They have lost six straight, and have only one win in their last 10 games, but the Flin Flon Bombers feel optimistic about snapping that streak as they visit Yorkton tonight and start a four game in five night trip.
“We haven’t lost because of lack of hard work,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.
The team’s struggles continued on Friday and Saturday when they hosted the red hot Battlefords North Stars in which the team was shutout 3-0 on Friday and then defeated with less than two minutes to go in the game on Saturday, despite being up by two early.
It’s been said time and time again, a reason for the struggles can be related to scoring. Set aside the fact that they traded their top three point getters in the past couple months, the team had struggled early in the season to score and that trend continues as the team sits dead last in the SJHL in goals for (102), one reason, secondary scoring.
“Yeah it’s been a struggle this year and since we made those trades, but I still firmly believe that we have a team that can make a playoff spot and push,” said Reagan. “We can’t use that as an excuse.”
After the trades of Brett Boehm, Cam Blair and Dillian McCombie, 1995 born forward Austin Calladine has picked up the slack where the 18 year old has 27 points (15g, 12a) in 32 games, including nine points (7g, 2a) in eight games in the month of January.
Another player picking up their scoring is 1994 born forward Parker Evans-Campbell who has six points (1g, 5a) in eight games and 1995 born defenseman Danys Chartrand who has six points (2g, 4a) in those same eight games including three Saturday night against the Stars. For his efforts, Chartrand was recently named the SJHL’s Top Defenseman of the Week.
To say this week’s road swing is important is an understatement. The team is currently last in the SJHL with 34 points and sits eight back of first place in the Sherwood Division. To go along with they are five back of the 10th and final playoff spot in the SJHL which is being held down by La Ronge and Notre Dame. Weyburn is tied with them but are outside looking in because of a tie breaker. On this swing, Flin Flon plays two of those teams.
The trip begins with the Yorkton Terriers, who recently defeated the Bombers 5-2, at the Whitney Forum. From there the team takes on Notre Dame on Wednesday followed by Weyburn on Friday and Estevan on Saturday.