Mintos use big first period to beat Blazers

Herald file photo.

The Prince Albert Mintos struck early and often at Harold Latrace Arena on Wednesday, scoring five first period goals on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blazers.

Braden Schneider and Kyrell Sopotyk both scored twice for the Mintos, who improve to 27-15-1 on the season.

Kyle Grad, Cael Zimmerman, Austin Lamotte and Layne Matechuck also scored for Prince Albert, while Cale Elder stopped 16 of 18 shots for the win.

The victory was the ninth straight for the Mintos, and helped them stay one point ahead of the Saskatoon Contacts, who beat the Regina Pat Canadians 4-1 on Tuesday.

The Mintos end their regular season this weekend, when they take on the Yorkton RawTec Maulers at the Art Hauser Centre. Game time is 7 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 18.