The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks ran out of time as they tried to dig out of a three-goal deficit on Saturday night against the Shelburne Muskies.
The Winterhawks scored twice in the 3rd period, but it wasn’t enough, as Shelburne took the game, 6-4.
Bryan Kazarian opened the scoring 5:05 into the game, with assists from Alex Kuntz and Mike Smailes.
Shelburne answered back at 18:18 of the 1st, on a goal by Luke Richardson.
Miles MacLean restored the lead 48-seconds later, with an assist to Trent Hawke, giving the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead after one period.
The 2nd period would be their undoing, however, as Shelburne struck for four unanswered goals.
Chris Greer tied things up at 5:38, then Travis Knight gave the Muskies the lead at 9:09 of the 2nd.
Just over a minute later, Ed Gaffney made it 4-2 for the home side, and Trevor van Alstine made it 5-2 with 35-seconds left in the 2nd period.
The Winterhawks wouldn’t go down without a fight, despite being down three goals with a lineup missing a number of regulars.
Connor Patton would make it a 5-3 game 3:04 into the 3rd period, with an assist to Aeric Annetta.
Kazarian would notch his second of the night on the powerplay at 12:32, with Kuntz picking up an assist.
That was as close as the Winterhawks could get, as Shelburne would add an empty netter to seal the game, making it a 6-4 final.
Jeff Flagler took the loss in the Winterhawks net, making 39 saves, while the Winterhawks directed 41 shots at Shelburne netminder Ed Davey.
The loss drops the Winterhawks to 4-4-1 on the season, they will be back on the road next weekend, taking the long trip to Petrolia to face the Squires on Friday night, December 1st.