The Brandon Wheat Kings took a 2-0 lead into the final stages of the third period on Friday night, but couldn't hang on in a 3-2 OT loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Tigers win was their first vs Brandon this season and came on a night where the Wheat Kings lead for just shy of 55 minutes.
"It's disappointing," said forward Lynden McCallum. "We're working so hard to get a lead and we just need to start being better when we get it. We have to keep it simple and start playing smarter when we get up in a game."
McCallum opened the scoring for Brandon on the powerplay midway through the first period on the powerplay. It was the only goal of the first two periods. Both goaltenders went toe-to-toe, exchanging highlight-reel saves.
Jiri Patera finished with 34 saves while Mads Sogaard stopped 27 to earn the victory.
Jake Chiasson made it 2-0 for Brandon midway through the third period on a great feed from Marcus Kallionkieli, his 2nd assist of the night.
The two-goal lead wouldn't last long as Nick McCarry found the back of the net on the powerplay to tilt the ice in the Tigers favor.
"I'm not disappointed with the effort, I'm disappointed with the end result," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "We played physical, we played fast and we defended well. We had a 2-0 lead with 5:00 left but we let them back in the hockey game. The thing about junior hockey is its all about learning lessons and this time of year we have to come together as a group and learn to lock down these games."
James Hamblin potted his 31st of the season to send the game to overtime, and it didn't take the Tigers long to steal the extra point.
Just 0:18 into sudden death, Yorkton, SK native Brett Kemp took a pass from behind the Brandon goal and buried the game-winner, to snap a three-game winless streak vs Brandon.
It was the second consecutive game that the Tigers mounted a late comeback. Last Saturday, after Brandon went up 4-1 on an empty-net goal the Tigers scored twice in quick succession to put a scare into the Wheat Kings, who ultimately held on for the win.
"As a group, you want to make sure that when you're working, you're not cheating," added Lowry. "We got away from it a bit and these guys score a lot of goals. They keep coming at you no matter what the score is."
Brandon's single point gives them 59 points on the year, keeping them in the 3rd place spot in the East Division, two points back of Winnipeg and four points up on the Saskatoon Blades.
The next four games are all vs East Division opponents, including back to back games vs Saskatoon starting Wednesday at the Sasktel Centre. (7:00 Puck Drop on QCountry Radio)
BWK - Lynden McCallum (18) (Nychuk, Kallionkieli) 8:17 PPG
Shots: 10-9 Brandon
Shots: 14-6 Medicine Hat
BWK - Jake Chiasson (4) (Kallionkieli) 7:40
M.H - Nick McCarry (12) (Hopwo, Clayton) 15:34 PPG
M.H - James Hamblin (31) (Gavlas, Svejkovsky) 17:40
M.H. - Brett Kemp (24) (Chyzowski) 0:18
Final Shots: 37-29 Medicine Hat