ESTEVAN - The Estevan Bruins dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime against the Melville Millionaires on Wednesday night at Affinity Place.
Estevan raced out to a 2-0 lead by the 7:04 mark of the first period. Daniel O’Neill scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins to open the scoring and Sam McPeak doubled the lead a few minutes later.
Carter McKay replied for Melville a little more than 4 1/2 minutes after McPeak’s goal.
It remained a 2-1 game until late in the third, when Jaxon Martens scored on a power play to tie the game.
Martens wasn’t finished, as he scored the overtime winner with 2:01 remaining.
Jackson Miller (Estevan) and Ethan Rau (Melville) each made 28 saves for their respective teams.
Jace Konecsni, a defenceman with the Estevan Steelhaus U18 AAA Bears, made his SJHL debut for Melville in the game. Bears’ forwards Kole Keen and Blaze Gutzke also played for Melville Wednesday night. A total of seven current or former Bears dressed for the Mills.
The Bruins next two games will be at the Humboldt Broncos on Friday and Saturday night. It will be the Bruins final northern road trip of the season. Melville will host the Melfort Mustangs Friday night.