Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Northern Swing Proves Fruitful


The Ironhorse Kindersley Klippers returned home from a 5 day road trip with 6 of a possible 8 points after defeating the LA Ronge Ice Wolves on Tuesday and Wednesday before splitting a weekend series with the Flin Flon Bombers.

Both La Ronge and Flin Flon are widely known as two of the tougher places to get wins in the SJHL so the six points is a great accomplishment for a Klippers squad trending in the right direction. The Klippers have battled through a tough couple of weeks with injuries to key players, including 20 year old captain Cole Plotnikoff who suffered a severed Achilles tendon at the SJHL Showcase in Saskatoon, as well as veterans Nik Malenica, Taylor Derynck, and Cody Hodgson all having missed time with various ailments.

The Klippers have welcomed some offensive touch from unlikely sources in giant D-man Noah Turanski and rookie forward Will van der Sloot who both have 3 goals so far on the season. The Klippers have been led by the veteran line of Tanner Thompson (9 pts), Jordan Funk (8 pts), and Curtis Peck (7 pts) who were the best on the ice in the Klippers’ victories this past week.

The Klippers now sit with a record of 5-4-1 with 11 points to situate themselves in second place in the Olympic Buildings Division behind Battleford and ahead of Notre Dame and Humboldt.

The Klippers have a busy week of on-ice preparation for Family Weekend when Melville comes to town for a tilt Saturday night at 7:30 at the WCEC. Off the ice is even busier for the Klippers this week with the 12th Annual NHL Draft and Men’s night going Thursday the 12th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Klippers Calcutta Shoot Out Challenge “Player Draft” going Friday the 13th at 8:30 pm in the Curling Rink Lounge. The shoot-out itself will go Saturday the 14th after the Klippers game with prize money paid out for win, place, and show.