It was more of the same for the Lloydminster Bobcats Saturday night at the Centennial Civic Centre.
The Bobcats started out well, but later surrendered the first goal, before a well played final twenty minutes left them just short in the end.
Hosting the Calgary Canucks, the Bobcats fell 3-1 to the South Division squad.
Lloydminster did manage to get early chances, but were unable to bury any of their opportunities. Meanwhile, Calgary had a goal disallowed on a kicking motion and the first period came to an end in a scoreless tie.
Bobcats starting goalie Pierce Diamond stopped all 11 shots he faced in the opening frame, while Canucks goalie Caiden Kreitz denied the six shots directed his way.
Midway through the second period, Calgary found their way onto the scoreboard.
Mark Drohan took a feed from Michael Clarke in the slot and found the back of the net to put Calgary up 1-0.
With the second period winding down, the Canucks managed to increase their momentum and their lead.
Only 1:51 remained in the middle frame when Alex Wilkins scored to double the lead to 2-0.
As the final twenty minutes got underway, the Bobcats began to put constant pressure on the visitors.
Just 2:24 into the third, Bobcats captain Connor Odelein tallied his fourth goal of the season to pull Lloydminster within 2-1.
Although the Bobcats sent 12 shots at Kreitz in the final frame, they were unable to find the equalizer before Michael Clarke iced the game with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
In the end, the Canucks outshot the Bobcats 29-25.
Lloydminster finished the game 0 for 1 on the power-play, while Calgary finished 0 for 3.
The Bobcats return to the Civic Centre ice Sunday afternoon when they play host to the Canmore Eagles.
?Game time is scheduled for 2:30pm.