Daily Herald Staff
The Prince Albert A&W Bears simply ran out of gas.
Trying to hang on to a 1-0 lead entering the final 20 minutes of their Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League semifinal opener against the Weyburn Gold Wings on Tuesday, the Bears allowed 20 shots on goal with Weyburn eventually pulling even with three minutes to play.
Then, early in overtime, the Gold Wings scored the winner to record a 2-1 victory and grab the early lead in the best-of-five series that now heads back to Prince Albert for Game 2 on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.
Morgan Willoughby had the lone goal for Prince Albert, but the star of the game was netminder Jessica Vance who faced 45 shots.
Prince Albert, which is coming off a prolonged three-game sweep of the Notre Dame Hounds that ended on Saturday, and Weyburn, who swept aside the Melville Prairie Fire a week ago, have been evenly matched all year.
Early in the season the Bears won the first two games with both going into extra time while the Gold Wings nailed down second place in the regular-season standings with a doubleheader sweep at the end of the regular campaign.
A couple of days rest will certainly benefit the Bears as they look to draw even on Saturday.