Midget 15 Tigers run into hot goaltender in Cochrane

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COCHRANE, AB – A chance at a weekend sweep for the SEAC Major Midget AAA Tigers was thwarted Sunday by a stellar performance in net by Josh Hager.

Hager stopped 33 of the 35 SEAC shots he faced to give the host Airdrie-Cochrane Avalanche a 4-2 victory over the Medicine Hat squad.

Coming off a dominant 5-1 victory over Calgary’s NWCAA Stampeders on Saturday, the Tigers were looking to extend their win streak to four games over the Avalanche.

It was Airdrie-Cochrane getting off to the quick start however, with Owen Jones opening the scoring just over five minutes into the game to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.

The Avalanche held onto their one-goal lead until the midway point of the second period, when defender Jace Moffatt was able to beat SEAC netminder Landon Porteous for the game’s second goal.

SEAC was able to get that goal back with 4:48 left in the period from Luke Renschler to cut the gap to one, but the Avalanche would take over before the intermission.

Late period goals from Aidan Doornbos and Diago Coelho proved to be timely for the Avalanche, staking them to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Tigers were able to put home a power play marker less than a minute into the third period from Kieran Christianson, but Hager was able to silence a SEAC comeback from that point to pick up the win.

Porteous was handed the loss for the Tigers with four goals allowed on 29 shots, while it marks SEAC’s first loss since September 29.

Sitting in a tie for fourth place in the AMMHL South Division with a 3-2-1 record, the Tigers play their only game next weekend in Calgary against the CNHA Blazers at 4:30 pm on Saturday.

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