Mintos down Toronto 4-1 to kick-off Telus Cup

Matthew Gourlie
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Dakota Boutin has two points in return to Moose Jaw

Dakota Boutin has scored a lot of goals in Mosaic Place.

Telus Cup

Monday's was his favourite so far.

The former Moose Jaw General scored the first goal of the Telus Cup and then set up the second as his Prince Albert Mintos opened the midget AAA national championships with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Young Nationals.

"It's always good to get the first goal, especially in a place where I played just a few months ago," said Boutin who spent the first half of the season in Moose Jaw. "I felt really comfortable. I know the ice. I know all the bounces. I was pretty excited to come back and play in front of everybody."

Special teams were the story as three of the fives goals were scored on the power play. The Mintos was 2-for-10 with the man advantage and the Nationals were 1-for-8.

"I thought we were a little bit slugging. I didn't think we played great," said Toronto head coach Brett Punchard. "I don't think we engaged in the battle enough and what happens is the score is 4-1."

Boutin got the Mintos on the board when he was able to cut to the net uncontested and beat Izzy Benigno on a wrap-around midway through the first period.

The Mintos doubled their lead when Lance Yaremchuk was left alone in front to bury his own rebound 30 seconds into Prince Albert's first power play of the night.

The Mintos had a chance to bury the Nationals later in the opening frame, Benigno made a couple of big stops as Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 Mintos power play that lasted 1:35.

The Nationals capitalized on their sixth power play chance when Mac Graham buried a rebound at the side of the net on a 5-on-3 power play.

After failing to find the mark on six straight power play chances, the Mintos' man advantage restored their two-goal lead when Keegan Kjargaard scored with 2:07 left in the second period.

Mintos captain Teal Sobkowicz scored on a third period breakaway 1:02 into the third to ice the game.

Benigno made 34 saves for the Nationals.

Connor Ingram stopped 30 shots for the Mintos.

The win is the Mintos 15th straight at the Telus Cup. They went unbeaten on title runs in 2006 and 2007. They've never lost a game at the tournament away from home.

More to come.


Organizations: Telus, Toronto 4, Toronto Young Nationals Prince Albert

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Toronto

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