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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Bombers Take 2-1 Series Lead

By Flin Flon Bombers, 03/23/16, 6:15AM CDT

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Just over 1,000 fans watched as Brendan Newton makes 47 saves and Captain Tyson Empey nets a goal and an assist helping the Bombers take a 2-1 series lead.

A lot was left on the ice last night when the Flin Flon Bombers and Weyburn Red Wings resumed their best of seven quarter finals series.

With the series all tied up at 1, the Bombers were looking to use the friendly confines of the Whitney Forum and get the momentum, and they didn’t disappoint the 1,006 fans last night.

Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB) made 47 saves and rookie defenseman Cory Thomas (St. Brieux, SK) scored just over five mintues into the third to give the Bombers a 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in the series.

“They fought hard tonight,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.  “We had players giving it their all tonight, wanting that win for the crowd and I don’t think they went home disappointed.”

After a scoreless first period, Captain Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) opened the scoring 2:36 into the second firing a shot from the slot, beating Wings goal Jake Burgart glove side for his first of the series from line mates Jason Lavallee (Thetford-Mines, QC) and Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB).

The Wings would tie the game just a minute thirty seconds later and then take the lead before the end of the period on the power play.

Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) would tie things up just 14 seconds in to the third, also on the power play from Emepy and defenseman Curtis Roach (Saskatoon, SK) and Thomas would net the winner five mintues later from Greyson Reitmeier (Nakusp, BC) and Switzer.

The series will resume tonight for game four before the Bombers return to Weyburn for game five Saturday night.

ICE CHIPS:  Flin Flon was 1 for 2 on the power play with the Wings going 1 for 3.  ---  The back to back wins was the first time a Flin Flon team has done that in the SJHL playoffs since 2013 when the Bombers beat the Hawks for two straight enroute to a six game series win over the Nipawin Hawks.