The Prince Albert Mintos ended their 2013-2014 season with a record-breaking win.
Don Fauchoux, manager of the Prince Albert Mintos, said the hockey club had a bunch of ups and downs throughout the season. He said they had a slow start, a great streak in the middle and then a lot of injuries.
“We battled for first but we slipped into third,” said Fauchoux.
“We had a good little come back against Tisdale and then we were pretty well beat up and played out when we were playing Battleford and we lost out to them, which was almost a blessing in disguise because we got to heal up,” he said.
The team had 18 days to heal up for Westerns Regionals, which they hosted, and the break was in fact a blessing because they won the tournament 4-3 with 8:54 left in the game. The win gave the Mintos their first berth to the Telus Cup since 2007.
Two weeks later, they beat les Grenadiers de Châteauguay 4-3 in the longest game ever in Telus Cup history—108 minutes and 36 seconds long. The winning goal was shot by 16-year-old Dakota Boutin during triple overtime. The win was the third national championship for the Mintos.
“We were 100 per cent healthy and we were good to go and things fell into place and we had outstanding goaltending, as well as we had good discipline which lead to our victories,” said Fauchoux.
“The whole picture was almost a little surprising,” said Fauchoux. “We got better at the end and everything came together right at the end so you never know.”
The Mintos were voted as Prince Albert’s Best Sports Team during this year’s BOB awards.Fauchoux said he was surprised but honoured about the win, he said he is thankful for the support that the community continues to give the team.
“I would like to thank everybody for the great support we had through hosting Westerns and right through the Telus Cup,” said Fauchoux. “We didn’t go to far for the Telus Cup it was in Moose Jaw, but in a blessing in disguise we had I don’t know how many people from the city that were there the rink was all Prince Albert and that is what helped out the boys.”
“It was great,” he added.
The Prince Albert Mintos 2014-2015 season began in September. Fauchoux said he is very optimistic for the upcoming season.
“We like what we got, we have some good returnees to start out with… and then of course some of the new guys we have coming we like what we see and we are optimistic for next season,” he said.
The Prince Albert Mintos home-opener game was Sept. 27. To view their home schedule click here.
To learn more about the Prince Albert Mintos, visit their website.
Join the Discussion
paNOW is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.