Fresh off a pair of home victories last weekend, and the annual SJHL Showcase in Warman, SK, the Flin Flon Bombers return to the ice for a pair of games this weekend at the Whitney Forum.
First up, which will be no easy feat, is the upstart Notre Dame Hounds (4-0-0-0, 1st Kramer Division)…the undefeated and national ranked Notre Dame Hounds.
The Hounds come in winners of their first four games, two against the Humboldt Broncos on opening weekend, and two against the Weyburn Red Wings, who are winless so far for 2014-15.
One reason for the wins, defense. The Hounds boast the league’s best goal against average (1.25) which starts with starter Alexi Thibaudeau who has a 1.33 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.960.
Along with Thibaudeau, the Hounds have one of the league’s best defenseman in the lineup with 1995 born dman Spencer Trapp. Trapp also leads the team in scoring with five points (3g, 2a).
It is true, the team doesn’t score goals but with returnees Sam Aulie, Ian Williams and Dion Antisin, it’s only a matter of time before the offense picks up.
On Saturday the Whitney Forum will see a familiar face when rivals La Ronge Ice Wolves (2-2-0-0, 4th Sherwood Division) settles in on Flin Flon (Radio: 102.9 CFAR). Now the rivalry isn’t what it once was, but you can’t forget some of the heat that these two clubs have had in the past.
The Ice Wovles are sitting at .500 at the time of this post and will come in on the heels of a game against the Battlefords North Stars, in La Ronge. The team is 2-2, but has one victory against the division leading Melfort Mustangs on opening night.
The team doesn’t have troubles keeping the pucks out of the net (6th in the SJHL with 2.50 goals against average) but they are having problems scoring goals. The team sits in 8th in the league with an average of 2.00.
After making a deal for Colby Daniels from the Kindersley Klippers and his 41 points (13g, 28a) from last season, the 1994 born forward has only one assist through the first four games. Fourth year forward Jared Iron is also struggling to start the season, having only 2 helpers so far.
Picking up the slack are brothers Joel and Jared Blaquiere and 1995 born forward Cole Porter, who lead the team’s offense.
Now one thing the Bombers aren’t having problems with doing is scoring. Flin Flon leads the league with 20 goals so far, with this past week’s Player of the Week, Chris Rauckman leading the way with seven.
Flin Flon is only one point behind the Melfort Mustangs before going into the weekend’s action hoping to make ground early on in the season as the idle Mustangs only hit the ice once this weekend against the Weyburn Red Wings.