Mintos explodes with 5 goals in third period, defeats Warriors 6-1


It was a rebound game for the Prince Albert Mintos on Saturday.

The Mintos ended their weekend with five third period goals in a 6-1 win over the Moose Jaw U18 Warriors at the Art Hauser Center. Jacob Cossette scored three goals in the win and collected two assists in his first five-point game of the season. Cossette is now first in the SMU18AAAHL scoring race with 38 points in 18 games.

“I saw a lot of free spots tonight,” said Cossette. “I wasn’t hitting the net as much as I wanted, but I had enough chances and I took advantage of it.”

Mintos head coach Tim Leonard saw a great response from his squad after losing the day before.

“We probably won 90% of the puck battles tonight and that was the key,” said Leonard. “We not only won battles, but we won a lot of races to lose pucks, and that was the difference. “

Zach Bansley got the party started in the first period with a power play from Minto. Travis Swanson sent a pass from the left circle into the lunge, and Bansley led a shot past Ethan Fetcher’s glove, putting the home team 1-0 with 3:07 left in the first.

The Warriors found the tying goal 6:05 in the second period when Liam Fitzpatrick scored his second goal in as many games against Prince Albert, ending the game at 1-1. That would be the score before the second intermission, with Moose Jaw leading the shooting department 21-19 after 40.

Ashton Tait got things going for the Mintos just 3:14 of the final quarter, as he beat Fetcher for his 12th goal of the year, giving PA a 2-1 lead.

From there, they never looked back, as Cossette scored his first of three shorthanded third period goals. Van Taylor led a weird man run and kept the puck, landing a shot that was stopped by Fetcher, but Cossette managed to bury the rebound, putting the Mintos in the lead by a pair with 11:11 left.

With 7:36 to go, Ryland Martin led another strange man and he too kept the puck. Martin fired a shot over Fetcher’s glove and under the crossbar, making him a 4-1 Minto lead.

Just 1:36 later, the Mintos had their third 2-1 break of the third period. Van Taylor skated on the right wing with the puck and sent a perfect pass to Cossette’s ribbon, and he sent it home, scoring his second of the night to give Cossette a 5-1 lead.

Moose Jaw had the opportunity to move into the attacking zone on a power play with just under six minutes to go. They decided to take the goalkeeper out for the extra striker but it didn’t pay off as a turnover led Cossette to break the ice and score his third of the night, putting the game even higher out of range at 6-1.

“He’s our goalscorer,” Leonard said of Cossette. “He must be that guy. We count on him night after night. He’s the top scorer, and it was nice to see him fight to the end tonight, and the pucks started coming in for him. You talk about winning battles, and he was probably a leader in that department. “

Jayden Kraus made 24 saves on 25 shots, securing his fifth win of the season as the Mintos have improved to 11-7-0-1 this season.

The Mintos host the Saskatoon Blazers at the Art Hauser Center on Wednesday night, and Leanoard and Cossette know consistency will need to be there.

“We talked about consistency tonight,” Leonard said. “It’s something that was missing from our game. Some nights we’re as good as anyone and the next night we don’t show up. We had a flat game in Saskatoon last night, and we had a good one tonight, so hopefully we can keep it going until Wednesday.

“We know Saskatoon are a quick team,” added Cossette. “We have to get out physically and tackle them right away. The first half will be big for us.

The Wednesday face-off is at 7 p.m.

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