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It was a banner weekend for bantam hockey in Hinton as both local squads captured gold at their host tourney.
The Hinton Minich Oilfield bantam 1 squad did so in dominant fashion, earning an 11-3 win over the Sherwood Park Renegades.
Hinton built a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Austin Cudmore and Kale Hunt both notched two goals in the gold medal game, while Zachary Puchailo, Ethan Ramsey, Kayden Hollett, Landon Legary, Seth Bardarson, Rylan Koch and Keegan Fellows had one goal each. Bryce Donkin had three assists, while Ethan Mcpherson and Kevari Green notched a pair and Carter French added one of his own.
The gold medal win capped off a perfect weekend for the squad, which included an 11-2 win over the KC Sabres.
As they did in the final game, Hinton scored early and often in building a 6-0 lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Hollett and Ramsey had a pair of goals, and Hinton got single tallies from Owen Tredwin, Noah Coss, Nathan Burkart, Donkin, Fellows, Cudmore and Green in the win. Gavin Gomuwka made 18 stops in net.
Cudmore led the way with a hat trick in another lopsided win, a 7-2 victory over the Simon Valley Storm. McPherson chipped in a pair of goals and Bardarson and Legary had one goal each. Goalie Riley Clark made 19 stops for Hinton.
Hinton’s only close game came in the tournament opener, a 6-5 win over the Rocky Mountain House Raiders.
Hollett scored with 2:33 remaining in that game to break a 5-5 tie and stall a Rocky Mountain House comeback that saw the Raiders notch three goals in the third period to pull even.
Mcpherson notched a hat trick in the game to power Hinton’s offence, and Hunt and Legary added the other Hinton goals. Gomuwka made 20 stops for Hinton.
Hinton returns to home ice on Jan. 11 at 11 am to play the CR Bantams.
The Hinton OK Tire Hellcats bantam team finished with gold just like their counterparts, but had a more interesting journey along the way over the weekend.
The Hellcats had a pair of one-goal games through the weekend and even suffered an upset loss before bouncing back to beat league rivals Leduc by a 4-1 score for gold.
Keegan Plante scored the winner early in the third period and a great individual effort by Tori Thompson sealed the deal late in the game. Thomas Mumby opened the scoring for Hinton and Plante added one more.
Morley Ross had a pair of assists and Blake Robertson added one of his own on the winning goal. Michael Csaba made 25 stops in net for Hinton.
The Hellcats opened the tournament with their only lopsided game, a 9-0 win over the Innisfail Flyers. Ari Beauchamp paced the offence with a pair of goals and Hinton got single tallies from Jaeger Rivette, Josh Hearsey, Sean Coté, Morley Ross, Brook Hartery, Plante and Mumby.
Zack Lehoux added an assist and Ethan Spalek made seven stops in net for the shutout.
Hinton’s second game of the tourney featured a remarkable 65 save performance from Grande Prairie goalie Lucas Thorne that kept the home team off the board until 12:38 remaining in the game.
Grande Prairie held a 1-0 lead, despite being outshot 45-7 at the time, when Ross broke the shutout to even the game at 1-1.
Hearsey would score the winner for Hinton with only 43 seconds remaining. Coral Thompson and Gabe Roberts added one assist each in the win.
Hinton’s third game was a 3-2 loss to Rocky Mountain House where the home squad built a 2-1 lead on goals by Mumby and Plante, but gave up two third period goals for the loss. Spalek made 18 stops in the net.
The Hellcats are back at home for league play against Leduc on Jan. 11 at 6:15 pm.