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Bombers Set To Continue Road To Canalta Cup

By Flin Flon Bombers, 03/31/16, 7:30AM CDT

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After finishing off the Weyburn Red Wings in five games, Flin Flon continues thier quest for the Canalta Cup against the top ranked Battlefords North Stars starting tomorrow night in North Battleford.

#1 Battlefords North Stars vs #6 Flin Flon Bombers – SJHL Canalta Cup Semi Finals

After finishing off the #3 ranked Weyburn Red Wings in five games, the Flin Flon Bombers will now shift their focus to the top ranked Battlefords North Stars in their SJHL Canalta Cup Semi Finals which starts Friday night at the North Battleford Civic Centre.

Flin Flon will still be without the services of defensemen Joseph Leonidas (Calgary, AB), Brandon Masson (Oak Lake, MB) and forwards Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK) and Jason Lavallee (Thetford Mines, QC) who are all still serving one more game suspensions in the “Moose Leg” incident and will be without defenseman Pierre Luc Morin (Ste-Hélène-de-Kamourask, QC) who is out with an injury.

The Bombers are looking to punch their ticket into the SJHL Finals, a place they haven’t been since their 1993 Championship.

Bombers.ca breaks down the SJHL Semi Final Series between the Bombers and North Stars.

Flin Flon Bombers
6th SJHL (3rd Sherwood Division) 34-20-0-4
Regular Season                                                 Playoffs
216 GF, 169 GA                                                 11 GF, 9 GA
Home: 19-7-0-2                                                 Home: 2-0
Road: 15-13-0-2                                                Road: 2-1
Power Play: 18.0% (9th SJHL)                             Power Play: 15.8% (7th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.3% (3rd SJHL)                             Penalty Kill: 68.8% (9th SJHL)

Battlefords North Stars
1st SJHL (1st Finning Division) 43-11-2-2
Regular Season                                                   Playoffs
239 GF, 146 GA                                                   18 GF, 13 GA
Home: 23-4-0-2                                                   Home: 3-0
Road: 20-7-2-0                                                    Road: 1-1
Power Play: 22.6% (2nd SJHL)                              Power Play: 10.7% (9th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 83.1% (5th SJHL)                               Penalty Kill: 80.0% (6th SJHL)

Season Series
October 3 – Battlefords 4 at Flin Flon 8
November 20 – Battlefords 4 at Flin Flon 5 – OT
November 21 – Battlefords 2 at Flin Flon 5
December 19 – Flin Flon 4 at Battlefords 2
February 26 – Flin Flon 1 at Battlefords 9
February 27 – Flin Flon 1 at Battlefords 5

Unlike the Red Wings, the Bombers had success against the North Stars during the regular season.  Flin Flon took the first four meetings between the two clubs, including their first win of the season on October 3 when they double up the Stars 8-4 at the Whitney Forum.

All four of the win happened before Christmas with the Bombers losing twice the Stars in North Battleford at the end of February by a combined score of 14-2.

Offence

Much like the regular season, the trio of Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB), Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) and Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) lead the way in points during the playoffs with Switzer leading with six (4g, 2a).  Forward Greyson Reitmeier (Nakusp, BC) sits tied with Smith and Kocur with three points (3a) in the five games.

It was a relativity low scoring opening round for the Bombers as the team combined for 11 goals over the five games.

The Stars are coming off a five game series against the Kindersley Klippers where they scored 18 goals over the series continuing their trend from the regular season where they lead the entire SJHL in goals for 239. 

The team is lead by 1995 born Igor Leonenko who sits one point behind the playoff leader with 10 points (6g, 4a).  Rookie Layne Young continues his impressive first season.  After leading all rookies during the regular season, Young has 8 points (4g, 4a) in five games. 

Defense

The story so far for the Bombers is the play of rookie goalie Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB).  After coming in relief in the first game of the series, Newton has been lights out compiling a goals against average of 1.32 and a save percentage of 0.964, all good to lead the league.

The Stars have had a three goalie carousel since the January 10th trade deadline when they picked up Tyler Fuhr off waivers after being let go by the Estevan Bruins.  Fuhr has been the man so far for the Stars in the playoffs, starting all five games against the Kindersley Klippers finishing with a 2.42 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.917.