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The Flin Flon Bombers headed out on the weekend for a 3 game in 3 night road trip, with pivotal points on the line.
Starting in Humboldt Thursday, the Bombers would need a huge third period effort from the likes of Cole Rafuse (Kentville, NS), Alec Malo (Laval, PQ), and Goaltender Jacob Delorme (Drummondville, PQ).
Skating into the 3rd period, the Bombers found themselves trailing the Bronco’s by a goal. Cole Rafuse would tie the game with just over 5 minutes to play, and Jacob Delorme would shut the door the rest of the way.
Alec Malo would score the game winner with just just under two minutes on the clock, earning a hard fought two points in Humboldt.
Billy Klymchuk (Winnipeg, MB), Tristan Lemyre (Mirabel, PQ), and Mason Marting (Winnipeg, MB) would be the other scorers in the contest.
Rafuse and Lemyre each had a goal and 3 assists for 4 points on the night, while Malo had a goal and an assist for 3 points. Delorme would stop 40/44 shots sent his way.
With the marquee match-up all set, it would be on to the Battleford’s Friday and Saturday night for the Bombers, in what was anticipated around the league as the weekends top action.
Battlefords would score the lone first period goal, before Tristan Lemyre would respond halfway through the second. On a late Battleford power-play, Battlefords Jaxon Steele would again move the Stars ahead, with just six seconds left in the frame.
Tristan Lemyre would again tie things up for the Bombers, notching his second of the night, however the Stars Steele would score on another PP opportunity, sealing the fate this night for the Bombers.
Lemyre finished with two goals, with Cole Rafuse, Alec Malo, Jaxon White (Warman, SK), and Easton Haygarth (Llyodminister, AB) getting the assists.
Jacob Delorme would stop 31 of the 34 shots he faced in the effort.
Saturday would tell a much, much different story.
To set the stage, it was Teddy Bear toss at the NB Civic Center, the Flin Flon Bombers were hungry and the loss the night before was not sitting well. Mike Reagan’s squad was looking to show the league, and the Stars that they are for real.
10 goals later, the Bombers left the Stars shell shocked, and the league in disbelief.
Tristan Lemyre again led the way in scoring, notching his first ever SJHL hatrick, while also adding an assist.
Alec Malo had an impressive 5 assists on the night, while Cole Rafuse had a pair of goals and assists, for a 4 point night.
Easton Haygarth, Jaxon White, Mason Martin (1G 3A), Matt Raymond (Camrose, AB), and Matt Flodell (Prince Albert, SK) each had singles for the Maroon and White.
Assists came from Ryder Richmond (Forrest, MB), Brandon Cianflone(2) (Lorraine, PQ), Chase Haygarth (2), Reid Robertson (2)(Winnipeg, MB), Caleb Franklin (White Rock, BC), and Jack Michell (Saskatoon, SK).
Jacob Delorme had another impressive night, stopping 33/34 shots faced, while interestingly enough, The Stars somehow managed to out shoot the Bombers 34-31.
The Bombers (23-7-4-0) are all of a sudden within six points of the first place North Stars (27-6-2-0) and have a game in hand. Flin Flon has a home and home with La Ronge next weekend to finish off their pre-Christmas schedule.
Tristan Lemyre- 16G-14A-30PTS in 22 games. With 10 points on the road trip, the rookie Mirabel, PQ native had an impressive road trip, and is just 4 points back of La Ronge Ice Wolve Kyle Ford in rookie scoring. However, Lemyre has just 22 games to Fords 34 games. Lemyre has an impressive 1.36 PP/G average.
Cole Rafuse- 27G-34A-61PTS in 34 games. A nine point road trip is impressive, 12 power play goals and 2 short handed goals is incredible.
Alec Malo- 11G-50A-61PTS in 33 games. A setup guy might be an understatement. 50 assists in 33 games is a whole new level.
Mason Martin-8G-19A-27PTS in 33 games. Martin is quietly having a standout season on the back end for the Maroon and White this season. The twenty year old Captain has not only chipped in offensively (currently 5th in points for d-men), but his physical play has kept the leagues top opponents in check. Martin hasn’t seen an easy shift the entire season.
Next action for the Bombers is a home and home with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Friday on the road, before closing out 2019 at home.
Puck drop is 7:30pm both nights.