It still wasn’t a complete game, but it was enough as the Prince Albert Mintos skated to a 4-0 victory over the Tisdale Trojans in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday at the Art Hauser Centre.
“The first period was the best we played all year,” said Mintos head coach Ken Morrison. “The second period I thought we got away from what we wanted to do – there were too long of shifts, we didn’t bear down on the puck – it got scary for a while. But we came back in the third.”
“We have to learn how to play for the whole 60 minutes,” added Morrison. “Against Regina (5-2 loss on Monday) we had lulls like that too, but in that game the puck ended up in our goal.”
Lance Yaremchuk, with two goals, and Adam Osczevski staked the Mintos to a 3-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play and Bryton Sayers completed the scoring in the third period. Sayers also collected two assists as did defenseman Jordan Harris.
“We’re expecting a lot from Lance this year,” noted Morrison. “We need his offense, but he is pretty reliable defensively and he is one of our best face-off guys. He came through tonight.”
Tanner Burgardt also came through for the Mintos as the second-year netminder turned aside all 25 shots he faced to pick up the shutout. Burgardt has allowed just two goals in three-plus games this year for a sparkling 0.65 goals-against average.
“He gives us a lot of confidence back there,” said Morrison.
The win improves the Mintos record to 2-1-1 with their next game scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against the Notre Dame Argos.
MINTO NOTES: Rookie Minto defenseman Lochlan Morrison has been selected for Team Saskatchewan which will play in the Western Branch Challenge in Calgary during the first week of November. The 15-year-old Morrison went through a gruelling selection process that began in February with tryouts for a spot on the zone team. After that there was a summer camp in Notre Dame where 42 players auditioned for the under-16 squad and finally a September camp in Caronport had the remaining 26 players vie for the 20 roster spots. Matthew Campese has also been selected for the team, but Campese is playing hockey in British Columbia this winter and it is unclear if he will retain his spot on the roster.