A day after playing in bitterly cold weather during the inaugural Flaman‚Äôs Outdoor Classic, the Prince Albert Mintos returned to the warmer climate inside the Art Hauser Centre and it was apparent that once they got the feel for their normal home that nothing was going to stop them.
Kylar Hope opened the floodgates 15 minutes into the game and the Mintos didn‚Äôt let the Notre Dame Hounds have a chance to close them as Prince Albert skated to an easy 10-1 triumph and strengthened their grip on the top spot in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
Lance Yaremchuk, the Mintos leading scorer, added to his totals with three goals and two assists to move into second place in the league‚Äôs individual scoring race. Yaremchuk now has 29 goals and 23 assists to sit just six points back of Kolten Olynek of the Saskatoon Contacts.
Minto captain Jason Duret also had a big game as he notched a pair of markers and set up two others to move into fourth place in the scoring race with 12-35-47 totals. Kody White, Zac Paziuk, Teal Sobkowicz and Cody Young also scored for the Mintos, who stretched their winning streak to six games and improved to 24-5-2-0 overall on the season.
Joel Blaquiere chipped in with five assists and Lane Michasiw turned aside 17 of 18 shots to improve his league-leading goals-against average to 1.57. Tanner Burgardt, who had the shutout over the Saskatoon Blazers on Saturday in the Outdoor Classic game played at the Crescent Heights Arena, is third with a 1.87 GAA.
The Mintos, who have a seven-point lead over Moose Jaw for first place in the standings, will take to the road for their next three games as they will be in the Battlefords on Thursday before heading south to face the Argos in Notre Dame on Saturday and Generals in Moose Jaw on Sunday. The next home game for Prince Albert is Jan. 29 when the Tisdale Trojans make their final visit of the season.