It was a battle of the ages at the Art Hauser Centre on Sunday with the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League’s top two teams.
The Notre Dame Hounds lived up to their No. 1 ranking, as they shutout the Prince Albert Mintos 2-0. The Mintos will move down to the third spot with the loss with their 27-5-2-1 record. The Regina Pat Canadians jumped up to second with their 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Generals.
“We went hard today,” Mintos assistant captain Austin Lamotte said. “They’re the number one team, so you have to give a balls-out effort for these guys.”
Mintos head coach Ken Morrison agreed that the effort was more than there, but it was the little things that cost them.
Mintos forward Kishaun Gervais took a slashing minor penalty, which led to the Hounds’ Stanley Cooley scoring on the power play. Morrison also highlighted a defensive breakdown along the boards that led to Quinn Schmiemann’s 2-0 goal.
“We took a bad penalty and they scored on the power play, then the defenceman beat us on a 1-on-1 on the wall and it’s 2-0,” Morrison said. “We couldn’t score, the power play has to be better against a team like this, but they’re a good team.”
The Mintos were 0-6 on the power play, which included a two-man advantage but they couldn’t solve Hounds goaltender Riley Kohonick, who stopped all 27 shots he faced.
Cale Elder made 23 stops in goal for the Mintos on 25 shots.
The Mintos have eight regular season games left on their schedule, but only two of those are at home: Feb. 10 against the Hounds and Feb. 15 against the Battlefords Stars.
The Mintos will play the Stars on the road on Wednesday for their next contest.
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