It was another fast paced back and forth game at the Nipawin Centennial Arena Tuesday night.
The teams were scoreless in the first but Logan Linklater changed that on a nice backhand from the slot, beating Hawks goaltender Damon Cunningham to give the Klippers a 1-0 lead. The goal was Links 13th of the season and 34th point in just 26 games played.
The Hawks tied it up on the powerplay, as Braxton Buckberger finished a nice passing play for his 22nd of the season, going upstairs on Klippers goaltender Logan Falk.
Then late in the period, the Klippers got a bad break, as a Reid Mackay centering attempt went off Ethan Hilbig and behind Falk for a 2-1 Hawks lead.
Vito Biondo was a force all night for the Hawks, and he got on the board early in the third on a nice rush for his 2nd of the season and Nipawin's lead now reached 3-1.
Undeterred, the Klippers came back just 24 seconds later, with Danton Cox continuing his strong play, taking a Aidan Bangs faceoff win going all around the net and wrapping it around short side, to get Kindersley within one. The goal was Cox's 3rd of the season.
Then just 16 seconds later, Tylin Hilbig tied it off a Cash Arntsen shot, with the second assist going to Linklater. Arntsen had one of his better games of the season getting two assists, and the big line was once again strong for Kindersley.
This baby looked to destined to overtime for the fourth consecutive time, but with just 2:33 to go, Plenty native Carson Dobson caused a turnover in the offensive zone, found Reece Malkewich at the left point and he went over the left shoulder of Falk for a 4-3 Hawks lead.
This would be the game winner, as Reid Mackay found the empty net with just 16 seconds left to ice a 5-3 Hawks win. Dobson had a great night for Nipawin getting three assists, and Joel Mabin was even better with four helpers. Malkewich had a goal and an assist and so did Kindersley's Linklater.
Kindersley will look to comeback with a win in Melfort Wednesday night. Country 104 will have the broadcast, with the Murlin Electronics pregame show with Chris Omness beginning at 7:15 pm.