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Estevan Bears get weekend split versus the Stars

The Estevan U18 AAA Bears recovered from a disappointing result Saturday to win a game Sunday against the Battlefords.
Riley Craigen (22) pursues a Battlefords opponent during Sunday's game in Estevan.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Great North U18 AAA Bears' four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday in a 6-4 loss to the Battlefords Stars, but the Bears recovered to beat the Stars 5-2 on Sunday.

Roan Burgess scored twice in the opening 3:25 of the first period to give the Bears a 2-0 lead on Saturday, but the Stars responded with four goals before the end of the frame for a 4-2 advantage.

Marc Belanger scored on a power play with 10 seconds to play in the second period to pull the Bears to within one, and Evhan Allan tallied seven minutes into the third to tie the game. The Stars notched the go-ahead goal less than a minute after Allan's goal, and added the winner late in the third.

Cole Ivey started and allowed the first four goals. He was replaced late in the first by Ty Fehrenbach, who allowed two markers.

Carter Onrait and Burgess scored 34 seconds apart in the first seven minutes of the first period to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead Sunday, and Talen Wallis scored midway through the frame for a three-goal advantage.

The Stars scored before the period was out, but Taye Shukin scored with 61 left in the second period to restore the three-goal lead. Battlefords notched one in the third, but Onrait's second of the game into an empty net dashed any comeback hopes.

Fehrenbach stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

The Bears (9-5-2) will host the reigning Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League champions, the Saskatoon Blazers, on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and the following day at 2 p.m.