The Blues fell 5-4 after losing to the Selkirk Steelers in a shootout that went nine shooters deep.
The Steelers’ Brett Namaka opened the scoring halfway through the first. His goal was assisted by Noah Basarab and Colby Jaquet. The same line followed up with another goal minutes later. That one was scored by Jaquet and assisted by Basarab.
Halfway through the second, Basarab earned a goal of his own, which was assisted by Connor Barley, putting the Steelers up 3-0.
The score didn’t stay that way for long.
The Blues ignited the spark just a minute later. Captain Kelton Sutherland was the first to find the back of the net for the Blues. His goal was assisted by Braeden Binda and Brayden Foreman.
Coby Stauss was quick to follow suit and buried the puck on a solo shot, narrowing the gap to one.
Early in the third, defenceman Riley Cusack tied it up at 3-3 with a little help from Ethan Unruh and Mikol Sartor.
However, the tie didn’t last long. Selkirk’s Ryan Piwniuk took back the lead with Barley and Matt Hill each picking up apples.
The Blues snapped right back as Nathan Adrian picked up a nice feed to tie it 4-4. Adrian’s goal was assisted by Cusack and Jayson Szun.
The battle needed overtime. Although the Blues dominated the extra five minutes, the game came down to a shootout.
Selkirk’s ninth shooter, Colby Dudek, finally scored the lone goal in the shootout to hand the Steelers the win.
The same two teams faceoff tomorrow night (Nov. 21) in Selkirk at 7:30 p.m.