The Kindersley Klippers (7-1-0-1) defeated the Battlefords North Stars (4-6-0-0) by a score of 3-0. Marc Dubeau opened the scoring for Kindersley in the first period and set up a second-period marker by newcomer Tristan Sieben. Eric Pouliot sealed the scoring in the third with a power-play marker, deflecting a shot from Colby Daniels.
Marc Dubeau notched the opening goal for Kindersley, with newest Klipper Tristan Sieben tallying the assist early on in his first game since coming over from the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.
In a back-and-forth first period, Klippers goaltender Evan Weninger made a few key saves to preserve an early Klippers lead.
Gio Bombini’s legs are back under him and it showed early as Bombini created a few good scoring chances in Battlefords territory.
The bad blood was stirred up at the end of the first as Bombini fired a shot after the buzzer. Not surprisingly, the shot drew a bit of attention from the North Stars as a scrum ensued following the sequence.
At the end of 20 minutes, the Klippers lead the North Stars on the shot clock 8-7.
Sieben extended the Klippers lead on a nice feed out of the corner from Dubeau a little more than six minutes into the frame.
In Sieben’s first game with the Klippers, he has established great chemistry with Dubeau early on.
Cody Thiel had a fantastic opportunity as he broke in alone on North Stars netminder Casey Parker midway through the frame. Thiel couldn’t finish on the play, but drew a slashing penalty to give the Klippers the man advantage.
Battlefords carried the play for the most part in the second period, out shooting the Klippers 8-6, swinging the total to 16-13 in favour of the North Stars after 40 minutes of play.
Eric Pouliot added a power-play goal late in the third period to ice a 3-0 victory for the Klippers.
Evan Weninger turned aside 24 shots in his return to the ice after being shelved by injury for the past couple weeks. The win and shutout were both firsts for Weninger.
The line combo of Sieben-Dubeau-Lauder led the way offensively as Sieben and Dubeau tallied a goal and an assist each, while Lauder chipped in with two assists.
This is the Klippers third win of the year over Battlefords.
The two teams will hit the ice again tomorrow night as it’s the North Stars turn to play host. Battlefords will try to reverse its fortunes while the Klippers will look to continue rolling early in the season.
Battlefords North Stars starting lineup:
#1 Casey Parker
#35 Darren Martin
#16 Jake Erickson – #8 Kyle Schmidt
#6 Kendall Fransoo – #5 Braden Lacoursiere
#2 Spencer Gosselin – #7 Latrell Charleson
#24 Jake McMillen – #19 Ryne Keller – #18 Brenden Heinrich
#23 Taylor Reich – #12 Luke McColgan – #25 Igor Leonenko
#15 Blake Young – #20 Reed Delainey – #9 Austin Evans
#3 Tanner Quinn – #17 Alex Bechtold – #21 Jack Petrino
#29 – Evan Weninger
#36 – Tyrell King
#8 Austin Yano (A) – #28 Brenton Chilton
#4 Jared Pilet (A) – #22 Branden Scheidl
#5 Shaw Watkins – #6 JR Wojciechowski
#15 Colby Daniels – #11 Giovanni Bombini (C) – #7 Cody Thiel (A)
#12 Connor Garden – #14 Stefen Seel – #21 Sean Naish
#18 Tristan Sieben – #19 Marc Dubeau – #17 Brandon Lauder
#16 Cody Young – #23 Graham Lanigan – #24 Eric Pouliot