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Chiefs win last round-robin game, wait to see about playoffs

CALGARY — The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs won’t know for sure until the round-robin play is over today, but they gave themselves a chance to advance into Tuesday’s playoffs in the Mac’s AAA Midget World Invitational Hockey Tournament.

The Chiefs downed the Cariboo Cougars 6-2 and the Calgary Flames 4-0 in their final to pool games to finish at 2-1-1.

The top team in each of the five pools and the next best three teams advance to the quarter-finals.

Ross Heidt scored a pair of goals to lead the way against the Cougars on Saturday with Travis Vervada, Trey deGraaf, Layne Bensmiller and Jeff deWit adding single markers.

Cole Sears made 11 saves in goal while his teammates had 41 shots.

On Sunday the Chiefs scored all four of their goals in the first period with singles coming from TJ Brown, deGraaf, Heidt and Gabe Bast.

Jayden Sittler finished with 18 saves for the shutout. The Chiefs had 33 shots on a pair of Calgary goaltenders.

Meanwhile on the girls’ side, the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs dropped to 0-3, losing 4-3 to the Peace Country Storm and 4-1 to the Calgary Bruins, in a game that was finished Sunday evening after it was stopped in the first period Friday because of a power outage.

The Chiefs led the Storm 3-0 in the first period on goals by Cassidy Hollman, Erica Nelson and Becky Davidson, but gave up two goals each in the second and third periods.

Both Red Deer netminders allowed two goals as Bailey Knapp made 10 saves and Nisa Bartlett eight. The Chiefs had 23 shots on a pair of Storm netminders.

The Bruins led 1-0 when the game was stopped, then added three more goals in the second period. Mairead Bast scored for the Chiefs in the third period.

Knapp finished with 16 saves while the Chiefs had 31 shots on goal.

The Chiefs finish their pool and the tournament today as they face the Westman Wildcats of Manitoba at 8 a.m.



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