The Flin Flon Bombers started their Southern Road Swing in the Nipawin last night against the Hawks and after the teams scored three goals in less than three minutes in the third period, extra time was needed and the Bombers were able to win their sixth in a row, 4-3 in a shootout.
Nipawin opened the scoring in the first period just 1:57 in, when Hawks defenseman Nicholas Riemer would fire a shot that looked to be deflected in past Bomber starter Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB).
Newton, making his fourth straight start, made 32 saves for his ninth win of the season, and his seventh straight overall.
Flin Flon would tie things up and take the lead in the second period, scoring the only goals of the middle frame, with Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) snapping a shot early in the second period on the power play from Joseph Leonidas (Calgary, AB) and Joel Kocur (Edson, AB).
Leonidas would score the go ahead just four mintues later with a shot from the point for his sixth of the season from Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB).
The score would stay that way until the 2:41 mark of the third when Blake Fournier took a pass in behind the Bombers defenders and stuffed the tying goal past Newton.
But it wouldn’t stay that way long with just 1:19 later Smith would regain the Bomber lead firing a shot blocker side on Hawks goalie Kristian Stead, who was out of position after losing his stick.
With just: 39 seconds left Nipawin would force overtime.
A scoreless overtime would mean a shootout and after trading unsuccessful attempts, Jason Lavallee (Thetford-Mines, QC) would out wait Stead, tucking it past the goalies pad, for the lone shootout goal and the win.
Flin Flon (24-13-0-4) is now one point up on Nipawin (24-14-2-1) for second in the Sherwood Division and fourth overall in the SJHL.
They continue their current road trip tonight in Notre Dame to take on the Hounds (20-16-2-3).
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 1 for 4 on the power play with the Hawks going 0 for 2. --- After 41 games last season, Flin Flon had 23 wins, this season they have 24. --- Flin Flon improved their record against Divisional opponents to 9-3-0-2 and their record against the Hawks to 3-1-0-1. --- The next time these two clubs will face off this season will be the last game for both teams on March 9 when Flin Flon entertains the Hawks. --- Just a reminder, tonight's game against Notre Dame is an 8:00 pm start.