Hounds settle for silver at Bill Kurucz Tournament in Edmonton

By Scott Roblin
November 14, 2017 - 3:27pm

EDMONTON, AB – A shot at a gold medal for the Medicine Hat Midget AA Hounds on Monday, as they concluded a successful Bill Kurucz Memorial Tournament in Edmonton.

Coming into Monday afternoon’s contest, the Hounds were a perfect 3-0 in round-robin play and had just defeated Prince George 4-1 in the semi-finals.

That set up a winner-take-all tilt between Medicine Hat and Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club Don Wheaton team, whom the Hounds defeated 4-1 in the round-robin.

It was SSAC drawing first blood though, with Arshdeep Grewal beating Hounds goalie Aidan Kruger with 8:52 left in the period.

The hosts doubled their lead to 2-0 with a little under two minutes left in the first, when Spencer Bradshaw converted off an assist from Grewal.

Medicine Hat was able to cut into that SSAC lead at the 13:36 mark of the second, getting a short-handed goal from Ryley Manz to make it a 2-1 contest.

However, SSAC restored their two-goal lead early in the third courtesy of Ayden Freund.

The Hounds continued to roll short-handed in this one, with Manz getting his second ‘shorty’ of the game with 7:21 left to get Medicine Hat within striking distance.

Medicine Hat peppered netminder Brett Kramers with 31 shots, but Kramers shut the door en-route to a 3-2 SSAC victory.

League play resumes for the silver medallists on Saturday, when the Hounds head to Brooks to face off against the Calgary AA Royals.

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