It was a busy stretch for the Kindersley Sr. Klippers, as they played three games in three days. Not to mention in three different towns as well. Kindersley ran into a hot goaltender Thursday night at home, firing 53 shots at Edam emergency goaltender Brady Carr, but only Lane Gilliss could beat the young 16-year-old goaltender, with a shorthanded goal in the first period. Trayton Troesch answered for the 3 Stars to tie the score.
Then a familiar face ended up scoring the game winner as Darian Dziurzynski scored a powerplay goal at the halfway point of the second to give the 3 Stars a lead they would not relinquish thanks to their netminder and Kindersley getting some bad luck, as they hit about five posts. Joel Blaquiere made it 3-1 a couple of minutes later.
The third period saw Kindersley throw everything they had at Edam but to no avail, as the 3 Stars iced the game into the empty net, with Jordan Fransoo putting the nail in the coffin in this one, for a 4-1 Edam victory.
The Sr. Klippers then headed up to Macklin Friday for a matchup with the Mohawks. Macklin got on the board first in this one, with Jared Hillis scoring his 4th of the season off a Kindersley defender past goaltender Logan Drackett. Kindersley answered back just 30 seconds later, thanks to some hard work by Damon McKenzie and Dylan Georget, as they kept jamming away in the slot until Jessey Pocock managed to beat Mohawks netminder Trevor Martin for his 2nd of the season. It looked like the game would be tied heading into the second period, but Macklin leading scorer Spencer Bast completed a 3-on-2 rush, which bounced off a Klippers defender once again and found its way to the back of the net for his 7th of the season.
Early on in the second Kindersley responded with Lane Gilliss goal on a perfect passing play from Jonny Calkins to Byron Ismond, and he dropped off the pass to Gilliss and he came up the left side and beat Martin over the left shoulder to tie the score once again. The goal was Gilliss' 10th of the season. Then just over the halfway point of the period, Mohawks captain Cody McKinnon scored his 7th of the season on another crazy bounce to give Macklin a 3-2 lead. Undeterred, Kindersley came back quickly once again, as Damon McKenzie tipped in a point shot on the powerplay to tie the game at 3. The goal was McKenzie's 6th of the season.
The third period saw two goals, one early and one late, with both of them by the home team. The eventual game winner was scored by Jetlan Houcher, his 8th of the season 58 seconds in to the period. Kindersley pressed for the equalizer once again but could not tie it up this time around. Jared Hillis iced the game into the empty net with 1:17 left to give Macklin a 5-3 win.
The final game of the busy weekend was another frustrating one for the Sr. Klippers as they headed up to Edam for a rematch with the 3 Stars. Brody Roach got the home team off on the right foot with his 2nd of the season completing a 3-on-2 rush after the Dziurzynski brothers came in and Darian was stoned by Drackett, the puck came out in the slot and it was a wide open tap in for Roach.
The second period saw the 3 Stars double their lead as David Dziurzynski scored his 2nd of the season, with the assists going to brother Darian and Jordan Fransoo. Kindersley came back just 29 seconds later as McKenzie scored on a nice shot from the top of the right circles, beating 3 Stars netminder Taryn Kotchorek over left should ro cut the lead in half at 2-1. The assists on McKenzie's 7th of the year went to Jerrett Reichert and Nik Fomradas. But the 3 Stars came back with a powerplay goal with Gilliss in the box, as Darian Dziurzynski put in a rebound to the right of Drackett to make the score 3-1, his 5th of the season, which turned out to be the game winner.
Darian even got the insurance marker in the third to give the 3 Stars a 4-1 lead. Then late in the third period, Kindersley's frustration finally came to a boiling point, as after Damon Schafer knocked down Nik Fomradas into the back of the net, Drackett came to the defense of the defenseman and grabbed Schafer and chaos ensued. Drackett ended up wrestling with Jordan Fransoo in the corner, while everyone else paired off. Fomradas had to carried of the ice by his teammates and was visibly in pain. Schafer was assessed a Match penalty also a roughing minor, along with the automatic game misconduct.Drackett was also assessed a Match penalty and game misconduct. On the eventual Klippers powerplay, Jerrett Reichert got his 2nd of the season on a deflection to make the score 4-2, which was the final in this one.
Kindersley has now dropped their record to 9-8 and are currently on a four game losing streak. They will look to salvage their last game of the regular season at home versus Biggar on January 27 at 7:30 pm.