The Kindersley Klippers broke a losing slide with a 5-4 victory over the Flin Flon Bombers on Monday.
The Junior Klippers had lost their past six Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League games heading into the two-game set against the Bombers on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Klippers earned a hard-fought victory over the Bombers. The two teams combined for 170 minutes in penalties.
Game two was scheduled for last night (Tuesday).
On Monday, defenceman Brody Ryberg scored two goals including the game winner. Tanner Thompson also scored two and Curtis Peck found the back of the net in the win.
The Bombers had a chance to tie the game late, having a six-on-four power-play with the goalie pulled, but they couldn’t beat goaltender Billy Girard, who made 25 saves and picked up his fourth win of the season.
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On Saturday, the Klippers hosted the Melfort Mustangs and got behind early with visitors scoring three straight in just a little over three minutes in the first to chase starting goaltender Justen Close.
Girard came on in relief and stopped 21 of 24 shots the rest of the way.
The high-flying Mustangs had built a 5-0 lead before Devon Cyr finally got the Klippes on the board late in the second frame.
Shorrock and Patrician scored in the third to make the game interesting, but they couldn’t come back the rest of the way.
On Wednesday, the top team in the league, the Nipawin Hawks, were in town. The Klippers came out strong in this one, with former Hawk Bryson Cecconi, making the Hawks pay, assisting on Devon Cyr’s opening goal early in the first and scoring one of his own late in the period to give the Klippers a 2-0 lead.
But the Hawks came back in the second, scoring two of their own.
In the third, the teams exchanged goals with Cyr scoring his second of the night. But late in the period, the Klippers were handed a controversial holding call. Josh McDougall took advantage with a slapper from the point at the 19:15 mark to give the Hawks the victory.
During the game, the Klippers lost forward Kyle Bosch, who lost a few teeth and didn’t return to action. He’s been out of the lineup for the past two games.
In last Tuesday’s game against the Humboldt Broncos, the visitors built up a 3-0 lead, scoring once in the first and twice in the second before Tanner Thompson found the back of the net late in the second period.
The two teams exchanged goals in the third with Keilian Olson scoring for the Klippers, to cut the lead in half, but that was all the Klippers could manage.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Klippers go into the Christmas break. They return to action on Dec. 29 with a game in the Battlefords. They return to Kindersley to host the North Stars on Dec. 30.
• Local players Jaxon Georget and Brett Neumeier made their Junior Klipper debuts on Monday night.