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Estevan Bears end slump with OT win over the Contacts

The Estevan U18 AAA Bears have now won as many games as they did all of last season.
Evhan Allan (7) makes a play from his knees Sunday against the Saskatoon Contacts.

ESTEVAN - The Estevan Great North U18 AAA Bears snapped a six-game losing skid with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Saskatoon Contacts on Sunday afternoon at Affinity Place.

Thomas Ries scored the winner with 3:34 to play in extra time to lift the Bears to the victory.

Each team scored once in the first period, with Jase McNichol potting the Bears' goal with 2:42 to play in the frame.

Kaden Perron, who returned to the Bears' lineup during the weekend after missing several weeks, made 26 saves to get the win.

With the victory, Estevan (12-13-3) has now matched their win total from last season. They needed 44 games to make it to 12 victories last season, but only 28 games this year.

The win on Sunday also avenged a 4-1 loss to the Contacts on Saturday. Kobe Wotta had the Bears' lone goal roughly seven minutes into the second period. It pulled Estevan to within one, but the Contacts put the game away with two in the third, including an empty-net goal.

Perron made 20 saves for Estevan.

The Bears will visit the defending Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League champions, the Saskatoon Blazers, on Dec. 14.