The Kindersley Sr. Klippers managed to finish off the Unity Miners over the weekend, in round one action of the SWHL playoffs. Game one was in Unity and the Klippers got on the board first off a faceoff win by Jonny Calkins in the offensive zone. Byron Ismond found the loose puck and beat Unity goaltender Bryan Bridges to make the score 1-0.
The Klippers made it 2-0 early in the second period on the powerplay, as Lane Gilliss continued his hot streak. The helpers went Calkins and Logan Stephanson. Then an absolute brew ha-ha erupted at the halfway point of the period, as Shayne Neigum went after a loose puck and slashed goaltender Bryan Bridges. He was then knocked down by Jered Risling and then Miners defenseman Jaxon Bertoia came into the picture, dropped his gloves and threw haymakers while Neigum was down the ice. Bertoia was given two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct for his actions. As the dust settled, Kindersley was given a seven-minute powerplay, but didn't manage to convert. But they did make it 3-0 with 6:33 to go in the second, as Stephanson let an absolute rocket go from the left point and beat Bridges clean of the left shoulder to make the score 3-0. Kyle Donaldson and Damon McKenzie picked up the assists.
The third period saw Unity comeback with a goal just over five minutes in, as Brayden Schultz beat Kindersley's Cody Beswitherick with a perfect shot to give the Miners life at 3-1. But that was as close as the Miners would get, as they fell 3-1. Bridges was superb in the net for Unity, making the score respectable with some great saves.
Looking at game two, it was all Kindersley at the WCEC. Kyle Donaldson got the party started on a nice shot over the left shoulder of Miners goaltender Ryan Rewarts, Ismond and Calkins picked up the assists. Tyler Traptow made the score 2-0 late in the period on a nice rush. Neigum picked up the lone assist.
The second period saw Kindersley add to their lead, as Byron Ismond let an absolute howitzer go, that managed to go through the net. The play continued before the officials stopped play, got together and awarded Kindersley the goal. McKenzie and Calkins picked up the helpers to make the score 3-0. Brody Ryberg and Jared Erickson scored as well before the end of the second to make the score. 5-0.
Kindersley managed four more goals in the third to win the game going away, 9-0. Calkins, Pocock, and McKenzie with two gave Kindersley the easy win and sweep over Unity.
The Klippers will have to wait for their opponent in round two.