Prince Albert Mintos rookie Carson Cayer attempts to jam the puck past Beardy's Blackhawks goalie Mitchell Canaday in the Mintos 6-2 victory at the Art Hauser Centre on Thursday. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp
The Beardy's Blackhawks were in control until the Prince Albert Mintos scored three times in a span of 37 seconds to lift them to a second straight victory, defeating the Blackhawks 6-2 at the Art Hauser Centre on Thursday.
The Mintos penalty killing unit went to work three times in the first period, allowing the period's lone goal about seven minutes in from Blackhawks rookie Connor Navrot on the power play.
While the Mintos filled the penalty box in the opening period, the tables turned in the second, as the Blackhawks provided the Mintos with five scoreless power play opportunities including a four-minute double minor.
"Our power play wasn't very good," Mintos coach Ken Morrison said. "We had chances to score early in the game on the power play and it didn't happen. We don't have a ton of skilled guys, we have to keep it simple, get traffic in front of the net and shoot the puck but until guys start buying into that, we're going to struggle."
Outshooting the Blackhawks 10-6 in the second period, the Mintos gave up a second unanswered goal with six minutes remaining, but answered back just over a minute later when Teal Sobkowicz slid one past Blackhawks goalie Mitchell Canaday on the power play to extend his scoring streak to three games.
The Blackhawks appeared in control of the game, carrying a 2-1 lead into the final frame but the third period was one the Blackhawks and Canaday will want to forget. Early in the third period, the Mintos strung together a trio of goals in less than a minute from Ryan Duret, Braxx George and Zac Paziuk to put the Mintos ahead 4-2.
"It just shows you it's a game of momentum," Morrison said. "We put one shot on the net and it goes in, we just got rolling from there. Give the guys credit, they came out in the third, worked hard, started to make some plays. We just have to play 60 minutes and we've only done that once this year."
While Canaday lost his composure, Mintos backstop Lane Michasiw remained vigilant throughout the game, stopping 23 of 25 shots in his sixth start of the season.
The Mintos kept their feet on the gas after Canaday's minute from hell. With about seven minutes remaining, Mintos Carson Cayer scored with a top-corner snipe from the slot. Forty seconds later, Duret sniped his second of the night to put Mintos ahead 6-2 and the game out of reach for the Blackhawks, who were outshot 16-7 in the third period.
"We just wanted to keep it simple, keep skating and guys just fed off the momentum. It's up to them how hard they want to work, how hard they want to play to win," Morrison said when asked how the Mintos continued to pour it on with a convincing 4-2 lead.
Scoring more goals in a single period than they have in a game all season, the Mintos will look to keep the momentum going with their newfound scoring touch.
"Keep working, be ready to play and play hard for the whole game, we have to play hard for a whole game if we want to be successful," Morrison said.
The Mintos will be back at home to take on the Yorkton Harvest, carrying their first win streak of the season on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.
MINTO NOTES: Not in the lineup for the Mintos on Thursday were Matthew Parsons and Cole Young ... Rookies Parsons and Young are attending the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary ... Going into Tuesday's game, the Mintos were the only team in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League to not yet reach the 20-goal plateau ... Mintos backstop, rookie Connor Ingram, has the league’s second highest save percentage of .942 in four starts with the Raiders, posting a record of 2-0-2-0.