Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Mintos did what they had to do and that was play a whole lot better than their last game.
After losing to the lowly Yorkton Harvest 5-2 on Sunday, it was expected the Mintos would rebound and they did just that with a convincing 3-1 triumph over the Saskatoon Blazers in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday at the Art Hauser Centre.
Adam Oszcevski scored a pair of first-period goals, including one shorthanded, to kick-start the Mintos while Bryton Sayers added one more in the third to seal the victory. Sayers also collected an assist on the first Osczevski goal with Kylar Hope and Justin Boyer each registering a pair of assists on the final two Minto tallies.
Tanner Burgardt was between the pipes for the Mintos after missing the last game with a bout of tonsillitis. Burgardt stopped 16 of 17 shots to record his fourth win of the season.
The Mintos had a number of new faces in their line-up as Kody White and Lochlan Morrison are both gone this week to Calgary for the Western Canadian Under-16 Hockey Challenge and Tye Antoniuk remains on the injured list with an upper-body injury.
Inserted in the line-up, to take their places, were Liam Chornawka, Chad Grambo and Jesse Haeusler, who saw some time with the Mintos last season as an injury replacement.
With the win the Mintos improve to 6-3-1-0 and creep to within one point of the Blazers, Regina Pat Canadians and Tisdale Trojans for third place in the league standings. The Saskatoon Contacts continue to lead the way with an 8-1-0-1 record, four points better than Prince Albert.
The Mintos now take their show on the road for almost three weeks as they will play seven games away from home before returning to the Art Hauser Centre on Nov. 20 when they will take on the Contacts. The road trip begins this weekend with a doubleheader in Swift Current.