Optimist Rebels lose first game at Mac's, play Vancouver in quarterfinal
CALGARY — One bad period prevented the Red Deer Optimist Rebels Chiefs from finishing first in their pool at the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament.
The Chiefs gave up four goals on nine shots in the opening period of their final round-robin game against Pirati Chomutov of the Czech Republic Sunday and they went on to drop a 5-4 decision which left them in second place in the pool.
As a result they face the undefeated Vancouver North West Giants in the quarter-finals today at 9 a.m.
The Rebels came back with goals by Gabe Bast, Jody Sick and Colton Bobyk in the second period then split a pair of goals in the third period.
Miroslav Bednar made it 5-3 for Pirati before Logan Hermus narrowed the gap at 10:47.
Matt Zentner started in goal for Red Deer before giving way to Jayden Sittler, who made nine saves, to start the second period.
The Rebels finished with 38 shots against Pirati’s Stepan Lukes.
The Rebels earned themselves a berth in the playoffs Saturday with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats.
The Bobcats jumped into a 2-0 lead in the first period before Chase Thudium and Sick scored the even the count. After a scoreless second period Bast notched the winner at 14:42 of the third period on the power play.
Sittler picked up the win, making 13 saves while his mates had 37 shots on goal.
In other quarter-final play Pirati takes on the Cariboo Cougars at 9 a.m. while at noon the Greater Vancouver Canadians clash with the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes and the St. Albert Raiders meet the Saskatoon Contacts.
If Red Deer wins they play at 3 p.m.
The final goes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Saddledome.