Optimists advance to Mac’s quarters

The Red Deer Optimist Rebels did what they had to do to grab a playoff berth in the boys’ division of the Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament Wednesday.

CALGARY — The Red Deer Optimist Rebels did what they had to do to grab a playoff berth in the boys’ division of the Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament Wednesday.

The Rebels beat the UFA Bisons 6-3 to finish round-robin play with a 3-1 record and in a tie with the Bisons for first place. Red Deer received the higher placing because of the head-to-head meeting between the two and will meet the Prince Albert Mintos in the quarter-finals today at 9 a.m. at Father David Bauer Arena.

The Rebels fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but took control of the game scoring five goals in five minutes and 38 seconds in the second period.

Brett Printz got the Rebels offence going with an unassisted goal at 12:19 with Sam Jardine tying the score at 15:07. Collin Valcourt connected at 16:18, Jared Guilbault at 16:22 and Clayton Petrie at 17:57.

Valcourt, who was the Rebels player of the game, rounded out the Red Deer scoring at 8:02 of the third period.

Travis Weber was solid in goal for the Rebels, finishing with 25 saves while the teams split 20 minor penalties.

Jardine, Valcourt and Petrie also competed in the tournament all-star game Wednesday evening while Rebels head coach Doug Quinn was involved as a coach.

The winner of the quarter-final game will play at 3 p.m. at Max Bell in the semifinal with the final set for 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Saddledome.

On the girls’ side, the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs missed out on a playoff spot, losing 2-1 to the Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox, Sask.

The loss left Red Deer with a 1-2-1 record.

Rachael Hoppins scored the Chiefs goal with only 12 seconds remaining in the game.

Goaltender Camille Trautman was the Red Deer player of the game, finishing with 33 saves.