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The third period was the time to shine for the South East Athletic Club’s 15-year-old Tigers this past weekend.
The team earned a win and a tie on the road, both times getting key goals after the last intermission.
On Saturday against Red Deer’s North Star Chiefs, the host side led 3-1 with 13 minutes to go. But Quintin Unreiner and Cayden Dumanowski scored power-play markers 74 seconds apart to earn a 3-3 tie.
Evan Gebhart had the other goal for SEAC, while Brendan Olson made 21 saves, exactly the same as his Chiefs counterpart.
In Cochrane Sunday to face the AC Avalanche, the score was tied 1-1 entering the final frame. But Mason Mowat broke the deadlock 3:05 into the third and Aidan Low held strong, stopping all 10 shots fired his way for a 2-1 decision.
Vaughn Strutt had the other Tigers goal. Shots were 37-33 in their favour.
With seven games left before playoffs, SEAC sits fourth in their 13-team South Division in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League. They host Lethbridge Friday, 7:15 p.m. at Hockey Hounds Arena. They need to finish in the top eight to be entered into the Sutter South Cup’s top division, where the top three playoff finishers advance to provincials later in March.
The Tigers beat the Airdrie Xtreme 6-3 at Hockey Hounds Arena Saturday.
For the second game in a row the home team got an early two-goal lead, with the line of Josh Drefs, Roman Cherniak and Tyler Broesky combining for both. Drefs finished off the first 1:18 in, then Cherniak doubled the lead less than seven minutes later.
But instead of a comeback, like Okotoks pulled off Friday in a 5-3 win, Airdrie was held off the scoreboard until 3:45 remaining. By that point Vann Yuhas, Dawson Seitz and Matthew MacPherson had padded the lead, and Denyn Smith added another before it was all said and done.
Kaiden Morin made 26 saves, including 17 through the first two periods as his team made sure of the final result. Aidan Doornbos had a pair of goals for the Xtreme, who were outshot 34-29.
In holding off the Xtreme, who remain fifth in the Ram South Division of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League, the Tigers kept themselves in a good spot with regards to the playoff picture. They’re four points back of Okotoks for second, two ahead of fourth-place Lethbridge and seven points ahead of Airdrie. The top four advance to the post-season.
South East heads to the Calgary area for two games this weekend. The team has six left in the regular season.