Tro­jans edge Min­tos in shootout

P.A. coach com­mends team for strong team-ori­ented play

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - EVAN RAD­FORD

For their se­cond straight game, the Prince Al­bert Min­tos faced a solid goal­tender and couldn’t make him crack.

But this time, the Midget AAA team man­aged to squeeze a point out of their op­po­nents af­ter los­ing to the Tis­dale Tro­jans 4-3 in a shootout Tues­day night from the Art Hauser Cen­tre.

“I was happy with our play. I thought we played well. I thought we out­played them, out-chanced them. It was just one of those games where we strug­gled to score a bit, and I thought our guys did well to stick with it,” Min­tos head coach Ken Mor­ri­son said af­ter the game.

The Min­tos played their first game since los­ing to the Saska­toon Blaz­ers in reg­u­la­tion 3-2 on Oct. 14.

That night, Blaz­ers’ goalie Matthew Pe­senti stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced and nixed any hope of the Min­tos ty­ing or win­ning the game.

Against the Tro­jans, the Min­tos played more of a co­he­sive, team-ori­ented game, and the re­sults spoke for them­selves, ac­cord­ing to Mor­ri­son.

“We started feel­ing the pres­sure of maybe los­ing (against Saska­toon). Then we started to do too much in­di­vid­ual stuff, and it just snow­balled and cre­ated a bit of frus­tra­tion.

“But this game I thought we played a bet­ter team-game for the whole time. It’s one of those games that could go ei­ther way.”

De­spite find­ing them­selves in a 3-0 hole through nearly 40 min­utes of play, the Min­tos used their speed and quick pass­ing abil­i­ties to find holes in the Tro­jans’ de­fence and break goalie Tan­ner Martin’s chance of a shutout.

At 15:47 of the se­cond pe­riod, Austin Lamotte scored on a wrist shot from Martin’s left side, beat­ing the Tis­dale goalie cleanly. The score was 3-1 for the Tro­jans.

It was Lamotte’s first goal of the sea­son, and he said it felt good to fi­nally crack the goose egg.

“Af­ter I scored, all the boys kind of got their hopes up and re­al­ized we can do this and we came back pretty good,” he said.

His goal seemed to spur his team­mates on the of­fen­sive side of the puck.

The Min­tos dom­i­nated the Tro­jans in the third pe­riod, cy­cling the puck in their op­po­nent’s zone and fir­ing 11 shots on Martin.

Their work paid off.

Early in the frame Jaxon Tait tipped in a floater wrist shot from Parker Fo­fonoff on the pow­er­play, cut­ting the deficit to one goal. De­fence­man Alex Ozar was also cred­ited with an as­sist.

Then, with less than nine min­utes to go in the game, Kishaun Ger­vais skated with puck along the goal line to Martin’s left side.

Ger­vais squeezed the puck be­tween Martin and the goal post, prompt­ing the black rub­ber to bounce off of the net­min­der’s back and into the net; game tied 3-3. Fo­fonoff and Tait were cred­ited with the helpers.

The Min­tos fired six shots on Martin in over­time, while the Tro­jans shot two times on Min­tos goalie Cale El­der. The ex­tra frame solved noth­ing; the two teams headed to a shootout.

The Tro­jans’ Kalen Ukrainetz wound up pot­ting the win­ner for his side; he scored on a deke move that opened up El­der’s five-hole.

Nei­ther Josh Pil­lar nor Ger­vais could beat Martin on the dekes they tried.

“I liked our chances with the shots and the puck pos­ses­sion we had,” Mor­ri­son said.

“But I mean give them credit – they scored on their chances when they had to. They didn’t have a whole lot and they did score when they had a chance.”

The Tro­jans man­aged only 20 shots on El­der through the four pe­ri­ods of play.

Mor­ri­son com­pli­mented his team for its re­siliency.

“We just kept telling them ‘keep play­ing the same way, keep play­ing our game. Don’t try to do too much your­self.’

“Be­cause we have guys that want to make a dif­fer­ence and some­times they have a ten­dency to try to do a lit­tle too much on their own.”

In light of that, the game was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for his team, he said.

EVAN RAD­FORD/DAILY HER­ALD

Tis­dale Tro­jans de­fence­man Lan­don Ko­sior (5) car­ries the puck be­hind his net while Prince Al­bert Minto Tan­ner Robin pur­sues him.

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