Trojans continue to have Mintos number as they grab another win in Prince Albert

By Mat Barrett
December 5, 2018 - 11:00am

The Tisdale Trojans continue to have the Prince Albert Mintos number in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, and that number seems to be two.

On Tuesday Dec. 4, the Trojans defeated the Mintos 3-2 at the Art Hauser Centre. It was the third meeting between the rivals, and the third time that Prince Albert has only been able to score two goals in the game. Tisdale also won the previous two meetings.

Prince Albert seemed to have the better start, scoring first when Andrew Schaab beat Tanner Martin just four minutes into the contest. That lead didn’t last long as Davis Chorney scored less than five minutes later to tie things up heading into the first intermission. Tisdale looked a bit more energized after giving up the first goal, and ended up leading the shot clock 12-6 after one.

In the second period, we didn’t see a goal until about five minutes remained in the frame. Andrew Schaab would notch his second of the night, this one coming on the powerplay, giving the Mintos a 2-1 lead. That lead lasted only 54 seconds, as Kalen Ukrainetz had a great individual effort to tie the game at two goals apiece heading into the third period. Trojans Head Coach Darrell Mann said the second period really turned the tides of the game.

“I really thought probably the turning point was when they made it 2-1 on the powerplay and Ukrainetz scores about 40 seconds afterwards to tie it back up 2-2.” Mann told northeastNOW. “It’s a tough rink to play in, it’s hot in here, the ice isn’t the greatest and it’s hard on the guys. Obviously we’re done playing here for the regular season and we’ll take going 2-0 in this rink.”

In the third period, the Trojans continued to put their foot on the gas. They would get three powerplays in the frame, and would finally score on their second one of the period, their fifth of the game. Skylar Olson would get credit as he one timed it past Minto goalie Carter Woodside. The Trojans held on after that, weathering the flurry of chances late from Prince Albert. Mann said they’re just happy to get out with the two points.

“Obviously we got the win and that’s the huge thing.” He said. “No one is going to look back on the standings and see how it was won, they’re going to see the “W”. We can go home and work on a few things tomorrow, and get ready to jump on the bus Thursday night.”

The Trojans are in Duck Lake on Thursday Dec. 6, as they take on Beardy’s Blackhawks.

Tisdale moves to 18-3-2-1 in the SMAAAHL season, and now sit two points back of the league leading Saskatoon Blazers.

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