Minor hockey briefs – February 25

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Minor midget AAA

Dawson Reykdal, Ben Strautman and Chad Gross scored for the Red Deer Northstar Chiefs in a 3-3 tie with the host Rockyview Raiders Sunday.

Branden Bilodeau made 21 save for Northstar, which held a 34-24 advantage in shots.

Meanwhile, the Red Deer IROC Chiefs got their only goal from Riley Mathies in a 4-1 loss to the host Calgary Blackhawks. Carson Franks blocked 32 shots for the Chiefs, who fired 55 at the opposition net.

On Saturday, Chase Olsen scored twice to lead the Northstar Chiefs to a 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Canucks.

Strautman, Troy Brown and Layne Bensmiller had the other Northstar goals, while Brody Dirk made 16 saves for the win. The hosts held a 33-17 edge in shots.

The IROC Chiefs also enjoyed success Saturday, getting two goals from Quentin Greenwood in a 7-2 win over the host Calgary Bruins.

Rounding out the IROC attack with a goal apiece were Mathies, Ryley Smith, Bradley Makofka, Andrew Perry and Ty Wagar. Franks made 30 saves as the Chiefs outshot their opponents 48-32.


Midget AA

The Wheatland Chiefs downed the Lacombe Rockets 4-1 Sunday at Hussar to complete a sweep of their best-of-three South Central League North Division quater-final.

Ryan Skoreyko had the lone goal for the Rockets, who were outshot 34-33. Brandon Woltjer and Peter Luymes each made 15 saves for Lacombe.

Wheatland used a third-period goal to post a 4-3 win in Saturday’s series-opener at Lacombe, where the Rockets’ triggermen were Mik Doell, Ryan Swier and Ben Funkhouser.

Luymes turned aside 49 shots in a losing cause. Dakota Taylor made 32 saves for Wheatland.


Major Bantam Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs finished their regular schedule with a pair of losses, falling 6-3 to the Calgary Outlaws Saturday and 2-1 to conference-leading Rocky Mountain Raiders in Cochrane Sunday.

Eric Nelson, Carley Wlad and Maddison Toppe scored against the Outlaws while Mairead Bast connected against the Raiders.

Christina Boulton made 37 saves against the Raiders.

The Chiefs finished in third place in the South Division.


Bantam AA

The Airdrie Lightning slipped past Red Deer Ramada 3-2 Sunday at the Arena to force a third and deciding game in the best-of-three South Central League North quarter-final.

The third game will be played Tuesday at Airdrie.

Ramada’s goal were supplied by Benjamin Isaac and Michael Kellough. Losing goalie Justin Travis made 21 saves, with Brett Petek blocking 22 shots for Airdrie.

Caden Shybunka scored twice and Travis made 36 saves as Ramada opened the series with a 4-0 win Saturday at Airdrie. Brad Penny and Nathan Dyck had the other Red Deer goals.

Meanwhile, the Innisfail Flyers, with Josh Gette and Tyrell McCubbing each tallying twice, got past the Bow Valley Timberwolves 5-2 in Saturday’s North quarter-final opener at Cochrane.

Bryson Muir scored the other Innisfail goal. Lane Brann got the win with a 27-save effort.

The second game of the series is set for tonight at 7:10 p.m. at Innisail.


Peewee AA

Eric Moore’s power-play goal in overtime gave the Red Deer TBS Chiefs a 4-3 win over the Sylvan Lake Lakers in South Central League playoff action Sunday at the Arena.

Josh Tarzwell, with two goals, and Colby Chavez-Leech also tallied for TBS, which forced a third and deciding game in the North Division quarter-final.

The game is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Sylvan Lake.

Hayden Clayton, Khale Skinner and Caileb Berge scored for the Lakers, who fired 40 shots at Red Deer netminder Bretton Park. Brayden Laturnus and Ethan Weberg combined to make 18 saves for the visitors.

Sylvan Lake opened the series with a 6-3 home-ice victory Saturday, thanks to single goals from Berge, Wyatt Gelinas, Josh McNeil, Kale Seelen, Ryan McBeath and Loclyn Kabatoff and a 23-save effort from Laturnus.

Replying for TBS were Tarzwell, Luke Bast and Keaton Sawicki. Park stopped 25 shots.

In another North quarter-final, the Airdrie Lightning slipped past the Red Deer Parkland Chiefs 7-6 Sunday in the third and deciding game at the Collicutt Centre.

Scoring twice for Parkland were Kyle Budvarson and Jace Paarup, while Ben LeBlanc and Sean McGonigal added single goals.

Eric Johnson and Josh Anderson combined to make 25 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 32-26.

Parkland evened the series with a 5-2 win Saturday at Airdrie, getting goals from Angus MacLeod, Connor Dawes, Layne Harty, Lynden Kidd and Brandon Border.

Anderson stopped 33 shots for the victory, while Airdrie netminder Cole Kohut made 50 saves.

Home ice didn’t favour the Chiefs, who lost the series oener 6-1 Friday at the Collicutt Centre.

Levi Amundson potted the lone Parkland marker. Eric Johnson made 36 saves in a losing effort, while Kohut blocked 23 shots at the other end.

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