Well, it wasn’t pretty, but the Flin Flon Bombers (30-16-0-4) were able to squeak out a 5-4 shootout win last night against the Melville Millionaires (14-31-1-2) to end their two game road swing at 1-1.
In an almost mirror image of the game the previous night, one team being out played wound up going up 2-0 when Nick Shumlanski (Tisdale, SK) and Joseph Leonidas (Calgary, AB) would put up the road side to end the first period.
“We got out played in the first and second periods, I didn’t like our intensity and our compete, we had a much better third period,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.
Mason Etter (Cederburg, WI) picked up the lone assist on Shumlanski’s with Braden Lacoursiere (Unity, SK) adding the helper on Leonidas.
In the second it was all home side as the Mills would break open for four goals, outshooting the Bombers 17-10 in the process, to take a 4-2 lead into the third period.
Starting goalie Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) had to be sharp in the Bombers net. The 1996 born goalie made 36 saves, and seven straight shooters in the shootout, for his 17th win of the season.
After adjusting the lines to start the third period, Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) would bring the score to 4-3 at the 8:00 mark of the third in all alone on a breakaway tucking it five hole for this 28th of the season from Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK) and Mitch Foyle (Fruitvale, BC).
Flin Flon outshot the Mills 13-9 in the final frame.
Defenseman Curtis Roach (Saskatoon, SK) would tie up the score late in the period, firing a shot through a screen going off the post and in for his second from Kristian St. Onge (Saskatoon, SK) and Adam Wilson (Edmonton, AB).
After a scoreless overtime, a shootout was required. The team’s traded goals on their first shooters but the goalies would turn aside six straight before Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) scored.
The next shooter for Melville was stopped by Robidoux for the win.
The Bombers return to the Whitney Forum this Saturday when they play host the first place Melfort Mustangs.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 2 with the Millionaires going 0 for 1 on the power play. --- Flin Flon finishes the season 2-1-0-1 against Melville and is now 9-6-0-2 against Viterra Division teams. --- Curtis Roach scored his second goal of the season to tie it up late in the third. It’s his first goal since September 25th against the Humboldt Broncos. That’s a span of 38 games. --- It took Flin Flon 55 games to get to 30 wins last season. With the win last night the team is at 30 in 50 games.