The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs fell behind early and couldn’t recover against the Calgary Royals Sunday.
The Royals notched two first-period goals just over a minute apart and rolled from there to a 4-2 win.
After falling behind 2-0, Deegan Mofford scored late in the first on a delayed penalty for Red Deer.
Nathanial Bierd scored on a scramble in front for the Royals in the second, but Sean Michalevich answered for Red Deer at 5:48 of the frame.
Calgary added a third-period goal to close out the game.
Sunday was the final regular season contest for the Optimist Chiefs and they fished second in the South Division with a 24-5-6 record. They’ll have a bye in the first round of the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs.
The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs split a pair of weekend games in Alberta Midget AAA Female Hockey League play.
The Chiefs topped the Calgary Fire 2-0 on Saturday and Rebecca Bridge made 19 saves to earn the shutout. Kadey Rosie and Cassidy Maplethorpe had goals in the victory.
Red Deer dropped a 3-2 game to the Rocky Mountain Raiders on Sunday.
Aryn Chambers and Avery Lajeunesse scored for Red Deer in the loss.