The Kindersley Jr. Klippers wrapped up their preseason Friday night against the Humboldt Broncos at the Elgar Peterson Arena, and fell behind big early. The Broncos scored four times in opening period, including a short handed marker with just 39 seconds left, and Kindersley had a large hill to climb heading into the second period.
The Jr. Klippers responded in the second period early, as Nathan DeGraves scored just 34 seconds in on the powerplay to get Kindersley on the board. That is the way it stayed until just over eight minutes into the second Humboldt added to their lead, on another short handed marker to make the score 5-1. Kindersley then responded just 50 seconds later, as Josh Morton got on the board to cut into the lead. Then just 1:17 later, Morton connected again for his second of the game, with the assists on both goals going to Brayden Koch, to make the score 5-3, and that's where is stayed after two periods.
The third period is where all the rough stuff happened, as at the 7:21 mark a pile of penalties were handed to the Humboldt Broncos Damon Byers, including an instigator and major penalty for fighting, which gave Kindersley a long powerplay opportunity. The Jr. Klippers took advantage off the long powerplay, as Nathan DeGraves got his second of the night on the powerplay, to get Kindersley within one. But 1:53 later on the same penalty kill Humboldt got their fourth shorthanded goal of the game, to take a 6-4 lead. The Broncos weren't done scoring a man down, as Connor Casperie capped off the 7-4 win another goal at the 11:53 mark.
Things then got a little testy at the end of the game, as John Vanden Elzen for the Jr. Klippers, and Chase Lacombe each were given fighting majors at the 19:59 mark. Also getting penalties were Kindersley's Matthew Ripplinger, and Humboldt's Xavier Roy, who were given 10-Minute Misconducts.
The Jr. Klippers will now focus on the regular season, as it will begin at home on September 16 against the Battlefords North Stars at 7:30 pm. The teams will play the rematch the following night in North Battleford, and Country 104 will have the call, with the pregame show beginning at 7:15 pm, prior to the 7:30 puck drop.