Red Deer Major Midget AAA Chief Ross Heidt fires a shot on goal with a St. Albert Raider defenceman draped all over him during action between the two teams at the Arena on Sunday.

Midget Chiefs battle to pair of ties

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs were fit to be tied during the weekend, battling the host Calgary Buffaloes to a 3-3 draw Saturday and playing the visiting St. Albert Raiders to a 1-1 standoff Sunday at the Arena. Chase Olsen notched the lone goal against the Raiders, who got an impressive 44-save performance from Patrick Dea. Cole Sears stopped 14 shots in the Red Deer net.

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs were fit to be tied during the weekend, battling the host Calgary Buffaloes to a 3-3 draw Saturday and playing the visiting St. Albert Raiders to a 1-1 standoff Sunday at the Arena.

Chase Olsen notched the lone goal against the Raiders, who got an impressive 44-save performance from Patrick Dea. Cole Sears stopped 14 shots in the Red Deer net.

“I was really happy with how we played today,” said Chiefs head coach Doug Quinn. “Our effort was there, it was just one of those games when we didn’t score on our opportunities and their goalie played exceptionally well.”

Quinn wasn’t as tickled with Saturday’s contest, considering the Optimist Chiefs blew a 3-0 lead.

“That was a bit disappointing,” he said. “For most of the first two periods I thought we played extremely well.”

The Buffaloes took advantage of a Chiefs miscue to notch a late second-period, short-handed goal to get back into the contest, then scored twice in the final frame to salvage the draw.

“We had total control of that game and then near the end of the second period we’re on a power play and two of our guys run into each other. Their guy goes in on a breakaway and scores,” said Quinn.

“Then we took a bad penalty at the end of the period and started the third on the penalty kill. But they scored just after we killed the penalty and we were outplayed the rest of the game. We were on our heels.”

The Chiefs got a goal from each of TJ Brown, Allan Pruss and Ross Heidt, while Jayden Sitter stopped 30 shots. Brandon Butler made 43 saves for the Buffaloes.

The Chiefs, who will play in the Calgary Mac’s Midget Tournament over the Christmas break, return to Alberta Midget Hockey League action Saturday at 4:45 p.m. against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

Most Read