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Estevan Bears drop three up north

Bears drop games against Prince Albert, Warman
Bears Team bench
The Estevan Bears had their first northern road trip of the season during the Thanksgiving long weekend.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Eclipse Downhole Solutions U18 AAA Bears dropped all three games of a northern road trip, which followed another close defeat on home ice.

The Bears started the week with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Notre Dame Hounds on Oct. 6, a game the Bears led by two at one point.

Kole Keen and Tucker Buhay scored in the first period for Estevan, and Marshall Light and Caden Drury tallied in the second to give the Bears a 4-2 lead through two. The Hounds scored twice in 28 seconds in the second half of the third to tie the game, and added the game winner with 68 seconds remaining in overtime.

Jackson Miller made 30 saves for Estevan.

The road trip started Oct. 8 with a 4-1 loss to the Warman Wildcats, which was the Bears third loss this season to their expansion cousins. Drury scored with 6:34 to play in the second period to give the Bears a 1-0 lead, but Warman tied the game before the end of the middle frame, and then added three in the third.

Jackson Miller made 39 saves in the loss.

The next day, the Bears lost 5-1 to the Prince Albert Mintos. Prince Albert scored three times in the final six minutes of the first period to lead 3-0, and added two in the opening four minutes of the third. Buhay had the Bears lone goal midway through the third.

Kaden Perron stopped 35 of the 40 shots he faced.

The following day saw Estevan and Prince Albert tied 1-1 after the first period, and Estevan was up 2-1 at one point. Light, Buhay and Cade Cole scored for Estevan.

Jackson Miller made 31 saves in the loss.

Estevan (1-6-2) will host the Mintos this coming weekend, at 4 p.m on Oct. 16 and 2:30 p.m. the following day. Both games will be at Affinity Place.