Since forward Lance Yaremchuk re-joined the midget-AAA squad on Nov. 16, the Prince Albert Mintos have posted a record of 8-1-1-0.
It seems that once the 17-year-old Prince Albert native was re-assigned to the Mintos by the Prince Albert Raiders, they have really come together offensively. Yaremchuk has tallied 17 points in 10 games and has been held off the scoresheet just once.
As Yaremchuk continues to heat up in his new uniform the Mintos have followed suit. The Mintos are red hot, riding a seven-game win streak as they prepare to host the Saskatoon Contacts at the Art Hauser Centre on Thursday.
Sitting third in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings with a record of 15-6-4-0, the Mintos will look to keep things going against the Contacts who have dropped two straight games, posting a record of 6-2-1-1 in their last 10.
The Mintos struggled to score early in the season; they were the last team in the league to reach the 20-goal plateau. Now, the Mintos sit fourth overall in goals scored with 77.
The Raiders have taken notice, recalling Yaremchuk to the team for Wednesday’s matchup against the Edmonton Oil Kings. In Yaremchuk’s absence the Mintos will look to the offensive trio of forwards Teal Sobkowicz, Ryan Duret and Keegan Kjargaard to carry the load offensively.
While continuing to improve in the offensive zone, the Mintos are No. 1 in the backend, leading the league in fewest goals allowed with 54.
While Yaremchuk can be credited with giving the Mintos a much needed offensive boost, solid play in the back end can be attributed to rookie backstop Connor Ingram.
Ingram posts the league’s second best goals against average of 1.71. He’ll likely face the league’s No. 1 on Thursday in Contact goaltender Declan Hobbs, who posts an impressive 1.49 GAA with a record of 7-1-0.
Thursday’s game will be the Mintos first of a long nine-game home stand during which they will face the Contracts again on Jan. 9.
The pucks drops at 7 p.m. as the Mintos take on the Contacts at the Art Hauser Centre on Thursday.