MEDICINE HAT, AB – Fresh off three consecutive victories, the SEAC Bantam AAA Tigers had a tough task ahead of them at the Hockey Hounds Rec Centre on Sunday.
The Tigers welcomed the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels to town, with both teams looking to keep pace in the competitive Ram South Division.
Sunday’s opening goal went to Red Deer’s Jayden Henderson, who scored unassisted at the 5:41 mark of the first period to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage.
SEAC tied up the game with just under nine minutes left in the first period, with Callen Prosofsky beating Rebels goaltender Joshua Hilts.
It remained a 1-1 contest into the second period, but Red Deer struck on the power play with a goal from Reed Sparrow 1:01 into the frame giving the Rebels the lead once again.
Under a minute later, that Red Deer lead was boosted to 3-1 off the blade of forward Miles Hilman.
Over the next three minutes, the Rebels added goals from Austin Mayert and Zachery Burns to take complete control of the game with a 5-1 lead.
Less than two minutes into the third period, that lead was increased to 6-1 thanks to Red Deer’s Kaiden Wedderburn.
Hilman added his second goal of the game for Red Deer with 1:48 left in regulation, as the Rebels ran over SEAC by a 7-1 score.
Tigers assistant coach David Craipley said the team’s effort wasn’t terrible, but there were some lapses in concentration.
“We gave up a pretty good chunk of time in the second period and they scored I think three or four goals in the first five minutes of the second,” said Craipley. “Other than that, we played and battled as hard as we could, but they’re a pretty good squad.”
Netminder Marek Andres played the entire game for the Tigers, allowing seven goals on 33 shots against.
Despite giving up seven goals, Craipley said he has full confidence in the big goaltender the rest of the way.
“He’s a solid ‘tender,” said Craipley. “He’s big, he sees the ice well, and covers a lot of it. He’s been that guy all year so far for us, so I wouldn’t expect anything less from him at this point.”
Falling to 3-4-2 on the season, SEAC sits alone in fourth place in the Ram South Division trailing Lethbridge, Airdrie, and Red Deer.
Another home game next weekend for the bantam squad, as they take on the Okotoks AAA Oilers on Saturday at 2:15 pm.
The Midget 15 Tigers meanwhile, were also at home on Sunday as they went for their first win of the season against the Calgary Bantam AAA Blazers.
SEAC tied the game at 2-2 before the end of the second period, but ended up falling to the Blazers by a 3-2 final.
Seeing their record slip to 0-5-1 on the year, the Midget 15s head to Calgary on Saturday for a date against the Calgary Minor Midget Gold Royals.
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