Three Melfort Mustangs had two goals each and the Bombers were only able to beat starter Richard Palmer twice, as the Bombers dropped their second straight, and third in four games, 6-2 at the Whitney Forum last night.
The Bombers (27-12-6-6), looking to make some ground in the race for home ice in the SJHL’ playoffs, outshootin the visiting Mustangs (36-7-3-5) 31-28 total, but gave up six goals for the third time to the Mustangs this season.
Tristian Frei opened the scoring, 7:12 into the first, when he re-directed a pass from the corner past Simon Hofley on the power play. Adam Fauchoux would increase the lead to 2-0 before the end of the period.
Flin Flon got back to within one just 50 seconds into the second frame when Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) scored his league leading 37th of the season by tucking it past Palmer. Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK) and Danys Chartrand picked up the assists.
Melfort would score three straight times after Rauckman’s goal including back to back goals by Andrew Durham which would chase Hofley from the Bombers net.
Adam Beukeboom would relieve Hofley after the starter allowed four goals on 13 shots. Frei would score his second of the night just past th3 five minute mark on the power play. Brett Kitt (Brandon, MB) would stop the bleeding just before the end of second, scoring his second of the season from Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) and Brandon Masson (Oak Lake, MB).
Fauchoux would score the only goal of the third period.
Going in with a game in hand on the idle Nipawin Hawks last night, the Bombers were unable to make ground, still being tied with them for fifth in the SJHL. Notre Dame lost last night which means that Flin Flon is still three back of the Hounds with the same amount of games played.
The Bombers sits in the sixth spot in the standings due to amount of wins, and would play Melville in the first round of the playoffs if they started today. Flin Flon still has five games to play.
They will see the Millionaires this Friday when they travel to Melville to start three straight games on the road. They are in Yorkton the next night.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 4 last night on the power play with the Mustangs going 2 for 5. --- Flin Flon is now 2-4-1-1 against the Melfort Mustangs on the season. --- They are now 8-6-3-4 against Sherwood Division opponents. --- Flin Flon finished with four defenseman last night. Tyler Bell (Regina, SK) was ejected in the second period for a questionable hit from behind penalty and Curtis Roach left the game after sustaining an injury. No word on his status at this time.