It came down to the last game of the season in order to find out where the Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks would play when it come to their first round series, a one game final for fifth or sixth in the overall standings.
Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) had two goals and a helper and Simon Hofley (Ottawa, ON) made 40 saves, as the Bombers beat the visiting Hawks 5-2, putting them in fifth place and a date with the Notre Dame Hounds in the playoffs.
13 seconds after the Hawks opened the scoring; Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) would tie the score, 1:50 into the opening period. Line mates Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) and Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) picked up the assists.
It stood that way until late in the third when Switzer scored his first of two on the night from Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) and Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) on the power play.
Swizter would increase the lead early into the middle frame, just three minutes in with his 13th of the season from Evans and Braden Lacoursiere (Unity, SK). That was the only goal of the second period.
The Hawks cut the lead early in the third period when Eric Bolden cut around the net and snuck the puck under the pads of Hofley on a wrap around, making it 3-2. That’s as close as the score would get as Hofley would make 10 more saves in the third, 40 overall, for his 19th win of the season.
Rauckman, coming in two short of the league leading Travis Mayan for goals, got his 39th of the season off a one timer from the point after taking a Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK) feed on the power play. Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) would pick up the other assist. Rauckman almost scored his 40th late in the period when he got three attempts from the point on another power play, one hitting the cross bar.
Empey rounded out the scoring later on another power play from Boehm and Rauckman.
Things got a little heated at the end of the game when a couple of the Hawks players tried to skate off with the moose leg that was thrown onto the ice. Brett Kitt (Brandon, MB) got into the middle of the Hawks players to retrieve the infamous leg.
The Bombers will have about 10 days off before they face the fourth ranked Notre Dame Hounds in their first round match up. The SJHL Quarter Finals should start next Friday, March 13, in Wilcox, SK.
ICE CHIPS: The Bombers where 3 for on the power play last night with the Hawks going 1 for 5. --- With two assists last night, Brett Boehm snapped a 4 game pointless streak. That was the longest amount of games without a point since he returned from the NCAA in January. --- If Rauckman would have scored his 40th of the season not only would it have tied him for the league lead, but it would have been Flin Flon’s first 40 goal man since Reid McLeod did it back in 2007-08 when he finished with 47 goals.