The Red Deer Optimist Rebels did what they were expected to do — beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns — in their final Alberta Midget Hockey League regular season contest and captured first overall in the standings.
The Rebels beat the Pronghorns 8-1 Sunday afternoon at the Arena to finish with a 25-6-3 record to win the South Division by three points over the Calgary Flames and the overall title by two points over the North Division champion Leduc.
Brady Bakke led the Rebels with three goals and an assist while Nick Glackin, who had a pair of assists, Scott Feser, Brenden Dennis, Tanner Lomnes and BJ Duffin added single markers. Joel Topping had two helpers.
Red Deer had four power play goals in a game that saw 183 minutes in penalties handed out.
Dasan Sydora picked up the win in goal, making 19 saves, while his mates had 47 shots on the Pronghorns Tyson Brouwer.
The Rebels will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
The Red Deer Rebels White dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Medicine Hat Sunday to lose their best-of-three league semfiinal series 2-1.
Chase Olsen tied the game for the Rebels at 5:47 of the third period only to see Jordan Taopert beat Rebels netminder Brody Dirk at 6:22 of overtime. Dirk finished with 32 saves while his mates had 29 shots on goal.
The Rebels kept the series alive with a 4-2 win Saturday at the Arena.
Mack Differenz, Luke Coleman, Jesse Freeborn and Brenden Baker scored for Red Deer with Dirk making 32 saves.
The Red Deer IROC Chiefs maintained their lead on top of the B Division in the league as they edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 and tied the Raiders 3-3 in weekend action.
Scott Ternes scored the winning goal against the Hurricanes, notching a shorthanded marker with 43 seconds remaining in the third period. Trey DeGraaf and Adam Ternes had the other Red Deer goals while netminder Thomas Della Siega made 19 saves. The Chiefs had 32 shots on goal.
Adam Ternes, Ross Heidt and Dylan Houston scored against the Raiders, who tied the game with a power play marker at 18:04 of the third period.
Joseph Desrosiers made 22 saves for Red Deer, who had 39 shots on goal.
Meanwhile, the A Division leading Red Deer North Star Sports Chiefs battled the Calgary Gold to a 4-4 tie.
Mathew Thiessen scored the tying marker at 5:09 of the third period. James Gaume had two goals and Chase Thudium one.
Affiliated player Carson Franks started in goal for the Chiefs, making 11 saves and allowing four goals in 40 minutes of play with Rylan Bardick coming in and making 16 saves in the final period.
The two Red Deer teams in the South Central League — the Pro-Stitch Chiefs and the Elks — battled to a 4-4 tie during the weekend.
Kyle Moore, Jack Goranson, Jordan Pratt and Chris Rauckman scored for the Chiefs with Nick Galenoski facing 28 shots in goal.
Spencer Yeats had two goals and Ian McLellan and Nicholas Kroughan singles for the Elks. Logan Muir was in net, facing 20 shots.
Meanwhile the Elks beat the Taber Golden Suns 6-1 and the Chiefs downed the Lethbridge Hounds 5-2.
Kwyn Hiebert and Nicholas Keoghan scored twice each for the Elks with singles from Connor Einhorn and Garret Engert.
Derrick Morrell, Cody Lemon, Jordan Pratt, Adam Ferguson and Kane Weik scored against Lethbridge with Galenoski facing 29 shots.
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The Red Deer King’s Energy Chiefs battled the Rocky Mountain House Royals to a 2-2 draw Sunday.
Tyson Crampain and Jordan Joynes scored for Red Deer with Joyale Smallboy and Jake Hillier connecting for the Royals.
Raffiq Manji made 35 saves in goal for Red Deer.
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The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs finished their regular schedule with a 4-1 loss to the Rocky Mountain Raiders during the weekend.
Beck Davidson scored the lone Red Deer goal while goaltenders Christina Boulton and Bailey Knapp combined to make 26 saves.
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The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs beat the Airdrie Lightning 5-3.
The Red Deer KFC Chiefs downed the Innisfail Flyers 7-2 Sunday.
Jace Paarup, Jager Larsen, Hunter Marchildon, Cole Hardman, Riley Sitko, Cade Mason and Mateo Perich scored for the Chiefs and Mike Katchuik and Ethan Alvarez for the Flyers.