The Prince Albert Mintos certainly had their chances to get a sweep in Swift Current on the weekend.
But, three out of a possible four points is nothing to be losing sleep over and moving to within one point of first place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings should have made the bus trip home a lot shorter as well.
The Mintos had more than twice as many shots on the Swift Current net in Sunday’s second game of the doubleheader, but they would need a power-play goal by Lance Yaremchuk with just over two minutes to play to salvage a 2-2 draw.
The single point improves Prince Albert’s record to 7-3-2 and leaves them one point back of the Saskatoon Contacts and Moose Jaw Generals and grouped together with the Tisdale Trojans and Regina Pat Canadians.
Kylar Hope had Prince Albert’s other goal on Sunday in a game that saw Minto captain Jason Duret play his 100th game with the team. Prince Albert trailed the Legionnaires 1-0 after 20 minutes of play and they were down 2-0 before Hope connected with another man-advantage tally.
Tanner Burgardt turned aside 20 shots in the Prince Albert goal while the Mintos fired 46 at the Swift Current net.
The stalemate followed a one-sided 8-2 victory by Prince Albert on Saturday. Eight different players scored for the Mintos in that match including Braxx George, Bryton Sayers, Joel Blaquiere, Zac Paziuk, Cody Young, Ryan Duret, Justin Boyer and Yaremchuk. Sayers also had three assists while Boyer and Ryan Duret each had a pair of helpers.
Burgardt once again was in goal for Prince Albert this time stopping 25 shots, while the Mintos directed 28 at the Swift Current net.
Defenseman Tye Antoniuk was back in the line-up on the weekend after missing a number of games with an upper-body injury. Prince Albert was without 15-year-olds Lochlan Morrison and Kody White who were in Calgary representing Saskatchewan at the Western Canadian Under-16 Challenge.
Morrison and White will both be back in the line-up when Prince Albert travels to Beardy’s on Thursday.
Prince Albert Ice Hawks
The Ice Hawks had the weekend off to try and regroup from a 3-2 setback against the Royals in Saskatoon on Wednesday.
Prince Albert will be looking to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak when the same two teams go head-to-head again on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
On Wednesday, the Ice Hawks were down 3-0 by the two-minute mark of the second period, but Brett Boyer and Bryce Nemish tallied before the second intermission to bring Prince Albert to within one. Mitchell Corfmat chipped in with a pair of assists.
The Royals peppered Jayden Rieben in the Prince Albert goal with 51 shots while the Ice Hawks managed just 28 at the Saskatoon net.
The Ice Hawks are now 2-5-0 and would like to get the win on home ice on Tuesday before heading out on a three-game road trip.
Liteway Electric Raiders
The Liteway Electric Raiders scored four unanswered goals in the final stages of the third period to record a 6-4 triumph over Watson in Centre-Four Hockey League Midget Division action on Friday.
Josh Elliot with two goals, Logan Usselman, Zach Hurd, Blair McFarlane and Chris Stubbs, into an empty net, scored for the Raiders, who snapped a three-game losing skid with the win.
Logan Morhart was in the Prince Albert goal to record the win.
The Raiders were also in action on Sunday when they hosted Midwest at the Art Hauser Centre, but results were unavailable.
Liteway Electric will now take a break from the league schedule to host the annual Kelly Dmyterko Memorial Tournament this weekend. Action begins on Friday at all three city arenas with teams coming from Alberta and Manitoba in addition to several more from Saskatchewan.
Venice House Raiders
The Venice House Raiders had little trouble improving their record to 9-1-0 with a pair of easy victories in Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action on the weekend.
On Thursday the Raiders outscored Humboldt 4-1 and on Saturday, Venice House tallied eight times in the third period for a 16-5 rout of the Regina Silver Foxes.
Drew Warkentine led the attack on Thursday with two goals while singles were added by Mikhail Tait and Braden Isbister.
Warkentine once again the lead the assault on Saturday scoring three times and setting up one other with Tanner Fiddler and Isbister also registering hat-tricks. Fiddle added three assists for a six-point outing.
Tait also had a strong game with two goals and two assists while Landon Markovich, Kyle Schneider, Reid Manson, Jake Hobson and Kent Hanson added singles. Hanson also picked up five assists for a six-point game with Markovich collecting four helpers to go with his single tally.
Jordan Rock was the winning goalie on Thursday while Carson Remy picked up the win on Saturday.
Venice House will now have a two-week break from league before heading to Melfort on Nov. 17 to face the North East Wolf Pack. Next home game is Nov. 19 against the Battlefords Barons.
The NAPA Raiders had the weekend off from Centre-Four Hockey League Pee Wee Division action, but they will be busy this weekend when they play three games in three nights.
The Raiders are in the Battlefords on Friday and then head to Lloydminster for a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.