Luc Lemire’s goal with 41 seconds left forced overtime and Melfort’s defenseman Riley Boomgararden’s shot from the point on the power play with 48 seconds left in overtime sunk the Bombers’ bid to move into first place last night as the Mustangs defeated Flin Flon 6-5.
After taking a 4-2 lead into the third period, it was all Melfort in the final 24 minutes, as the home side would score four times for the win.
Captain Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) would open the scoring with his sixth of the season when he fired a shot from the high slot past the glove of Melfort’s Richard Palmer. Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) and Austin Calladine (Saskatoon, SK) would pick up the assists on Allison’s power play goal.
The 1-0 score would stay that way to start the second when for the second time in as many nights the Bombers would score early to start the middle period.
Erik Pedersen (Airdrie, AB) would take a feed from Parker Evans-Campbell (High River, AB) and beat Palmer glove side just thirty seconds into the middle frame. Danys Chartrand picked up the other assist.
Melfort would cut the lead in half when Adam Fauchoux beat goalie Simon Hofley (Ottawa, ON) blocker side on a two on one.
Hofley in total faced 46 Melfort shots and with the OT loss moved his record to 8-5-1-0-1 with a 2.80 goals against average and a 0.922 save percentage.
Smith would take back the two goal lead mid way through the period redirecting a Braden Lacoursiere (Unity, SK) shot from the point. Smith’s goal was his eighth of the season and he would finish with three points on the night. In his last four games he has seven points (4g, 3a).
Melfort once again closed the gap but Calladine’s sixth of the season on the power play would leave the Bombers with a 4-2 lead going into the third.
But that’s where the wheels fell off.
After chasing starter Palmer for the start of the third, Flin Flon could only must five shots on back up Zach DeGraves as Melfort scored three times in the third firing 18 shots on Hofley.
After Travis Mayan’s tying goal mid way through the third, Kristian St. Onge (Saskatoon, SK) scored his first career junior goal to take a 5-4 lead late in the period.
But that was short lived as the Mustangs dominated the rest of the play finally tying up the score to force overtime and score the eventual game winner. Flin Flon was unable to get a shot on goal in the overtime period.
The Bombers have time to forget the game as the team now has a week off before they return to action next Friday night when they travel to La Ronge before opening a Saturday/Sunday back to back matchup against the Mustangs at the Whitney Forum.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 2 for 4 on the power play with Melfort going 2 for 8. --- Melfort now moves into sole possession of first in the Sherwood with 22 points to Flin Flon’s 21. They were unable to move into first overall in the SJHL as Kindersley defeated Battlefords 4-3 last night. --- Last night’s game was the first of four in a two week span these two clubs will see each other. After the weekend series next Saturday and Sunday, Flin Flon will travel to Melfort again on November 12. --- Flin Flon’s extra time record isn’t their strong suit. With the OT loss their record is 1-3-0-2 in overtime/shootouts.