The Kindersley Jr. Klippers fell behind in the first half of their Family Day affair with Humboldt on Monday. The Broncos stormed out to a 4-0 lead at the halfway point of regulation thanks to two powerplay goals and some super passing plays.
Jacob Boucher started his big day with a powerplay goal at 13:04 of the first period, his 17th of the season. The Broncos got another powerplay late in the first which overlapped into the second, and Spencer Bell took a sweet pass from Boucher, for an easy tap in at the side of the net to double the lead.
Humboldt kept coming and got a goal from Maddox Amaral at 8:40 to increase the lead. The Broncos the got another, with Lucas Ceccarelli getting his 11th at 9:34 to make the score 4-0.
Undeterred, the Klippers came back just 28 seconds later, with Logan Linklater putting the puck past Jared Picklyk for his 9th goal and 27th point in just 22 games for the Klippers. The helpers went to Tylin Hilbig and Danton Cox.
Then in what could have been a turning point in the game, Alec Saretzky directed the puck towards the net with his right skate and it was initially called a goal on the ice. After a brief discussion between the officials, it was determined to be kicked in intentionally by Saretzky and was waved off.
The Klippers got a powerplay of their own shortly thereafter, and they took advantage. Danton Cox continued his strong play as of late, blasting a shot from the right point past Picklyk to make the score 4-2. The goal was Cox's 2nd of the season, and the helper went to Matt Mazzocchi.
Kindersley crept even closer, with Mazzocchi causing a turnover inside the Broncos end, going up the left wing and beating Picklyk on the short side to pull within one. The tally was Maz's 13th of the season. Kindersley kept coming in the third and had some chances on the powerplay but could not convert.
Then with just under two minutes left in regulation, Lucky Lake's Jaydon Jessiman got a partial break and was fouled from behind. The rookie Klipper was awarded a penalty shot and went in 1-on-1 against Picklyk. Jessiman tried to go on the left side of the Humboldt netminder but was stopped by the blocker and pad to keep the game at 4-3 Broncos.
This was as close as Kindersley would come to tying the game, as Humboldt held on for the one goal victory.
The Klippers should keep their heads high after this game, as they were the better team for the last 30 minutes of playing time against one the elite teams in the SJHL.
Kindersley kicks off a three game homestand on Wednesday against the Yorkton Terriers. Puck drop from the WCEC is 7:30 pm.