After winning five straight games, including a 2-1 shootout victory over Battlefords on Friday, the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins hit a snag and dropped the final two games of their weekend road trip.
Despite a 38-save effort from goaltender Jake Anthony, the Bruins fell 3-2 in Kindersley to the Klippers on Saturday night.
The Klippers jumped all over the Bruins in the opening period, scoring three goals from Austin Nault, Damon McKenzie and Ian Hillis to lead 3-0 after 20 minutes of play.
The Bruins cut the deficit to 3-2 midway through the 2nd period with goals 1:24 apart. First it would be captain Jake Heerspink scoring on the powerplay to make it 3-1 at the 7:01 mark. Bryce Platt and Tristyn Deroose assisted on the play. Then Jerzy Martin scored even-strength at 8:25 to make it 3-2, with Kolton Leslie and Kade McMillen assisting on the goal.
Penalties would bury the Bruins comeback hopes in the 3rd period, as they took four separate minors and spent most of the frame on the penalty kill eventually falling by a 3-2 score.
Anthony finished with 38 saves in being tagged with the loss, but kept Estevan in the game stopping all 25 shots he faced in the 2nd and 3rd periods. One of the SJHL’s top goaltender in Justen Close (26/28) got the win for the Klippers. The Bruins were (1/3) on the powerplay, while Kindersley finished at (1/7).
The Bruins finished their 3-game/3-night road trip with a 3:30pm afternoon affair on Remembrance Day against the Humboldt Broncos.
Despite a solid 1st period effort that saw the Bruins outshoot Humboldt 16-14, the Broncos got the lone goal of the frame as Derek Patter scored just 3:13 into the game to make it 1-0.
Humboldt extended their lead in the 2nd period on the powerplay as Brayden Camrud scored at 7:52 to make it 2-0. Bruins rookie forward Kolton Leslie responded by scoring his first career SJHL goal at the 11:04 mark to cut the lead to 2-1. Jayden Davis and Eddie Gallagher assisted on the goal.
But just 15 seconds into the 3rd period, the Broncos restored their two-goal lead as Cole Kirkup scored to make it 3-1. Estevan dominated the final period, outshooting Humboldt 17-3 but were unable to score until there was only 25 seconds left in regulation. That’s when Bryce Platt scored to make it 3-2, with Heerspink and Michael McChesney assisting on the goal scored with an extra attacker. But’s that as close as the Bruins would get.
Grant Boldt (27/30) was solid yet again for the Bruins in net, playing his first game since a shootout win the previous Saturday at home against Kindersley. Boldt was out-dueled by Humboldt Dane Dow, who made 38 saves in the win.
The Bruins went (0/5) on the powerplay, while Humboldt went (1/6) on the man advantage.
The Bruins (12-12) now return home to Estevan for their next two games:
Wednesday, Nov. 14th – vs Notre Dame Hounds (10-11-2-1) – 7:00pm
Friday, Nov. 16th – vs Melville Millionaires (6-14-2-2) – 7:30pm
Bruins Goaltender Jake Anthony Made 38 Saves In A 3-2 Loss To Kindersley On Saturday. (Photo Credit: Doug Klassen)