The Prince Albert Mintos apparently don’t like rude house guests.
On Sunday at the Art Hauser Centre, the visiting Notre Dame Argos jumped into a 2-0 lead before the game was even five minutes old. That was when the Mintos decided to teach them their manners.
The Mintos erupted for nine straight goals en route to a 10-3 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League victory and in the process improved their season record to 3-1-1.
“We didn’t get a very good start,” said Mintos’ head coach Ken Morrison. “Give the guys credit though, they decided to start playing and when they got it back to 2-2 it was a fresh start.”
Kylar Hope brought the Mintos back on even terms less than two minutes after the Argos second goal and Justin Boyer put Prince Albert ahead to stay before the first period was finished.
Lance Yaremchuk, with two, Zac Paziuk, Lochlan Morrison, Bryton Sayers, Ryan Duret and Cody Young also scored for the Mintos. For Paziuk and Morrison, both 15-year-olds, it was their first goals at the Midget AAA level.
“It was good for our young guys to get in on the scoring,” said the Mintos coach. “Some of them were lacking a bit of confidence. The last couple of games they have been catching on and this makes them feel like they are contributing to the team.”
Tanner Burgardt turned aside 22 of 25 shots to record the victory in the Prince Albert goal. The Mintos finished the game with 40 shots on the Notre Dame net.
For the second straight game, the Mintos power play was connecting on all cylinders as Prince Albert scored four times in seven opportunities with the man advantage. On Thursday against Tisdale, the Mintos had four more power-play goals in recording a 4-0 triumph over the Trojans.
Prince Albert will be looking to move into a second-place tie on Thursday when they play the Contacts in Saskatoon. The Contacts and Swift Current Legionnaires are tied for second place with nine points each, while Moose Jaw leads the way with 10. The Generals, however, have played two more games then everybody chasing them in the standings.
MINTO NOTES: The Minto players were out in the community on Saturday collecting donations for the annual Prince Albert Food Bank food drive. The Mintos are involved in a number of events throughout the season with this one being particularly special as it affects a number of people in the city…The Mintos next home game is on Saturday when the other Notre Dame team – the Hounds – will visit the Art Hauser Centre at 7 p.m.