Due to unfavourable weather, the Home Hardware Midget AAA Legionnaires played just one of two games of a weekend set in Saskatoon.
Saturday saw the Legionnaires fall 5-2 to the Saskatoon Contacts.
The Contacts jumped ahead 2-0 after the first, and 3-0 after two periods of play.
A back-and-forth third period saw the Legionnaires chip into the deficit courtesy of Mason Strutt six minutes in.
The Contacts countered three minutes later, with Mac Gross ripping one home on the power play another three minutes after that.
That 4-2 score lasted the final eight minutes, until just three seconds left, when the Contacts slid their fifth goal into the empty Legionnaires net.
"For the most part our team was really good," said Legionnaires head coach Darren Evjen. "You look at shots and chances, we were good. We probably made three or four mistakes, and they capitalized on three of them, and then they got an empty-netter. We created a lot of opportunities, and for the most part we did a good job defending."
In a fairly clean game that saw a total of six minor penalties, the Legionnaires went 1-for-3 on the man-advantage, while the Contacts scored twice on their three chances.
"Our penalty-kill, twice they scored back door and we didn't pick up up the pass back door, but everything else was really good - we just needed some scoring to get in the game," said Evjen. "We were down 3-0, then we were creating, our power plays were creating, we changed some things there. We had one goal on the power play, but we just had a tough time getting it in the back of the net."
Jacob Herman made 29 saves on 33 Saskatoon shot attempts. At the other end, Chase Hamm shone in net with 40 saves on 42 shots.
Sunday's game against the Saskatoon Blazers was cancelled, and will be made up ahead of playoffs.
It's been a bit of a tough start to the 2019 half of the schedule for the Legionnaires, who are 3-5-0-1 since the start of the new year.
"What we've been talking lots about is our mindset for 60 minutes," Evjen explained. "That's probably what's hurt us the most over these last few weeks, where we've won one, lost one, win two, lose one. We have to have a steady mindset through the game. We can't rest during shifts, mentally it's just being sharp. If our mindset gets there, we'll give ourselves every opportunity."
Up next is a rematch with the Notre Dame Hounds at home Tuesday night, after Swift Current fell 5-4 in OT January 22 to that same Hounds team at the iPlex.
"We've just got to stay ready to play on Tuesday, we need that win against Notre Dame," said Evjen. "Last time we played Notre Dame, we didn't play well in the first period, and then we were good in the second, third, and overtime."
It's a 7:45 p.m. puck drop in a battle between the fourth-place Legionnaires (22-12-1-1) and T-5th Hounds (20-12-2-2).