After walking into the Whitney Forum banged up on Friday and only dressing 11 forwards in Friday night's 4-0 loss, the Klippers only had 10 forwards on Saturday after Ethan King was checked from behind and was forced to sit out. The Klippers were able to solve the Bombers' goaltender this time around but would fall short of a comeback and then some in a 7-2 loss.
While the Klippers came out of the gate swinging on Friday by leading the shots 14-8 by the end of the period, Saturday's game was the exact opposite as they were behind 15-5 by the end of the first. They had the only powerplay of the first for either team, but just managed two shots and one of them was a dump in from the blue line.
As for the score, the Bombers broke the ice on a onetimer from Reece Richmond went through traffic and past Pesenti in net, the intial assist going to his defensive partner Lucas Fry and forward Cole Duperault just under eight minutes in.
The Bombers added a second before the end of the first period when Jaxon Martens came down the right side of the ice on an odd man rush but decided to do it himself with a laser of a wrist shot that went just below Pesenti's outstretched glove, assists to Duperault and Jaedon Mercier.
After 1: Klippers 0 - 2 Bombers
The second period was better for the Klippers, but it didn't start that way. The Bombers would score what end up being the game winner 22 seconds into the period when Duperault would score off an uncharacteristic turnover when he tried to rush the puck out from behind the net with a pass and hit one of the Bombers' forecheckers, and Duperault waited for the puck in the slot and hammered it home.
After that, the Klippers got a few things going themselves. Noah Lindsay scored his fourth of the season to tie the team lead when he fired a wrist shot short side under the arm of the blocker of Bombers' goaltender Max Hildebrand, and the puck fell, bounced, and rolled it's way into the net with Tylin Hillbig and Josh Pufahl picking up assists seven minutes into the period.
Two minutes later on the powerplay, the Klippers added another when Lindsay sent the puck from the left side of the blue line to Brenden Lee, and he fired a slap shot into traffic that Tylin Hillbig was able to tip beautifully through the five hole to suddenly give their shorthanded lineup some life.
Unfortunately, the wheels fell off from their with some weird penalty calls. Cash Arnsten was blown up on a late hit along the wall, and he stood up to return the hit as one of the Bombers was crashing the net with the puck and Arnsten was called on a charge. With 22 seconds left in the kill, Jack Michell was punched in the face about three feet in front of the ref and went down, and he went to the box for embelishment along with the roughing call to Brett Wieschorster,
With one of the best penalty killing defenceman off the ice for the Klippers, the Bombers capitalized for their only powerplay goal on three chances thanks to an unassisted effort from Jeremi Tremblay for his third goal in two games against the Klippers.
After 2: Klippers 2 - 4 Bombers
In the third period, nothing seemed to go right for the Klippers including a penalty where Carson Baylis was hauled down along the wall in his own zone and somehow end up going to the penalty box for roughing. The Klippers were able to kill it off.
Halfway through the period, the Bombers scored to extend their lead thanks to Zak Smith when after circling behind the net with the puck, Jeremi Tremblay sent it towards the slot. Jacob Vockler got a whack at the puck, but that just sent it to an open Smith who fired it from the right of the slot to score.
Two minutes later and Cole Vardy would score for the Bombers from the blue line. The Klippers would send the puck up the right side of their zone and Vardy made a nice play to hold it in, and he fired home a hard slapshot through traffic to score.
The final tally of the night for the Bombers is one that Pesenti would soon rather forget. Defenceman Xavier Lapointe picked up a loose puck at the left side of centre and fired it towards the net to dump the puck in, and he got involved in a bit of a dust up before the horn went off and he raised his arms in celebration after scoring from centre ice.
FINAL: Klippers 2 - 7 Bombers
The Klippers will get a full three days of rest before their next action on Wednesday where they will look to avenge their worst effort of the season against the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox at 8:00pm.