Tyrell King, Kindersley Klippers – October 2013
Klippers lose division title in final week
Originally published in the Kindersley Clarion (March 5, 2014)
The scene was a sombre one at the West Central Events Centre March 1.
The building was empty. Silence echoed through the rafters.
Iron Horse Kindersley Klippers head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger stood in the hallway outside his office, arms folded and a crestfallen look written across his face.
“It was one of our goals to start the season — to win the division title. But it’s a process and it’s a learning step.
“If we can take a lot from it and find a way to utilize what we learn from here moving forward, we’ll be fine.”
With three games remaining in the regular season, all Zinger’s Klippers needed were two points to lay claim to the organization’s first division title since 2002.
Three games. Two points. First place.
The equation was that simple and the odds were in their favour.
If only it was all that simple to execute. Continue reading
Originally published in the Kindersley Clarion (February 26, 2014)
The Iron Horse Kindersley Klippers are beginning to play some of their best hockey of the year and it is coming at a critical point in the season.
With only two games remaining in the schedule, the Klippers sit in sole possession of first place in the Kramer Division and only two points back of the Yorkton Terriers for the SJHL regular season crown.
The Klippers bolstered their position this past weekend with two home wins, Feb. 20 over the Notre Dame Hounds and Feb. 22 over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
“I thought our game versus Notre Dame was superb,” said head coach/general manager Rockie Zinger. “I thought we didn’t give them anything. They didn’t generate anything. We played really, really well.
“Systematically, this is the best we’ve played in a while.”
Originally published in the Kindersley Clarion (February 12, 2014)
The Iron Horse Kindersley Klippers quest for a Kramer Division title continued this past weekend as the Estevan Bruins and Nipawin Hawks visited the West Central Events Centre Feb. 7 and 8.
With a one-point advantage on the Battlefords North Stars heading into the weekend, it was another important set of tilts for the Klippers as they looked to fend off the streaking North Stars, who were winners of 13 consecutive games prior to Feb. 8.
The Klippers improved to 7-2-0-1 in their last 10 contests with a pair of victories, knocking off the Bruins 5-1 Friday before edging the feisty Nipawin Hawks 2-1 Saturday night. The two wins, combined with a North Stars overtime loss Saturday night, gave the Klippers a two-point edge in the Kramer Division standings as they head out on the road for four games in five nights beginning tonight in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds.