The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins' losing streak has reached four games, after the Bruins dropped a pair of decisions against the Melville Millionaires: 4-3 on January 4 in Estevan, and 9-4 on January 5 in Melville.
Estevan led 2-1 in the first period of both games, but couldn't hold on to the lead, and in the case of the game in Melville, surrendered seven goals in the final two periods.
Hudson Morrison and Nick Weiss were the most productive players against Melville. Morrison scored in each game, giving him four goals in four games since the Christmas break.
Morrison says he has enjoyed playing on a line with 20-year-old veterans Cole Olson and Alex Cote.
“Since Cote's shown up here, the chemistry has been going very good with him, and I've always had chemistry with Ollie, so I like playing on the wing with those two,” said Morrison.
Weiss had a goal in the game on January 4, and two goals on January 5.
Taylor Reich also scored on January 4. Tyler Paslawski had the Bruins' other goal on the 5th.
Curtis Martinu was in goal for both games.
Forward Wyatt Garagan missed the games with an elbow injury and a concussion that are expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. Another forward, Darcy DeRoose, has returned to Estevan from the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors after a brief stint with the Warriors.
The games were the last for the Bruins prior to the January 10 trade deadline. Head coach/GM Keith Cassidy said he still believes in the work ethic of the players on the team.
“I guess we'll have to sit back and analyze whether we actually have the talent to do what we want to do around here,” said Cassidy.
And while the team is still on the lookout for players who can contribute offensively, Cassidy said his top priority remains players who want to deliver a consistent, steady effort.
Estevan's records is 12-21-2, which leaves them fifth in the Sherwood Conference, and two points ahead of the Weyburn Red Wings for the final playoff spot in the conference.
The Bruins will visit the Battlefords North Stars on January 11 and the Kindersley Klippers on January 12. Then they'll host the Notre Dame Hounds on January 15 at 7:30 p.m.