The Red Deer Midget AA Elks won the Bill Kurucz Memorial Tournament on the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Midget AA Elks)

Red Deer Midget AA Elks win Bill Kurucz Memorial Tournament

The Red Deer Midget AA Elks rode a rollercoaster of emotions to a win at the Bill Kurucz Memorial Tournament title.

Red Deer won their opening game in overtime, lost game two to the Lethbridge Hurricanes and got a 7-1 win in their final round-robin game to advance.

Red Deer knocked off the Medicine Hat Hounds 2-1 in the semis, with Kobe Karol scoring the game-winner and Zaiden Hansen stopping 29 saves for the win.

In the final, the Elks got revenge against the Hurricanes with a 3-1 win. Nicholas Jarvis had a goal for Red Deer, while Erik Melnyk notched the game-winning goal and also added an empty-net goal. Goalie Josh Hilts earned tournament MVP honours and stopped 44 saves in the final.

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