Bronco prospect headed to Telus Cup

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One Swift Current Broncos’ prospect remains alive in the chase for the Telus Cup.

15-year-old defenseman Matthew Parsons and the Prince Albert Mintos won the West Regional Sunday to earn a spot at the Midget AAA national championship tournament.

The Mintos had finished third in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League regular season standings with a 28-11-4-1 record. They eliminated the Tisdale Trojans in five games in the opening round of the playoffs before being swept out by the Battlefords Stars in the semi-final series.

Parsons tied for fourth on the team in playoff scoring with four assists in eight games. He finished the regular season with one goal, six assists, and 26 penalty minutes in 42 games during his rookie season with the Mintos.

Parsons was selected by the Broncos in the third round, 56th overall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’1’’, 160-pound defenseman is a native of Middle Lake.

Despite being eliminated from the league playoffs, the Mintos got a second chance at qualifying for the Telus Cup as hosts of the West Regional.

The Mintos won their opener 3-2 on Thursday over the Thunder Bay Kings. They clinched a spot in the finals on Friday with a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Wild. Parsons picked up a powerplay assist on the game’s opening goal in the win.

In a meaningless game Saturday afternoon, the Mintos lost 4-0 to the SMAAAHL champion Notre Dame Argos to conclude the round robin.

The two teams rematched Sunday with a spot at the Telus Cup on the line and the Mintos won 4-3. Parsons assisted on a powerplay goal in the third period to put the Mintos ahead 3-2.

The Telus Cup will begin April 21 in Moose Jaw and will conclude on April 27. The six-team tournament will feature Regional champions from the Atlantic, Central, Pacific, Quebec, and West Regionals as well as the host Moose Jaw Generals.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, Hockey Canada, Telus Cup Swift Current Broncos Prince Albert Mintos

Geographic location: Swift Current, Middle Lake, Notre Dame Moose Jaw Prince Albert

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