The Kindersley Klippers are having themselves a remarkable season in 2018-2019. They rest on the top perch of the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division and are second in the league standings with 18 games left until playoffs.
Crazy to think that forward Ty Enns only joined the Klippers back in mid-November when the team was on a slide during the first half of the month. His acquisition from the AJHL's Bonnyville Pontiacs has proven to be one of the many reasons why the Klippers continue to keep pace with the league's best in the standings. In 17 games this season, the 20-year-old has put up a stat line of 6-15-21.
It's no reason he was one of four Klippers chosen to attend this year's SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina earlier this week.
Placed on Team Mitchell with teammates Tyler Traptow and Blake Kleiner, Enns notched an assist on Kleiner's goal during their first game of the showcase, resulting in an 8-5 win over the MJHL's Team Zajac.
"I thought it was a really good event they put on and it was a good experience that gives scouts a chance to see how guys perform in other environments," said Enns. "Overall, I was pretty excited to be a part of it."
From Cartwright, Manitoba, Enns played his minor hockey in the Keystone Province, which included leading his midget team, the Pembina Valley Hawks, to a midget hockey championship in 2014-2015. He's also played a couple years in the MJHL which culminated in a league title with the Portage Terriers in 2017.
For Enns, getting a chance to share the ice with some familiar faces from his Manitoba days was one of the highlights for him during the showcase event.
"It was pretty cool to be able to go out there and give them a little hack on the back of the legs to let them know you're there," Enns laughed thinking about the experience. "Even being able to see the guys off the ice and spend some time with them was good to get back in touch with them."
Enns, Traptow, Kleiner and Close will slide back in their green and white jerseys tonight when they return to the West Central Events Centre against the Battlefords North Stars. The fight for first in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division is as tight as ever between the Klippers (55 pts), North Stars (52 pts) and Humboldt Broncos (51 pts) with four points separating the three teams.
Every point matters now with a couple months of the regular season left. Taking on a Battlefords squad who has won their last two matches, Enns discusses what they'll have to do to earn the two points tonight versus their opponents.
"They're our rival and they are going to come out very physical against us," he said. "Every time we play them their goalie seems to be doing pretty hot. So I think we just have to get traffic in front of the net, get our shots through, and hopefully bang some clutch goals in."
The Klippers are 2-1-1-0 in 2019 after starting the new year with four games between the La Ronge Ice Wolves. After tonight's tilt versus the North Stars, the Klippers are off to North Battleford (January 22nd), Yorkton (January 29th) and Melville (January 30th) to close out the month.
Tonight's game starts at 7:30 p.m. from Kindersley. Season ticket holders are able to use old tickets from earlier this season that were not yet used for tonight's season ticket redemption night.