Keegan Kjargaard took matters into his own hands as the veteran forward scored three times to lead the Prince Albert Mintos to a 4-1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action played in Wilcox on Sunday.
Kjargaard’s performance helped the Mintos salvage a split of their weekend trip against Notre Dame opponents as Prince Albert was outscored 5-2 by the league-leading Argos on Saturday.
Prince Albert is now 3-4-2 on the season and can get back to the .500 level on Thursday when they host the Beardy’s Blackhawks at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
On Sunday, defenseman Loch Morrison staked the Mintos to a 1-0 first-period advantage and Kjargaard increased the margin to 2-0 with his first of the game while Prince Albert was on a power-play late in the middle session.
After Rhett Kingston got one past Connor Ingram in the Minto goal halfway through the final frame, Kjargaard completed the scoring with another extra-man marker and an empty-net goal, both coming in the final two minutes of play.
Morrison finished the game with a goal and two assists while Ryan Duret and Teal Sobkowicz also collected a pair of helpers each.
Ingram turned aside 22 of 23 Notre Dame shots to improve to 2-0-2 on the season and the 16-year-old rookie netminder lowered his goals-against-average to a sparkling 1.44 – second best in the league behind Declan Hobbs of the Saskatoon Contacts.
On Saturday, Carson Cayer and Braxx George gave Prince Albert a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes of play, but the Mintos could not generate any more offense as they were outshot 37-18.
Lane Michasiw was brilliant in the Prince Albert net making 32 saves.
The Mintos have enjoyed the last couple of weeks with a full roster, but that will change this week as rookies Matthew Parsons and Cole Young will be heading to Calgary for the Western Canada under-16 Hockey Challenge.
Parsons and Young have made the final roster for Team Saskatchewan and could miss as many as three games as the tournament runs from Friday until Monday. After Thursday’s game against Beardy’s, Prince Albert will host the Yorkton Harvest on Saturday before travelling to Saskatoon next Tuesday to face the Contacts.