A couple more Central Alberta hockey squads are heading to the next round of the playoffs.
Red Deer’s midget AAA Optimist Rebels advanced to the Alberta Midget Hockey League final this past weekend, sweeping the UFA Bisons in the South Division final with a 3-1 game three win Friday night.
Calgary Hitmen prospect Conner Hartley opened the scoring with a powerplay marker, with Dylan Hollman and Brady Bakke also hitting the scoresheet for the baby Rebels.
Red Deer Rebels’ prospect Tanner Jaillet made 15 saves to pick up the win for the midgets, who will next face the winner of the North Division final between Leduc and Sherwood Park, with that series tied at 2-2.
Midget AAA girls action, the Sutter Fund Chiefs saw their South Division final go the distance, with the Chiefs grabbing a game five 4-1 win over the Highwood Raiders.
Ashley Graf scored twice, with Janelle Froehler and Cassidy Anderson adding singles, while Rimbey native Camille Trautman stopped 21 shots in the deciding game.
The Chiefs will now face the Edmonton Thunder for the provincial midget AAA title and the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League title, with that series starting Saturday in Edmonton.
In the Heritage Junior B hockey league, both the Red Deer Vipers and Blackfalds Wranglers find themselves in the league semi-finals, despite the Vipers beating the Wranglers 7-3 in the seventh and final game of the North Division final last week to take the series 4-3.
The Vipers opened their best of five semi-final this past Sunday at the Red Deer Arena, falling 4-3 to the Okotoks Bisons, while the Wranglers also find themselves down 1-0 in their best of five semi-final after a 7-6 double overtime loss to the Cochrane Generals.
Senior AAA men’s hockey saw the Bentley Generals go up 2-0 in their provincial final against Fort Saskatchewan, after the Generals posted wins of 4-0 and 5-3 over the Chiefs.
Game three in that best of seven goes tonight (Wednesday) at the Red Deer Arena.