Mintos edge Contacts in OT thriller

The Prince Albert Mintos mob Mitchell Girolami following his overtime winner against the Saskatoon Contacts at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

The Prince Albert Mintos are one game away from sweeping the Saskatoon Contacts thanks to Mitchell Girolami’s overtime heroics on Sunday.

Girolami netted his first goal of the playoffs seven minutes into overtime, sending the Mintos home with a 3-2 victory, and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

“It’s a pretty cool experience. I’m not going to lie. That’s probably one of the biggest goals I’ve ever scored before,” he said after the game. “Just to score in a big game, it means a lot. I was just glad I could do it for the boys.”

Alex Moar and Kyrell Sopotyk also scored for the Mintos in a penalty filled affair at the Art Hauser Centre.

Referees handed out a combined total of 17 power play opportunities during the game, with both teams scoring one power play goal each.

Cale Elder stopped 27 shots for the Mintos in a winning cause.

Prince Albert will have a chance to close things out on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when they travel to Saskatoon for Game 3 at Schroh Arena. Puck drop is 7 p.m.

 

Scoring Summary

First Period

No Scoring

Second Period

  1. PA – Moar (McMillen, Zimmerman) (PP) 13:07
  2. SAS – Hill (Beamin, Bairos) 3:28

Third Period

  1. PA – Sopotyk (Lamotte, Zimmerman) (19:23)
  2. SAS – Beamin (Vogel, Thackeray) (PP) (10:55)

Overtime

  1. PA – Girolami (Schneider) 3:36

Shots: PA – 44, SAS – 29

PP: PA 1/8, SAS 1/9

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