“They definitely have the mental edge right now,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan last night. His comments were made after the team’s 6-2 loss to the hands of division foes, Melfort Mustangs. Melfort has won five of the six meetings between the two clubs this season.
Adam Beukeboom (Sundre, AB) got the start in the Bombers net and despite the six goals, was solid in his second loss of the season, making 42 saves.
After Melfort’s Travis Mayan opened the scoring in the first, Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) would tie up the score midway through the second period on the power play. Smith’s 12th of the season would come off an Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) pass in the slot and beating Mustangs starter Richard Palmer high glove.
Palmer improved his record to 3-0-1 against the Bombers with his 28 save performance.
Melfort regained the one goal lead just 51 seconds later when Bryden Serafini walked in on the breakaway, also beating Beukeboom glove side.
The score would remain 2-1 until the third when Melfort opened up the flood gates, scoring three straight goals, before Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) would score his 21st of the season, shorthanded, from Captain Dean Allison (Surrey, BC).
Melfort saw six different goal scorers hit the sheet as they improved their lead in the Sherwood Division to four points up on the Bombers. For Flin Flon, that was only their fourth loss in regulation time, tops in the SJHL.
“We definitely had some guys not show up for this game,” added Reagan. “We can’t dwell on this loss though, it’s early in the season and we’ve been playing some solid hockey. We just have to be ready for Friday night.”
Friday night the SJHL’s top team, Kindersley Klippers, visits the Whitney Forum before they welcome Estevan on Saturday.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 1 for 5 on the power play with Melfort going scoreless on seven attempts. --- Flin Flon has been hot as of late despite the loss. They are 6-2-1-1 in their last 10 games. --- 1997 born Nick Shumlanski (Tisdale, SK) saw action last night with the Bombers. The 5’7 forward is currently with the Beardy’s Blackhawks the SMAAAHL where he leads the team in points with 29 (9g, 20a) in 20 games, currently seventh in the league overall.