You could say it was a Cinderella story. The sixth ranked Flin Flon Bombers came into the playoffs looked at as underdogs. They started every series on the road and in the end had to face off against the top three ranked teams for a chance to win their first SJHL Championship in 23 years.
But the team that had the league’s best record since December 1st didn’t feel they had the Cinderella persona.
“We never felt that way,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “We felt that we were the best team in the SJHL.”
In the end they weren’t able to complete their goal as two power play goals were enough for the Melfort Mustangs to clinch their second straight Canalta Cup winning 2-1 and taking the series 4-2.
After a scoreless first period, a period that saw the Bombers outshoot the visiting Mustangs 21-9, Flin Flon opened the scoring in the second off a power play goal from Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) from Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) and Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB).
It would stay that way until late in the period when Travis Mayan’s shot from the point found its way past a screen Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB).
Robidoux wasn’t tested much in the first period, stopping all nine shots fired his way, but he finished up making 31 saves in the losing cause.
For the second straight game, it looked like this one was going to overtime, but a late penalty put the Mustangs back on the power play and with 2:35 left a redirected shot from the point rolled over Robidoux and trickled over the line for the eventual winner.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon went 1 for 6 on the power play with the Mustangs going 2 for 5. --- Defenseman Pierre Luc Morin saw his first game action since the opening round. The 20 year old defenseman from Ste-Hélène-de-Kamourask, QC had been out of the lineup since Game 3 of the Weyburn series after breaking his jaw from blocking a shot late in the game. --- It was no secret that the top lines from each team had been dominate all season long, and that trend continued in the post season. The top lines all finished in the top 6 in league scoring with Flin Flon’s Alex Smith sitting two points behind the eventual playoff MVP Travis Mayan.