It was an exciting matchup between the Macklin Sr. Mohawks and the Kindrsley Sr. Klippers Sunday night in Macklin.
The Mohawks came out fast in this one, as former Jr. Klipper Carson Pickett scored just 26 seconds in to get the hometown team off on the right foot.
Undeterred, the Sr. Klippers came back just 1:01 later, as Carson Grolla got his 4th of the playoffs to tie it up. Byron Ismond and Jon Calkins got the helpers.
Things stayed tied until the Klippers got into penalty trouble late in the period with David Dziurzynski and Tate Page in the box.
Brad Buckingham tipped in a perfect low shot from Mitch Brennan from the right point to give the Mohawks a 5-on-3 powerplay goal.
The teams locked in a goaltending duel I have not in senior hockey for a long time and it was fabulous to watch. Both Klippers Travis Child and Mohawks Kyle Dumba made countless big saves to keep in at 2-1. But it was Child who bailed out the Klippers in the second stanza to give them a chance in the third.
Because of the stellar play of the Klippers netminder, Kindersley tied it up off a Byron Ismond shot, as the rebound came right to Brandon Cummings and he buried to make it 2-2.
Macklin and Kindersley then went to extra time, and there were countless chances by both sides before off a faceoff win by Cody McKinnon in the offensive zone in the right circle, Jared Hillis took a shot from the right hash marks at the boards and it squeezed through Child's arm and body and trickled in. The Credit Union Legacy Centre erupted and so did the Macklin bench, and the Mohawks are heading to the SWHL championship for the second straight season.
This is a tough pill to swallow for the Kindersley Sr. Klippers, as the Macklin Mohawks once again knocked them out of the playoffs. The Macklin squad seems to have Kindersley's number when the chips are down, as this is the third time since 2019 they have defeated the Klippers in the playoffs, with all three final games being decided by one goal.
Macklin will play Wilkie, in a rematch of the 2022 SWHL championship which was won in five games by the Mohawks.