Goals from Tanner Robin and Liam Hallet weren’t enough to keep the Prince Albert Mintos from suffering their first loss of the 2017 pre-season.
The Mintos led the shot count 42-32 through 60 minutes, but fell 3-2 to the Saskatoon Contacts at Schroh Arena on Thursday.
Carter Woodside and Parker Sturby combined to make 39 saves for Prince Albert, while Chase Hamm made 40 saves for the Contacts.
The Mintos opened the scoring halfway through the first period when Robin scored with assists to Brandon Von Hagen and Chase Freidt-Mohr.
The Contacts tied it up less than two minutes later on the power play. Jordan Bairos scored with the lone assist to Logan Bairos to make it 1-1 heading into the second.
Saskatoon took a 2-1 lead late in the second and then added to their lead less than one minute into the third to go up 3-1. Liam Hallett scored with eight-and-a-half minutes left for Prince Albert to make it 3-2, but that was as close as they came.
The Mintos are back in action on Friday when the Saskatoon Blazers visit the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 7 p.m.