a pair in Sunday’s win while Tyler Wakelam made 26 saves.
It was a good weekend for one Hat peewee AA team, but not the other.
Medicine Hat Black beat Lethbridge Red 6-1 Friday, then returned home and beat Red Deer Motors 5-1 Saturday.
Orange had the opposite results, falling 5-1 to Taber Friday and 3-2 to Bow Valley Sunday in a pair of road contests.
The Wildcats peewee girls team tied Lethbridge’s Cyclones 1-1 Friday, then beat them 8-1 Sunday in the rematch.
Keyana Bert had the lone goal in the tie. Jailyn Painter and Riley Gramlich had three goals each in the win, while Hayley Grad and Keira Grant added singles.