After a night when they couldn’t keep a lead, the Flin Flon Bombers found themselves behind a big one, but fought back to tie up their best of seven quarter final series with Notre Dame Hounds with a 6-5 overtime win.
Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) led the way for the Bombers with a pair of goals to put him with three points (2g, 1a) in the first two games. Allison has 10 points (5g, 5a) in seven playoff games for Flin Flon dating back to last season’s five game series against the Estevan Bruins.
The Hounds opened up to a 3-0 lead in the first period, chasing starter Adam Beukeboom (Sundre, AB) from the Bomber net after Jared Martin’s third goal of the series on the power play at the 4:51 mark.
Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) stopped the bleeding with his first of the playoffs, on the power play from Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK) and Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) with less than three minutes to go in the period.
Rauckman would score his second of the post season three minutes into the second to make it a one goal game from Evans and Tyler Bell (Regina, SK) but the Hounds would get that back just forty seconds later.
Flin Flon would score two more before the end of the period to tie things up 4-4 going into the third.
Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) would score his first one two on the night just past the mid way point of the period, from Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) and Rauckman and Parker Evans-Campbell (High River, AB) would tie the score 30 seconds later from Empey and Austin Calladine (Saskatoon, SK) on the power play.
The Bombers would take their first lead of the game late in the third period off Allison’s second of the game from Empey. Allison now has 10 career playoff points (5g, 5a) in seven games so far for the Bombers.
Spencer Trapp would score the tying goal with less than three minutes left in the third off a turnover in the Bombers zone.
The overtime period was short lived when just 1:38 into the extra time Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) would beat the Hounds Alex Thibaudeau from Brandon Swizter (Brandon, MB) and Evans-Campbell.
The teams will now travel to Flin Flon for Games three and four starting on Tuesday night at the Whitney Forum.
ICE CHIPS: The penalty kill for the Bombers was a little better on Satuday night. After allowing 3 goals on 5 attempts Friday night, the Hounds only scored 1 goal on 6 chances. Flin Flon was 3 for 8. --- A day after being scratched because of an illness, Tyson Empey made his 2015 playoff debut on Saturday with three assists. The Swift Current native had four points (3g, 1a) in five playoff games last year. --- 1995 born Kristian St. Onge also made his playoff debut for the Bombers last night. St. Onge hasn’t seen game action since January 27 when he suffered an upper body injury in a game against the Nipawin Hawks.