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U18 AAA Sutter Fund Chiefs book ticket to provincial gold medal game

Going for gold

Chiefs 1

Fire 0

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs remained undefeated at the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) 2024 U18 AAA Provincial Championships on Friday evening.

They defeated the Calgary Fire 1-0 at the Servus Arena to improve to 2-0 in round-robin play. With the win, they also booked their ticket to the gold medal game set for 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.

“Give Calgary credit they came out flying. They played a good game against us,” said head coach Brett Wold.

“I thought our girls were a little slow in the first and second but in the third period we asked them to shut it down and they did the job. We’re happy with the result.”

Forward Raya Hastings scored the lone goal in the first period and Chiefs netminder Taya Christie made 22 saves for the shutout.

Wold said his goaltender played a fantastic game.

“No surprise from us. We know what she can do… Before this, she won goalie of the year so to us we see it day in and day out,” he said.

Red Deer’s performance comes after they blew out the St. Albert Raiders Slash 4-1 on Thursday evening. Brynn Evans, Parker Small, Rylee McLeod, and Callahan McCulloch all scored in the victory.

“Without playing a game for a few weeks we knew it was going to be a bit of a grind,” Wold said.

“The girls have come out and played good… We earned our spot in the goal medal game so that was our first goal of the tournament. We’re very happy.”

The Sutter Fund Chiefs will now take on the Edmonton Jr. Oilers on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Servus Arena, who are also undefeated in tournament play.

The Chiefs will use that game to prepare to defend their provincial title on Sunday.

“We’ll stick to our game plan and get ready for that gold medal game. Just make sure we’re getting better every day.”

Ian Gustafson

About the Author: Ian Gustafson

Ian began his journalism career as a reporter in Prince Albert, Sask. for the last three years, and was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
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