The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs will have a chance to play qualify for the final today at the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Optimist Chiefs off to semis at Mac’s

CALGARY- The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs took the next step at the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary on Sunday.

Red Deer topped the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-1 in the quarterfinal to book a spot in the semis and will play at 3 p.m. this afternoon for a chance to advance to the final.

Josh McNeil opened the scoring for the Optimist Chiefs with only 1.4 seconds left in the first and Deegan Mofford added another in the second.

Daylan Kuefler scored for Red Deer with 4:53 left in the game and surrendered one to the Hurricanes late in the period.

The Optimist Chiefs only allowed 12 Hurricanes’ shots in the win.

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

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