The clash of titans is scheduled for tomorrow night in the Sask West Hockey League when the Wilkie Outlaws fight on home ice against the Kindersley Sr. Klippers.
It is one of the most anticipated contests of the season for a couple reasons. The Klippers and the Outlaws are both undefeated, have 8 wins and are tied for top spot in the league standings.
The other part of this matchup is the history between these two clubs. Wilkie and Kindersley have brewed up a rivalry over the last few years between heated games in league playoffs and provincials. Their latest encounter was during last year's SWHL Finals when tensions boiled over in Game 3 of that series in Wilkie when the Outlaws won 10-2 for their fourth league title in a row.
Back then, Kindersley senior hockey team was known as the Red Lions before they decided to return to their roots during the offseason and rename their team the Senior Klippers. This will be the first time in SWHL history the Outlaws will face the Sr. Klippers. Of course, most of the players have been acquainted for quite some time now. But on paper, it has always been the Red Lions versus the Outlaws in league matchups.
Wilkie has a shot at gaining sole possession of first place in the standings when they host the Macklin Mohawks tonight, a team still searching for win number 1 this year. If they can remain unbeaten this weekend, the Outlaws will have a two-point separation from the Klippers.
The last time Kindersley defeated Wilkie in a regular season showdown was back on January 15, 2015, when the Red Lions won 6-5 in overtime at the West Central Events Centre. Nearing its four year anniversary, the Sr. Klippers would like to turn a fresh page and accomplish a feat they haven't been able to do in a few years.
Tomorrow night's game starts at 8:00 p.m. from the SaskCan Community Centre in Wilkie. Hockey fans can tune in to Classic Hits Radio 1210/1330 on the AM dial for the live broadcast starting at 7:45 p.m. with the pre-game show.