A third period comeback fell just short as the Estevan Bruins lost 5-4 to the Humboldt Broncos Friday night in Humboldt.

The Bruins trailed 5-2 heading into the third period and scored twice to make it interesting, but couldn’t find the tying goal in the dying minutes.

Estevan was playing with a depleted roster and had to use three forwards on defence.

The Bruins and Broncos play again Saturday night in Humboldt.