Starting a hockey season on a 14-game winning streak without losing a game is no easy task. But the Kindersley Sr. Klippers have managed to do just that with only a few games left before the start of league playoffs.
The Klippers are aiming to extend their streak with a couple games away from home this weekend. It all starts in Luseland tomorrow night versus the Mallards (0-13-0-0), then Macklin on Sunday against the Mohawks (3-6-2-1). With six games left before the postseason, the Klippers know how important it will be to bring their best on the road this weekend.
John Calkins, captain and centre for the Klippers, has been having himself a spectacular campaign, tied for fourth in league scoring with 35 points in 12 games. He has also managed to complete three hat tricks already this season on a deadly top line attack featuring Kyle Donaldson (13-25-38) and Jesse Ismond (11-21-32) on his wings.
Here, he speaks about the importance of "playing the right way" with a handful of games remaining in the regular season.
Their immediate opponents are the Luseland Mallards when they visit them tomorow night at the Luseland Memorial Arena. This will be the last regular season tilt between the Klippers and Mallards with Kindersley leading the season series 3-0 after some substantial victories earlier this season.
What is significant for the Klippers heading into the tail end of their schedule is to maintain their perfect record in order to take first place in the league standings. The last time Kindersley locked up top spot in the league was during the 2013-2014 season as the Kindersley Red Lions. At that time, the Wilkie Outlaws were not yet a part of the SWHL, and the Red Lions finished the season undefeated.
Calkins speaks on what is different about this year's team and why they have been flourishing as the Klippers.
Before the weekend, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association released the draw for provincials commencing in a few weeks. Due to Kindersley's population, the Klippers will be competing in the Senior A bracket once again.
In the first round, Kindersley will face the Watrous Winterhawks (12-1-0-0), the top team in the Long Lake Hockey League so far this winter. The winner of this best-of-three series will move on to face another LLHL club in the second round — the Foam Lake Flyers (7-3-0-0).
The Klippers found out Watrous was their first round matchup on Wednesday, so they have had some time to research their provincials opponent. Calkins gave his reaction to the news.
Their schedule between the Winterhawks has yet been undetermined. So for now, the Klippers have their focus on the immediate future as they aim to continue their unbeaten run.
This weekend's games will be live on Classic Hits Radio 1210/1330 AM; the broadcast tomorrow night in Luseland will begin at 7:45 p.m. with the pre-game show with puck drop at 8:00 p.m., then in Macklin on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. with the game kicking off at 5:30 p.m.
Listeners can tune in live on their radios or listen on the Classic Hits blog at West Central Online.