Mintos extend win streak to six straight

Jason Kerr/Daily Herald Prince Albert Mintos forward Ethan Ironside (right) races for a loose puck against Swift Current Legionnaires defenceman Kersey Reich during Midget AAA hockey action at the Art Hauser Centre earlier this month.

Since the Thanksgiving break, the Prince Albert Mintos have turned into the hottest team in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.

After 3-0 and 8-0 road triumphs over the Notre Dame Argos and the Yorkton Maulers over the weekend, the Mintos find themselves with a six-game win streak to improve their record to 9-3.

They are also tied for second in the league standings with the 8-2-1-1 Tisdale Trojans, who visit the Art Hauser Centre Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Those two sides are five points of the Saskatoon Blazers, who lead the 12-team loop with an 11-2-1-0 mark.

Carter Woodside turned aside 25 shots Saturday in Wilcox as he picked up his first shutout of the season.

Dawson Springer led the offence with two goals, while Ashton Ferster also found the back of the net.

Spencer Welke matched Woodside’s showing Sunday in Wilcox as he made 23 saves for his first clean sheet of the campaign.

Chase Bertholet and Chase Freidt-Mohr paced the Mintos’ offensive attack with three assist showings, while Ferster scored twice.

Gabe Klassen had a goal and an assist in the win, which saw Alex Ozar dish out a pair of helpers.

Blake Duquette, Ethan Ironside, Logan Cox, Cohner Saleski and Springer also found the back of the net for the visitors.

Wednesday’s meeting with the Trojans is the second of the season for the Mintos against the hosts of next April’s Telus Cup West Regional tournament.

The Trojans came away with a 6-2 win in Tisdale on Friday, Oct. 5, which marked the last time that team has topped the Mintos.

Two of the top forwards in the league are in the lineup for the Trojans as Kalen Ukrainetz and signed Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Cade Hayes sit second and third in scoring with 20 and 19 points respectively.

Trojans netminder Tanner Martin has the best goals against average in the league so far this year with a 1.37 mark.

Following their meeting with the Trojans, the Mintos will host the Regina Pat Canadians for a 7 p.m. meeting at the Art Hauser Centre Saturday.

They’ll conclude their three-game home stand on Thursday, Nov. 8 against the Battlefords Stars.