The Prince Albert Mintos will be looking to nail down first place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings when they host the Beardy’s Blackhawks tonight at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Mintos, who have a 31-6-2-0 record, are eight points ahead of the Saskatoon Contacts and with each team having five games remaining on the schedule, a win tonight would put any chances of the Contacts catching the Mintos out of reach.
Even if Prince Albert was to win just one of their final five games and Saskatoon was to run the table with five straight victories, first place would be given to the Mintos as their win total – the first tie-breaker – can’t be beat. The Contacts have five ties which has taken away from their win totals.
In addition to having the opportunity to nail down first place, the game tonight has an extra attraction as it is being used as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House.
The Mintos and local McDonald’s restaurants have formed a partnership to get as many fans to the game as possible so that money can be raised for the residence in Saskatoon that is offered to families dealing with long-term illnesses.
Anyone who purchased a Big Mac Meal, Quarter-Pounder Meal or Happy Meal this week got a free ticket to tonight’s game and at the match there will be a number of items up for auction. McDonald’s will have a table set up with items to bid on and the Mintos have received numerous prizes from their sponsors to be included in the activities.
Prince Albert and Beardy’s have met three times this year with the Mintos having won all three matches against the last-place Blackhawks.
Following tonight’s game, the Mintos will have home games on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against the Yorkton Harvest and Tuesday at 7 p.m. versus the Battlefords Stars before finishing the regular schedule next weekend with games in Tisdale and Saskatoon against the Contacts.
The playoffs will tentatively begin Feb. 26 with Prince Albert’s first-round opponent still to be determined. Should the Mintos finish first, they could play any one of Tisdale, Yorkton, Battlefords or Saskatoon Blazers in the best-of-five opening round.