Despite a late goal in the third period to tie the game up against the Nipawin Hawks, the Kindersley Klippers fell short to the Hawks 3-2 in a shootout last night at the West Central Events Centre.
The first goal of the matchup didn't show up until the halfway mark of the game. Colton Nikiforuk's chance in front of the Klippers net found its way past Kindersley's Justen Close to give the Hawks the game's first lead.
Nearly five minutes later, the Klippers found their breakthrough from Caden Benson. During 4-on-4 play, Benson received a pass from Ty Enns near the left faceoff circle and roofed the puck over Patrick Pugliese's shoulder to tie the game at 1-1. It was Benson's 7th goal of the season and Blake Kleiner was credited with the second assist.
Despite a period loaded with powerplay opportunities, the Klippers and Hawks remained even until the third period. Seven and a half minutes in, the Hawks scored on the man advantage through Carson Erhardt's 11th tally this season, giving the Hawks back the lead.
Even after going on the penalty kill a couple times following Nipawin's go-ahead goal, the Klippers managed to stay within a goal heading into the final couple minutes of the game. With 1:19 left in regulation, Blake Kleiner's slapshot received a friendly deflection in front of the Hawks' cage, causing the puck to jump over Pugliese and bounce into the goal for the game-tying marker.
Both locked 2-2 and guaranteed at least a point each, no one was able to find the winner during the 3-on-3 overtime period. The game went to a shootout where Caden Benson, Ty Enns and Devon Cyr were all denied by Pugliese. Nipawin's Austen Flaman found the twine as the second shooter and the Hawks took the full two points over the Klippers in a 3-2 road win.
After the shootout loss, the green and whites remain second in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division with 44 points, a point behind the division-leading Broncos who have played three more games.
The Klippers unveiled new uniforms last night and will be worn as their alternate jerseys a few more times this season. The jersey draws inspiration from the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders home uniform, honouring the most popular professional sports franchise in the province during the SJHL's 50th anniversary celebration this year.
Fans will have the chance to place bids on these game-worn jerseys throughout the season until the team's regular season finale on March 2nd.
The Flin Flon Bombers will be in Kindersley this weekend for back-to-back games versus the Klippers. Saturday's showdown is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. while Sunday's game will be played at 2:00 p.m. from the Events Centre.