It’s Hockey Night at the Whitney Forum tonight when the Flin Flon Bombers host the Melfort Mustangs in one of two games on tap in the SJHL. Flin Flon and Melfort are in the midst of battling it out in a tight Sherwood Divison that has all last place seven points behind first.
That last place team is the Mustangs, who are only one point back of the Bombers and La Ronge Ice Wolves for second in the divison with all three teams at the .500 mark. The Stangs have a game in hand on the Bombers.
These two teams haven’t seen each other since the opening weekend when they split a home and home series with each team winning on their home ice.
Since then both have had ups and down seasons, Melfort (8-8-0-3), winners in four of their last 10 games, with three of their losses coming in extra time, including their last two games which went to a shootout, one against the Kindersley Klippers and the other against Battlefords.
The team has a spread out attack, with six players having 10 points or more, lead by third year vet Anthony Pickering, who leads with 17 points (6g, 11a) and 1995 born Travis Mayan, who has 16 points (9g, 7a).
Defensively they are tied for third in the league for allowing the fewest goals against (50), which is lead by 1994 born Jack Romanuik and former Flin Flon Bomber Austin Rediron.
Flin Flon is again on the down ward of their yo-yo season. After sweeping the La Ronge Ice Wolves to move within a win of first place in the Sherwood, they lost their last two, both on the road, to Melville and Yorkton in a tale of two teams.
In Melville on Saturday night, the Bombers had the league’s top team on the ropes and some feel they should have won that game, the next night was different with the team not playing up to the potential. The reason (as the broken record skips), the lack of offence.
The team is still without captain Cam Blair and despite Brett Boehm taking home Player of the Week honors for this past week, the team isn’t getting the secondary scoring they need.
Parker Evans-Campbell is getting hot as of late, and newly acquired Connor Bucsis was a breath of fresh air after scoring a hat trick against the Ice Wolves, but veteran forwards Tyson Empey (2g, 2a)and 1993 born Brody Robinson (1g, 4a) haven’t contributed as expected.
Tonight’s game is not only important when it comes to the standings, but valuable as the team’s next five of seven games are on the road.
Game time is 7:30, there is no radio broadcast.