Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Mintos concluded a lengthy pre-season schedule with a 2-1 triumph over the Beardy’s Blackhawks on Sunday at the Art Hauser Centre.
The win, just the Mintos second in six exhibition games, ends a process that started back in mid-August with training camp and gets last year’s league finalists ready for their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League regular-season opener on Saturday against the Moose Jaw Generals.
The Mintos, who are the host team for the Telus Cup western regional tournament in April, still have some cuts to make following Sunday’s loss as the team has kept extra bodies in camp to fill in for regular players who are out with injury. The Mintos have also been awaiting word on players attending Western Hockey League camps, but with the return of Lochlan Morrison from the Calgary Hitmen last week, it appears that that door has been closed as Lance Yaremchuk remains with the Prince Albert Raiders and Bryton Sayers is staying with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Chase Tippett and Brody Reimer, two players fighting for a spot on the club, scored for the Mintos on Sunday with Tippett, the son of former Prince Albert Raider Brad Tippett, making his debut with the Mintos after being released by the Regina Pat Canadians on Thursday.
Connor Ingram stopped 19 shots in the Prince Albert goal and the rookie netminder had his shutout bid snapped midway through the final frame when Beardy’s scored its lone goal on a power play.
The Mintos directed 31 blasts at the Blackhawk tandem of Kyle Rahier and Mitchell Canaday.
Prince Albert will be hoping to have some of its walking wounded back in time for Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. date with Moose Jaw as Ryan Duret and Kody White, both out with foot injuries, are expected to be ready for that contest. Zach Paziuk’s injured shoulder and Carson Cayer, with a broken jaw, likely will not be ready to rejoin the team until October some time.