It looked as though the Estevan Bruins were well on their way to their first victory of 2022.

But a third period comeback by the Battlefords North Stars forced a shootout, and the Bruins wound up on the wrong side of a 5-4 score.

The Bruins had led 4-2 entering the third period.

Battlefords star forward Jake Southgate had two goals, while Brandon Ambrozik led the way for Estevan with three points.

Dayton Deics, Prescott Senger and Caelan Fitzpatrick also scored for the Bruins, who did pick up a single point for their efforts.

Estevan will play in Kindersley on Wednesday night.

The puck drops at 7:30.