Midget Triple A Red Deer Chiefs win two-game series, off to provincials

Midget AAA Girls

The Midget AAA Sutter Fund Chiefs won their two-game series with the Lloydminster Steelers with a win Sunday in Red Deer.

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie Saturday, but Red Deer won 2-1 on Sunday to advance to the provincial playdowns against the Calgary Fire.

In Saturday’s tie, Red Deer fell behind 1-0 early in the first, but responded with two goals to take the lead into the second period.

Kaitlan Linnel and Camryn Wallan scored for the Sutter Fund Chiefs in the first. The Steelers tied the game midway through the second.

Jordyn Burgar assisted on both Red Deer goals and Camille Scherger made 17 saves in net.

Linnel scored the game winner Sunday with just 12 seconds left in the third period.

Kaley Mueller opened the scoring for Red Deer early in the second period before Lloydminster tied the game at 11:52 of the third.

Scherger got the win with 20 saves on Sunday.

Bantam elite girls

The Bantam elite Sutter Fund Chiefs lost in overtime of game two of their series with the Calgary Fire White.

The Sutter Fund Chiefs lost 2-1 in game one of the total goals series and needed to win by more than one in the second game to advance.

Julie Wagner scored the only goal in game one for Red Deer and Kameryn Guhl made 18 saves.

Red Deer tied the total goals series at two in the first minute of period one, but couldn’t get the series-clinching goal over the final 59 minutes.

In overtime, Calgary scored on the power play to win the series.

Pee Wee AA

The Pee Wee AA Red Deer Chiefs got a hat trick from Nate Danielson and stellar team-defence, including an outstanding 33-save performance from Meyer Gaume, to defeat the host Old Grizzlys 5-1 in the South Central Alberta Hockey League Pee Wee AA North Division championship Sunday.

Olds sat atop the North Division standings for the entire season, yet found themselves as the second seed behind Red Deer Motors after round robin play in the playoff tournament because of a lower goals for and against percentage. Both teams, as well as Red Deer Parkland Transmission, had 3-0 records heading into the semi-finals.

The Grizzlys defeated Red Deer Parkland Transmission 6-2 in their semi-final, while Red Deer Motors beat Bow Valley Timberwolves 7-5 in the other semi-final.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Grizzlys dominate territorial play, the momentum shifted to the Chiefs in the second period that featured Danielson’s hat trick.

Jaice Hardman and Nolan Larson rounded out the scoring for Red Deer, while the Grizzlys’ Austin Corsiatto ended Gaume’s shutout bid with 2:24 remaining in the game.

Mavry Fluet faced 27 shots in the Grizzly’s net.

The Chiefs will face the Lethbridge Hurricanes Red for the SCAHL league crown in a best-of-three affair starting this week in Red Deer.

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