Fletcher leads Klippers to emotional win over league’s top team

Three-point night for Kindersley forward, whose father passed away on Friday

The Jr. Klippers hosted and defeated the SJHL’s best team, the Melfort Mustangs, 3-2 on Saturday.

Kevin McBain
of The Clarion

The Jr. Klippers earned a big, hard-working win over the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s best team, the Melfort Mustangs, on Saturday.

The 3-2 home victory was very emotional for the team.

“We were playing with heavy hearts,” said assistant coach Larry Wintoneak. “Josh Fletcher’s father passed away on Friday. We had a team meeting and he wanted to stay and play. His family also felt that he should stay.

“We respected his wishes,” he adds. “It distracted him from the situation. We played for him, No. 18 and his family.”

Fletcher came up big, assisting on Kyle Bosch’s first goal of the game and scoring in the second period to make the score 2-0. Then he scored the game winner at 15:33 of the third period after the Mustangs came back to tie it up with two straight earlier in the period.

“When he scored that first goal, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building, for those that knew,” said Wintoneak. “I don’t think you could have written it up any better.”

For more on this story, please see the Oct. 25 print edition of The Clarion.

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