The Red Deer Optimist Rebels Chiefs Rebels ran into a hot goaltender Sunday at the Arena and had to settle for a 2-2 draw with the lowly Grande Prairie Storm.
Storm netminder Connor Goudreau turned aside 43 shots for the Storm, who occupy last place in the North Division of the Alberta Midget Hockey League with a 5-19-6 record.
Jody Sick and Rory Davidson scored for the Rebels Chiefs, while Matt Zentner made 22 saves. Red Deer sits first overall in the AMHL with a 19-4-7 slate.
The game was the first of five consecutive home dates for Red Deer to close out the regular-season schedule.
The Rebels Chiefs return to action next weekend with Saturday and Sunday engagements with the Calgary Flames and Lloydminster Bobcats.
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The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs split a weekend doubleheader with the Lloydminster Steelers at Kin City Arena.
The Chiefs won 3-2 Saturday and dropped a 4-3 decision Sunday.
Britini Crawford’s power play goal at 16:43 of the third period gave the Chiefs the win Saturday. Becky Davidson and Jade Lee had the other Red Deer goals.
Nisa Bartlett finished with 22 saves in goal while her teammates had 25 shots.
On Sunday, Lloydminster scored the winning goal with 45 seconds remaining. Red Deer’s Taylor Hall had tied the game at 3:44 of the third period while short-handed.
Red Deer led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Katlynn Kyle. Aly Anderson finished with 27 saves for Red Deer, who had 27 shots.
The win moved the Chiefs back into a tie for fourth place in the South Division with the Calgary Bruins. Both teams have two games remaining.
The Chiefs host Spruce Grove Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Highwood Sunday at 12:45 p.m. Both games are at Kin City.
The Red Deer Elks experienced a busy and successful weekend, putting the wraps on a provincial series and posting a trio of league wins.
Derrick Morrell fired three goals as the Elks downed Leduc 6-2 in the second game of a provincial series.
Kwyn Hiebert, Matthew Krusky and Andrew Nielsen also scored for the Elks, who won the two-game, total-goal set 14-8.
In league play, the Elks doubled Wheatland 6-3, dropped the Calgary Stampeders 5-3 and dumped Innisfail 10-4.
Neilsen and AJ Curry each tallied twice against Wheatland, with Morrell and Mathew Thiessen also pulling the trigger.
Scoring against the Stamps were Morrell, Nielsen, James Gaume, Connor Einhorn and Justin Van Tetering. Morrell and Einhorn each recorded a hat trick in the win over Innisfail, while Curry scored twice and singles were contributed by Thiessen and Jaye Sutherland.
Nicholas Galenzoski minded the Elks net in all four games.
Meanwhile, Cole Sears turned aside 45 shots and Jordy Pruss, Mike Pruss, Jordy Potter and Trystin Rebman each scored once as the Red Deer Pro Stitch Chiefs defeated the visiting Foothills Bisons 4-2.
The Chiefs also dropped an 8-5 decision to the host Airdrie Lightning. Mike Pruss notched two goals, Cole Visser, Carter Sawicki and Brayden Barker also scored for Pro Stitch and Ryan Bardick made 44 saves in a losing cause.
Tyler Steenbergen scored both goals for the Red Deer Rebels White in a 2-2 draw Sunday with the visiting Lethbridge Golden Hawks.
Tyler Graber picked up the lone assist on each goal. Dawson Weatherill stood tall in the Red Deer net, making 54 saves as the hosts were outshot 56-32.
The Rebels White were 5-0 losers to the Xtreme Saturday at Airdrie. The visitors, outshot 36-21, got a 31-save effort from Lane Congdon.
The Red Deer Rebels Black also earned a single point during the weekend with a 3-3 tie Saturday with visiting Lethbridge.
Scoring for the Rebels Black were Luke Coleman, Tyrees Goodrunning and Matthew Froehlick. Geordan Andrew made 20 saves for the Red Deer squad, which held a 39-23 advantage in shots.
On Sunday, Parker Smyth potted the only goal for the Rebels Black in a 6-1 loss to the host Calgary Northstar Sabres.
Graydon Larson stopped 33 shots for the visitors, who directed 21 shots at the Sabres net.
Ryan Nielsen, Easton Leedahl and Tyler Friesen scored for the Red Deer Frontier Chiefs in a 6-3 loss to Rocky Mountain House.
Nolan MacGregor made 35 saves for the Chiefs.