The Flin Flon Bombers return to action tonight at the Whitney Forum when they will play host to the visiting Sherwood Division rival Nipawin Hawks in one of six games in the SJHL.
Flin Flon is fresh off a loss to the Notre Dame Hounds at the Forum last Friday night when after clawing back from 2-0 and 3-2 leads, lost with 1:40 left for a 4-3 loss.
For the month of November the Bombers went 6-3-0-1 helping them rebound from a bad start to the season.
“We have come a long way since the beginning of the season,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “We had a good October and an even better November.”
After starting the season 3-6-0-1, the team is flirting with getting above .500, sitting with a record of 11-12-0-4 in a tough Sherwood Division.
The team will have a new look to it tonight. The team cut down to 23 players, and three more on Junior B cards, when they shipped defenseman Holden Daley (Edmonton, AB) to the Kindersley Klippers in a three team deal that helped them acquire skilled forward Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB). The team also traded forward/defenseman Matthew Smishek (Regina, SK) to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the SJHL.
Zimmer, who made it to Flin Flon mid week, has already impressed Reagan.
“He’s a really skilled guy who will make our top six much deeper,” added Reagan. Zimmer will be inserted into the lineup tonight.
The Hawks come to town winners of two straight. They beat the visiting Notre Dame Hounds last Saturday night and then beat the Humboldt Broncos on Tuesday. On the season Flin Flon is 1-1-0-1 against the Hawks with the Bombers winning 4-0 in Nipawin in their last meeting on November 17th.
With Reagan already in Calgary for the start of Team West camp, Assistant Coach Gary Childerhose will lead the bench for the next few weeks. Goaltender Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) will make the start tonight but will travel to Calgary tomorrow and will miss games for some time.
After tonight the Estevan Bruins will come to town tomorrow night to wrap up the weekend.