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Friday Night Out In Estevan:
Well this one wasn't pretty for the Kindersley Klippers, and the game was essentially over after 20 minutes of action. Kindersley came out strong in the opening couple of minutes and maybe if they had scored the games opening marker the outcome might have been different. For Kindersleys sake, they unfortunately did not and Estevan would scored on their 1st quality chance of the hockey game. After Whitehill scored for Estevan, the train fell off the rails for the Klippers, and Estevan would pot 5 more before the period was over. The offense was split out as Froese, Brykaliuk, Neufeld, DoIchylo, and Milligan did the damage. Their isn't much more to say about the rest of the game, it did get a bit chippy, and Kindersley had a ton of PP chances. Estevan somewhat let off the gas however, and the final resulted in a 8-1 debacle.
Saturday Night Out In Wilcox:
Saturday night Kindersley certainly brought a better compete level, but it wasn't enough to knock off the Notre Dame Hounds. For whatever reason, Kindersley always seems to struggle out in Wilcox. These struggles go back even to last season, as it just seems like its always a dull game in the Notre Dame barn. It's a tough rink to play in that really favors the home squad. It's a much bigger ice surface, and its hard to get amped up for a game when there is essentially 20-30 fans in the building. Having said that, this was a game that Kindersley could of won but once again they fell short. Special teams was the difference in this one, ad Notre Dame scored a short handed marker and also a powerplay marker in the 2nd period. The shorty was a rocket down the wing by Ben Morgan, and the powerplay was a sharp short side point shot off of the stick of Brandon Kuse. Midway through the 3rd period, rookie sensation Brandon Millin would score the dagger to put Notre Dame up by 3. Kindersley would add a very late marker on the powerplay as D Jay McGrath broke Reichenbachs shutout bid with 22 seconds left in the game.
Sunday Night Out In Weyburn
Some may have wrote Kindersley off based on the fact that it was a matchup that featured the Sherwood's best hosting the Sherwood's worst, but boy did the Klippers come to play on Sunday night. Kindersley came out the gate with all kinds of fire, and Brad Buckingham would put Kindersley on the board early with a powerplay strike. Kindersley continued to take it to Weyburn for the majority of the opening frame outshooting them in the period. Kindersley continued their strong play in the 2nd frame, but they were unable to beat Teskey and the Red Wings would jump on Kindersley with some timely scoring. Sanderson and Williams would put Weyburn ahead 2-1 after forty minutes of play. That's the thing with strong teams, they can dig deep and get timely scoring like Weyburn did in this one. The 3rd Period was more of an even frame, but the difference was Kindersley couldn't find that timely scoring touch, and their opponent did. Alex Laird had a great chance on a breakaway where he absolutely blew by the entire Weyburn team from the Klippers zone, but he was unable to beat Teskey. Colby Daniels also hit a goalpost with a quick snapper from the high slot to prevent a Klippers comeback. Hoffman had scored for Weyburn early in the frame to make it 3-1 and Pereira would add an empty netter to ice Kindersley vy a final of 4-1. Kindersley really deserved a better fate in this one, and they really elevated their game against a tough team that is virtually unbeatable on home ice this season. Players like Alex Laird, Travis Geislinger and Colby Daniels had very good games for Kindersley in the losing effort. Those were a couple of standouts, but the whole team deserve a mention for their effort. The key scoring for Kindersley unfortunately wasnt there, but this game will in my mind certainly serve as a big time confidence booster for this club moving forward. A glimpse of the future was on display Sunday night, and boy did it look promising for this Klippers team.
Next up for Kindersley is Wednesday on home ice when they welcome in the Melville Millionaires and former Klipper Taylor Wasden.