Friday 7 February 2020

Berkeliev leads Mils to road victory over Kindersley

The Melville Millionaires earned their 2nd win in the last 3 games on Friday night after a 3-2 victory over the Kindersley Klippers at the West Central Events Center.

The Mils would get on the board first as with 9 minutes left in the 1st it would be Dylan Thackeray taking a nice feed from Jake Spak right at the top of the right circle and he sniped it over the shoulder of Klippers' net minder Steven Bacovsky for his 5th of the season to give the road team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Shots after 1 period were 15-9 in favour of the Klippers.

Connor Nolan would add to the Mils lead early in the 2nd as just 1:50 in, his side-angle shot would squeak through the Klips goalie for his third to make it 2-0.

But the Klippers would respond just 3:07 later on the PP as 20 year old Tyler Traptow's point shot was deflected in front by Ethan Mack and past Berk Berkeliev for his 2nd to make it a 2-1 game.

Luke Nkwama regained though Melville's lead late in the 2nd with a short-hander marker, his team-leading 18th to put the Moneymen ahead 3-1 after 2 periods.

Klippers continued to lead the shot column 33-19 after 40 minutes. (18-11 KK in 2nd)

Kindersley would cut their deficit within one once again just over two minutes into the 3rd as Liam Fraser's initial shot was stopped by Berkeliev but then Scott McKenzie banged home the rebound for his 11th to make it 3-2 Mils but thats as close as they would get.

Berk Berkeliev stood tall once again making 53 saves on 55 stops to earn his 11th win of the season while Klippers' G Steven Bacovsky turned aside 24 shots in loss.

The Mils will go for their 2nd straight on Saturday night when they wrap up the weekend trip visiting the first place Battlefords North Stars.

Elsewhere in the SJHL,

The Yorkton Hyundai Terriers were victorious on their "Pink the Rink" on Friday defeating the Weyburn Red Wing, 4-3 in the shootout.

Steve Norum scored the shootout winner while Alec Zawatsky, Kaeden Taphorn and Ryan Granville scored in regulation for Yorkton.

Phillipe Bond made 43 saves on 46 shots in the loss.

The Terriers and Red Wings will meet on Monday night from the FAA. GX94 will broadcast the game with the "Sask Milk" pregame show starting at 7:20, play by play beginning at 7:30.

Other Scores:

Battlefords 4 Melfort 2

Flin Flon 5 Notre Dame 3

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