It has been a pretty good month for Kindersley Klippers goalie Justen Close.
He was named as one of the candidates for this season's SJHL Top Goalie Award and he secured his hockey and scholastic futures post-junior hockey by committing to the University of Minnesota and their Golden Gophers hockey program.
And now, for the fourth time this season, he is the latest recipient of the Goaltender of the Week honours.
In all three of his starts last week, Justen Close picked up three wins while posting 106 saves, a goals against average of 1.64, and a .955 save percentage. His clutch performances came in at a crucial time for the Klippers, winning on the road over the Humboldt Broncos twice, a team they are battling for first place in the division, and the league-leading Nipawin Hawks.
Among all SJHL goaltenders, Close has played the second-highest amount of minutes (2252), tied for second in shutouts (3), the third-best GAA (2.13) and save-percentage (.930%), and the most wins (24).
Points are as important as ever at this point in the season. The Green and Whites are currently in first place in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, but not by much. Kindersley currently holds 75 points in 55 games, the Battlefords North Stars in second with 74 points in 55, and the Broncos with 72 points in 56 games played. Not to mention there is only one point that separates the Klippers from the Hawks who are perched at the top of the league standings (76 points in 54 games).
The Klippers have three more games to end the regular season, two of which will be played at their home – the West Central Events Centre. On Friday, the Humboldt Broncos will be in town at 7:30 p.m., before the Notre Dame Hounds replace them for a 7:30 p.m. clash on Saturday night.
Kindersley will close out their schedule next Tuesday on the road versus the Battlefords North Stars.