The Estevan Bruins couldn’t muster up any offence Friday night en route to a 3-0 loss to the Melfort Mustangs.
Melfort’s Riley Ashe scored in the first period, and his marker stood up as the game winner.
Mustangs goaltender Joel Favreau only had to make 19 stops for the shutout, while Bruins netminder Cam Hrdlicka stopped 33 to keep his team in the game all night.
The two teams will play the rematch Saturday night in Melfort.
Estevan is now 8-8 on the season, while Melfort improved to 5-6-4.