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Yaremchuk glad about Telus Cup berth after cut from Raiders
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Nov. 12, 2013 was a day of disappointment for Lance Yaremchuk. He was cut by the Prince Albert Raiders then, after he had made the team out of training camp.

Looking back at it, that day turned out to be a blessing for Yaremchuk.

The Raiders reassigned Yaremchuk to the Prince Albert Mintos, who are now headed to the Telus Cup national midget AAA tournament, which starts April 21 in Moose Jaw.

These ‘Boots’ are made for walkin’: Mintos’ Boutin excited to battle former team
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Prince Albert Mintos forward Dakota Boutin took a huge risk this year.

After 11 games, he decided to leave the Moose Jaw Generals—the only team with a guaranteed berth to the Telus Cup national midget AAA championships. The team is hosting the tournament April 21-27.

But Boutin will still be heading to the Telus Cup anyways with the team that picked him up midseason -- the Prince Albert Mintos.

Coquitlam Express win BCHL finals, have local ties

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The Coquitlam Express swept the Vernon Vipers in four games in the British Columbia Hockey League finals to win the league and the BC Junior A league.

The Express have two former Raiders on their team in Joey Santucci and Zach Hodder. Both Santucci and Hodder appeared sparingly in the 2011-2012 season, then took on a more prominent role in 2012-2013.

Mintos goalie makes first foray into national spotlight
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

In the Prince Albert Mintos back-to-back Telus Cup victories in 2006 and 2007, they had some outstanding goaltending from two improbable rookie goaltenders.

Watson’s Dustin Tokarski was cut by seven Midget AAA teams before leading the Mintos to their 2006 victory. He made 61 saves in the 5-4 triple overtime finals win over the Calgary Buffaloes. A year later, Prince Albert’s own Carsen Chubak led the Mintos to their second Telus Cup final, being named the Telus Cup Top Goaltender.

NBA

New York 109 Brooklyn 98

L.A. Clippers 117 Denver 105

 

AHL

Hamilton 2 Lake Erie 1

 

MLB

American League

Toronto 9 Minnesota 3

Texas 5 Seattle 0

Kansas City 4 Houston 2

Chicago White Sox 2 Boston 1

Oakland 10 L.A. Angels 9 (11)

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, ppd.

Cleveland at Detroit, ppd.

 

National League

Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 5

Miami 11 Washington 2

VOLLEYBALL

NorthSask Elite under 17 squad brought home gold from provincial championships this weekend in Saskatoon.

 

SJHL

Yorkton 3 Melville 1

Yorkton leads the best of five seires 3-0  

WHL

Medicine Hat 2 Kootenay 1

The second round eastern conference best of seven series is tied at 3 games each

 

MLB

American League

Baltimore 7 Tampa Bay 1

Seattle 7 Texas 1

PA’s volleyball club dominates at provincials
paNOW Staff

It was a successful weekend for Prince Albert’s volleyball team, the under-17 NorthSask Elite men.

They defended their title at the under-17 provincial championships in Saskatoon this past weekend.

They defeated the Saskatoon Huskies 25-23 and 27-25 to take gold for the second-consecutive year.

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VOLLEYBALL

Prince Albert's under 18 volleyball club, the Smashing Bananas won gold at the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association under 18 provincial championship in Saskatoon.

The Smashing Bananas defeated the South East Giants 24-26, 25-19 and 15-13 in the final.

This is the first time since 2007 the under 18 Smashing Bananas have captured the provincial title.  

NHL

Detroit 3 St. Louis 0

New Jersey 3 Boston 2

Carolina 6 Philadelphia 5 (SO)

PAVC’s Smashing Bananas brings home gold

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Prince Albert’s under 18 volleyball club, the Smashing Bananas came home winners over the weekend after taking part in the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association under 18 provincial championship in Saskatoon.

The Smashing Bananas defeated the South East Giants 24-26, 25-19 and 15-13 in the final.

This is the first time since 2007 the under 18 Smashing Bananas have captured the provincial title.

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Bears training camp takes over Art Hauser Centre
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The Prince Albert A&W Bears are already preparing for the 2014-15 Midget Girls AAA hockey season.

Over 50 prospects took part in Spring camp at the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday.

The teen girls played shinny games in the afternoon as their competition looked on.

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Two Prince Albert bowlers compete on national level
paNOW Staff

Two Prince Albert residents will be hitting the lanes for glory in Calgary this May.

Lonny Akers and Tracy Kenney have both placed first in the provincial finals for bowling in their respective categories and now they’re both taking the chance to be national winners. 

Kenney is a first-timer in this event.

Riders slotback Getzlaf answers all minor footballers’ questions
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Saskatchewan Roughrider slotback Chris Getzlaf pleased the Prince Albert River Riders crowd Wednesday, during an open house at Hillside Physical Health and Fitness.

After a brief speech about his career, Getzlaf opened up a Q&A session with the local minor football players and parents. It was then that a young tyke asked Getzlaf what his favourite football team was while growing up.

The Regina-born-and-raised Getzlaf grinned at the question for a moment.

Complete MMA PA members win gold at Northern Grapplers Challenge
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Six members of Complete MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Prince Albert took home the gold at the first annual Northern Grapplers Challenge in Prince Albert.

John Lambiris, Devon Masuscapoe, Nolan Thorburn, Tristen Saskamoose, Don Sather and Cody Bowman all won gold medals at the event this past Saturday. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament was created and hosted by Complete MMA Prince Albert and was held at St. Francis School.

