By Craig Stein
In a make-up game between two rivals Tuesday night, the Kindersley Klippers trailed the Battlefords North Stars 2-0 for much of the night, before scoring four times in the third period, coming out with a 4-2 win.
Kindersley’s second straight win lifts the Klippers (17-16-3-2) back above .500, and that would be good enough for 8th place and home ice in a Wild Card Series if the season ended today. However the Klippers have more games left that anyone, having a league-low 38 games under their belt, so they’ll look to hold off recently-charging Flin Flon down the stretch, and try to creep a little closer to 7th.
Tuesday’s action saw Nik Malenica score and add a pair of assists for the Klippers. Bryson Cecconi, Thomas Bollefer and Tanner Thompson rounded it out. Justen Close stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced, including all 26 over the final two periods.
Elijah Loon-Stewardson and Cole Johnson had the North Stars (30-7-2-0) out in front 2-0 in the first period. With Tuesday being a makeup game, the Stars have a busy week as they’re right back at it Wednesday in Melfort, while the Klippers are home again versus Humboldt, part of a four game schedule, which also has Estevan in Yorkton and Notre Dame hosting Weyburn.