The Kindersley Jr. Klippers were also busy over the weekend playing three games, two in Weyburn, and one in Notre Dame. Game one was in Weyburn Friday night and the Klippers fell behind 1-0 on a late goal by the Red Wings Carter Briltz, his 3rd of the season at 17:54. Before that there was an altercation, as Klippers forward John Vanden Elzen was assessed a major penalty for boarding and also got a fighting major with Dallen Oxelgren. Vanden Elzen was also assessed two separate game misconduct penalties.
Weyburn doubled their lead early in the second on a goal by Cade Meiklejohn, his 13th of the season to make the score 2-0. Things looked bleak for Kindersley as the Red Wings Matthew Hodson made the score 3-0 at 3:34, his 2nd of the season. But Kindersley managed to get their way back into the game thanks to hometown Klipper Tylin Hilbig. The Klippers veteran scored two late powerplay goals as Weyburn's Lucas Schmid was assessed a major penalty for checking to the head. The Red Wings were shorthanded two men for the first Hilbig powerplay goal at 18:52, as Jerome Maharaj was in the box for boarding as well. Nathan DeGraves and Kayen Ostrom assisted the first goal, while Brock Mueller and Brock Evans assisted the second goal which gave Hilbig 23 on the season and got Kindersley within one at 3-2.
The third period saw Kindersley pushing for the equalizer, but they could not capitalize on a four-minute powerplay. Weyburn weathered the storm from there and Briltz got his second of the night at 17:34 to make the score 4-2. Then Matthew Hodson found the empty net under a minute later as Kindersley pulled Logan Falk, to give the Red Wings a 5-2 victory. It was bad luck all around for the Klippers as captain Logan Linklater was injured and did not play the remainder of the weekend.
The rematch with the Red Wings started off better for Kindersley, as Rosetown native Kayden Ostrom scored his 4th of the season 8:57 in to give the Klippers a 1-0 lead. Tylin Hilbig and Brock Evans picked up the assists. The Red Wings came back just over two minutes later, as Jacob Visentini got his 10th of the season to sew things up at one.
The second period also saw one goal from each team. The Red Wings took the lead at 2:56, as Briltz put in his third of the weekend versus Kindersley and 5th overall on the season. Undeterred, Kindersley came back just nine seconds later, as Cobe Perlinger got his 7th of the season, with the assists going to brother Cam and Nathan DeGraves.
The third period saw no scoring along with overtime, so this game had to be settled in a shootout. Ostrom scored the only goal in the shootout and gave the Klippers a 3-2 victory. Cody Jaman made all four saves in the shootout to preserve the win. Some unfortunate news also came out of this game as Brock Mueller was injured and did not play in Sunday's game versus Notre Dame.
Moving onto Sunday, the Klippers finished their road swing in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds. After a scoreless first period, it was all Notre Dame in the second, as the Hounds scored three goals in the first 4:22 to give them a 3-0 lead. Kindersley defenseman Simon Diaz scored his first as Klipper at 5:09, which was the highlight of this game for Kindersley. Notre Dame picked up one more goal at 7:13 by Marko Djordjevic to give them a 4-1 lead.
The third period saw Kindersley get within two, as Ethan Hilbig got his 2nd of the season to make the score 4-2. DeGraves and Evans picked up the assists. But with the goaltender pulled and being on the powerplay to cause a 6-on-4 advantage, Kindersley gave up two shorthanded goals, one by Kyle Kalamaras and the other by Van Eger to make the final score 6-2.
Due to injuries, Kindersley played Cooper Flath Saturday versus the Red Wings, Pryce Thiessen and Ryan McDonald played on Sunday against Notre Dame. And they also had to dress defenseman Luke Schrader and Jacob Dennis as forwards both Saturday and Sunday. Cash Arntsen was also injured over the weekend and did not play Saturday and Sunday.
Kindersley will be back on the ice Wednesday night at the West Central Events Centre versus the Melville Millionaires. Puck drop will be 7:30 pm.