The SJHL announced Kindersley Klippers defender Blake Kleiner as the Defenceman of the Week for his play against the Terriers and Millionaires last week.
Kleiner helped the Klippers claim three wins out of four during their latest road trip. His stat line reads as follows:
- Tuesday at Yorkton: one goal
- Wednesday at Melville: one goal (powerplay goal)
- Friday at Yorkton: one assist
- Saturday at Melville: two assists
The Lethbridge, Alberta product has had himself an impressive year on the blueline, which helped earn him a trip to the SJHL/MJHL Showcase last month. In his second season with the Klippers, Kleiner has tallied 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points with three of those goals coming off the powerplay. The 19-year-old also has one game-winning goal and one shootout-winning goal under his belt this year.
Grateful for the recognition he received from the league after his 5 points in 4 games, Blake said it wouldn't have been possible to have these good performances without the help of his team.
"We have some guys on our team do a very good job at shutting them down and it kind of gave me a window to go out and be a little more offensive-minded on the ice," said Kleiner. "I guess I was having bounces come my way all week."
The next set of games on the horizon for the Klippers will be at the West Central Events Centre. Tonight, the Klippers will share the ice with the Weyburn Red Wings followed by a date on Saturday night against the Yorkton Terriers.
He said with the regular season starting to wind down over the next few weeks, him and his teammates will have to make good use of their home ice advantage over the coming days in order to keep on top of their division.
"We just gotta realize what we have in the dressing room. It's a great group of guys and the coaches, and the whole town is around us this here," mentioned Kleiner. "It's us realizing what we have and the potential we can reach. The boys are going to be fired up to be back at home."
This evening's tussle with the Red Wings begins at 7:30 p.m. from the West Central Events Centre.