The Flin Flon Bombers came out to a 7-1 explosion on Friday night against the visiting Notre Dame Hounds, and hope to keep the momentum going when they take to the road and visit rivals, the Nipawin Hawks at the Cage to start a two game road swing.
Brett Boehm had a hat trick and rearguard AJ Kapchek added another as the Bombers won by their biggest margin of the season, while firing 59 shots at the Hounds goaltenders.
As for the Hawks, the two teams have only met once so far in the young SJHL season, with Nipawin beating the Bombers 4-3 in Flin Flon, the third game of the season. Since then it’s been a little downhill for a Hawks team that was supposed to be one of the front runners coming into the season.
They are in the midst of a two game losing streak, both at home, and losers in six of their last seven overall. They sit two points behind the Bombers for last in the division, but have one more game played.
The team does boast the league’s leading scorer in Tad Kozun (14g, 7a) and forward Taylor Balog sits tied for 10th in the league (5g, 10a), but the real reason for the struggles so far is the teams defense. They are dead last in goals against (53 tied with Battlefords) and have the league’s worst penalty kill with a 72.4 percent rating.
As for Flin Flon, inconsistency has been the issue so far this season. The team hasn’t strung together more than three wins so far and are just coming off a three game losing skid.
Despite the fire power on the roster, goals have also been an issue. The team is sixth in the league in goals for average with 2.93 per game but goalie Devin Buffalo has proved his worth so far with a league’s fourth best goals against average (2.12) and league’s second best save percentage (0.942)
After tonight the club travels to Humboldt to take on the Broncos before taking a few days off. They return to the Whitney Forum on November 8th when they return the hosting duties when Humboldt comes to town.