Although heavily out-shot, the Lloydminster Bobcats took the North-Division leading Spruce Grove Saints down to the final seconds, but came up just short.
Paying their final visit of the season to Spruce Grove, the Bobcats fell 3-2 to the Saints.
The start to the game could not have gone much better for the Cats, and specifically Zach Kaiser.
With the Bobcats on their second power-play of the contest, Kaiser had the puck wind up on his stick all by himself in the slot and he made no mistake, beating Saint’s goalie Nolan Kent to give Lloydminster an early 1-0 lead.
Just under nine minutes later it was Kaiser back at it again. This time short-handed, the Orangeville, Ontario product found a loose puck, broke in and beat Kenton for a second time.
However, from that point on the Saint’s would begin to take control.
Spruce Grove responded with a late first period goal to trim the lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
In the middle frame, the Saints used goals from Chris Van Os-Shaw and Cam Mitchell to take a 3-2 lead, which they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
The Saints went on to out-shoot the Bobcats 54-16, with Cat’s goalie Bailey Brkin making 51 saves in the loss.
Lloydminster went 1 for 2 on the power-play, while Spruce finished 0 for 1.
Next up for the Bobcats is a Monday afternoon home game against the Camrose Kodiaks.