Optimist Chiefs edge Royals to extend playoff series

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
March 5, 2018 - 10:34pm

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs kept their Alberta Midget Hockey League season alive Monday night with a hard fought 2-1 win over the Calgary Royals in front of a big crowd at the Servus Arena.

The Chiefs trail the best-of-five south division semi-final series 2-1 with game four going Wednesday night in Calgary. Game five, if necessary, will go Friday night back at the Servus Arena.

Calgary led 1-0 through 20 minutes Monday night on an unassisted goal from Ethan Jamernick.

Red Deer tied the game with 1:21 left in period two on a tally from Rylan Burns, set up by Keaton Sawicki.

Hunter Leslie scored the game winner for the Chiefs with 5:42 left to play in period three on a quick shot from a face-off won by Red Deer in the offensive zone.

The Royals outshot the Chiefs 29-20 on the night. Duncan Hughes earned the win in net for Red Deer, outduelling Calgary’s Noah Decottignies.

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