In a game they desperately needed the win, the Kindersley Jr. Klippers came out with their best effort of the season in Notre Dame Wednesday.
The Klippers dominated the play, getting the first four of five good scoring chances, but could not convert. But the play translated to the ice breaker in this one.
Logan Linklater personally took this game over at times, but it was the two Klippers veterans connecting on a 2-on-1 to give Kindersley a 1-0 lead. Matthew Mazzocchi got his team leading 12th to match his jersey number, on a nice setup from Aidan Bangs.
The Hounds answered back just 19 seconds later however, on a nice end to end rush by Liam Hunks, beating goaltender Logan Falk over the left shoulder to even the score.
But as mentioned before Linklater went to work, walking around Marko Djordjevic, setting up Tylin Hilbig for a tap in goal, his second in two games.
The Klippers added to their lead in the second, as Linklater once again capitalized, this time on a 2-on-1, as he went upstairs over the left shoulder of Hounds goaltender Tucker Inabinet.
The Linklater show continued later on in the period, as he was to the left of goaltender Inabinet, and found Tylin Hilbig on the other side of the cage for an easy two footer to increase the lead.
Then Jaydon Jessiman got a nice pass from Aidan Taylor from behind the net, walked in the slot and buried one to give the Klippers some breathing room at 5-1.
The Hounds came back with an early goal in the third period, as Hunks got his second of the game, just as a penalty to Ethan Hilbig expired.
Notre Dame kept pressing, but Logan Falk, who was a star himself this game, stood tall to keep the Hounds at bay. Falk made some spectacular saves when the score was 2-1 early in the second period, and the Klippers seemed to feed off the strong goaltending.
Kindersley iced this game late, with Linklater finding a loose puck and burying his second of the night. The hometown Klipper now has five points in the two games to start this road swing.
Doing even better is another hometown Klipper, Tylin Hilbig, who has six points in the two games, is playing his best hockey of season, and seemed to get a spark when Linklater returned to the lineup.
The two teams are right back at it at the Dunc Tank in Wilcox Friday night. Country 104 has the call, with the Murlin Electronics pregame show beginning at 7:15 pm.