Penalty problems put the brakes on the Prince Albert Mintos’ longest winning streak of the season on Tuesday as the Saskatoon Blazers scored four times with the man advantage enroute to a 5-2 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League victory.
The Mintos, who had won 11 straight games entering the game, are now 29-6-2 on the season, but their magic number remains at three to clinch first place and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Jason Duret and Justin Boyer scored for the Mintos, who last tasted a regular-season defeat on Dec. 16 when they were edged 3-2 by the Yorkton Harvest.
Lane Michasiw started the game in the Minto goal, but was pulled after the second Saskatoon marker early in the second period. Michasiw stopped nine of 11 shots while Tanner Burgardt was beat three times on nine shots. Prince Albert fired 45 blasts at the Saskatoon goal.
The Mintos will look to start another streak this weekend when they host the Moose Jaw Generals at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Notre Dame Argos at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are at the Art Hauser Centre.