Home ice proved no advantage in a home-and-home set between the rival Yorkton Terriers and Melville Millionaires.
The two Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League teams split the set with each winning in the other’s barn.
The weekend action leaves the teams tied with 12-points atop the Viterra Division, Yorkton holding a 6-3 record.
Estevan has eight and Weyburn is at the bottom of the pile with six.
Friday the Terriers struggled at the Farrell Agencies. In spite of firing 35 shots at Mills netminder Isaiah Plett, only Josh Ellis would manage a late goal for Yorkton.
Meanwhile Reed Murray, Matthew Cameron and TJ Reeve had already given the Millionaires a 3-0 lead before the Ellis marker.
Tyson Predinchuk would salt the win away adding an empty netter for the visitors.
Kale Thomson took the loss in the Yorkton net facing 22-shots.
Terrier head coach Trent Cassan said the team did not get off to the start he had hoped for.
“I thought the first period, the kind of 10-15-foot passes were sloppy,” he said, adding the problems with quick passes earlier affected the team breaking out of their end and transitioning to offence.
“It certainly was not a good start for us.”
Cassan said so far this season good starts have been a key to Terrier success.
“When we score early the guys seem to loosen up a bit,” he said, adding when they get down they sometimes try to do too much, and that just adds to the problem.
Asked about the team’s lack of offence Friday, Cassan said Plett made some big saves, adding “Melville blocked a lot of shots. They got in lanes on us.”
Cassan said at times the Terriers perhaps waited just a second too long in deciding to take shots, noting by the time they committed to shooting “the best lanes closed up.”
It was also a night Plett had luck on his side, a shot to the glove side being missed but catching enough leather to go over the net, while another puck slid under him, but through the crease not into the net.
“Some nights goaltenders get the bounces and the pucks are not going to fall in,” said Cassan.
A night later at the Horizon Credit Union Centre in Melville the Yorkton powerplay, held silent 24-hours earlier, would be the difference, scoring all three goals in the 3-2 win.
Landon Farrell gave the home team a 1-0 early in the opening frame, but a Tyler Giebel goal with the man-advantage late would leave the teams knotted 1-1 after 20-minutes.
The second period was a scoreless affair.
Then 3:20 into the third Alec Brandrup gave Melville the lead.
Jordan Ross would score on the powerplay midway through the third to tie the game 2-2.
The rest of regulation time would not decide an outcome, setting up the first overtime of the season for the Terriers.
With Adam Kopman in the box for cross-checking, the Terrier powerplay struck again, this time Tayler Thompson notching the game-winner.
Plett faced 27-shots in the loss for Melville, while Riley Medves faced 29 in his first Junior start for the Terriers to get the win.
The Terriers are back at the friendly confines of the Farrell Agencies Arena Saturday hosting LaRonge, with Estevan in the city Sunday.
Next Tuesday (Oct. 22) the Terriers head to Humboldt.