Mintos clinch first, set records

Matthew Gourlie
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Prince Albert dashes the hopes of Halifax at Telus Cup

The Prince Albert Mintos didn't have much to gain Friday, but they achieved a lot.

Telus Cup

The Mintos had already booked their place in the semifinals at the Telus Cup. In their final round robin game they beat the Halifax McDonald's 3-0.

They also set a pair of new records and clinched first place. They will play in Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinal.

The loss eliminated Halifax (1-3-1) from contention in the semifinals.

It was the second straight shutout for goalie Lane Michasiw and the Mintos.

Michasiw extended his shutout streak to 140 minutes and 20 seconds dating back to their 1-1 tie with Châteauguay.

The Mintos set a record for the fewest goals against during the round robin after allowing three goals in five games in the preliminary round.

They also set a Telus Cup record by extending their unbeaten streak at the tournament to 19 games.

After Kody White opened the scoring in the first period, the Mintos dropped into a 1-2-2 trap and the Macs had little success generating shots or chances.

Teal Sobkowicz doubled the Mintos lead 1:08 into the third period and Jared Blaquiere added more insurance less than four minutes left.

Justin Ritcey made 26 saves in goal for the Macs.

The Macs missed Luc Poirier due to illness. Poirier's 52 points led the Nova Scotia league's in scoring.

Organizations: Telus, Halifax, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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