TRURO - Sooner or later it was going to happen.
For the first time this Maritime Junior Hockey League season, the Truro Bearcats no longer sport a perfect record. The Bearcats (10-0-0-1) dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Summerside Western Capitals (9-2-1-0) Sunday in front of 1,016 fans at Credit Union Place in Summerside.
The loss was the first of the season for the Hubtowners, ending a 10-game streak to start the campaign.
"You're always disappointed (when you don't win)," Bearcats head coach Shawn Evans said. "You want to win every game. You're not going to."
Justin Rasmussen was the hero for the home side, getting the puck past Bearcats goaltender Shayne Campbell in the sixth round of the shootout. Campbell made 33 saves in the game while Summerside's Jacob Riley stopped 23.
The game was the second meeting between the two clubs in less than 24-hours with Truro taking a 4-1 victory at Colchester Legion Stadium in Saturday's home-and-home opener.
Evans said his team just wasn't the better club Sunday.
"We just didn't quite have it," he said. "You've got to credit the opposition. They've got a good team."
Alex Gallant spotted Summerside a 1-0 lead in the first period. The Bearcats had several chances to take control of the contest in the second, but couldn't take advantage of three powerplay opportunities.
"That's the way it goes sometimes," Evans said.
But the Bearcats managed to tie the contest mid-way through the final frame on an Adam Guy tally.
The Bearcats look to get back to their winning ways Saturday when they host the Bridgewaer Lumberjacks at 7:30 p.m.