The Fort William North Stars dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Burnaby Express yesterday at the Royal Bank Cup in Brampton, Ont.
The loss moved the North Stars into a three-way tie with the Joliette Action and Yorkton Terriers.
Two of the three teams will advance to the playoff round beginning Saturday.
The North Stars got off to a good start when former Borderland Thunder player Dennis Morrison scored an unassisted power-play goal in the first period to make it 1-0.
The Express tied the game early in the second period on a goal by Kyle Turris.
Fort William regained the lead five minutes later when Jordan Smith took a pass from Kory McEwan, putting the North Stars ahead for the second time in the game.
Morrison picked up the other assist on the Smith goal, earning his second point of the night.
But five minutes into the third period, Smith took a hooking penalty, putting the Express on the power play. And Burnaby capitalized when Turris netted his second of the game.
The game appeared headed for overtime but the Express scored in the final minute of regulation to pull out the win.
Morrison’s goal and assist earned him player of the game honours for the North Stars, and put him on top of the tournament scoring race with seven points through three games.
The North Stars (1-2) faced the Yorkton Terriers (1-2) this afternoon. A win would secure the team a spot in the semi-finals.