The 2022 Centennial Cup has quickly turned into a nightmare for the host Estevan Bruins.

A second consecutive loss in round robin play has dropped the Bruins to 0-2 in the tournament after the latest setback, a shocking 10-5 loss to the OJHL champion Pickering Panthers Saturday night.

With a matchup against the number one ranked Brooks Bandits still to come, the Bruins are in serious danger of missing the quarter finals.

For the second night in a row, the Bruins blew a 2-goal lead and gave up five goals in the third period which left Estevan fans at Affinity Place completely stunned.

"We just did things a lot differently than we did in our entire (SJHL) playoffs," said Bruins head coach Jason Tatarnic. "I really don't know how to explain it."

"As a staff we recognize it and as players, they know it. They know they didn't play the same. And that's something we have to live with...and it sucks."

Meanwhile, the Panthers, who improved to 2-0, relished the spoiler role.

"My boys were pretty excited...we had the day off yesterday (Friday) and they knew that we were going to be playing in front of packed house tonight, and that's probably our first time that we've been in front of a real packed house" said Pickering head coach Rpb Pearson.

"They were really excited about it."

The Panthers trailed 4-2 and 5-3 and eventually took the lead for the first time early in the third period.

"I know my team has a lot of resilience," Pearson added. "The heart they have, and the character that they have in that room. We know the game's never over until it's over. They're going to play right until the end."

Other scores

Earlier Saturday the Brooks Bandits also scored five goals in the third period on their way to an 11-4 thrashing of the Red Lake Miners. And Flin Flon came from behind late to beat the Ottawa Jr. Senators 3-2 in the first overtime game of the tournament.

On tap

There are just two games on the schedule on Sunday. Dauphin and Summerside kick things off at 4:00 followed by Longueuil and Pickering at 7:30.