Min­tos beat Beardy’s in shootout

Moar, Ger­vais net win­ners for P.A.; El­der saves 32 of 35 shots

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The Prince Al­bert Min­tos did them­selves one bet­ter.

Like their home game three days ago, the Mid­get AAA boys hockey team pushed their op­po­nents to over­time and then a shootout.

But on Thurs­day night they came away with a win in­stead of a loss, beat­ing the Beardy’s Black­hawks 4-3 on shootout goals from de­fence­man Alex Moar and for­ward Kishaun Ger­vais.

With the win, the Min­tos jumped up to third place over­all in the pro­vin­cial league stand­ings, be­hind the sec­ond­place Regina Pat Cana­di­ans and the first-place Tis­dale Tro­jans, who beat the Min­tos on Oct 24.

Prince Al­bert and Beardy’s skated to a 1-1 tie af­ter the first pe­riod.

Af­ter Dodge Long scored for the Black­hawks at 16:24, the Min­tos’ Hunter Sch­nell tied the game on a back­hand shot, as­sisted by Josh Pil­lar and al­ter­nate cap­tain Kade McMillen.

Prince Al­bert then took the lead at 6:08 of the sec­ond pe­riod: Parker Fo­fonoff slid the puck un­der Black­hawks’ goalie Kobey Clarke, as­sisted by Alex Ozar and Pil­lar.

Beardy’s tied the game 2-2 on a pow­er­play goal from Nolan Doell at 15:59 of the pe­riod.

Af­ter 40 min­utes of play, the shots were 35-19 in the Min­tos’ favour.

The Black­hawks then took the lead al­most half­way through the third pe­riod: Quinn Mac­Don­ald scored at 8:05. His team held the lead for al­most the rest of the frame.

Look­ing for a spark, Min­tos head coach Ken Morrison pulled goalie Cale El­der late on a pow­er­play, cre­at­ing a six-on-four ad­van­tage for his team.

The move proved suc­cess­ful.

Ger­vais scored and tied the game 3-3 with less than two min­utes re­main­ing. Austin Lamotte and Sch­nell as­sisted on the score.

Af­ter a score­less over­time pe­riod, the teams re­mained tied with the shot count at 54-35 in Prince Al­bert’s favour.

Long and Moar each scored shootout goals for their re­spec­tive sides. Af­ter El­der stopped the Black­hawks’ Talon Thomas, Ger­vais put the game away on his win­ner.

El­der fin­ished the game with a 0.914 save per­cent­age, stop­ping 32 of 35 shots. His coun­ter­part, Clarke, earned a 0.944 save per­cent­age, turn­ing aside 51 of 54 shots.

Beardy’s took eight penal­ties in the game; they killed off six of those. P.A. took six penal­ties and killed off five of them.

Prince Al­bert next plays on the road in Moose Jaw against the Gen­er­als on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The next day, Oct. 29, they travel to Swift Cur­rent to play the Le­gion­naires.

The Min­tos’ record is now six wins, one loss and one shootout loss, with no ties and no over­time losses (6-1-0-1-0).

EVAN RAD­FORD/DAILY HERALD

Prince Al­bert Min­tos de­fence­man Alex Moar (3) car­ries the puck against the Beardy’s Black­hawks in SMAAAHL 2017 pre­sea­son ac­tion.

EVAN RAD­FORD/DAILY HERALD

Prince Al­bert Min­tos for­ward Kishaun Ger­vais (16) cy­cles in the puck in the Beardy’s Black­hawks zone in SMAAAHL 2017 pre­sea­son ac­tion.

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