Red Deer Optimist Chiefs forward Brett Meerman drives wide on Sunday past a Calgary Royals defender at the Servus Arena. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Optimist Chiefs lose last regular season game, finish second in AMHL South Division

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.

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