Mintos off to the Telus Cup, win Western Regionals
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

On both of their journeys to back-to-back Telus Cup victories in 2006 and 2007, then Prince Albert Mintos head coach Tim Leonard came up with the saying: “we’re happy, but we’re not satisfied" until they raised the national trophy.

That mantra still remains in the spirit of the Prince Albert Mintos, who beat the Notre Dame Argos 4-3 in the final to win the Telus Cup Western Regionals Sunday at the Art Hauser Centre.

PJHL

Traveland RV Storm 1 vs Saskatoon Quakers 4

WHL

Brandon 0 vs Edmonton 3 Kootenay 4 vs Medicine Hat 2 Victoria 3 vs Portland 6 Seattle 3 vs Kelowna 6

Midget AAA

Boys Winnipeg Wild 9 vs Thunder Bay Kings 1 Notre Dame Argos 4 vs Prince Albert Mintos 0

Girls Pembina Valley Hawks 1 vs Weyburn Southern Range Gold Wings 4

SJHL

Melville 2 vs Battlefords 0 Humboldt 1 vs Yorkton 2

Mintos thinking ahead to the finals in 4-0 round robin loss to Argos
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Mintos lost the battle 4-0 against the Notre Dame Argos Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre, but not the war.

Prior to Saturday’s game, both teams had already clinched spots for Sunday’s Telus Cup Western Regional finals game, so the Mintos will have a chance to exact revenge when it matters.

Former Mintos head coach Tim Leonard, who dropped the ceremonial faceoff before Saturday’s game, chuckled about the game in the hallway.

Prince Albert girl making big moves at the net
By Nigel Maxwell paNOW Staff

Sierra Watson, 14, has a chance to represent Saskatchewan at the Western Elite Championships.

Watson was recently one of 100 girls scouted to try out for the provincial team, and has moved on to make the final 20 cut.

The final selection camp is in Regina in May.

A grade 9 student at St. Mary high school, Watson has worked very hard to get to where she is today. She attends numerous volleyball clinics across the province, and has played club volleyball for several years.

PJHL

Saskatoon Quakers 4 vs Traveland RV Storm 5

WHL

Victoria 2 vs Portland 8

Midget Triple A

Boys Thunder Bay Kings 2 vs Notre Dame Argos 2 Prince Albert Mintos 3 vs Winnipeg Wild 2

Girls Pembina Valley Hawks 3 vs Weyburn Southern Range Gold Wings 2

SJHL

Melville 2 vs Battlefords 0 Humboldt 1 vs Yorkton 2  

Mintos off to the 'ship; beat Wild 3-2
By Jeff D’Andrea

paNOW Staff

Although they’re the only team at the Telus Cup Western Regionals to not win their league, the Prince Albert Mintos are headed to the finals.

They beat the Manitoba Midget AAA champion Winnipeg Wild 3-2 Friday at the Art Hauser Centre. With the win, the Mintos are the only team in the tournament with two wins.

Josh Manson follows in dad’s footsteps, signs pro hockey deal
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

After Prince Albert’s Josh Manson signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks last week, he made it official that two generations of Manson’s will play professional hockey.

His father Dave Manson, the current associate coach for the Prince Albert Raiders, played 1,103 career games in the NHL over 16 seasons, scoring 102 goals and 390 points.

Mintos pick up big 3-2 win over Kings at Western Regionals
By Jeff D'Andrea

paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Mintos captain Teal Sobkowicz took some post-game chirps from goaltender Connor Ingram with a big grin on his face after Thursday’s Western Regional opener against the Thunder Bay Kings.

They were both in a whimsical, chirping mood after the 3-2 win over the Kings, giving the Mintos the all-important first win in the short, four-team tournament.

Former Saskatoon Hilltop signs with Seahawks
By Francois Biber paNOW Staff

A former Saskatoon Hilltop gets another chance to crack an NFL roster this season after a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams in 2013 ended short of a regular season game.

24-year-old long-snapper Jorgen Hus said he had to call his dad just before his deal was done with the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. He was brougt to Seattle for a tryout and testing stint before signing a three-year pact with the team.

Mintos ready for Regionals; host Argos, Wild and Kings
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

The Prince Albert Mintos have been waiting for the Telus Cup Western Regionals to start since March 15.

They were eliminated then by the Battlefords Stars, swept in the second round of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League in three-straight games. The sweep followed a miraculous comeback the Mintos had over the Tisdale Trojans in the first round, erasing a 2-0 series defeat to win the best-of-five series 3-2.

3rd annual Max Clunie Award recipient named
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A third recipient of the annual Max Clunie Award has been named.

Logan Cherewyk of the Midget White Stars received the award on Sunday.

The Max Clunie Award is in recognition of Max Clunie who was killed in a plane crash nearly two summers ago. It is given to the player who excelled in leadership qualities and determination, and shows they never lose heart.

Last year, the award went to a friend of Clunie, Ryland Gibb who was also a teammate of Clunie when they played together on the Prince Albert River Riders.

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Rebels battle it out to be named City Champions
paNOW Staff

The Atom II East Hill Rebels are this year’s Atom II City Champions.

The Rebels had to defeat the West Hill Sharks in a two- game, total point series. On March 24 during game one they defeated the Sharks 2-1.

During game two the teams ended in a draw 1-1.

The Rebels two-game total of 3-2 over the Skarks earned them the championship victory.

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