Mintos finish strong to win 10th in a row

Perry Bergson
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Prince Albert Mintos forward Lance Yaremchuk crashes the net against Tisdale Trojans goalie Nik Amundrud during second period action as forward Connor Bucsis of the Trojans keeps an eye on things on Tuesday evening at the Art Hauser Centre. 

The Prince Albert Mintos didn't much like the Tisdale Trojans tying the game in the third period on Tuesday evening at the Art Hauser Centre.

After the Trojans knotted the game at two, the Mintos took over for the rest of the third period to post a 3-2 win, their 10th in a row.

"Once they tied it up we kind of realized that we didn't have the game in the bag," said Mintos forward Justin Boyer, who popped in the game winner. "I'm glad we picked it up to save the win."

Mintos coach Ken Morrison said his team started slow.

"We kind of came out and felt our way through the first 10 minutes and realized we were getting hit and stuff like that," he said. "It took us a while to get going."

The scoring opened four minutes into the game after Trojans forward Dalton Menke was hauled down on a breakaway. He made a neat move on the ensuing penalty shot and slid the puck past Mintos netminder Tanner Burgardt.

The Mintos evened it up with seven minutes left in the first on a strange one when Joel Blaquiere threw the puck out front and it bounced in behind Trojans goalie Nik Amundrud off a defenceman. Jason Duret drew the assist.

The Mintos took their first lead when Duret snapped a shot off the iron past Amundrud at 5:04. Burgardt maintained that lead a minute later when he stayed with the deke and denied Trojans forward Cole McBride the equalizer on a long breakaway.

Amundrud returned the favour early in the third when he pulled a puck out of the air with his glove after a quick shot from the slot following a turnover on a Mintos' powerplay.

The Trojans tied the game 6:39 into the third when Brayden Gelsinger popped a rebound in off an oddman rush.

The goal energized the Mintos, who dominated the play for the next several minutes.

They were rewarded with a hard-work goal by Boyer when he outmuscled a Tisdale defender to flick a shot past a startled Amundrud's glove. Zack Harms drew an assist.

"It was just kind of a broken play," Boyer said. "I was just trying to get the puck towards the net, to get it deep and get a change. It was late in the shift so I just threw it down and it bounced over the goalie and in."

Morrison liked his forward's work ethic.

"I just thought it was good second effort. We put it to the net and that's the thing. We have to do that more often, just put it to the net. Good things happen sometimes."

The Trojans did put the puck in the net with 43 seconds left but it was long after a whistle.

The Mintos (28-5-2-0) are comfortably in first place in the 12-team Saskatchewan Midget AA Hockey League with seven road games and five home games left in the regular season. They are now up 13 points over the Moose Jaw Generals and Regina Pat Canadians.

The Trojans, who are 17-14-3-1 and in fifth place, had a two-game win streak snapped.

ICINGS: Neither team scored on the powerplay; the Mintos had five chances while the Trojans had two ... The final shots on net were 35 for the Mintos while the Trojans had 25 ...


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Organizations: Art Hauser Centre, Saskatchewan Midget AA Hockey League

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