Nipawin’s Garrett Dunlop’s rebound went through the legs of Flin Flon starter Adam Beukeboom (Sundre, AB), lifting the Nipawin Hawks to a 3-2 overtime win against the Bombers, making it four losses in a row.
After a scoreless first period, which saw the Bombers fire 15 shots on net to the Hawks 13, Nipawin would open the scoring at the 8:08 mark of the second period when Carter Danczak would beat Beukeboom.
Since opening with back to back shutouts to begin his Bomber career and picking up SJHL Top Goalie of the Week honors, Beukeboom has been winless in his last three starts and has a goals against average of 5.40 with a save percentage of 0.846 in four games in the month of December.
The Hawks 1-0 lead would stand that way until Tyler Bell (Regina, SK) wired a shot from the point on the power play, beating Hawks’ starter Joe O’Brien. Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) picked up the lone assist on Bell’s third of the season.
The tie would stay that way before Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) would wire a rebound in the slot past O’Brien to take a 2-1 lead for the home side. Parker Evans-Campbell (High River, AB) and Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) would pick up the assists.
The Flin Flon lead lasted all of 30 seconds when with the Bombers scrambling in their own end, a Stefan Wood shot from the point beat Beukeboom glove side for the 2-2.
A back and forth overtime, resulting in chances for both sides, would end with Dunlop’s 11th of the season with less than a minute left in the period.
The Bombers now sit two points behind the Nipawin Hawks for second in the Sherwood Division. Last night was the last one for Flin Flon in 2014. The team will hit the road for four games in five nights before the Christmas break, beginning in La Ronge next Tuesday.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 1 for 6 on the power play with Nipawin going 0 for 7. --- Flin Flon has played in the second most extra time games this season, 12, one behind the Battlefords North Stars and tied with the Kindersley Klippers. They have the second worst winning percentage in OT games with a record of 2-5-2-3 for 16 points of a total of 24. --- The firepower that the club enjoyed at the beginning of the season has sputtered as of late. Besides Alex Smith the team’s top scorers have struggled which coinsides with the team’s struggles. Chris Raukman (1 goal in his last five games), Dean Allison (2 points in his last five games), Parker Evans-Campbell (3 points in his last 12 games) and Austin Calladine (2 points in his last eight games).