League leaders power past Mintos

Prince Albert Mintos defenceman Alex Ozar rubs out Regina Pat Canadians forward Eric Houk during Saskatchewan Midget AAA hockey action on Saturday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald.

The Regina Pat Canadians jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, downing the Prince Albert Mintos 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday.

Jaydon Dureau had a hat-trick for Pat Canadians, who improved their league-leading record to 17-2-3.

Josh Pillar had both goals for the Mintos, who fall to 14-4-2 on the year.

The visitors took the lead less than four minutes into the first period when Payton Jerome’s point shot deflected past Prince Albert netminder Cale Elder. Regina made it 2-0 roughly a minute later, when Dureau slapped home a rebound sitting at the edge of the crease.

Dureau added his second and third goals of the game in the second period before Pillar got Prince Albert on the board. His quick wrist-shot beat Regina goalie Nathan Moore glove side, and made the score 4-1 heading into the third.

Pillar stuck again on the power play, tipping home Kade McMillen’s point shot to make it 4-2, but that was as close as they got.

Matthew Culling cemented Regina’s lead with a breakaway goal that just tickled passed Elder, giving the Pat Canadains a 5-2 win.

Elder stopped 22 shots for the Mintos, while Nathan Moore made 19 saves for the Pat Canadians.

Prince Albert is back in action on Sunday when they welcome the Swift Current Legionnaires to the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is 1:30 p.m.