It was a low scoring affair at the West Central Events Centre on Saturday night. Both teams were unable to get on the scoresheet in the opening period, despite some chances from both sides. Kindersley had a 5-on-3 powerplay but could not convert, and Notre Dame took the play to Kindersley for most of the period besides the time they were shorthanded. Cody Jaman started off his solid night making great saves throughout the opening period. Tucker Inabinet was also good for the Hounds between the pipes.
The second period saw the Klippers score, as the Teddy bear toss goal was scored by Kyler Smith, his first in the SJHL, on a screenshot from the left point. The assists went to Logan Linklater and Tylin Hilbig. The Klippers then got into penalty trouble, as Ethan Scriven and Adam Paplawski both were off for the Klippers. The Hounds and Evan Vanden Heuvel took advantage on a shot by Carson Baylis which ricocheted off the back boards and was put in for his fifth of the season.
The teams played a physical third period, and Kindersley once again got a two-man advantage but could not convert once again. The Klippers then took three straight penalties, and if it wasn't for the standup goaltending of Jaman, the game would have been out of hand. To be fair to the Klippers, the officiating in this game was questionable at best, with both teams getting a total of 15 infractions. There was no scoring in the third and overtime, so the teams went to a shootout.
Finally, after a total of nine rounds in the shootout, Ethan Scriven squeaked one through the five-hole of Inabinet to give Kindersley a 2-1 shootout victory. Both goalies in this game were superb, but Jaman was just a little better making 41 saves on 42 shots, including all nine in the shootout for the SO win.
Kindersley now heads on the road for three games in four days swing, starting in Estevan on Tuesday. Puck drop for that game will be 7:00 pm, with the Murlin Electronics pregame show beginning at 6:45 pm from Affinity Place.
Video of Teddy bear toss night by Cooper Douglas.