After taking the first two games of their four games in five nights road swing of southern Saskatchewan, the Flin Flon Bombers dropped their last two to return to Flin Flon at .500.
The first came on Friday night when the Bombers had a return match up against the Red Wings with Weyburn squeaking out a victory 3-2.
Flin Flon opened the scoring with Paul Soubry’s first SJHL goal, an unassisted marker 6:49 into the first period.
The Wings tied things up before the end of the period as Shain Scheschcuk scored his first of two on the night.
Weyburn would take a lead when former Bomber Kyle Oleniuk scored his second of the season, and his second against his former team. They would then go ahead by two early into the third with Scheshcuk’s second.
Flin Flon would come within one with Erik Pedersen’s second of the road trip, but that’s all they could muster. Brett Boehm and Cam Blair picked up the assists on Pedersen’s second of the season.
Next up was Notre Dame where Hound’s forwards Dillion Schwartzenberger and Sam Aulie each had a pair to sink the Bombers 4-2.
The pair each scored in the first period, after the Bombers opened the scoring from Brett Boehm earlier in the period. Blair and AJ Kapckeck assisted on Boehm’s fifth of the season.
Tyson Empey would tie things up in the second period, from Parker Evans-Campbell. Empey’s second of the season was a shorthanded goal.
That tie was short lived when three minutes later Aulie scored his second of the game, on the power play. Schwartzenberger would put things out of reach early in the third period.
“I think we could have been 3-1 coming home,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “Despite our losses, I think we played great and have a lot of good things to take forward.
The team now returns for a pair of home games later this week when they host the Estevan Bruins on Thursday and Notre Dame on Friday.
ICE CHIPS: Power plays were a big story line in the final games of the road swing. Flin Flon went 0 for 5 on Friday night compared to Weyburn’s 1 for 7, and went 0 for 4 last night compared to 2 for 4 for Notre Dame. --- The team is now in third place in the Sherwood Divison, four points behind the first place La Ronge Ice Wolves and two back of the Melfort Mustangs with a game in hand on each. Last place Nipawin is one back of Flin Flon. --- Flin Flon is the third most penalized team in the SJHL with 217 minutes. The two ahead are the Battlefords North Stars (288) and the Nipawin Hawks (274). Both of those teams sit in the bottom half of their conferences in points.