The Melville Millionaires didn't trail in their Showcase opener against Humboldt on Saturday night, until Humboldt's Riley Kieser stole a puck at his own blue line and scored on a short-handed breakaway with 3:53 remaining in regulation. That was the game winner, as the Mils fell 5-4 to the Broncos, losing in regulation for the first time in 5 games.
A win would have given the Mils sole possession of 2nd place in the Sherwood, and they had their chances, up 3-1 midway into the game, when T.J. Reeve scored his first SJHL goal. Jesse Mireau, Mark Owen and John Stechyshyn had the other Mils' goals.
Zach Rakochy made his return, stopping 32/37 shots.
The Mils have now played 10 straight games without losing by more than a goal. This was their 6th one-goal loss of the season, as they slip back to .500 at 4-4-1-2.
The Swan Valley Stampeders overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period, but went on to lose in overtime for a second straight night, 4-3 (OT) to the Selkirk Steelers.
The Stamps trailed 3-0 early in the 2nd, before Peter Horecka cut it to 3-1 after 40 minutes.
In the third, a pair of powerplay goals brought them back to even. Tony Patridge got them within one, and newcomer Clinton Pirio tied it with 1:39 to play. The Stamps acquired Pirio and defenseman Cole Klippenstein from the SJHL's Weyburn Red Wings earlier in the week, in exchange for the playing rights of Anthony Golio and futures.
Selkirk then scored on a PP in overtime to end it.
While the Stamps picked up points in back to back nights, they've now gone 8 games without a win.