The Battlefords AAA Stars had their first home game since Jan. 23 at the Civic Centre, but it didn’t go too well as they fell to the Prince Albert Mintos 5-3.
A five-goal third period was the difference for PA, who dropped the Stars a distant 15 points back of a playoff position with only nine games remaining in the season.
The lone goal of the first period was scored midway through the frame as Boston Maxwell scored from Luke Fennig and Tye Scherger to make it 1-0.
Quinn Strang scored about eight minutes into period 2 to add to the lead, Logan Holm and Brendan Albert assisting.
PA got on the board in the third period with a goal by Gabe Klassen, before Maxwell scored his second of the game on the power play from Fennig at 5:57.
From then on it was all Mintos. Logan Cox cut it to 3-2, and then Alex Ozar from Gavin Ingram and Klassen with 8:27 left tied it at 3-3.
With Albert in the box for interference, Ashton Ferster gave the Mintos the lead with Ozar assisting with 7:35 to go.
An empty net goal by Chase Bertholet completed the scoring on the night.
Spencer Welke got the win for the Mintos stopping 24 of 27 shots. Joseph Young had a far busier night, stopping 34 of 38 shots in defeat.
The Stars now stand at 10 wins, 23 defeats and two OT losses for 22 points.
Next up for the Stars is a road game Thursday against the Saskatoon Blazers followed by two home games at the Civic Centre Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. versus the Yorkton RawTec Maulers.