The Kindersley Sr. Klippers and Loreburn 19ers played game one of their best of three provincial playoff series last night at the Co-op Arena, also known as the airport. Kindersley fell behind early on a goal Josh Anderson as he beat Klippers goalie Cody Beswitherick to make the score 1-0. Kindersley clawed their way back and tied the score at one thanks to Damon McKenzie, who buried one to the tie things up at one. The Klippers then doubled their lead on a beautiful setup from Lane Gilliss to Tyler Traptow who found the empty net behind Ethan Hein for a powerplay marker to make the score 2-1.
Jumping ahead to the second period, Byron Ismond made the score 3-1 for the Klippers cutting down the left-wing side and going upstairs. Jon Calkins and Gage Misskey picked up the assists. Trapper then went to work and got his second of the game on a perfect pass from Matt Fletcher to make it 4-1, Adam Antkowiak picked up the second assist. Then on a bad break, the puck managed to find its way past Kindersley's Beswitherwick to make it 4-2. Undeterred, Kindersley came back with Carson Grolla scoring on a seeing eye shot from the point on the powerplay, Traptow picked up the assist. Kindersley kept coming on a smart play from pickup Kylar Hope as he shot from the goal line extended and banked it of the inside of Hein's pad to make it 6-2 the lone assist went Misskey.
Looking at the third period, the 19ers made things a little interesting as they got to quick goals one by Sean Delwo and the other by captain Gil Martens to make the score 6-4. But the Klippers held on for the win, as Shayne Neigum scored into the empty net to make final score 7-4.
The teams will renew hostilities this Friday at the Loreburn Arena, with puck drop at 8:00 pm. Country 104 will have all the provincial playoff action, with the pregame show beginning at 7:45 pm.