Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) continued his successful month of November with another three points (1g, 2a) and Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) stopped all 24 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the Bombers won their second straight game, 4-0 in Nipawin last night.
“We are very happy with our play in the last little bit here,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “This is another big win for us, especially here on the road in a rink that’s tough to play in.”
The game was scoreless until just past the six minute mark when Smith would snap a shot from the point beating Nipawin’s Krisitian Stead glove side for his 14th of the season off a feed from Joel Kocur (Edson, AB). Joseph Leonidas (Calgary, AB) would pick up the other assist.
They would increase the lead when Kristian St. Onge redirected a point shot from Ben Lanfermann (Lloydminister, AB). Adam Wilson (Edmonton, AB), in his first game back after a lengthy injury, would win the draw in the Hawks’ zone, picking up the other assist on St. Onge’s third of the season.
After being named the Sasktel SJHL Goaltender of the Week last week, Robidoux continued his strong play in the pipes, making 15 saves through two periods and another nine in the final frame. He’s 3-0-1 in the month of November with a 1.41 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.953. On the season he’s 6-5-0-1 with a goals against average of 2.66 and save percentage of 0.917.
“Zac has really found his stride,” commented Reagan. “We knew what he was capable of when we acquired him in the off season. Some goalies need a bit of time to adjust, especially to a new league.”
Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) and Kocur would round out the scoring in third period with Switzer’s coming shorthanded. Smith and Mason Etter (Cedarburg, WI) each picked up assists on Switzer’s ninth of the season with Smith picking up the long helper on Kocur’s 12th.
Now 5-3-0-2 in their last 10 games, Flin Flon has had an impressive showing in a tough part of the schedule, which had the team play their last eight of 10 games on the road.
The win puts Flin Flon at 8-10-0-4, four points behind the La Ronge Ice Wolves for third in the Sherwood Division, and gives them a chance to get to .500 for the first time this season when they host the SJHL’s leading Battleford North Stars for a pair of games this weekend at the Forum.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 4 with the mad advantage while the Hawks were 0 for 8. --- Along with Adam Wilson, defenseman Curtis Roach (Saskatoon, SK) made his return to the lineup last night, mostly playing power play time. Roach as been out with an injury since October 28th when he was hurt in a game against the Notre Dame Hounds. --- Flin Flon will now play 8 of their next 9 at home.