It wasn't the result the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars were looking for, but they were able to salvage a single point after they dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Corner Brook Royals Saturday night at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
The need for a shootout marked the third time in four outings that the CeeBees have had a game decided in the five shooter format.
Ryan Delaney opened the scoring for the CeeBees, notching his fifth of the season one minute into the game and making the score 1-0. Keith Delaney and Sean Wadden picked up the helpers.
With an early lead, the CeeBees put the clamps on for the rest of the frame, holding the majority of the play in the Royals' end.
Any chances Corner Brook got were quickly brushed aside by CeeBees' goaltender Freddy Diamond.
The home side pushed their lead to 2-0 when Matthew Thomey finished a dandy play started by Ray Dalton by firing a puck off of one knee past Royals starter Brad Dyke. Colin Feehan picked up the other assist on the play.
With the CeeBees up two, the Royals set to work on evening the score to start the second period.
After a first half of the period that saw the Royals apply a great deal of the pressure, forward Todd Ballah put them on the board at 9:27. Matt Quigley and Darren Langdon had the assists.
The score remained the 2-1 until the horn sounded to end the period.
The Royals' Scott Doody tied the game at 2-2 when he slammed a rebound past the outstretched pads Diamond. Jake Easton fired the initial shot and picked up assist.
The two teams would trade late period goals with Thomey notching his second of the game while Michael Hynes replied for the Royals.
Both teams scored on their initial shot in the shootout, but it was Corner Brook who outlasted the CeeBees when Royals' captain Steve North squeezed a shot through the pads of Diamond and Dyke shut the door on Matthew French to seal the win for the Royals.
With the shootout loss, the CeeBees were able to push their slim lead over the Mount Pearl Blades for fourth place to two.
The CeeBees are next in action next weekend when they travel to the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook for two against these same Royals, puck drop is 7:30 p.m. for Feb. 25 and 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 26.