For the third time in four games this season the Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs needed extra time to settle their game, but for the first time the Bombers came out on top winning 3-2 in a shootout.
In the sixth round of shooters Austin Calladine (Saskatoon, SK) skated in and tucked one between the pads of Melfort starter Zach DeGraves for the win.
Flin Flon would open the scoring in the first when defenseman Tyler Bell (Regina, SK) would blast his second of the season past DeGraves from Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) and Brandon Masson (Oak Lake, MB).
The Bombers then took a two goal lead less than two minutes later when the newly acquired Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) would score his first SJHL goal from Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) and Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK).
The two goal lead lasted until the 4:23 mark when Travis Mayan scored his first of two on the night past Simon Hofley (Ottawa, ON). Mayan would score the tying goal just past the midway point of the second period.
Hofley would be the story of the night as he faced 54 Melfort shots and was only beat once on six shooters in the shootout for his ninth win of the season.
With no scoring in the third or overtime periods a shootout was required.
After the first two shooters were stopped, Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) snapped one off the post and in but Melforts Luc Lemire would beat Hofley to keep the shootout going.
It took three more shooters each before Calladine was able to win it for the visiting side.
Next action for Flin Flon is this Saturday when the Viterra Division’s first place Melville Millionaires come to town.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 1 for 2 on the power play while the Mustangs were scoreless on four chances. --- Flin Flon and Melfort face eachother three more times this season, once more before Christmas when they face off again at the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort. --- Flin Flon’s overtime record now sits at 1-3-1-3. --- New Bomber Brandon Switzer made his debut for the club and the other two members of the team, forward Joel Kocur and goaltender Adam Beukeboom, made it to Melfort and was in attendance for the game.