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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Seven Game Streak Snapped

By Flin Flon Bombers, 12/21/15, 8:45AM CST

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After a season high seven straight wins on Saturday night, the Flin Flon Bombers had a return match up against the Kindersley Klippers on Sunday looking to go into their 2015 Christmas Break on a winning note.

Flin Flon (18-13-0-4) went into their return matchup against the Kindersley Klippers (18-14-0-1) last night looking to make some ground on the Nipawin Hawks in the Sherwood Division and SJHL playoff picture.

But two goals in the second and another two in the third snapped the Flin Flon Bombers winning streak at seven games with a 4-1 score against the Kindersley Klippers.

After a scoreless first period, goals from former Bomber Austin Calladine and a power play goal from Cody Young from the slot would give the Klippers a 2-0 lead.

Kindersley increased the lead early in the third period before Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) would cut the lead to 3-1 with is sixth of the season from Jason Lavallee (Thetford-Mines, PQ) and Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK).

Since returning from injury, Empey has points in six straight games (2g, 5a) and overall has points in eight straight dating back before his injury.

It was also a good trip for first year forward Lesko.  The underage rookie had points in three straight games (1g, 3a) including the game winner on Saturday night against the league leading Battleford North Stars.

“We had a goal going into this road trip,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.  “We were going against some tough teams in a tough time of the season.  For us to go 3-1, we’re really happy.”

A Bomber win would have the team two points back of the Nipawin Hawks for second in the Sherwood and fourth overall in the SJHL.  With the SJHL schedule done for the Christmas Break, the Bombers are currently in fifth overall.

The team will now have just over two weeks off of game action for the Holiday Season.  Their next game comes at the Whitney Forum against the Yorkton Terriers on January 5th.

ICE CHIPS:  Flin Flon was 0 for 1 on the power play last night compared to the Klippers 2 for 9.  ---  The team was without defenseman Joseph Leonidas (Injury) and forward Rylee Zimmer (Personal) in last night’s game.  On the winning streak team went with basically the same lineup in each game.  Drawing in was defenseman Cory Thomas and forward Josh Hayward.