Captain Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) stepped over the blue line and wired a shot glove side past Melfort goalie Zach DeGraves, 3:35 into overtime, lifting the Bombers to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Mustangs in a wild Tuesday night match up at the Forum.
Allison’s unassisted marker, his eleventh of the season, was the first after the Bombers squandered a 4-1 lead, and the only one to beat DeGraves after the Bombers chased starter Richard Palmer from the net after an offensive outbreak in the first.
The overtime was the second win in the last three games for the Bombers (19-7-5-4) against Melfort and the fourth game in seven that went into extra time in head to head match ups. They now have a 2-3-1-1 record against Melfort.
It looked to be a long night for the home side as the Mustangs opened the scoring just 1:04 in when Travis Mayan fired one in off the post, beating Flin Flon’s Adam Beukeboom (Sundre, AB).
After that, it was all Flin Flon to end the first when four different goal scorers hit the sheet, helping the Bombers take a 4-1 lead into the second.
Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) started the scoring for the home side, four minutes after the Mayan goal, with his 24th of the season from Alex Smith. Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) scored three minutes after that from Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK).
The line of Evans, Empey and rookie Krisitan St. Onge (Saskatoon, SK) was the best one for the Bombers. The newly created energy line had multiple chances and hit everything in sight on a night when both clubs used the physical play to help hit the score sheet.
Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK) scored his first since returning to the Bombers, snapping a shot in close glove side past Palmer. Parker Evans-Campbell (High River, AB) and Austin Calladine (Saskatoon, SK) would pick up the assists.
Brandon Switzer scored the prettiest of the night, tucking it past as sprawling Palmer after dekeing around most of the Mustangs on the ice for his fourth of the season. Newly anointed assistant captain Tyler Bell (Regina, SK) picked up the lone assist.
The Mustangs brought the Bombers back down to earth in the second, firing 16 shots on Beukeboom, and scoring three times in the middle period, including two in 23 seconds, to tie the game up 4-4.
Beukeboom finished up with 37 saves on 41 total shots for his seventh victory of the season.
No goals in the third meant overtime and the winner from Allison.
Next up, Head Coach and Mike Reagan will shift his focus to the January 10th CJHL trade deadline. The team will now look to the 10th as well when they entertain the Notre Dame Hounds.
ICE CHIPS: The Bombers were 0 for 3 on the power play with the Mustangs scoring 1 on 4 attempts. --- The Bombers improved their record to 6-3-3-3 on the season against the Sherwood Division. --- The win moved them to one point behind the Nipawin Hawks for second in the Sherwood Division and fourth overall in the SJHL. If the playoffs where to start tomorrow, they would face off against each other in the opening round. --- They are also now 5-3-3-3 when being outshot by their opponents this year.