The Prince Albert Mintos are back in familiar territory.
After beating the Notre Dame Hounds 4-2 on Saturday and the Regina Pat Canadians 3-2 on Sunday, the Mintos are back on top of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
The two wins improve Prince Albert‚Äôs record to 11-3-2 and leave them two points clear of both the Pat Canadians and Saskatoon Contacts. The Mintos, who were regular-season champions the last two years, have played more games than their challengers, but the Contacts are next on the schedule when they will visit the Art Hauser Centre on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
In Wilcox on Saturday, the Mintos got goals from Teal Sobkowicz, Adam Osczevski, Justin Boyer and Kylar Hope while defenseman Bryton Sayers added two assists to take over the team scoring lead.
Lane Michasiw picked up the win in the Minto goal after stopping 18 of 20 shots.
On Sunday in Regina, all three goals were scored on the power play as Prince Albert extended its unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1).
Lance Yaremchuk with two goals and Sayers scored for the Mintos with Tanner Burgardt recording the win after turning aside 24 of 26 Regina blasts.
Prince Albert has played its last six games on the road with one other contest against the Beardy‚Äôs Blackhawks postponed due to poor road conditions earlier in the month. Tuesday‚Äôs contest against the Contacts will be their first home game since Nov. 1.
Prince Albert Ice Hawks
The struggles continue for the Prince Albert Ice Hawks.
Entering Sunday‚Äôs make-up game with the Ochapowace Thunder, the Ice Hawks were looking to end a six-game losing streak and when Brett Boyer gave Prince Albert a 3-1 lead just 29 seconds into the second period, it looked like they might taste victory for the first time in nearly a month.
That, however, was the last goal the Ice Hawks would score as the Thunder netted five unanswered markers to record a 6-3 victory and drop Prince Albert‚Äôs record to 2-6-2.
Boyer finished the game with two goals and an assist with Evan Dorian adding the other. Lucas Anseth assisted on all three Prince Albert goals and Jayden Rieben made 53 saves in suffering the loss.
The loss came on the heals of another setback on Saturday when Prince Albert, playing in its first game in nearly two weeks, dropped a 6-5 decision in a shootout to the Regina Capitals.
The Ice Hawks were scheduled to play a pair of games against Fort Knox and Ochapowace last weekend, but both were postponed due to severe weather in southern Saskatchewan. Sunday‚Äôs game was added to the schedule to make up for the lost game against Ochapowace while the Fort Knox game has not been rescheduled.
In Regina, Boyer was once again the offensive star scoring three times with Brent Bremner and Eddie Gauthier adding singles. Anseth chipped in with another pair of assists.
Tyler Gordon made 57 saves in suffering the loss and the Ice Hawks will have to look at limiting shots on goal if they hope to turn things around as they were outshot 111-87 in the weekend contests.
The Ice Hawks will return to action this week for a pair of games on home ice when they will host the Saskatoon Quakers on Wednesday and Delisle Chiefs on Thursday. Both games are at the Kinsmen Arena and both will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Prince Albert A&W Bears
Good teams find different ways to win games and the A&W Bears did just that when they swept the Saskatoon Stars in a Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League doubleheader in Saskatoon on the weekend.
Trailing 5-2 entering the third period of Sunday‚Äôs finale of the weekend series, the Bears rallied to tie the game at 6-6 and Kaitlin Willoughby completed the comeback when she scored in the sixth round of the shootout to pull out the 7-6 victory.
The win, coupled with Saturday‚Äôs 4-2 triumph, gives the Bears an 8-2-0-1 record and sole possession of first place in the standings.
Shaylyn Constant, with two goals, Brooke Hobson, Amy Weightman, Kelly Regnier and Tylor Lindsay also scored for Prince Albert on Sunday with Morgan Willoughby contributing three assists.
Sara Olson started the game in the Prince Albert net, but she was pulled in favour of Jessica Vance after allowing three goals on 21 shots. Vance finished with 14 saves on 17 shots while Prince Albert directed 54 shots at the Saskatoon goal.
On Saturday, the Bears had a much easier time recording the win despite being outshot 40-27 in that contest.
Constant, Hobson, Lindsay and Megan Sloboshan scored for Prince Albert with Vance registering 38 saves to record the victory.
It had been three weeks since the Bears last saw any action as the league took a lengthy break for players to participate in the national under-18 women‚Äôs hockey championship in Dawson Creek, B.C.
Kaitlin Willoughby was once again on Team Saskatchewan for that event and for the second straight year she led the club in scoring recording three goals and two assists in four games. Saskatchewan finished fifth at the event.
The next home game for the Bears is Dec. 1, but before then they will travel to Wilcox for an exhibition game on Nov. 24 against Notre Dame‚Äôs entry in the Junior Women‚Äôs Hockey League.
The next time Prince Albert faces Saskatoon will be Jan. 19, 2013, at the inaugural Outdoor Classic at the Crescent Heights Arena.
Venice House Raiders
The Prince Albert Venice House Raiders will be looking to rebound from an ugly loss when they host the Battlefords Barons in Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League action tonight at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Raiders are coming off a 7-2 setback to the North East Wolf Pack in Melfort on Saturday. Mikhail Tait and Chris Woods were the lone goal scorers for Prince Albert, who dropped to 9-2-0 on the season.
Prince Albert will also host the Sask. Valley Vipers on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena.
Liteway Electric Raiders
A 3-1 loss to the Warman Wildcats on Wednesday dropped the Liteway Electric Raiders‚Äô record to 5-4-1 on the season in Centre-Four Hockey League Midget Division play.
Zach Hurd was the lone goal scorer for Prince Albert, who return to action on Saturday when they travel to Melfort to play the first-place North East Wolf Pack. Those same two teams will meet again on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre and Watson will also be at the Art Hauser Centre on Monday for a 7:15 p.m. start.