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Discipline and a couple huge performances helped the Southeast Athletic Club earn a split at the Medicine Hat Arena this past weekend.
The Tigers midget AAA team needed every one of 14 power play chances to beat Edmonton’s K of C Pats Saturday, but were doubled up Sunday by the South Side Athletic Club.
The win, 7-6, included four goals from Ty Budai plus two goals and two assists from Spencer Chapman. But the penalty disparity was notable, with the Tigers going 4-for-14 with the man advantage while the visitors were 1-for-4.
It still took a Budai power play marker with 4:40 remaining to hold up as the gamewinner. He’s now fourth in league scoring, while Chapman is second.
Chapman, Spencer Aleman and Mack Benn-Whipp scored in Sunday’s 6-3 loss. Two third period goals by Edmonton’s Colson Gengenbach gave South Side the cushion they needed.
Still, at 4-3-1, Southeast has a better record than all but one team in the north. They’re sixth in the south and go on the road the next two weekends.
Coming off their first win of the season there was plenty to be optimistic about, though the Southeast midget 15-year-old Tigers didn’t wind up making it a streak. At home against Red Deer Saturday, Southeast fought back until finally getting a lead on Matt Lafferty’s goal with 9:30 remaining at the Medicine Hat Arena. But Caileb Berge responded with two goals of his own, including the winner with 1:01 left for a 6-5 Red Deer win.
Dax Wander, Caleb Kinch, Braden Larochelle and Austin Klimosko also scored for the Tigers, who were outshot 47-27 but kept close thanks to goaltender Dawsen Savage.
Having lost 8 straight games by a combined score of 71-8, it was fair to say the last few weeks were a challenging time for the bantam AAA Southeast Tigers.
They showed a lot of fortitude in turning it around Sunday, and on the road no less.
The Tigers beat Leduc 3-2, the game-winning goal off the stick of Hunter Kauppi early in the third period and goalie Ryan Hodgins turning aside 36 shots.
First-period goals from Caleb Wyrostok and Kagen Rude gave the visitors a lead, but Leduc got two of their own in the second period to tie it. Cue Kauppi’s heroics and a tense final frame to finish the second victory of the season.
The win followed an 11-4 loss in Red Deer Saturday in which Quade Hughson, Caleb Irvine, Mason Mowat and Quinn Grunwald scored. But there was even a silver lining there, as Southeast doubled its offensive output from the previous seven games combined.
They’re home Saturday to play Lloydminster (2:15 p.m., Medicine Hat Arena) before heading to Calgary Sunday to play the Flames.