Jett Mintenko, Reid Pitura, and Zac Mahoney scored for the Kenora U18 AAA Thistles (0-8-0) last night (October 23, 2021) in a 11-3 losing effort to the Brandon Wheat Kings (9-0-1).
The Thistles hung in with the Wheat Kings for the first two periods as they only trailed by a score of 2-1 after the first period, and 5-3 after the second period.
Jett Mintenko extended his point streak to five games as he recored a goal and an assist last night.
Brandon opened the scoring 2:32 into the game as Carter Dittmer was able to put one past Kenora's Kaden King to give the home side an early 1-0 lead.
Just under seven minutes later the Wheat Kings would strike again as Callum Halls was able to find the back of the net to extend their lead to 2-0.
Jett Mintenko would respond for the Thistles at the 11 minute mark with his sixth goal of the season to cut Brandon's lead to 2-1.
After 20 minutes it was the Wheat Kings with a 2-1 lead and outshot the Thistles 17-6 in the frame.
The second period both teams would trade goals as Nolan Chastko would pick up his team leading 14th goal of the season.
Less than a minute later Reid Pitura would pick up his first goal of the season on the powerplay to get the Thistles back to within one.
Callum Halls would pick up his second of the game just over halfway into the frame and give the Wheat Kings a 4-2 lead.
This Thistles would respond yet again as Zac Mahoney was able to beat Brandon's netminder Mason Lobreau for his second of the year to only trail 4-3.
A goalie change was made by the Thistles after Kaden King recieved a match penalty for a Blow to the Head, and was ejected from the putting James Sinclair into the yet.
A late second period powerplay goal by Carter Crossin would give Brandon a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes.
The shots after two periods were 27-13 for the Wheat Kings.
The third period was all Brandon as they found the back of the net six times to make the final 11-3.
The final shots on goal were 42-26 in favour of Brandon.
The Thistles Kaden King allowed 4 goals of 26 shots, while Sinclair stopped 10 of 17 shots faced in relief.
Brandon's Mason Lobreau picked up his fifth win of the season stopping 23 of 26 shots.
Kenora went 1 for 6 on the powerplay while Brandon capitalized on all four powerplay opportunities.
Kenora will search for their first win of the season as the two teams finish off their weekend series this afternoon (October 24, 2021) at the Brandon Community Sportsplex.
Puck drop is at 1:30 p.m. and can be streamed on HockeyTV.