Red Deer Optimist Chiefs go the distance in first round of Midget AAA playoffs

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs will require a third and decided game in their best-of-three series with the Calgary Flames in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League playoffs.

In the first round series, Red Deer took game one 4-2 at home, before the Flames snagged a 5-2 win in Calgary Thursday night to force the action back to Red Deer on Saturday.

The Chiefs fell behind 2-0 in Calgary, before Justin Paarup and Josh McNeil scored on the power play to tie the game at two after 40 minutes.

Calgary scored early in the third and the Chiefs weren’t able to mount a comeback. With the Red Deer goalie pulled, the Flames potted their fifth goal into the empty net.

Game three goes Saturday at the Kinex with puck drop set for 4:30 p.m.

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