Chief teams finish 1-3 at AAA championship

It was a good day for the two Red Deer teams in the Sutter Cup minor midget AAA hockey championship Sunday.

CALGARY — It was a good day for the two Red Deer teams in the Sutter Cup minor midget AAA hockey championship Sunday.

The Red Deer IROC Chiefs downed the Calgary Gold 5-3 to capture the Southern Alberta title while the Red Deer North Star Chiefs beat the Calgary Blue 9-1 to take third place.

Ian McLellan, Gabe Bast, Kale Lapointe, tournament MVP Scott Feser and Kyle Kapalka scored once each for IROC in the final while Matt Zentner made 22 saves in goal.

IROC, who had 40 shots on goal, trailed 1-0 after the first period before taking a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

IROC reached the final with a 7-4 win over the North Stars as Dustin Gorgi and Lapointe scored twice each and Feser, Spencer Yeats and Zak Hicks once each.

Jack Goranson, Kyle Messervey, Taylor Mulder and Cole Visser connected for the North Stars. Zentner finished with 31 saves while Anthony Hamill made 26 saves for the Stars.

Tom Vanderlinde, Mulder and Evan Ingram had two goals each for the North Stars in the bronze medal contest while Conner Veroba and Jayden Rausch had single markers. Brett Frisneth made 28 saves in goal.

Earlier Iroc downed the Calgary Blackhawks 3-2, lost 5-3 to the Gold and beat the Calgary Bruins 9-1.

Lapointe, Jody Sick and Hicks scored against the ‘Hawks with Zentner making 41 saves.

Hicks, Feser and Ryker Leer connected against the Gold, who had 38 shots on Logan Muir.

Feser and Sick had two goals each against the Bruins with Leer, Yeats, Hicks, Jacob Schofield and Gorgi adding one goal each. Zentner made 34 saves.

Meanwhile the North Stars downed the Calgary Canucks 4-1, the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 and the Calgary Rangers 1-0.

Scott Ferguson, Derrick Morrell, Messervey and Rory Davidson scored once each against the Canucks with Frisneth making 19 saves.

Davidson had two goals and Morrell and Ferguson one each against Lethbridge with Hamill finishing with 28 saves.

Frisneth made 24 saves for the shutout against the Rangers while Kolton Dixon scored the lone goal at 9:06 of the third period.

• Zentner was named the league’s MVP with Quinn Brown of IROC and Kyle Krabben of the Blackhawks sharing the best defencman award and Scott Ferguson of the North Stars named the most valuable forward.