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SLIPPERY SPILL - Ethan Lazaro of the St. Albert Raiders takes a tumble as Red Deer Chiefs' goalie Jayden Sittler searches for the puck in Saturday's midget AAA game at Akinsdale Arena. The Raiders rallied from an early three-goal deficit to win 4-3.
SLIPPERY SPILL - Ethan Lazaro of the St. Albert Raiders takes a tumble as Red Deer Chiefs' goalie Jayden Sittler searches for the puck in Saturday's midget AAA game at Akinsdale Arena. The Raiders rallied from an early three-goal deficit to win 4-3.
APRIL BARTLETT/St. Albert Gazette

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Raiders rally

The St. Albert Raiders dug themselves out of a deep hole to defeat the four-time reigning provincial champion Red Deer Chiefs 4-3 in Saturday’s midget AAA game at Akinsdale Arena.

The Raiders (9-7-2) pumped in four goals after the Chiefs (10-4-2) tallied three times on 12 shots in the opening 16 minutes of the contest.

Ethan Lazaro’s power-play marker with 1:23 left in the first kick-started the comeback.

Wyatt Williams and Parker AuCoin potted goals early in the second and Luc Smith sniped the winner with 14:35 to play. Lazaro and Kole Bryks drew assists on Smith’s goal for their second helpers of the game.

Starting netminder Pat Gora (3-4-1, 2.53 GAA) was replaced by Pat Dea (6-3-1, 2.17 GAA) after the third Chiefs goal. Dea finished with 31 saves, including 21 in the third.

The victory was the third in four games for the sixth-place north division team.

Sunday’s home game against the Grande Prairie Storm (4-9-4) was cancelled because of the weather.

This weekend the Raiders travel to play the south division-leading Calgary Royals (13-5-2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Stu Peppard Arena and the Chiefs at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Midget 15 Flyers

Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the KC Centennials left the St. Albert Flyers trailing the first-place Leduc Oil Kings by four points in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League.

The Flyers (9-2-4) have a game in hand on Leduc (12-2-2) in the north division pennant race.

Saturday the Flyers edged Leduc 4-3 as Sean Richards connected once and added three assists at Akinsdale Arena.

Zach Sherburne opened the scoring in the first period, Jaedon Leslie struck twice in the second and Ryan Cox picked up three assists in the team’s third-straight win.

Leduc rallied in the third with two power-play goals but were unable to beat Matt Murray for the equalizer. Murray (6-0-2, 2.38 GAA) stopped 14 shots in the third and 40 overall.

The Flyers registered 23 shots against two Leduc goalies.

Jake Warawa scored the only goal against KC (6-6-4) at Callingwood Arena.

Shots were 42-37 for the Flyers and Joshua Dechaine (3-2-2, 2.71 GAA) was in net.

The next game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday against the Squires (7-5-3) in Sherwood Park.

Crusaders on fire

The St. Albert Crusaders skated into Tuesday’s match against SSAC Don Wheaton undefeated in 10 games in the Northern Alberta Midget AA Hockey League.

The score from Northstar Hyundai Arena was unavailable.

The Crusaders (13-2-2), the top team in the Clean Harbors division, haven’t lost since Oct. 24, a 6-4 decision to the KC Colts (16-0-2), ranked first in the Inside Edge division.

The streaking Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to 8-0-2 in Sunday’s 8-2 romp over the Wetaskiwin Ice Kings (2-14-2) in Sherwood Park.

Tristan Gavin and Zac Dechaine lit the lamp twice and Tyler Mork, Cam Mazur, Riley Smith and Kelvyn Tremblay added singles. Smith also chipped in with three assists.

The Crusaders outshot the Kings by a hefty 70-30 margin and Connor Mckay (9-1-2, 2.33 GAA) was in net.

In the league scoring race Curtis Peck is second in points with 38 in 15 games.

Mazur and Tristan Gavin are tied for fifth with 33 points apiece.

Mork is the team leader in goals with 18 in 18 games.

The next home game is Dec. 14 against the NE BC & Yukon Flyers (5-8-1) at 7:45 p.m. at Northstar Hyundai Arena.


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