Unexpected injuries are one thing.
Forty minutes in penalties and conceding five powerplay goals are another.
The Coquitlam junior Adanacs couldn't control the fact that they lost three regulars prior to Monday's contest against the New West Salmonbellies.
That they gave up a 6-3 first-period lead and allowed five powerplay goals in an 11-9 overtime loss was an element of their collective game that could have been controlled.
The trouble is, control did not seem to be the order of the day on Monday night.
"We came out with good discipline, didn't take many penalties and we moved the ball well in the first," said Adanacs coach Neil Dinsdale. "As the game went on, we took too many penalties."
The Adanacs were down 1-0 just 32 seconds into Monday's game, though five different goal scorers - Jeff Cornwall, Wesley Berg, Andy Taylor, Cole Shafer and Reid Reinholdt - helped the home side open up what could have been a commanding lead.
To their credit, the 'Bellies chipped away in the second to trail 7-6 after two.
In the third, however, New West popped in three straight power play goals to even the score at 9-9 after regulation.
Once in the extra session, the third-place Salmonbellies got goals from Kyle Dobbie and Drew House to seal the win.
The Adanacs limped into Monday's contest with three injuries that only came up prior to game time, as Kevin Shoemaker, Vincent Ricci and Sam Goodman were scratched late.
Shafer, who ended the game with two goals and two assists, was assessed 15 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct midway through the third period for checking from behind.
"You try to tell them to settle down and stay out of the box - sometimes they don't listen. They're kids," Dinsdale said.
Outside of Shafer's pair, Cornwall bagged two, while Berg netted a hat trick.
Netminder David DiRuscio made 21 stops on 32 shots.
The first-place Adanacs, now sporting a 92 record, take on the Port Coquitlam Saints tonight (Wednesday) at the Poirier Sports Centre in Coquitlam. Game time is 7: 30 p.m.