The Kindersley Klippers channelled the disappointment from a tough overtime loss in Humboldt Wednesday night into a character win vs League Leading Melfort Mustangs Saturday at the West Central Events Center.
Melfort, previously ranked as high as third in the CJHL Canada-wide power rankings, brought a 10 win record into town but came up against an emotionally charged Klippers squad playing with purpose. Hometown product Kyle Bosch got the ball rolling early scoring 5:46 into the first period on assists from Cam Shorrock and Josh Fletcher.
The score remained 1-0 for the Klippers until midway through the second intermission when Josh Fletcher potted the first of his two markers on the night. Fletcher was the best player on the ice; not only on the offensive end but killing penalties and forechecking hard at every opportunity. Melfort scored two third period goals and peppered Klippers goalie Justen Close with 12 shots in the frame, but the Klippers held strong for the impressive win.
In spite of the loss the Mustangs still sit atop the SJHL standings with 23 points followed closely by Estevan with 21 pts; Notre Dame and Nipawin with 18 pts; Battleford, Weyburn, and Humboldt tied with 17 pts; and Kindersley with 16 pts, with an underachieving Flin Flon squad within striking distance with 13 pts.
The Klippers have an opportunity to leapfrog ahead of the Humboldt Broncos within the Olympic Building Division standings as they head to Humboldt on Tuesday.
Tuesday October 31st will be Halloween at the Rink with costume contests and candy giveaways when the Klippers play host to Battleford.
Saturday November 4th is “First Responder Night” with special recognition and intermission activities featuring local EMS, Fire, and Police personnel. We will also be drawing the cash prizes for the Coupon Book purchase entries with over $2,500 in cash on the line.