It was a frustrating night for the Kindersley Klippers yesterday evening at the West Central Events Centre as the visiting Melfort Mustangs won 3-1.
The two clubs were tied for fifth place heading into last night's matchup, but the win for Melfort pushes the Klippers down to 6th in the league standings.
Usually whoever scores the first goal of the game has a good chance at winning. That's exactly what the Mustangs did 3:37 into the first period as Justin Ball tallied his 20th goal of the season going upstairs on Justen Close from close range during a 2-on-1 counter attack. Hobson collected the lone assist on the play.
The two would find themselves on the scoresheet 8 minutes later, this time with Ball providing the assist for Hobson's slapper from the point past a screened Close to make it 2-0 Mustangs.
A scoreless second period left things the same for the last frame. The biggest moment from the second came from a check from behind by Kyle Bosch on Melfort defenceman Kayle Tosh who was slow to get up after the play, but would return in the third period.
Following the hit, Hobson grabbed ahold of Bosch and took him down to the ice as a retaliation move to defend his teammate. Klippers defenceman Grant Ziegler and Melfort's Kyle Schneider were also involved in some rough stuff following the play. As a result, Bosch received a game misconduct and the Mustangs went on the powerplay with no goal to show by the end of the man advantage.
Kindersley finally found their first goal of the game a minute into the first. A nice transition play from Josh Fletcher resulted in him finding Will Van der Sloot open on the right wing, sliding the puck through Hunter Arps's five hole to give the Klippers some hope early in the third.
With momentum on their side, the Klippers began piling on the offensive chances, including a couple golden opportunities that missed the net or needed a great save from Arps. A powerplay near the halfway mark of the third wasn't even enough to spark an equalizer from the home side.
Down to the last couple minutes of the game, the Klippers pulled Close for the extra attacker. Once the Mustangs received puck possession, Tyson Meyers and Jake Misskey leaped into a break, finding Carson Albrecht near the red line. The veteran Mustang launched the puck from half and slotted his 16th of the year to put the last nail in the coffin.
Hunter Arps was named the game's first star after making 33 saves and preserving Melfort's 15th win of the season. Justen Close meanwhile made 23 saves in the loss.
The Klippers are back at home this Saturday when they host the Weyburn Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. before they finish November with divisional road games in North Battleford, Wilcox and Humboldt.