Coming in on a four game point streak with three straight wins over the Weyburn Red Wings, the Kindersley Jr Klippers made their next stop on the three games in three nights stretch against the Estevan Bruins. The Klippers were dominant in the second period including a gorgeous goal shorthanded, but the first and third belonged to the Bruins and as a result, the game ended in a 5-3 loss.
Things started early for the Bruins when they scored 3:30 into the period. Cody Davis curling around the slot on his backhand sent a shot and Brett Sweet made the initial save, but the rebound came out and Kade Runke tapped the puck in to give the Bruins an early lead.
A minute and ten seconds later, and the Bruins doubled their lead. This time on the rush with a 3-on-2, Mark Rumsey brought the puck down the left side of the ice and centred it for Eric Houk, and he slipped into the slot with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 less than five minutes into the game.
The Klippers would fire back just over two minutes later to continue the wild start to the game. On the forecheck, Jaxon Georget would travel behind the net to pick up the puck and he managed to send it behind him along the wall to Tylin Hilbig, who then centred the puck from behind the net to Andrew Schaab in front, and he fired a shot to put up his eighth point in his last five games with the Klippers.
Then came the one powerplay of the period when Nathan DeGraves was called on a hooking penalty, but for how on their heels the Klippers seemed to be in the period, the penalty kill went well.
Just over the 16 minute mark, the Bruins managed to get another off a turnover in the Klippers zone. Dayton Deics down the right side wall to disrupt the play and he sent it into the middle for Eric Pearce. He had enough time to stop, look to the net, then fire a wrist shot over Sweet's glove to make retake the two goal lead to finish a rough start for the Klippers.
After 1: Klippers 1 - 3 Bruins, shots 17-4 Bruins
The second period belonged to the Klippers. While most of the team struggled in the first period, the line of Charles Obobaifo, Coletyn Boyarski, and Carson Baylis started off the period with a kick as they had a good offensive shift, and shortly afterward a 4-on-4 situation would add more excitement to the period.
The Klippers managed to create a lot of chances throughout the period, but it wouldn't be until 12 minutes in that they would find the back of the net again. This time the play was started by Brayden Koch who made a play to hold the puck in down the left side of the ice, and Carson Baylis fresh off the bench went after the puck, picked it up, and swung it into the slot for Boyarski who fired a wrist shot past Boston Bilous to make it a one goal game once again.
At the 16 minute mark, the Klippers took the last penalty of the game when Aiden Bangs slashed one of the Bruins after the play and the refs caught it, and the Klippers would go to the penalty kill. The Klippers never got a powerplay thoughout the entire game.
On the penalty kill, the Klippers scored again and this one was a beauty. A pass through the middle would get intercepted by Matt Mazzocchi, and he'd hustle ahead one a breakaway with one of the Bruins right on his tale with enough pressure to stop Mazzocchi from making a move, so he fired blocker side and was stopped, but the rebound popped up into the air and Mazzocchi batted it out of the air to tie the game with 29 seconds left on the penalty kill.
After 2: Klippers 3 - 3 Bruins, shots 12-7 Klippers in the shots, 21-16 Bruins overall
In the third period, the Bruins took control of the game back. They had a lot of pressure early on, and six minutes into the period they would create their own good luck. Keagon Little would pick the puck up behind the net and would try to wrap the puck around from the right side of the net, and one of the Klippers defenceman hit his stick and the puck squirted through the slot and right to Mikol Sartor with an open net, and he scored to take the lead back for the Bruins.
That goal seemed to bolster the Bruins, and they scored again four minutes later. In his first game as a Bruin, Mitch Kohner recieved a pass as he came down the right side of the ice, then sent it to the left side of the slot and Eric Pearce. He swung a weak shot around the defender in front and Houk was there to tap it in.
The Klippers started to make a better effort near the end of the game and started to play more like they did in the second period, and they did get Sweet pulled out of the net, but the Klippers late push was too little too late and their point streak would end.
FINAL: Klippers 3 - 5 Bruins, shots 17-4 Bruins in the period, 41-20 Bruins overall