Daily Herald Staff
Whether it was still being on a high from their dramatic comeback against the Tisdale Trojans or just a bad game overall the Prince Albert Mintos were soundly beaten in the opening game of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League semifinals on Tuesday.
Just two days removed from completing the comeback against Tisdale in which they trailed two games to none, the Mintos fell 7-1 to the Battlefords Stars and will be looking to get back on even terms when the series switches to Prince Albert for Game 2 on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Stars, who had a week off after eliminating the two-time defending league champion Saskatoon Contacts in the opening round, got on the board first, but after Prince Albert drew even at 1-1 it was all Battlefords from that point on.
Troy Gerein and Josh Laframboise each had two goals for the Stars while singles were added by Alex Pernitsky, Spencer Bast and Michael Korol.
Jared Blaquiere had the lone Prince Albert goal giving him four in six playoff games.
Lane Michasiw got the start in the Prince Albert net with the veteran goaltender stopping 23 of 30 shots. Prince Albert directed 31 at Rylan Toth in the Stars’ goal.
The Mintos, who still have Carson Cayer and Braxx George on the sidelines with shoulder injuries called up affiliate players Jake Hobson, Daven Smith and Erik Gardiner to fill in the roster.
The Battlefords finished the regular season five points ahead of Prince Albert to claim the second seed for the post-season and they were also slightly better in head-to-head meetings as the Stars won two and tied another in four contests.
Mintos’ head coach Ken Morrison said following the win over Tisdale on Sunday that he knew nothing was going to be easy when it comes to the playoffs. Now they know what they are up against and it should be a different team taking to the ice on Thursday.