It’s been quite the 2014 for the Flin Flon Bombers. The team looked down and out when the calendar turned to the new year and after unloading all but two of their 1993 born players and going 2-9 for the month of January, the club looked to be on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time in the Mike Reagan era.
But with four wins in their last five games, including a 3-1 victory over the visiting Nipawin Hawks on Saturday night, the team is two points back of a playoff spot with five games to go, and despite every game from here on out being valuable, tomorrow’s game against the Hawks is going to be the most important so far this season.
It will be the sixth and final time the two teams meet this season and with the two points on the line. Most people should remember that these two clubs met last year in the first round of the SJHL playoffs and the Flin Flon Bombers took the heated series 4-2.
On Saturday, forward Erik Pedersen picked up another two points (1g, 1a) and Austin Evans and Dean Allison each scored as the Bombers defeated the Hawks 3-1 and came within two points of them for the 10th spot in the SJHL.
Goalie Simon Hofley was only beat once, in the second period, and turned aside 29 shots for this ninth victory of the season and fourth in five games.
For Pedersen it’s been a great month of February. The Airdrie, AB product has seven points (5g, 2a) in six games.
Flin Flon trails the Weyburn Red Wings by three points for the ninth spot with Flin Flon holding one game in hand. The Wings are coming off a 5-2 defeat aginst the Melville Millionaires on Saturday night and don’t see action until Thursday when they visit the Yorkton Terriers.