Mintos open road trip on a losing note

Although it wasn’t the outcome they wanted, the Prince Albert Mintos turned in a strong showing against the top team in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League Sunday.

In the opening contest of a five-game road swing, the Mintos hung tough with the Tisdale Trojans before giving up two goals in the third period to drop a 4-2 decision at the Tisdale Recplex.

Chase Bertholet had both goals for the 16-15-1-0 Mintos, who received a 31-save performance from Carter Woodside.

The Trojans, who have won their last 10 games to improve their record to 26-3-1-2, currently own a one-point lead over the Saskatoon Blazers in the race for first place.

They also have three games in hand on their closest rivals ahead of a head-to-head clash in Tisdale Wednesday.

Kalen Ukrainetz had a goal and two assists to lead the way for the hosts, while Cade Hayes had a goal and an assist each.

Landon Kosior and Colby Vranai also scored and goaltender Bryson Garton stopped 24 shots.

Next up for the Mintos, who are tied fifth in the standings with the 15-10-1-2 Notre Dame Hounds, is a matchup with the 15-13-1-0 Saskatoon Contacts at Merlis Belsher Place at 8 p.m. Tuesday.