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Nighthawks triumph, Warriors earn silver at home

Griffin Lepage of the Hinton McDonald’s Nighthawks streaks into the offensive zone during a Dec. 7 game against the Devon Drillers during the Hinton Minor Hockey Association atom tournament held Dec. 6 – 8. Lepage scored at least once in each of Hinton’s four games and the Nighthawks went undefeated for a gold medal.
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The Hinton McDonald’s Nighthawks atom hockey team built a 4-0 first period lead and never looked back in a 6-3 win Dec. 8 to earn gold at their host tourney.

Ty Kapatch had a pair of goals in the game, while Griffin Lepage, Chance Thompson, Forrest Kilthau and Kai Brettner had the other Hinton goals in the championship win over the Edmonton Bruins. Axton Aspell, Kapatch, Brettner and Thompson all had one assist each.

The gold medal win wrapped up an undefeated weekend for the Nighthawks that included a 4-2 win over the Spruce Grove Thunder.

Lepage was lights out against Spruce Grove, notching a hat trick, while Chase Jahnke and Nicholas Johnson had one assist each.

Jahnke was all over the scoresheet for the Nighthawks in a 9-2 win over the Devon Drillers, posting a hat trick and one assist.

Nathan White also had a four-point game with a goal and three assists. 

Reece Couture, Ryker Michie, Brettner, Kapatch and Lepage also scored for Hinton. Kilthau, Thompson and Brettner had one assist each.

Hinton opened the round robin schedule with a 3-1 win over New Sarepta. New Sarepta actually built a 1-0 lead over the home team, but Kilthau scored the equalizer with 5:16 remaining in the second period and Lepage did the rest with two goals in a less-than four minute span in the third period.

Michie and Aspell had assists for Hinton in the win.

The Hinton McDonald’s Warriors atom hockey squad also had a great run on the weekend, going undefeated in the round robin with wins of 8-2 over the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, 3-2 over St. Albert and 7-3 over the Edmonton Hawks. 

Hinton met its match in the gold medal game, losing a hard-fought battle against the Clearview Colts.

The Warriors are not scheduled to play at home again until the new year, but the Nighthawks are back in action this weekend with a Dec. 14 game against Westlock at 12:30 pm and a 1 pm face off against Mayerthorpe on Dec. 15.