Peewee Hounds battle to B championship in home tournament
The Medicine Hat Hounds peewee AA hockey team picked up a B final victory as hosts of their annual tournament this weekend at the Kinplex.
The Hounds kicked off the event with an 8-6 comeback victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings — highlighted by a five-goal performance from Medicine Hat’s Gavin Smith — before dropping their first game of the season, 5-7 to Bow River later that evening.
But the Hounds bounced back with an emphatic 8-0 blowout vic- tory over the South West Zone Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday then doubled up on the Weyburn Youngfellow Wings, 8-4, to round out the group stage.
While the one loss was enough to drop Medicine Hat to second in their pool, they still finished with victory — defeating the Central Alberta Selects 9-5 on Sunday morning.
Bantam Hounds drop nailbiter
The bantam AA Medicine Hat Hounds dropped a 5-4 nailbiter to the Airdrie Lightning on Friday at the Moose Recreation Centre.
Jody Rath, Reece Barton and Tyler Broesky all scored to give Medicine Hat a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes, but the Lightning rallied for three of their own in the third to steal away the game.
Erik Thoresen potted a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Lightning to the win, while goaltender Cody Jaman stopped 31 shots to keep the Hounds at bay.
Evan Gebhart added Medicine Hat’s fourth goal on a power play in the second period, while Barton’s first period marker came shorthanded. Rath finished the loss with three points.
Hounds goaltender Kaiden Morin stopped 31 in the loss, dropping Medicine Hat to 3-9-1 on the South Central Alberta Hockey League season.
Bantam AAAs blown out in Lethbridge
The South East Athletic Club Tigers suffered a 9-2 blowout at the hands of the Lethbridge Golden Hawks on Wednesday.
Hat forward Mason Mowat got the Tigers on the board in the first, while defenceman Carsyn Good added one of his own in the third to finish with two points, but it wasn’t enough to knock the Golden Hawks off course.
Lethbridge scored three goals in each period to run up the score on Medicine Hat. Hawks forward Wyatt Broderson notched a hat trick while defenceman Teigen Parenteau finished with three assists.
Medicine Hat’s Brendan Olson stopped 25 shots in the loss, dropping the Tigers to 5-8-2 on the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League season, while Tyler Palmer locked up the 16-save victory to lift Lethbridge to 10-3-3.