The Prince Albert Mintos battled some poor road conditions to get to Wilcox on the weekend, but the perseverance paid off as they registered a pair of 3-1 victories against Notre Dame and are now within one point of first place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
Saturday‚Äôs game against the Argos was delayed slightly due to a late arrival, but the Mintos showed no effects of the extended trip as they jumped into a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Teal Sobkowicz and Jason Duret. Cody Young increased the advantage to 3-0 in the second period and from then on it was left in the hands of Tanner Burgardt, who turned aside 19 shots to record the win.
On Sunday, Kylar Hope, Bryton Sayers and Keegan Kjargaard tallied for the Mintos with Lane Michasiw kicking out 20 shots in picking up the win against the Hounds.
Prince Albert has now won four and tied another in its last five games to claim a share of second place ‚Äď one point back of the Moose Jaw Generals. The Mintos, who are 9-3-2 on the season, are tied with the Regina Pat Canadians while the Saskatoon Contacts are alone in fourth place, one point back of Prince Albert and Regina.
For the first time since training camp, the Mintos had a full complement of players as Lochlan Morrison Kody White were back after missing three games each to compete at the Western Canadian Under-16 Challenge in Calgary. Tye Antoniuk recently returned to the line-up after missing several games with an undisclosed injury.
The Mintos head back south again this weekend as they will return to Notre Dame on Saturday to play the Hounds before moving on to Regina on Sunday to face the Pat Canadians. Prince Albert‚Äôs next home game is Nov. 20 against the Contacts.
Goals were plentiful in Centre-Four Hockey League Pee Wee Division action on the weekend and fortunately for the NAPA Raiders they scored more than they allowed to record two wins in a three-game swing.
On Friday in North Battleford it was Ben Zultok scoring three goals and Jack Kowblick adding a pair as the Raiders outscored the Barons 10-3. Other goal scorers for Prince Albert were unavailable.
The Raiders then moved on to Lloydminster for a doubleheader with the hosts picking up a 9-3 triumph on Saturday before Prince Albert rebounded with a 10-7 decision on Sunday.
Scoring for Prince Albert on Saturday were Ethan Regnier, Brayden Dirks and Rhys Bridge with Dirks leading the way on Sunday when he tallied four times. Tanner Hendricks and Owen Ozar also had strong games on Sunday as Hendricks notched two goals and four assists while Ozar had two goals and three helpers. Jake Koroluk and Zultok completed the scoring with one goal each to improve the Raiders‚Äô record to 3-4-0 on the season.
Next up for the Raiders is their own tournament this weekend in Prince Albert. Games will be played at all three indoor facilities beginning on Friday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Venice House Raiders
The Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League was idle this weekend, but the Venice House Raiders return to action on Saturday when they travel to Melfort to face the North East Wolf Pack.
The next home game for the Raiders, who are 9-1-0 on the season, is next Monday when they will host the Battlefords Barons at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
Liteway Electric Raiders
After reaching the semifinals of the Kelly Dmyterko Memorial Tournament on the weekend, the Liteway Electric Raiders get back to action in the Centre-Four Hockey League Midget Division on Wednesday when they will host Warman at 6:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
The Raiders are 5-3-1 to start the season, but are hoping the strong showing at their own tournament will carry over into the regular campaign.
Prince Albert Icehawks
The Prince Albert Icehawks were forced to wait a bit longer to try and put the brakes on their five-game losing streak as Prairie Junior Hockey League games against Fort Knox on Saturday and the Ochapowace Thunder on Sunday were postponed due to weather conditions.
The Icehawks, who are 2-5-1, will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Regina to face the Capitals. The next home game is Nov. 21 when the Saskatoon Quakers will visit the Kinsmen Arena. No dates have been announced for the rescheduling of the postponed games.