© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Tisdale Trojans forward Brandon Arnold and Prince Albert Mintos forward Dakota Boutin skate into the Mintos zone on Wednesday during game three. The series will go to a fifth and deciding game on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
Daily Herald Staff
It doesn’t get any better than this!
The Prince Albert Mintos and Tisdale Trojans will square off one final time when they meet in the fifth and deciding game of their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League quarter-final series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
All four games have been decided by just one goal with Prince Albert winning the last two in overtime.
The Mintos, who will be hosting the Western Regional championship in four weeks, looked to be dead in the water after losing the first two games and then falling behind 3-0 after 20 minutes of play in Game 3.
Prince Albert showed its resiliency, however, by storming back to win that match on Dakota Boutin’s overtime tally and then in Game 4 they battled back yet again with Jared Blaquiere ending the game in double overtime.
The line of Blaquiere, Boutin and Lance Yaremchuk has been on fire in the playoffs as that trio has accounted for nine of the 11 goals the Mintos have scored in the four games. Yaremchuk leads the way with three goals and three assists while Blaquiere has four goals and one helper and Boutin has collected two goals and two assists.
Rookie netminder Connor Ingram has been given the reins in the Prince Albert net after replacing Lane Michasiw midway through the opening game. Ingram, who was named the league’s top goaltender last week, has a 2.16 goals-against-average and .906 save percentage in 222 minutes of work.
Should the Mintos complete the comeback on Sunday they will face the Battlefords Stars in the next round. The Stars swept aside the two-time defending league champion Saskatoon Contacts in the opening round as did the Notre Dame Argos with the Yorkton Harvest. A Tisdale win would pit the Trojans against the regular-season champion Argos in the semifinals.
The other playoff match-up has the Regina Pat Canadians holding a 2-1 lead entering Friday’s Game 4 in Moose Jaw. If the Mintos survive against Tisdale, the winner of the Regina-Moose Jaw series would then face Notre Dame in the next round while a Trojans’ victory over Prince Albert would leave the Stars as the next opponent for either Regina or Moose Jaw.
A huge crowd is expected for Sunday’s game at the Art Hauser Centre and rightfully so. This is playoff hockey at its best.