The Watrous Winterhawks have jumped to an early advantage in their provincial quarterfinal series versus the Kindersley Sr. Klippers after Game 1 last night at the Watrous Centennial Arena.
Forwards Trent Campbell and Craig McCallum led the way for the Winterhawks with five goals as Watrous went on to take it 8-2 over Kindersley. Campbell was given the night's first star after registering a hat trick and three assists on the night.
Kelsey Muench, who is on Kindersley's provincial team as an import, scored the Klippers' first goal of the game, while Shayne Neigum went upstairs on Winterhawks netminder Brody Hoffman for Kindersley's second of the night and the game's last tally before the final horn.
Hoffman grabbed the win for the Winterhawks while Kindersley's Luke Sproule collected the loss.
Josh Sim, skating as another import for the Klippers, did collect an assist on Muench's goal before limping off to the bench in the second period after Watrous forward Spencer Braaten slid into his knees during play. Sim did not return to the ice following his injury.
The Winterhawks now hold a 1-0 lead and are in a good position to win the best-of-three first round series. Meanwhile, the Klippers will have to go back to the drawing board and create a plan for their next matchup.
Game 2 is on Monday in Kindersley at 8:30 p.m. from the West Central Events Centre. A win for Kindersley will send it to a decisive Game 3 back in Watrous on February 17th; a loss for the Klippers will send them packing early in the Senior A Provincials bracket.