Mintos beat Beardy’s in shootout
Moar, Gervais net winners for P.A.; Elder saves 32 of 35 shots
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).
Prince Albert Mintos defenceman Alex Moar (3) carries the puck against the Beardy’s Blackhawks in SMAAAHL 2017 preseason action.
Prince Albert Mintos forward Kishaun Gervais (16) cycles in the puck in the Beardy’s Blackhawks zone in SMAAAHL 2017 preseason action.