Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Close, Klippers Stop Broncos’ Streak at 10

By Craig Stein


(Photo courtesy: Clark Stork)

The Kindersley Klippers put an end to the Humboldt Broncos’ 10 game winning streak, and goaltender Justen Close came just over two minutes shy of a shutout, as the Klippers went into Humboldt and won 4-1 on Family Day Monday afternoon.

Close was the story early, as the Broncos out-shot the Klippers 19-10 in the opening period, but the teams were scoreless.  The ice would tilt the other way the rest of the afternoon, as Tyler Traptow (1g-1a) and Will Van der Sloot (1g-1a) scored in the second period while the Klippers out-shot Humboldt 20-7.  Ty Enns (1g-1a) and Noah Bankowski doubled that lead in the third period, before Humboldt’s Riker Franczak spoiled the shutout with 2:26 to play.  Close finished with 34 saves on 35 shots while Rayce Ramsay stopped 41/44 for Humboldt

The two teams are back into a share of top spot in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division.  The Klippers (33-14-3-2) do have two games in hand, while the Broncos (34-17-2-1) have the edge in the event of a tie so far, with 31 Regulation + Overtime wins, to Kindersley’s 28.

The Broncos and Klippers still have two more head to head meetings, in Humboldt again on Sunday, and at Kindersley on Friday, March 1st.  Sunday’s meeting is the last game of a three in three weekend trip for Kindersley which also has them in Nipawin and Melfort.  Humboldt hosts Melfort Friday in their next action.

There’s just one game on Tuesday as Estevan goes for a 6th straight win and a stranglehold in the Viterra Division when they host Notre Dame at 7:00.  The Hounds are tied for 8th in the standings with Yorkton.

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