The Prince Albert Mintos faced their first big test of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League season and for a mark they got 50 per cent.
After easily beating the Generals 5-1 in Moose Jaw on Sunday, the Mintos were defeated 5-2 by the Regina Pat Canadians on Monday. Head coach Ken Morrison says although he is disappointed with the end result, he realizes the season is young.
“I’m disappointed we only came away with two of the four points,” says Morrison. “We had better luck in the first game and in the second game the bounces didn’t go our way.”
“I felt in both games we didn’t play a full 60 minutes, but we have only played three games so we still have a lot of stuff to work on,” added Morrison. “They still have to get used to playing this league – it’s tough.”
Adam Osczevski led the Mintos in the win over Moose Jaw scoring twice and setting up two others. Kylar Hope also had a two-goal game with Justin Boyer adding a single.
Tanner Burgardt was solid in the Minto goal turning aside 21 shots and the Minto power-play was a deciding factor with four goals scored while Prince Albert enjoyed the man advantage.
“I think we were five-for-10 on the power play for the weekend,” noted Morrison. “We need to score more even-strength goals and get our offense going.”
On Monday, Ryan Duret opened the scoring for Prince Albert, but Regina took control after that. Lance Yaremchuk brought Prince Albert to within one early in the third, but the Pat Canadians sealed the win with two late goals including one into an empty net.
Burgardt once again tended the Minto goal, this time stopping 21 shots.
Prince Albert will look to improve on its 1-1-1 record when they return home for a pair of games this week. They will host the Tisdale Trojans on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre and the Notre Dame Argos will be the visitors on Sunday with the opening face-off for that contest scheduled for 1:30 p.m.