Klippers in tough during opening weekend

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The Klippers host the Humboldt Broncos tonight and Estevan on Friday

The Kindersley Junior Klippers kicked off the 2017-18 season Friday night at home against rival Battlefords North Stars. Shown here, from left: Klippers captain Cole Plotnikoff facing off against Layne Young of the North Stars. Dropping the ceremonial pucks are club president Brett Sautner and team governor Terry Shea

Kevin McBain
of The Clarion

The Klippers opened up their 2017-18 season against the rival Battlefords North Stars last weekend.

Unfortunately for the green and white, they were unable to scratch out a win on either night, losing 1-0 in overtime Friday and 4-0 in North Battleford Saturday.

This marks the Klippers’ 25th season in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Klipper Tanner Thompson shoots on goaltender Taryn Kotchorek

Friday’s home opener was an exciting one, as the two teams battled hard.

“The home opener was a good night, we had a good crowd and I think people saw a pretty entertaining game,” said coach Geoff Grimwood. “The boys played hard and overall it was a pretty positive night.”

He added that the North Stars, the defending league champions, are a very good team and the Klippers had their chances offensively. But goaltender Taryn Kotchorek was on top of his game for the North Stars.

Klippers’ goaltender Justen Close also played very well as the home side was outshot 37-29, including 12-6 in the opening frame.

The game went into the three-on-three five-minute overtime with the Klippers getting the first chances, but the North Stars were able to find the back of the net.

For more on this story, please see the Sept. 20 print edition of The Clarion.

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