After a bit of a rough skid that saw them lose their first game in their first two games for the first time in nine games, the Kindersley Klippers looked to get back to .500 against the team they beat last in the Yorkton Terriers to start off four games in five nights swing. The Klippers came out of the gate hard and worked although there was time they took the foot off the gas, the Klippers still picked up a win in the shootout 3-2.
The Klippers were all over the Terriers to start the game. They had the first four shots of the game in the first six minutes before they were able to draw the game's first penalty when Nolan Wutzke hauled Carson Baylis to the ground for tripping.
The powerplay has been a sore spot for the Klippers. Often times, the man advantage does get set up but doesn't find any clear lanes to shoot to the net. This night was different. On the first powerplay, Jaxon Georget had four shots all on his own let along the rest of the man advantage, but it wasn't enough to solve Kael Depape in net.
Just after eight minutes in, the Klippers got on the board with a beautiful offensive zone entry on the rush. Noah Lindsay carried the puck down the right side of the ice and as he crossed the line he fed it to Max Kathol stopped at the line on the right wall. This froze the defender between them and Kathol made a nice one touch pass to Lindsay behind the defender, and then he looked up to the net and found Georget streaking to the net, and a hard pass from Lindsay was easily tipped in by Georget to get the Klippers the first goal of the game.
Late in the period we saw some 4-on-4 action when Cash Arnsten was called for slashing but he brought Cale Strasky to the box with him for the initial cross check, and the Klippers again pushed the play in the wide open ice, but not enough to find the back of the net.
After 1: Klippers 1 - 0 Terriers, shots 9-2 Klippers
In the second period, things started to go back and forth a little bit. There was a big initial push from the Klippers with the first few shots in the period, but the Terriers started to find their legs and started to push back a little bit. It wouldn't be until eight minutes in when the Terriers would get on the board thanks to a D-to-D pass from Parker Jasper to Tyson Janzen, and he fired a shot that was tipped along the way by Carson Henry and into the back of the net.
Just over a minute later, and Georget continued his dominance over the Terriers and this time in emphatic fashion. After Lindsay turned the puck over from the Terriers at their blue line, he passed it to Chase Friedt-Mohr, and he put the puck into open ice for Georget to pick up and start to build some speed before entering the zone. He burned around the outside with a two drag before roofing it short side to give the Klippers their lead right back.
Just after twelve minutes in, and the Terriers tied it up with a goal that Brett Sweet is going to want to forget. Don't worry, he makes up for it later. After a couple unsuccessful clearing attempts by the Klippers, the Terriers got a chance from the point when Clay Sleeva just put a bobbling puck towards the net that tricked Sweet and only hit the bottom of his glove to bounce into the net and get the Terriers back to tied.
Shortly after that, Coletyn Boyarski was nabbed for a holding call to give the Klippers their first and only penalty kill of the game. Coming into the game, they had went eight straight games without giving up a powerplay goal and they kept up that perfect streak with ease.
After 2: Klippers 2 - 2 Terriers, shots 12-8 Terriers in the period, 17-14 Klippers in the game
The third period started off with a wild heavyweight fight. 6'4 196lb Ethan Hilbig and 6'2 190 JD Hall dropped the gloves just 49 seconds in, and neither one went with any defence with haymaker right hand after haymaker right hand landing, and Hilbig even had his man bent over backwards over the cross bar while both men fed each other shots until they were too tired to do anymore and the officials seperated them.
The fight seemed to give the Terriers the energy boost though as they took the first five shots in the period to tie up the shot clock at 20, but the longer the period went on the more the Klippers were able to take over. At one point, the shots showed 21-21, but by the end of the period the Klippers were up 30-21.
A second powerplay came for the Klippers in the final five minutes of the period, and while this powerplay had a bit of a harder time getting set up compared to the first outing, the chances they were more dangerous with rebounds hanging around in DePape's grill for a total of 11 shots through the two powerplays.
After 3: Klippers 2 - 2 Terriers, shots 13-7 Klippers in the period, 30-21 Klippers in the game
To overtime we go where the Klippers held the puck for maybe a minute out of the full five minutes of 3-on-3. After the aforementioned goal in the second period, Sweet had two game saving stops in the overtime frame including a robbery on a partial breakaway, and a one timer opportunity from the left that Sweet tracked well.
In the shootout, Logan Linklater was stopped in the first round, but following up was Noah Lindsay and Aiden Bangs who both scored their third shootout goals of the season respectively with Lindsay a perfect 3/3 on the season, and Bangs 3/4. At the other end, Sweet forced Maddux Nollski into a mistake and finished a big stop on Karsten Kruska to finish off the win.
FINAL (SO): Klippers 3 - 2 Terriers, shots 4-2 Terriers in Overtime/Shootout, 32-25 Klippers in the game
The Klippers have now went nine games in a row without giving up a goal on the powerplay.
Jaxon Georget has four goals in two games against the Terriers so far this season, and is currently the only Klipper to score against them.