They haven’t been in a playoff spot since around the January 10th Trade Deadline, and it took the 55th game to do it, but the Flin Flon Bombers clinched a playoff spot with points in both games this weekend. The club hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2007, the year prior to Mike Reagan taking over the Head Coach and General Manager position.
On Friday night the team hosted the league leading Yorkton Terriers and it took sixty four minutes and fifty seconds to decide the game when former Flin Flon Bomber Brett Boehm slid one past starter Simon Hofley.
The Terriers opened up the scoring in the first before forward Tyson Empey tied the game up in the second period. Robbie Cameron and Brock Hounsell assisted on Empey’s seventh of the season.
Hofley was solid in the net making 31 saves to help the team pick up a valuable point. After Friday’s game, coupled with a Weyburn loss against Estevan, the teams were tied with Flin Flon holding a game in hand and the tie breaker if things were tied after the regular season.
So going into last night’s game the scenario was set, win and they are in.
Flin Flon fired 45 shots on the La Ronge net and lead 4-0 after two periods helping the club soar to a 6-1 victory and clinch the 10th and final playoff spot in the SJHL.
Austin Evans, Austin Calladine, Dean Allison and Erik Pedersen each scored in the first two periods, with Evans scoring the lone goal in the first. Connor Bucsis scored a pair in the third to put the game out of reach for the Ice Wolves.
Hofley made 30 saves, and was finally beaten in the third period with less than a minute left to spoil the shutout.
“We have worked hard since the trade deadline,” said Reagan. “We have showed that with hard work and some grit, anything can happen. After we traded our 20 year olds away at the deadline a lot of people had us out. I am really proud of these guys.”
The team has one more game and can tie Notre Dame in points to end the season, but the Hounds hold the tie breaker which is head to head matchup. The team will play Estevan in the best of five Survivor Series. They take on the Melfort Mustangs in Melfort on Tuesday night, there is no work on when the series against the Bruins starts but it is believe it will be on Friday night.