Millionaires vs. Klippers game blog

Klippers logoThe Kindersley Klippers completed a third-period comeback, erasing a two-goal deficit to top the Melville Millionaires 5-3 at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley.

Defenceman Jared Pilet scored the game-winning goal for the Klippers.

A penalty-filled first period between the Millionaires and Klippers saw forwards Brandon Lauder and Michael Knaub ejected from the game.

First period

The two teams combined for 34 minutes in penalties after the first period. Melville LW Knaub was ejected after taking a checking from behind penalty at 8:58. Shortly after, Klippers RW Lauder was sent to the showers for checking from behind.  Lauder would be credited with 14 PIMs before his night came to a premature end.

The Klippers opened the scoring, as Lauder notched his first of the season off a feed from Connor Garden at 13:42. The Mils stormed back to tie things up as Colin Mospanchuk etched his name on the score sheet with a power-play goal at 17:12.

Tyrell King turned aside six of seven shots, while Mils netminder Isaiah Plett put a stop to eight of the Klippers nine attempts on net.

Second period

After a raucous opening frame, the pace slowed in the second as both teams seemed to ease up in the physicality department.

TJ Reeve scored the only goal of the period, putting the MIllionaires up 2-1 heading into the third. Reeve’s tally was the second power-play goal of the night for Melville.

The Klippers have given up 11 power-play opportunities so far this evening, including a two-minute minor to JR Wojciechowski that would lead to the Reeve’s marker.

Melville registered five shots on goal while the Klippers were only able to muster three.

Third period

The Millionaires got on the board 35 seconds into the frame as Colin Mospanchuk added his second of the night to put Melville up 3-1.

But the Klippers weren’t calling it quits just yet.

Devin Case and Stefan Seel rattled off two quick goals to tie the game before the 10-minute mark.

Just after the 16-minute mark, Jared Pilet let a long high wrister sail from the point. The shot eluded Mils netminder Isaiah Plett to put Kindersley ahead 4-3.

Cody Thiel, who was a work-horse all night, added an empty-net goal to seal the win 5-3.

Tyrell King finished with 14 saves on 17 shots for Kindersley, while Plett put up 22 saves on 26 shots.

Melville went 2/12 on the power play while the Klippers went 0/4,

Updated: 10:04 p.m.

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