Many pegged the series between the Flin Flon Bombers and the Notre Dame Hounds as the closest matched teams in the SJHL Quarter Finals series, and so far the teams are not disappointing.
A night removed from going down 2-1 in the series to the Hounds, the Bombers had four different goal scorers and the Whitney Forum faithful saw these two teams, who only played each other four times during the regular season, increase the intensity as the home side even the series with a 4-1 win.
“That’s going to happen in a seven game series,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan last night after the teams win. “Teams are going to get the rivalry up and the intensity is going to show over the course of a series.”
Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB) scored the lone goal in the first period, his third of the post season, after what looked like Hounds defenseman batted the puck into his own goal.
After a scoreless second period, Parker Evans-Campbell (High River, AB) would one time a Brandon Switzer pass, beating Hounds starter Alex Thibaudeau three minutes into the third. The eventual game winner was Evans-Campbell’s third of the season, and the 1994 born forward got some praise from the coach after the game.
“That’s what we want from Parker,” Reagan commented after the game. “He’s elevated his play and we couldn’t be happier for him. He’s becoming the game breaker that we knew he could be.”
Switzer would score his first of the playoffs just over three minutes later on the power play, firing a shot short side on Thibaudeau from the point off a feed from Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK).
Notre Dame’s Jared Martin would score his sixth of the series less than one minute later, the lone goal to get past starter Adam Beukeboom (Sundre, AB). Beukboom, who was pulled on Saturday night in Notre Dame, came back in relief of Simon Hofley (Otttawa, ON) on Tuesday night. Beukeboom make 35 saves in total for his first win of the series.
Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) would round out the scoring, re-directing a point shot from Boehm just before the midway point of the period, also on the power play with Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) picking up the other helper.
The teams now travel to Wilcox, SK for Game 5 which will go on Friday night.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 2 for 5 on the power play and was able to stop the Hounds on their 4 chances. This was the first game that Notre Dame didn’t score on the man advantage, going 6 or 18 overall in the series. --- This was also the first time the team that scored first held the lead the entire game in the series. --- The win also guarantees a Game 6 back in the Whitney Forum on Sunday. --- All four series had games go last night. Kindersley swept the Battlefords North Stars after a 4-0 win. Weyburn avoided the sweep against the Melfort Mustangs, winning 3-2 in OT. The Nipawin Hawks tied up their series with Melville with a 4-3 win at home.