Game Summary
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars  1 -  Prince Albert Mintos  4
 

 

PERFECT AGAIN – MINTOS WRAP UP UNDEFEATED ROUND ROBIN

Five games, five wins – the Prince Albert Mintos are perfect once again in the round robin at the TELUS Cup after a 4-1 win over the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars on Friday afternoon at Red Deer Arena.

Travis Statchuk scored powerplay goals in each of the first two periods and Shay Neufeld and Ryan Fox added goals with the man advantage in the final 20 minutes as the Mintos used a lethal powerplay to stop to Central Region champions.

Statchuk got Prince Albert on the board early in the opening period, capitalizing after a scramble in front of North Stars goaltender Thomas Gravelines.

After Kevin Closs tied it for Sault Ste. Marie early in period two on another powerplay, Statchuk’s powerplay point shot eluded Gravelines, giving the Mintos the lead for good.

Neufeld and Fox rounded out the scoring in the third period, giving the West Region champions their 12th consecutive win at the National Midget Championship while sending the North Stars to their 15th straight loss, dating back to 1999.

Despite the loss, Sault Ste. Marie head coach Mike Hall was impressed with his team’s performance.

“We could not be prouder of the way our kids played today,” Hall said following the loss. “They had absolutely nothing to play for, we were already eliminated, and they came out and played as hard as they could.”

Jadon Potter picked up the Player of the Game award for the Mintos, while Jerry Petingalo took home the honour for the second straight game for the North Stars.

Prince Albert will now wait for the result of the two Friday night games before finding out who they will take on in Saturday’s semi-final.

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PREVIEW: MINTOS LOOK FOR PERFECT RECORD AGAINST NORTH STARS

The Prince Albert Mintos look for their second consecutive perfect round-robin at the TELUS Cup when they face the winless Sault Ste. Marie North Stars on Friday afternoon at Red Deer Arena, the final preliminary round game for both.

The Mintos picked up their 11th consecutive win at the National Midget Championship in undoubtedly the best game of the tournament thus far, knocking off the host Red Deer Optimist Rebels 2-0 in front of more than 1,900 fans on Thursday night. The win wrapped up top spot in the round-robin for the West Region champions.

Goaltender Carsen Chubak has been spectacular at the 2007 TELUS Cup, winning Player of the Game honours for Prince Albert in both of his starts, turning aside 59 of the 60 shots he has faced. Chubak’s .983 save percentage leads the way among all goaltenders in Red Deer.

The Sault Ste. Marie North Stars continue to struggle at the TELUS Cup, dropping their 14th straight National Midget Championship game, dating back to 1999, 4-1 to the St. John’s Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Jerry Petingalo was the lone bright spot for the North Stars in Thursday night’s loss, picking up the Player of the Game award after scoring his team’s only goal. Semi-final hopes have slipped away for the Central Region champions, but there is still pride to salvage, and a win over the unbeaten Mintos would be a huge moral boost for the trip back to Ontario.

The Mintos and the North Stars are at opposite ends of the TELUS Cup spectrum: the last unbeaten team against the last winless team. Despite the discrepancy in their records, Prince Albert and Sault Ste. Marie both have something to play for – the Mintos for position, and the North Stars for pride.

 

Game Information
Game Number 13  Round Preliminary
Arena Red Deer Arena City, Country Red Deer, Alta., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/27/2007 Time (local) 01:00 PM MT
Attendance 1189 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars (CEN) 0 1 0 1
Prince Albert Mintos (WST) 1 1 2 4
Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   05:06 WST 20 Travis Statchuk (14 Brandon Herrod, 5 Kirk Mastad) PP

Penalties:
   00:58 CEN 6 Josh Cerasuolo (Hooking)
   03:23 CEN 3 Bronson Kovacs (Tripping)
   07:49 CEN 6 Josh Cerasuolo (Roughing)
   07:49 WST 17 Shay Neufeld (Roughing)
   10:46 CEN 4 Kevin Closs (Holding)
   11:07 WST 9 Ryan Fox (Elbowing)
   13:49 CEN 19 Mike Rivard (Elbowing)
   14:41 WST 10 Tommy Brown (Penalty Shot)
   16:31 WST 17 Shay Neufeld (Holding)

Second Period
Goals:
   03:32 CEN 4 Kevin Closs (3 Bronson Kovacs) PP
   14:23 WST 2 Mitchell Peeke (20 Travis Statchuk, 23 Tyler Fiddler) PP

Penalties:
   02:09 WST 7 Sterling Labatte (Slashing)
   04:52 WST 23 Tyler Fiddler (Roughing)
   05:48 CEN 11 Micky Sartoretto (Slashing)
   09:08 CEN Team (Bench - Coach)
   09:08 CEN 12 Drew McMillan (Boarding)
   09:56 CEN 6 Josh Cerasuolo (Roughing)
   09:56 WST 14 Brandon Herrod (Slashing)
   10:46 CEN 19 Mike Rivard (High Sticking)
   12:31 CEN 3 Bronson Kovacs (Hooking)
   15:06 WST 3 Tyson Newell (High Sticking)
   19:52 WST 9 Ryan Fox (Kneeing)

Third Period
Goals:
   11:50 WST 17 Shay Neufeld (14 Brandon Herrod, 10 Tommy Brown) PP
   18:18 WST 9 Ryan Fox (10 Tommy Brown, 19 Jadon Potter) PP

Penalties:
   07:44 WST 16 Brant Henry-Norton (Interference)
   10:49 CEN 5 Chris Hales (Roughing)
   11:37 CEN 15 Kevin Mills (Cross Checking)
   13:25 WST 12 Brennan Wrigley (Tripping)
   14:57 CEN 5 Chris Hales (Roughing)
   16:21 CEN 10 Matt Amadio (Hooking)


Goaltenders
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars
1 Thomas Gravelines On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Prince Albert Mintos
1 Jordan Washburn On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars 11 10 15 36
Prince Albert Mintos 10 6 8 24

Player of Game
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars 21 Jerry Petingalo
Prince Albert Mintos 19 Jadon Potter
Officials
Referee Cory Moser
Lines People Scott Sharun, Mark Woytkiw
Goal Judge Graham Moore, Gerry Winina