Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Mintos kept their playoff hopes alive at the Mac’s Invivational Midget AAA hockey tournament with a 6-4 triumph over the Valley West Hawks from British Columbia on Sunday.
The win, Prince Albert’s first of the tournament, improves their record to 1-1-1 and moves them into third place in their pool. The Mintos, who opened the tournament with a 2-2 draw with the Calgary Royals before falling 4-1 to the Edmonton Southside Athletic Club, will complete their round-robin portion of the event early Monday morning with a game against the Alaska Aces.
Alaska is one point ahead of the Mintos after going 1-0-2 in their first three games while Edmonton leads the way with a perfect 3-0-0 mark. Prince Albert needs to beat Alaska Monday and hope for a couple of other teams to lose their final match in order to advance to the playoff round.
The difference in Sunday’s game against Valley West was specialty teams as although Prince Albert allowed the Hawks to score three power-play goals, the Mintos also tallied a pair while playing shorthanded.
Braden Lozinski had a goal and three assists to lead the Mintos with Jared Blaquiere, Dakota Boutin, Loch Morrison, Teal Sobkowicz and Josh Roberts also notching single markers. Keegan Kjargaard had three assists for Prince Albert.
Four other teams from the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League are also entered in the tournament with the Notre Dame Argos – the top team in the provincial loop – going undefeated with three straight wins to lead their preliminary pool. The Moose Jaw Generals are 2-1-0, Regina is 2-1-1 and the Battlefords are 1-1-0 with a late game yet to be played on Sunday.
All round-robin action will be completed Monday with the playoff round to begin on Tuesday. The championship final is scheduled for New Year’s Day at 5 p.m. with Shaw Cable televising the contest.