© Herald Photo by Perry Bergson
Prince Albert Minto goalie Lane Michasiw, shown in this file photo, had a busy afternoon against the league-leading Moose Jaw Generals on Sunday as the veteran netminder stopped 32 shots in a 5-1 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League game in Moose Jaw.
Losing a veteran player early in a game doesn’t bode well for a young team trying to discover itself and for the Prince Albert Mintos it just made a long day that much longer as the Moose Jaw Generals skated to a 5-1 Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League victory on Sunday.
The Mintos, who have 12 new faces on their roster and were shortstaffed to begin with, lost Teal Sobkowicz in the first period in Moose Jaw when the veteran forward was given a boarding major and subsequent game misconduct. That left Prince Albert with just 15 skaters for the remainder of the game as Zach Paziuk and Carson Cayer remain on the injured list and the Mintos were unable to secure any players from their affiliate list for the brief trip through the southern portion of the province.
On Saturday in Regina, the Mintos battled the Pat Canadians to a 2-2 draw with the weekend results leaving Prince Albert with a 1-3-1 record to start the season.
Against the league-leading Generals on Sunday, Jared Blaquiere, with his first goal at the Midget AAA level, was the only Minto goal scorer as Prince Albert trailed 1-0 and 3-1 at the period breaks.
Lane Michasiw, who has been brilliant in the Prince Albert goal this year despite failing to hit the win column yet, turned aside 32 shots while the Mintos directed 21 shots at the Moose Jaw goal.
Against Regina, Wyatt Grant, with his first Midget AAA marker, and Ryan Duret staked the Mintos to a 2-1 advantage after 40 minutes of play, but the Pat Canadians tied the game at 2-2 early in the final frame and a five-minute overtime settled nothing.
Connor Ingram made 35 saves to improve his record to 1-0-1 in the Prince Albert goal with the Mintos managing just 19 shots at the Regina net.
The Mintos will have over a week off from league play before they return to action on Oct. 22. Prince Albert, which will host the Saskatoon Blazers that night at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre, are expected to have their full roster dressed for the first time this season.