For the second straight game defenseman Brandt Weldon scored with under a minute left in the game to tie things up, but this time around it was waved off due to a high stick, as the Flin Flon Bombers came close, but dropped their first of the road trip, 3-2 last night in Melville.
“We were close,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan, “but close isn’t enough.”
Weldon’s point shot went past a screen Alex Wakaluk, but was waved off after the referees had a brief conference.
“It was deflected in front,” said Reagan. “I saw the video and the refs made the right call.
The Mill’s Michael Sagen and Alex Elliot scored twenty one seconds apart midway through the first to take a 2-0 lead.
Rookie Brett Boehm would put the team within one before the end of the first, his 20th of the season on the power play with: 28 seconds left in the period.
Nathan Boyer would regain the two goal lead in the second; the lead would stand until the third.
Deadline acquisition Jason Wark would score his second as a Bomber, unassisted, to make it 3-2.
The Bombers turned on the pressure late in the second and for most of the third, firing 12 shots compared to 6 for Melville in the final frame.
The team continues the road trip tonight in Notre Dame.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon went 1 for 4 last night on the power play with the Millionaires going 1 for 3. --- The two teams finished up the season series 2-2. Melville won the last two. --- The loss, coupled with a Nipawin win last night, has the Hawks only two points behind the Bombers for second in the North Conference. The two teams don’t play each other again this season. --- The loss also has the team drop two games below .500 on the road.