Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert Mintos are on their way home.
The Mintos had their hopes of advancing to the playoff round at the Mac’s Invitational Midget AAA hockey tournament in Calgary dashed on Monday when they fell 5-3 to the Alaska Aces,
Prince Albert, which finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record, needed to beat Alaska and hope for some help from other teams to qualify for the playoff round that starts on Tuesday.
The Mintos jumped into an early 2-0 advantage against Alaska on goals by Lochlan Morrison and Josh Roberts, but penalty trouble late in the opening frame allowed the Aces to draw even at 2-2 by the first intermission.
Roberts, who had not scored at the Midget AAA level until he headed to Calgary, netted his third goal of the tournament to put Prince Albert back in front, but it was all Alaska from then on as the Aces tied it once again before the second period was over and then scored two more unanswered markers in the final frame, the last into an empty net, to seal the victory.
The Mintos will now have a couple of days off before they return to action in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. The Mintos, who are presently in second place in the standings, resume a nine-game homestand this weekend when they will host the Regina Pat Canadians at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Saskatoon Blazers at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both games are at the Art Hauser Centre.