The Neepawa Natives are continuing to play good hockey without grabbing a win.
Their latest heartbreaker came this past Saturday in Neepawa in a 13-goal thriller against the Swan Valley Stampeders in front of a crowd of 305 people on Skate with the Natives Night.
The two squads were tied at 2-2 after the first period, before Neepawa exploded for three goals within the first 10 minutes of the second period to take a 5-2 lead. Swan Valley scored once more before the final intermission to close the gap to 5-3.
Henry Berger kicked off the third period with a goal two minutes in, but the Stampeders' Nic Erb exploded to score a hat trick within a six-minute time frame to tie the game at 6-6 and force overtime.
There, the Stampeders scored the dagger just over one minute in to claim the 7-6 win.
Steven Phillips scored twice for Neepawa, while Riley Hillis, Luke Karakas, Henry Berger and Sam Briscoe notched the Natives other markers. Jaret Smith also added two helpers for a multi-point night.
Tyson Verhelst took the loss in net as the Stampeders outshot Neepawa 55-54.
Neepawa 2 at Dauphin 6
Over 800 people packed Dauphin's Credit Union Place Friday to cheer their hometown Kings onto a 6-2 win over the visiting Natives.
Jaret Smith and Briscoe scored Neepawa's lone markers, while Drake Lindsay (2), Brady Bouchard and Justin Coachman each added assists. Verhelst took the loss in net as Neepawa was outshot 43-25.
Wayway 5 at Neepawa 2
The Natives missed out on a golden opportunity to make up some ground in the race for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Sher-Wood Division Wednesday night at the Yellowhead Centre.
In front of a crowd of just over 300 people, the Natives were outshot 41-34 and outscored 5-2 as they lost to the Wolverines – a win for Neepawa would have resulted in the Natives and Wolverines sitting tied for the final playoff spot, instead the Natives found themselves four points behind Waywayseecappo in the standings by the night's end.
The Wolverines scored their second goal just over five minutes into the second period to take an early 2-0 lead, before Drake Lindsay and Luke Karakas responded with a pair of powerplay goals scored less than a minute apart to tie it at 2-2 with about 32 minutes remaining in the game.
That's as close as Neepawa would get though, as Waywayseecappo scored three unanswered goals to close out the game at 5-2 in their favour.
Brady Bouchard, Clayton Heinrichs, Nicholas Sandy and Steven Phillips all registered an assist for Neepawa. Matthieu Verreault took the loss in net.