By Woodard, Dale on November 19, 2019.
The Lethbridge Val Matteotti bantam AAA Golden Hawks were in Medicine Hat for the 47th Annual Major Bantam Hockey Tournament and earned an invite back next year.
The Golden Hawks lost 6-2 in the consolation game to a team from Balgonie, Sask, but their top-eight finish in the 16-team tournament guaranteed the Golden Hawks a spot in next year’s tournament.
Lethbridge placed first in their pool in the round-robin and started the weekend with a 3-0 win over Sherwood Park as Golden Hawks goaltender Brenner Fyfe earned the shutout. Aidyn Law scored twice for the Golden Hawks and Ben Adserballe added one.
The Golden Hawks improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 decision over the Vancouver Northwest Hawks. Caden Still, Law, Kacey Russell Jr., Kade Duell and Ty Fraser were the Lethbridge goal scorers. Law and Russell had three-point games and goalie Thomas MacLean stopped 31 of 32 shots.
Lethbridge clinched first in their division with a 1-1 tie with Delta as Adserballe scored the tying goal.
The Golden Hawks lost the first game of the playoffs with a 6-2 setback to the Martinsville Marauders. Still and Trey Schofield scored for Lethbridge.
In the consolation final, Layne Loomer and Jayden Schwindt scored for the Golden Hawks.
The Golden Hawks return to Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League play this weekend as they head to Fort Saskatchewan Saturday against the Rangers and St. Albert Sunday to face the PAC Saints.
Lethbridge is 2-10-0 in league play and in fourth place in the AMBHL Ram South Division.
In Albera Minor Midget Hockey League play, the Lethbridge Headwater minor midget Hurricanes snapped a three-game winless skid with a 6-3 win over the Medicine Hat SEAC Tigers Sunday in Medicine Hat. The win wrapped up a weekend that saw the Headwater squad lose 3-2 to the Calgary CNHA Canucks Saturday in Calgary.
With the 1-1 weekend, the Hurricanes are 9-2-3 and tied for second in the South Division with the 10-2-1 AC Avalanche.
In Saturday’s loss, Sheldon Sawyer and Zachary Rajcic scored for Lethbridge. Goaltender Kaiden Fulton stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Vann Yuhas and John Vanden Elzen each scored twice for the Golden Hawks, while Rajcic and Caden Heins added singles. Peyton Twigg had four assists.
Rajcic and Heins each had an assist for two-point games and goaltender Nixon Ordway kicked out 20 shots in the win.
The Canes are back on the road this weekend. They play the Avalanche Saturday in a battle of second place teams in the South and head to Calgary Sunday to take on the CRAA Gold.
The Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes lost a pair on the road in Alberta Midget Hockey League action to drop to 5-7-1, good for a tie for fifth place in the Chrysler Division.
The Canes lost 3-2 to the Fort Saskatchewan Boston Pizza Rangers Saturday and were shut out 4-0 by the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Sunday.
Easton Weasel Head and D.J. Tonin were the Lethbridge goal scorers Saturday, while Marek Andres made 23 saves in the loss.
Hurricanes goaltender Ty Young made 40 saves in Sunday’s loss.
The Canes are back home this weekend. They host the Sherwood Park Ennis Kings Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Logan Boulet Arena and welcome the Calgary Northstars to town Sunday at 11:45 a.m., also at the Logan Boulet Arena.
The Lethbridge miget AA Hurricanes earned a win and a tie at home in South Central Alberta Hockey League play that improves them to 5-4-2 and into a tie for second place in the South Conference with the Medicine Hat Jasper Homes Hounds.
The Canes topped the Olds Grizzlys 4-1 Saturday night at Henderson Arena before skating to a 3-3 tie with the Foothills Bisons Sunday at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
On Saturday, R.J. Loo scored twice and added an assist for Lethbridge and Bill Houenagnon and Logan Christie scored once each.
Garrett Carlson had two assists and goalie Alex Resler stopped 22 of 23 shots.
Luke Preddy and Conner Furukawa scored in the third period of Sunday’s game to secure the 3-3 tie with the Bisons.
Houenagnon scored in the first. Furukawa and Houenagnon each had an assist and Jesse Schindel made 22 saves.
The Hurricanes are away from league action for the next two weeks. Their next game is Dec. 7 against the Calgary CNHA Blazers at 7:15 p.m. at Henderson Arena.