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Estevan Bears fall to Yorkton Maulers in season debut

Carter Onrait had the lone goal for the Bears in the game.
Estevan Bears Yorkton Maulers Sept 22
The Estevan Bears faced the Yorkton Maulers Thursday at Affinity Place.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Steelhaus U18 AAA Bears dropped a 3-1 decision to the Yorkton Secon Maulers Thursday night in what was the first game this season in the Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League. 

After a scoreless first period, Bears' forward Carter Onrait scored a minute into the second period for the first goal in the league this season. Edward Knittig's goal 70 seconds later tied the game. 

It remained a 1-1 game until Kyle Weisgarber notched what proved to be the game-winning goal with 6:21 to play in the middle frame.

Sam Cristo then put the game away with 7:46 to play in the third period. 

Kaden Perron stopped 31 shots for the Bears, while Blake Settler stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced for Yorkton. 

The two teams were scheduled to play Saturday at Affinity Place, but the game had to be rescheduled due to a concert featuring Canadian country music star Dallas Smith.

They will meet again Sunday at 7 p.m. at Affinity Place. 

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