Minot's 5-2 West Region loss to Bismarck High on Saturday at Maysa Arena was essentially a microcosm of its up-and-down season.
The Majettes dug themselves a deficit and worked their way out of it only to give up three consecutive goals in the final eight minutes.
"We're always trying to play catch up," Minot coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. "We can't seem to ever get that early lead. It's been the story of our season."
Minot High sophomore Taryn Love passes the puck as Bismarck’s Haleigh Springan defends during Saturday’s game at Maysa Arena.
Meager scoring opportunities didn't help Minot's case, either. The Majettes were held to just 14 shots on the afternoon, 30 less than its region rival.
Taylor Hooker's goal early in the second period knotted the game at 1-1 and Angie Lothspeich tied the game again for Minot at 2-2 in the second period.
The Majettes (7-11, 6-10) had a pair of opportunities to take their only lead, but couldn't capitalize on the open looks.
"It's not the amount of shots you take, it's the quality," Wahlstrom said. "We had a couple shots that would have changed the momentum, but we couldn't get them to go."
Bismarck (13-5, 11-4) took advantage of its scoring chances, though.
The Demons had their hands full with Minot goalie Sydney Swanson (39 saves), but with Minot's defense allowing a few late looks in the crease Bismarck was able to overwhlem her.
Brianna Flynn, who also had an early assist, scored a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart with four minutes remaining. That was enough to ice the contest.
"Our seniors stepped up," Bismarck coach Annie Cashman said. "They scored four of our five goals. This is a rivalry game for us, so we didn't expect to win by more than a goal - (Minot's) a good program."
Minot, which fell 6-1 to Bismarck in their previous meeting, hosts Dickinson at 3 p.m on Tuesday at Maysa Arena.