The Flin Flon Bombers return to action tonight when they travel to La Ronge to take on the Ice Wolves in the first of a home and home series.
As documented, Flin Flon (21-13-0-4) has been deemed the hottest team in the SJHL, in part to their three game winning streak, winners in 9 of their last 10 and a 15-3-0 record since November 14th, and have climbed out of the Sherwood Division basement and now sit only two points back of the Nipawin Hawks for second in the division with two games in hand.
The December 10th Trade Deadline passed on Sunday and the team didn’t make any substantial moves to their roster, electing to go with the team that has got them to where they are right now.
“We decided we didn’t want to make a move just to make a move,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “Of course we were in on a few deals, but those fell through and those players weren’t moved. We’re still happy with our club right now.”
And why not?
The team has the secondary scoring they desperately needed at the beginning of the season when they acquired forwards Jason Lavallee (Thetford-Mines, QC) and Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB) in separate deals. They are also getting scoring from rookies Nick Shumlanski (Tisdale, SK) and Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK) who combined for five points in the 6-3 win in Melfort helping the club sweep the Mustangs over the weekend.
Defensivly the team has been great, starting with goalies Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) and rookie Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB) who played in both games against Melfort, Friday in relief of Robidoux and Saturday as the starter where he made 19 saves for the win.
Overall the team has allowed 116 goals over 38 games, good for fifth in the SJHL.
This weekend they playoff against an up and down team in the Ice Wolves (18-16-1-3).
La Ronge went 14 games with registering at least a point, moving up the SJHL standings, but since then they are 3-6-0-1, making way for the Bombers to overtake them in the Sherwood Standings.
After the two games against the Ice Wolves this weekend, the Bombers will take off for their last long road trip of the season, four games in five nights, starting in Nipawin on Tuesday.