North Stars fall to Klippers; Lee Knight injured

North StarsThe Battlefords North Stars fell to the Kindersley Klippers 3-1 Friday night, but perhaps the most important note from the defeat was the loss of goaltender Luke Lee Knight.

Lee Knight left the game during the second period of play and did not return. He was replaced by Casey Parker. North Stars training staff believe Lee Knight suffered a separated shoulder, though the degree of severity is still to be determined.

The North Stars only marker in the game came courtesy of right-winger Ryne Keller late in the third period after the Klippers built a two-goal lead through 20 minutes. Stefan Seel and Colby Daniels put the hosts up 2-0 in the first, with Seel’s tally coming 36 seconds in. Daniels capped off a strong opening frame by the Klippers with his own marker at 19:59.

Cody Thiel would add an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining to ice the victory for Kindersley as the Klippers staved off a spirited third-period push by the North Stars.

Tyrell King looked sharp in net as he earned the win for Kindersley, turning aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced.

The two teams will hit the highway and meet up once again tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Battlefords Civic Centre. The game will mark the second of eight regular-season meetings between the two divisional rivals.

Lee Knight, 20, spent the majority of last season with the Tri-City Americans of the Western League, posting a 3.90 goals-against average (GAA) and 0.881 save percentage alongside a record of 11-9-0. In five games with the Humboldt Broncos, he went 4-1-0 with a 2.56 GAA and 0.924 save percentage.

Casey Parker, 18, registered a 7-8-2 record with a 3.15 GAA and 0.898 save percentage in 2012-13 with the North Stars.

*Updated Sept. 20 at 11:01 p.m.*

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