It took 11 rounds of the shootout to decide a winner on Saturday night, but it would be Grant Boldt shutting the door after Kade McMillen scored as the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins defeated the Kindersley Klippers 3-2.
After winning nine in a row, Kindersley came into Affinity Place losing both games of their current road trip. Meanwhile the Bruins were looking to make it back-to-back wins after defeating Battlefords 6-4 the night before.
The hungry Klippers would strike first in the final minute of the 1st period. At the 19:17 mark, Brendon Borbely scored on the powerplay to make it 1-0 Kindersley after the 1st period.
Kindersley would be on the powerplay to start the 2nd period and added to their lead as Caden Benson scored 1:07 into the frame to make it 2-0.
But the Bruins would respond before the end of the period. Bryce Platt would score in his 4th straight home game at the 13:26 mark to make it 2-1 after 40 minutes of play. Bronson Adams and Aigne McGeady-Bruce assisted on the play.
Estevan poured on the pressure throughout the 3rd period and it would pay off with the tying goal 8:35 into action.
Mike McChesney fed a breakaway pass to Turner Ripplinger, who broke in alone on Kindersley’s Justen Close and beat him bardown with a great shot to make it 2-2. Jake Heerspink also assisted on the play.
Both goalies shut the door the rest of the way and we would be off to overtime. Kindersley took a penalty in the extra frame but the Bruins couldn’t beat Close and after 5 minutes with no scoring, we would head to a shootout.
The Bruins first shooter, TJ Irey, would score for Estevan. Kindersley’s second shooter Austin Nault scored to tie up the shootout. But both goaltenders would stop every shot until the 11th round when the Bruins sent out defenceman Kade McMillen. McMillen made a great move and beat Close to give the Bruins the lead. Boldt would stop Kindersley’s Tyson Laduke to clinch the victory for Estevan: 3-2.
Both goaltenders were outstanding on Saturday, with Boldt getting the win stopping (26/28) shots in regulation and overtime. Close stopped (37/39) for Kindersley in the shootout loss.
The Bruins’ powerplay was shut down (0/4), while Kindersley went (2/6) on the man advantage. At the 3:05 mark of the 2nd period, Bruins’ forward Jayden Davis got into a scrap with Connor Karo.
A total of 1,049 fans enjoyed the tight, rough battle on Saturday night. The Certified Energy 50/50 jackpot finished at $3,340.
The Bruins (10-10) will host the Yorkton Terriers (10-7-1) on Tuesday, November 6th in a Viterra Division showdown for top spot. Game time is 7:00pm.
Turner Ripplinger Scores The Tying Goal In The 3rd Period; Ripplinger Was Named The Game’s 1st Star.