The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins received another outstanding goaltending effort from Grant Boldt, but late goals would spoil the performance in a 3-2 overtime loss in Yorkton on Tuesday night.
In the fifth meeting of the season between the Viterra division rivals, with each team winning twice to this point, both clubs played a strong game in looking to take the lead in the season series. Coming into the game, Yorkton held a two-point lead on Estevan for top spot in the division.
The Bruins would get on the board first as Turner Ripplinger jumped on a mistake by Yorkton netminder Ryan Ouellette and scored his 14th goal of the year to make it 1-0 at the 9:32 mark. However, the Terriers would respond at the 14:19 mark as Karstin McDonald would even the score at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
A pretty passing play from Jayden Davis and TJ Irey would give the Bruins a lead at the 14:26 mark of the 2nd period. The give-and-go would be finished off by Davis for his 7th of the year to put the Bruins ahead 2-1 heading into the final period.
The Bruins would be unable to extend their lead in the 3rd period as Ouellette stood tall to keep the Terriers in it. At the other end of the rink, Boldt was just as impressive making multiple eye-popping saves to keep the Bruins ahead until the final minutes.
The Bruins would be hit with a penalty with only 1:14 remaining. Just six seconds later on the ensuing powerplay, Colby Brandt beat Boldt to tie the game at 2-2 and send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Cody Bruchkowski would score the game winner at the 1:46 mark to defeat the Bruins 3-2.
Boldt made 42 saves for the Bruins in the overtime loss, while Ouellette stopped 41 shots in the win for Yorkton.
The Bruins (0/1) were unsuccessful on their only powerplay attempt, while Yorkton went (1/2) on the man advantage.
The Bruins (15-17-2) now have an extended break before their next game, on the road in Melville on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30pm.