Sutter Fund Chiefs lose in Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League final

Maddison Toppe notched the lone goal for the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Thunder in the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championship game. Sarah Murray made 30 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 33-12.

SPRUCE GROVE — Maddison Toppe notched the lone goal for the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Thunder in the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championship game.

Sarah Murray made 30 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 33-12.

Earlier in the day, Sutter Fund blanked the Calgary Fire 5-0 in semifinal action, getting two goals from Cassidy Hollman and singles courtesy of Kaitlan Linnell, Breanna Martin and Paige Grenier. Murray made 27 saves for the shutout as the Chiefs were outshot 27-26.

The Chiefs qualified for third place — and a semifinal berth — in the five-team tournament by winning their last two round-robin games following a pair of losses.

The Sutter Fund crew opened with a 3-1 loss to the Fire, their only goal coming off the stick of Kirsten Baumgardt. Murray turned in a 24-save effort as Red Deer was outshot 27-24.

From there, the Chiefs fell 2-1 to the host Saints. Toppe tallied in a losing cause and Bailey Knapp turned aside 20 shots.

The Red Deer team battled back with 1-0 victories over the Thunder and Sherwood Park Fury to stay alive in the tournament.

Murray was the story in the win over Edmonton as she stopped 41 shots to back a goal from Linnell.

Murray then turned aside all 22 shots she faced in the victory over the Fury. Erika Marshall notched the only goal the Chiefs needed.

The Sutter Fund Chiefs will host the Esso Cup — the Canadian major midget girls championship tournament — April 19-25 at the Arena.

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