The Okotoks Oilers dropped their second straight game on Saturday night, seeing an early 1-0 lead dissipate en route to a 5-3 loss to the host Lloydminster Bobcats.
Hunter Sawka opened the scoring on a shot from the high slot at 5:37 for his team-leading 23rd point of the season.
But Lloydminster responded with a net front scramble goal from Caden Cabana, and a one-timer from the slot by Blake Setter that made it 2-1.
Okotoks tied it back up with a Hayden Fechner finish of a Jagger Tapper pass on a 2-on-1, but in the final minute of the first, Dalton McGillivray scored on a tap-in after a missed shot bounced off the end wall, making it 3-2.
In the second, Tapper scored shorthanded with a top-shelf snipe after coming out of the penalty box. But McGillivray scored his second of the game on another net front scramble at 15:40, and a scoreless third was capped off with an empty netter for Cabana with 1 minute left to seal the 5-3 final.
Okotoks outshot Lloydminster 40-26 in the game, and will reconnect with the Bobcats for a rematch on Sunday at 2:30 PM.