The Home Hardware Midget AAA Legionnaires dropped both games in a weekend homestand against the Yorkton RawTec Maulers.
The Legionnaires lost 6-5 in overtime Saturday night in a back-and-forth game that saw the eastern Saskatchewan squad bury Swift Current with 57 seconds left in the extra frame.
Hunter Lamb (1 G, 2 A), Ty Muench (1 G, 1 A), Reed Jacobson (2 A), and Rin Beny (2 A) all had multi-point games, while Rhett Gibson, Riley Dekowny, and Jacob Piller rounded out the goals.
It was a frustrating loss for head coach Darren Evjen and the Legionnaires, who came into the game having won 11 of the previous 12 games.
Despite falling 3-1 in regulation Sunday afternoon, it was an effort that pleased the Legionnaires' bench boss much more than the night prior.
"I really liked today - I liked the way our group dug in. We're down a lot of guys and we just played as hard as we could," Evjen said. "Everybody did what they could to try and win the game today and as a group we were pretty proud of each other the way we handled our situation."
After having APs fill out their roster on Friday and Saturday, the Legionnaires were left with 10 forwards and five defencemen for the game on Sunday.
Jacob Piller managed the lone goal for Swift in the game, who only trailed the Maulers by one goal until an empty-net marker with nine seconds left held off a Legionnaires comeback.
Piller's power play goal was the lone time the Legionnaires capitalized on the man-advantage despite eight opportunities.
"We didn't create enough and that's the thing. We'll have to work on that - it has to be better," Evjen said. "It could have probably got us the win today with the amount of penalties that were called. We'll just have to wait and go to work next week."
With the team suffering its first stretch of back-to-back losses since back in mid-November, Evjen knows that playing good hockey and getting healthy are as important as anything at this point in the season for the fifth-place Legionnaires.
"We've worked hard to get where we're at. Where we're going to be situated is probably in the fifth spot, so we just need to make sure we get healthy down the stretch here and make sure we keep the right mindset and playing well," Evjen said.
The Legionnaires host the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday in their final home game of the regular season, as only five remain in total.
Swift Current (24-11-0-4) has faced the comfortably first-place Hounds (35-1-0-2) twice this season, getting edged 4-3 in OT, and losing 6-2.
"I don't think there's a team we haven't played well against," Evjen admitted. "We're going to have to make sure we're at the top of our game when we play them."
That game gets underway at 8 p.m. at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.