There’s a lot going on at the Whitney Forum tonight when the Flin Flon Bombers (26-14-0-4) host the Viterra Division leading Weyburn Red Wings (28-11-4-3)(Game Time: 7:30 PM).
First and foremost, it’s a chance for the Bombers to finally beat the Red Wings.
Going into tonight, Weyburn is the only team Flin Flon has not beat this season (0-3-0-1) with the most recent loss coming just six days ago.
The Bombers finished up their four game in five night streak last Saturday night, dropping their only game of the road trip 4-3, after being down 3-1 and 4-2 at some point.
The Red Wings come to town in the middle of a four game Northern swing, splitting their first two games, 3-2 loss in Nipawin on Wednesday and a 3-1 win in La Ronge the next night. They’ll finish up their trip tomorrow night against the Melfort Mustangs.
Another factor is the playoff picture.
Flin Flon has 14 games remaining in their schedule and with Melfort’s struggles as of late, the Bombers are looking to make a move on their Divisional opponents. They are seven points back of the first place Mustangs with three games in hand. Melfort is idle tonight.
The Bombers are also only one point up on the third place Nipawin Hawks with the same amount of games played with the Hawks playing the league’s best Battlefords North Stars tonight.
And finally Hockey Night In The North.
Tonight is the annual game for the Flin Flon Bombers where all in attendance will get in for free thanks to Hudbay, the City of Flin Flon, the Town of Creighton and the Village of Denare Beach. If the Whitney Forum isn’t an already tough place for visiting teams to play in, it will be even harder tonight with an atmosphere expected. Flin Flon holds a 13-4-0-2 record at home, good for fourth in the SJHL.
Tomorrow the Bombers will host the La Ronge Ice Wolves, the second of four straight home games.