The semifinal round of the Sask West Hockey League seems to be getting more and more interesting as the days go by.

One side of the bracket features the Wilkie Outlaws and the Unity Miners knotted up in a tie after the teams split the first two games of the series. On the other hand, the Kindersley Klippers pulled off a much-needed win on Sunday over the Macklin Mohawks to stay alive in the playoffs.

It all started after the Mohawks convincingly won Game 2 on Saturday by a 7-3 final at home. Macklin's top line of Brad Buckingham, Cody McKinnon and Spencer Bast came to life throughout the game and led the way offensively for the Mohawks. Brian Hillis also pitched in with two goals in the win.

After a frustrating series thus far for last year's runners up, the Klippers were able to respond in Game 3. Pulling themselves away from the wall, the Klippers found the back of the net twice in the first period and were able to hold on to their lead for the rest of the game, winning it 6-2.

Despite the Klippers taking the latest matchup in this series, they'll need to harness that momentum and carry it in to Game 4 if they want to keep their season rolling. With the series at 2-1 for Macklin, the Mohawks need only one win to eliminate the Klippers and advance to the league final for the first time since 2012 when they won the championship.

Last year as the Red Lions, Kindersley came back from being down 2-0 in their semifinal series with the Mohawks to win it 3-2.

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 A few Klippers received their league awards from board member Clayton Artymovich prior to Game 3 on Sunday versus the Macklin Mohawks. TOP LEFT: Landon Longmire - Rookie of the Year. TOP RIGHT: Matt Glencross - Coach of the Year. BOTTOM LEFT: Jesse Ismond - 2nd Team All-Star. BOTTOM RIGHT: Luke Sproule - 2nd Team All-Star. (Photos courtesy of Brady Bitz)


Meanwhile, the Miners and Outlaws are preparing for Game 3 of their duel tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Wilkie. The Miners started the series with a massive comeback performance in Game 1 when they scored four unanswered goals in the 3rd period to win 7-5 away from home.

But the Outlaws were able to claw themselves back even with their opponents by returning the favour in Game 2 at the Unity Community Centre. A Dustin Glackin goal halfway through the final frame proved to be the difference maker as Wilkie won 6-4 in enemy territory to bring the series to a 1-1 tie.

The winner of tonight's game will have the opportunity to book their spot in the SWHL Final if they can win on Friday in Unity. The Outlaws have won four straight championships in the league (six if you count their back-to-back titles in the former North Saskatchewan River Hockey League) while the Miners are aiming to make their first appearance since 2014, the same year they hoisted the trophy over their heads.


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