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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Losing A Grip

By Flin Flon Bombers, 02/19/14, 7:45AM CST

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Flin Flon squanders a 3-1 lead, and a chance to move into a tie for a playoff spot, as the Hawks edge Flin Flon 5-3.

They held a 3-1 lead in the second period looking for their fifth win in six games and a share of the final playoff spot in the SJHL, but four unanswered goals, two in the second and two more in the third, by the host Nipawin Hawks sunk the Flin Flon Bombers last night, and put a blow the Bombers’ playoff hopes.

It’s not over, but is looking bleak for the Bombers as they try to catch the Hawks.

Nipawin opened the scoring six minutes into the first when forward Mitch Doell beat Flin Flon goaltender Simon Hofley. 

That was short lived when Bomber forward Austin Evans would score his first of two on the night, on the power play, re-directing a Simon Desrosiers shot from the point.  Defenseman AJ Kapcheck would pick up the other helper.

Evans would score his second of the night just before the end of the period, also on the power play, to take a 2-1 lead into the second, with assists going to Dean Allison and Tyson Empey.

Evans now has eleven on the year and has six points (3g, 3a) in his last four games.

Five minutes into the second the Bombers increased the lead with Parker Evans-Campbell scoring his ninth of the season from Brock Hounsell.  The Bombers were out playing and out chancing their opponents at this time, but that was short lived.

Nipawin would go onto score four unanswered to take the win, 5-3, and move four points up on the Bombers for the last playoff spot in the SJHL.

“I’m not happy with the outcome,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.  “We got complaicent, we gave the puck up and gave them back the game.  I hope we don’t lose out (on a playoff position) because of this game.”

Flin Flon is only four points back of the ninth position, but the Hawks have a game in hand.  The best bet for the Bombers to get in is against Weyburn, who sit in the tenth spot; Flin Flon is three point back with each team having four games remaining.

ICE CHIPS:  Flin Flon was 2 for 5 on the power play last night with Nipawin scoreless on four chances.  --- One staggering stat from last night’s game is that the team is now 3-8-0-2 when going into the third period tied.  ---  Flin Flon moves to 8-9-0-0 against Sherwood Division opponents.  In their remaining four games, three of them are against Sherwood teams (Melfort x 2, and La Ronge).