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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Playoff Hunt Continues

By Flin Flon Bombers, 02/11/14, 1:00PM CST

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The road to the Canalta Cup Playoffs go through North Battleford tonight and a tough Stars team.

We’re down to eight games left in the SJHL regular season, and with the new playoff format the old adage goes, every game counts from here on out!  That includes toinght’s road matchup up in North Battleford when the Flin Flon Bombers take on the red hot North Stars.

The Stars were on an impressive 13 game winning streak, but had that snapped last Saturday night when they were defeated by the Estevan Bruins in a shootout.  The Stars have points in 15 of their last 16 games and have climbed to second place in the Kramer Division.

It’s not new news, but since the trade of Cam Blair to the Stars, the 1994 born Blair has been red hot with his new club.  He has 8 points (3g, 5a) in his 9 games with his new club, including a point in every home game so far.

The team is also with one of the league’s top goalies in Michael Gudmandson who was picked up the Stars in November after being released by the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives.  He sits only behind Humboldt’s Ryland Pashovitz in the SJHL in goals against average (1.77) and save percentage (0.946)

Sitting in fifth spot in the league, they would face off against the Melville Millionaires if the playoffs were to start tomorrow.   

But thankfully for the Bombers, the playoffs don’t start tomorrow.

Right now the team is sitting in 11th spot, four points back of Nipawin for the 10th and final playoff spot, a spot they can see right now after an impressive weekend.

Friday the club took it to the Sherwood’s top team Melfort, at the Whitney Forum beating them 6-4, then followed that up with a 4-3 come from behind win against the La Ronge Ice Wolves, in La Ronge, a place they haven’t had much success in, ever!

One reason for the victories is the pickup of some secondary scoring.  1995 born forward Seamus Maguire picked up Rookie of the Week honors this past week with him picking up three points in two games over the weekend.

1995 born forward Erik Pedersen also had an excellent weekend were the Airdrie, AB native scored four times over the two games.  1995 forward Tyson Empey also found the net against La Ronge, his first goal since January 22nd.

Goaltender Simon Hofley also picked up his game and back stopped the two wins with 48 saves on Friday against Melfort and then another 42 on Saturday.

After tonight the team travels back to La Ronge for the final time this season.