The Kindersley Jr. Klippers played a doubleheader with the Nipawin Hawks this weekend at the WCEC. Friday night's game was an exciting back and forth affair which started with Chase Visser gets things going for the Hawks scoring his 8th of the season, with the helpers going to Liam McInnis and Braeden Jockims to give them a 1-0 lead. Kindersley's Easton Inglis tied the score just under 3 minutes later with his 10th of the season, Brock Mueller picked up the helper.
Heading into the second period, Nipawin's slick center ice man Evan Forrest scored his 14th of the season, with Tre Fouquette and Landon Pappas picking up the assists to make it 2-1 Hawks. Then the hometown Kindersley Twins went to work, as Cobe Perlinger got his 8th of the season, with brother Cam and Alex Mack assisting.
They continued that momentum into the third period, as Cam lit the lamp this time, his 5th of the season, with Mack and Simon Diaz assisting to make the score 3-2 Kindersley. Then the Klippers got some much-needed insurance as Zak Anderson got his lucky 7th goal of the season, Mueller and Inglis picked up the helpers to double the lead at 4-2. Then in an unfortunate giveaway by Klippers goaltender Matt Macpherson, Nipawin's Dallyn Peekeekoot put the puck into the net afterwards with the assist going to the Ukranian sensation Artem Hrabovetskyi. That was as close as the Hawks would get, as they could not tie the score. Make the final, 4-3 Klippers.
Now looking at Saturday's game, the Hawks came out with a little more bravado and got on the board first with a goal by captain Maguire Ratzlaff. Tre Fouquette and Evan Forrest picked up the helpers to make it 1-0.
Jumping forward to the second period, Kindersley took advantage of some Nipawin penalties, with Alex Mack scoring on a loose puck in the slot. Logan Linklater and Tylin Hilbig setup the powerplay goal, Mack's fourth of the season. The game was a feisty affair at times, with Hawks goaltender Tyson Endall getting involved in the action and getting a penalty for roughing. At one point the Hawks took four straight minor penalties in the second period alone.
The third period saw no scoring but plenty of chances, included a late rush by Cam Perlinger late in the third cutting down the right wing and firing it on the far side but he just missed.
Jumping to overtime, the Hawks ended this one quickly, as Alex Bernauer scored his 9th of the season on a nice shot from the right-wing beating Jaman to give Nipawin a much needed 2-1 win.
Kindersley will have to go back to the drawing board after Saturday's effort and will be heading back to the Cage for a rematch with the Hawks next week to start three games in four days stretch beginning on February 16.
Nipawin meanwhile will take home a valuable two points and will get ready for the moneymen from Melville to come and invade the Cage Wednesday night at 7pm, before Kindersley comes to town.