According to head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger, Kindersley Klippers netminder Evan Weninger is expected to miss at least seven to 10 days after suffering a concussion in the Klippers’ 3-2 win over Flin Flon Saturday night.
Weninger was hurt after being run over late in the second period of his SJHL debut. The 1996-born netminder had stopped 25 of 27 shots directed his way by the Bombers offense before being forced from the game.
Weninger was knocked down by Bombers forward Tyson Empey, who received a two-minute minor for interference on the play.
SJHL concussion protocol requires players to go a full week without headaches before they receive clearance to play. As of yesterday, Weninger was still experiencing headaches, according to Zinger.
To fill the void left by Weninger, the Klippers have recalled goaltender Zach deGraves (1996) from the PJHL’s West Central Rage (junior B) on an emergency basis. Zinger is working to bring in goaltender Brett Pongracz (1997) as a longer-term replacement from the Saskatoon Blazers (midget AAA). The 5-foot-11 netminder was with the Klippers during fall training camp. In three games with the Blazers this season Pongracz is 0-2-1 with a 2.59 goals-against average (GAA) and 0.884 save percentage (SP).
The Klippers next action comes Friday night when they travel to La Ronge to face the undefeated Ice Wolves.