The Kindersley Jr. Klippers and Yorkton Terriers played for the fifth and final team this season at the WCEC Wednesday. This was Tyler Traptow's first game as Interim GM and Head Coach, after Kindersley parted ways with Ken Plaquin earlier on Wednesday.
The Klippers got on the board first, on a nice end to end rush by Nathan DeGraves for his third of the season. The assist went to Brayden Koch. Kindersley dominated the opening period, and if it wasn't for the stellar goaltending of Caleb Allen, the game would have been a runaway.
The Terriers tied the game on a goal by Cohner Saleski, his 7th of the season. But Kindersley retook the lead just 46 seconds later, as Alex Mack got his third of the season. The assists went to DeGraves and Logan Linklater on a nice passing play.
The second started with a spectacular play from Dylan Ruptash. The rookie knocked down a pass from teammate Clay Sleeva in his own zone at his shoulders in the center ice area, baseball style. He walked in and beat Cody Jaman to tie the game at 2 at the 46 second mark.
The Klippers regained the lead on a goal by hometown Klipper Linklater, his 10th of the season and 29th point in just 23 games since joining the club.
The third saw a bad stretch by Kindersley which ultimately lost the game for the hometown team. Karsten Kruska scored his third of the season at 3:50 and just 16 seconds later Maddux Nollski scored on a partial break to give Yorkton a 4-3 lead. Then the Terriers took a two-goal lead on an odd man rush with Greg Nelson and Nollski. Nelson finished off the pass and ran into Jaman to add insult to injury. The Klippers rookie netminder was shaken but stayed in the game.
The Klippers applied pressure late with the goaltender pulled, but with just over a minute to go, Tylin Hilbig was wide open out front, but Allen made an unbelievable glove save diving like a starfish.
Hilbig would eventually score with 15.7 seconds to go, his team leading 15th of the season, but it wasn't enough, as Kindersley fell 5-4.
To say the officiating in this game was good would be an understatement, as there were missed calls on both teams, and some icings and offsides were missed as well.
This included a rush by Cash Arntsen, where the puck appeared to squirt in behind Caleb Allen, but it was disallowed.
There was also a blatant too many men called missed, as 7 Terriers were on the ice while they had control of the puck.
This is a frustrating loss for Kindersley as there were the better team for the majority of this one, but three goals in 87 seconds was the difference for the Terriers, who ended their six-game losing streak.
The Klippers play division rival Notre Dame this Friday at 7:30 pm from the WCEC.