After the Kindersley Klippers got back into the win column against the Yorkton Terriers the night before, the Klippers traveled to Melville to take on the Millionaires for the first time in over a month. With Matt Pesenti and and Jared Thompson going to battle against one another in net, the Millionaires would eak out a tough 2-0 win.
The Klippers did not start the game well. They earned the first shot of the game, but then proceded to give up the next five. The Millionaires even had a chance where Pesenti was down and out and the puck skidded through the crease behind him from one side of the net to the other.
Six minutes into the period and it looked like tensions might flair when Ethan King on the forecheck collided with Millionaires goaltender Thompson behind the net and King was called on the goaltender interference. The Millionaires added another three shots on the man advantage, but Pesenti tracked the puck through traffic well and stopped them all.
Near the end, the Klippers started to come back and add a few shots of their own, but nothing too dangerous through the first period would see things finish in the same place they started.
After 1: Klippers 0 - 0 Millionaires, shots 13-10 Millionaires
The second period was by far the most dangerous for the Klippers as a whole. Another penalty early in the period saw King go back to the box for boarding, but the Klippers didn't give up a shot and Matt Mazzocchi was actually able to bring the puck down the ice after blocking a shot and had a solid chance, but couldn't get around the lone defender back to get a clear look at the net before firing the puck.
Although the Millionaires didn't have much for shots in the second, they did have another similar play to the one described in the first period when Pesenti, sprawled out to swat the puck away from one side of the net, had the puck again roll through the crease behind him and out the other side to escape the situation unscathed.
The one good chance the Millionaires had came from Nicolas Samson who had the puck alone behind the net and, as a left hander, had the time and space to pick the puck up on his stick for an attempt at a lacrosse style goal, but Pesenti got the blocker up to his right to make a solid save on an otherwise good attempt.
With five minutes left, the Klippers were able to get a powerplay of their own after Coletyn Boyarski was able to draw an interfernce call simply by driving the puck behind the net and chasing after it, forcing Louis-Frederic Theberge to haul him down. On the man advantage, the Klippers were hardly sent back into their own zone and both units were able to put pucks on net, one even caused a scramble in front that Thompson was able to stay in front of the entire scramble before diving out with his glove half on and covering the puck up.
After 2: Klippers 0 - 0 Millionaires, shots 13-7 Klippers in the period, 23-17 Klippers in the game
The third period would see a flury of chances at the start for the Klippers. The first seven shots of the period were all stopped by Thompson in the Millionaires zone, and the frustration for the Klippers started to mount after that.
Five minutes in, and the Millionaires struck first. A shot from the blue line by Jackson Bohan was redirected in front, and while Pesenti was in good position to make the save on the initial shot, the redirection snuck past him for Bohan's second of the season.
Now down by a goal, the Klippers started to get fancy with things and that did not result in much offence. Through the rest of the game, the Klippers would struggle to find offence and that frustration would build to a point where Jaxon Georget would slash the stick out of the hands of one of the Millionaires in the offensive zone and go to sit for two.
After nine straight games without giving up a powerplay goal, the Klippers finally had their streak broken. With just nine seconds left in the man advatage, Theberge would fire a shot that would stick in the slot and a melee formed in front of the net. Pesenti scrambled on the ground trying to swing and bat the puck away while seven men in front fought to do the same, but it was Rylan Bruns who would sneak in behind and tap the loose puck in to extend his point streak to six games with seven points.
With two minutes left, the Klippers would pull Pesenti and despite having some decent offensive zone time, they could not get the puck on ice very hard at all and they would go down for the third time in four games.
FINAL: Klippers 0 - 2 Millionaires, shots 15-9 Millionaires in the period, 35-32 Millionaires overall
The Klippers will have the day off now before taking on the Yorkton Terriers again Friday night, and will then revisit the Millionaires on Saturday.