Mintos win Telus Cup

Katie Brickman
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Boutin overtime hero at Mosaic Place

Dakota Boutin cried tears of joy.

Dakota Boutin from the Prince Albert Mintos scores on Grenadiers de Châteauguay goalie Étienne Montpetit at 18:36 of the third overtime to end the longest final in Telus Cup history. The Mintos beat the Grenadiers 4-3 at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw Sunday. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie

After over 100 minutes of hockey, Boutin was the overtime hero – lifting the Prince Albert Mintos to their third Telus Cup title.

“I have no words to describe this feeling,” said Boutin on the ice at Mosaic Place. “There were a few tears of joy, but no pain. I am just so happy.”

The former Moose Jaw General, Boutin scored with just 1:24 left in the triple overtime period to give the Mintos a 4-3 victory over the Châteaugauy Grenadiers in the championship final. 

Records were set on Sunday afternoon as it was the longest game in Telus Cup history and the Mintos have an unbeaten streak of 21 games at the national midget AAA tournament, dating back to 2006 and 2007.

“The streak is cool … just to be a part of that is awesome,” said Connor Ingram of the Mintos, who stopped 60 of 63 shots. “Just to be a part of that is awesome and to have your name attached to that is just so much fun.”

The Grenadiers scored early in the first period, but the Mintos answered back with two quick goals from Lance Yaremchuk and Carson Cayer.

The two teams traded goals in the second period, with Tyler Hylland and Cayer both scoring their second of the game.

The Mintos held the lead heading in the third period, but the Grenadiers captain, Martin-Olivier Cardinal tied it up on a power play marker.

“We gave it our all and we can be proud of each other. We are going to hold our heads up high,” said an emotional Étienne Montpetit, who made 57 saves. “It is still going to hurt in 10 years. It only happens once in our lifetime (and) this was our opportunity to grab it.”

This was the 84th game of the season for the Grenadiers and probably their most complete game of the tournament.

“There are no words I could tell these guys right now,” stated Bruce Richardson, head coach for Châteauguay. “I’ve played for so many years and lost in overtime, it is like if somebody slaps you in the face. You can’t go back and try to equalize. Sometimes hockey is not fair, but I am really proud.”

Boutin had a couple chances throughout the overtime periods to finish it off, but missed the net or was stoned by Montpetit.

“I knew it was going to come sooner or later,” said Boutin. “I just kept visualizing the puck going into the back of the net. It finally went in.”

The eventual game winner came at 18:36 of the sixth period when Yaremchuk and Boutin went in on a two-on-one opportunity. Boutin was able to break the deadlock with a wrist shot.

“He played well tonight,” said Ken Morrison, head coach of Prince Albert. “He had a glorious chance to make it a three goal lead and he doesn’t miss those. I was thinking if we had scored that, we wouldn’t have gone to overtime. But, it just didn’t turn out that way. He is usually late for team functions, so he just scored later than he originally would.”

Boutin scored the Mintos’ opening goal of the tournament and the last goal of the week.

“At the start of the year, we had trouble scoring goals and he came around and he knows how to find the back of the net,” said Ingram of Boutin. “I knew how bad these guys wanted it. I wanted to win it for these guys. They have been behind me all year.”

It will be a long trip back to Quebec for the Grenadiers, but Richardson believes this team will continue to succeed.

“The guys that we will have come back will provide good leadership,” said Richardson. “People want winners on their team and I think we have a bunch of winners on our team that will go to bigger things.”

The sticks of Boutin, Ingram and Lane Michasiw will all be going into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their part in making history at the Telus Cup tournament. 

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