The Kindersley Sr. Klippers will be playing a familiar foe in the first round of the SWHL playoffs, the Unity Miners.
The Sr. Klippers defeated the Miners in the past two postseasons and Unity will have revenge on their minds. Sr. Klippers alternate captain Shayne Neigum expects the young team to come out strong in tonight's opening game at the Unity Community Centre.
“They (Unity) have a good, feisty young team and they're going to be really good for years to come. They are no slouch; they are a good young team, and we will be ready to go.”
As for the regular season, it was an up and down for the Sr. Klippers, but they still managed to finish second in a very competitive SWHL with a 10-8 record. The Miners may sit a 1-16-1, but they gave Kindersley a couple of good games earlier this season in Unity.
Neigum also talked about a hot hand heading into the playoffs, leading scorer Lane Gilliss. “He’s a really good guy. The first thing I will touch on other than him being a great hockey player is just being a great individual and great person.”
Neigum also talked about starting goaltender Logan Drackett, who also joined Gilliss traveling all the way from Calgary to play for Kindersley during the season.
“Him (Gilliss) and Logan Drackett’s commitment to come out of Calgary to come out of Calgary has been amazing this year. Their on-ice product is really shining though. And Lane has the hot stick right now, and it’s a good time to get hot because it all matters starting now.”
Game one of the best of three first round series will be broadcast on Country 104 tonight, with the pregame show from the Unity Community Centre beginning at 8:20 pm.