The Kindersley Jr. Klippers are finally back in the win column, after an offensive outburst over the Melfort Mustangs Saturday night at the West Central Events Centre. Things did not start of great for Kindersley as they fell behind 1-0 on a goal by Zac Somers at the 7:03 mark. But the Klippers answered back just 1:51 later, as Tylin Hilbig took a sharp angle shot which found its way past Mustangs goaltender Joel Favreau to tie the score. Kindersley kept pouring it on, as just 27 second later they took the lead on a nice passing play from Spencer to brother Adam Paplawski and he went upstairs to make to 2-1 Klippers.
The teams then went to 4-on-4 on penalties to Mustangs forward Ben Tkachuk and Klippers Matthew Mazzocchi. With the extra skating room Kindersley doubled their lead on a nice setup from Aidan Bangs finding Liam Bell and he beat Favreau. The Klippers then took a penalty just 20 seconds after the Bell marker, as Brock Evans went off for tripping. Melfort's powerplay went to work, and cut into Kindersley's lead, as Dawson Leroux got on the board, with the helpers going to Zac Somers and Riley Ashe. The Klippers responded just 47 seconds later, as Rosetown product Kayden Ostrom stole an errant pass just inside the blueline and beat Joel Favreau on a softy for his first SJHL goal, to make the score 4-2 Kindersley. This would be the end of the night for Favreau, as he let in 4 goals on 11 shots, and James Venne would enter the net for Melfort.
The Klippers would keep the momentum going early in the second, as Ethan Scriven scored just 11 seconds in from a sharp angle for his third point of the evening, the assists went to Ostrom and Cash Arntsen. Kindersley would spend the majority of the second period in the penalty box, and Melfort finally scored with the man advantage just over halfway through the period, with Clarke Huxley scoring to make the score 5-3 in favour of the Klippers. Kindersley took four straight penalties in the second, and one of those carried over into the third period.
Melfort got within one, as just the penalty to Aidan Bangs was expiring Zac Somers got his second of the night. Kindersley held on late, and Cody Jaman, who was splendid in this game, managed to stop Lieth Olafson on a breakaway as he stepped out of the penalty box. Then as the Mustangs pulled their goaltender for the extra man, Kindersley got a huge break as Riley Ashe's errant pass went into the empty net, and Jaman was credited with the goal.
"I just touched the puck last. They shot it down into the end and he (Ashe) was trying to go up to the point and skipped over his stick and ended up in the net so it was a pretty special moment, pretty crazy," Jaman said.
He also talked about the save he made on the breakaway by Olafson to keep the one goal lead.
“I’ve had a lot of breakaways, especially this year so, it was just got another one, right? I saw the clock is ticking down, the boys were hyped because we thought we scored and I realized they got control of the puck down low and the guy was coming out of the box. So, I knew where he was going and I was screaming, no one heard me, but I just set myself up and I had to prove myself to the boys on the breakaway.”
Kindersley got another empty net goal to ice the game 7-4. On the injury front for the Klippers, both Ethan Scriven and Adam Paplawski left this game with injuries, and will have to be re-evaluated before Tuesday's matchup against the Weyburn Red Wings at the West Central Events Centre. Puck drop for that one is 7:30 pm.
View highlights of the game via @KlippersHockey Twitter below.