After splitting their weekend games, the Flin Flon Bombers (7-10-0-4) return to the road tonight when they take on Sherwood Division rivals Nipawin Hawks (13-8-2-0)(Game Time: 7:30 PM – Radio: 102.9 CFAR).
After losing to the Finning Division’s last place club, Humboldt on Friday night 4-3, the Bombers turned around and beat up on the second place Kindersley Klippers 6-2, in a growing trend for the team, win one lose one.
“We’re not getting the consistency that we need right now,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.
The Bombers this season are currently sitting in last spot in the Sherwood Division, three games under the .500 mark, but so far are 5-7-0-1 against teams .500 and above and 2-3-0-1 against teams under. Only Notre Dame (0-2), Weyburn (0-2) and Nipawin (0-1-0-1) have winning records against the Bombers.
“We need to wins those games against teams were battling with for playoff spots,” said Reagan. “We haven’t played La Ronge yet, but we need the wins against Melville, Yorkton and Humboldt.”
The team has also played 13 of their 21 games on the road, including one of their four games in five night road trip south, and are 3-3-0-1 in their last seven road games, but after tonight will play eight of their next 10 games at the friendly confines of the Whitney Forum.
But they have to get past the Hawks tonight, who are on a slump of their own right now.
The Hawks lost their last game, 5-3 against the Estevan Bruins on Friday night snapping a two game winning streak, and are 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games.
ROSTER MOVES: The Bombers made some moves these past few days.
First they acquired 1995 born defenseman Pierre-Luc Morin (Ste-Helene-de-Kamouraska, QC) from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations. Morin suited up for 11 games with the Thunder picking up two assists. The 6’0, 180 pounder was teammates with newly acquired Jason Lavallee with the Sorel-Tracy Rebelles of the Quebec College Hockey League where he played three seasons totaling 46 points (9g, 37a) in 100 games.
Next the Bombers moved 1996 born Jason Cohan (North Vancouver, BC) to the Winkler Flyers of the MJH L in exchange for a Player Development Fee. Cohan split last season between the Tri-Town Thunder of the PJHL and the Bombers where he had three assists in 19 games along with 14 penalty minutes for Flin Flon. This year he had another three assists in 16 games along with 39 penalty minutes.
“It’s a change of scenery trade for Jason,” commented Reagan. “He’s a great kid with lots of potential. He needed a change of scenery and will do great down in Winkler.”
Cohan will join former Bomber goalie Connor Slipp who was traded to Winkler late last month.
“We wish Jason the best of luck.”
With the acquisition of Morin, the Bombers currently have 10 defensemen on the roster, with a few being on the shelf the past few weeks with various injuries.
The Bombers have been without Curtis Roach (Saskatoon, SK), Braden Lacoursiere (Unity, SK) and Brandon Masson (Oak Lake, MB). Roach will be in the lineup tonight against NIpawin with Lacoursiere possibly returning next week. Masson had surgery to his knee and will be out of the lineup for another minimum of four weeks.
Also back in tonight will be 1996 born Adam Wilson (Edmonton, AB). Wilson hasn’t played since October 6th against the Notre Dame Hounds with an upper body injury.