The Carman Beavers lost their third straight game Sunday when the boys fell 3-1 to Royals in South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League action in Winkler after taking a 15-6 thumping at the hands of the Portage Islanders a week ago.
The Beavers were down 1-0 after the first 20 minutes against the last-placeRoyals, who picked up their second win of the SEMHL season. Beavers’ import Jake Dudar managed to tie the game up six minutes into the second period with his 10th of the year.
The Royals exploded out of the gate in the third and slid the game-winner by Beavers’ goaltender Steve Christie four minutes into the frame. Carman pulled the goalie with just over a minute left in the game and the Royals managed to get the empty-netter to close out the Beavers’ hopes of a comeback.
The loss makes it three straight for Carman after the team took a beating from first place Islanders last Thursday night in Portage la Prairie. The Beavers have dropped two spots in the standings during their skid and now sit in fourth place. The Islanders are still in the pole position with a 7-0-1 record, the Morden Redskins have climbed into second place at 6-3-1. The Mercs from Warren are in third place at 6-2 while the Beavers sit 5-4 in fourth.
Beavers captain Aaron Lewadniuk still holds onto the top spot in league scoring. Lewadniuk had 27 points (7G, 20A) so far this season and sits one point ahead of Morden’s Mike Rey who has 26 (15G, 11A). Beaver Mark Owen is tied with Rey in goals with 15 on the year. Carman goaltender Steve Christie suffered his second loss of the year but he still has the best save per cent in the league at .948 and the lowest goals against average at 1.87.
The Beavers are back on the ice Saturday night when the Altona Maroons make the trip to Carman. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. There is one other game Saturday night when Winkler visits the Redskins in Morden.