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This past week, the Flin Flon Bombers played three games, starting on Wednesday night against the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum. This was a make-up game for the postponed match up that originally supposed to take place on January 12th. The Bombers opened up the scoring mid way through the first period with a goal from Justin Lies, his 29th of the season. That was the only goal for the period. For the second period, the Bomber kept piling on the goals with two more, one coming from Noah Houle and the other from Conor Ryan, for his first of the season in his first game. The Bombers were then up 3-0 after two periods. Going into the third, the Hawks finally answered back with a goal early in the third, making it 3-1. That was Nipawin’s lone goal for the game. The Bombers were able to add one more goal to close out the game, coming from Jacob Vockler on the power play to make it a 4-1 final.
The Bombers out shot the Hawks 46 to 41. Kenneth Marquart stopped 40/41 shots. The Bombers went 1/5 on the power play and stopped Nipawin all 3 times on the penalty kill.
The Bombers had a two day break before they took to the ice against the Yorkton Terriers on Saturday night at the Whitney Forum. The Bombers came out to a strong start, having possession of the puck for a majority of the first period and getting the first goal on the power play, coming from Keefe Gruener, his first of the season. Despite the Bombers controlling the first period, the Terriers did answer back with one of their own to make it 1-1 going into the first intermission. For the second period, the Terriers tightened up on defence and started to put pressure on the Bombers, eventually scoring a goal on the power play to take the lead 2-1. As the period was coming to end, the Bombers fought back and evened up the score 2-2, with a goal coming from Anthony Bax, his first of the season. All tied up going into the third, both goalies, Harmon Laser-Hume for the Bombers and Adam Kelly for the Terriers were both stopping everything in sight. There were no goals scored in the third, so the game called for an overtime period. During overtime, both teams had tons of great chances to score but it was an absolute goalie showdown and neither team could seal the deal, so to shootout in went. Yorkton was first up for the shootout, and all three of their skaters couldn’t convert. For the Bombers, Jacob Vockler and Carter Anderson were the first two up but couldn’t get their shots to go either. So it was all left up to Flin Flon local, Justin Lies, to put the game away and he didn’t disappoint. Putting on a beautiful move, he was able to score and the Bombers took the game 3-2 in the shootout.
The Bombers out shot the Terriers 39 to 25. Harmon Laser-Hume stopped 37/39 shots. The Bombers went 1/7 on the power play and stopped Yorkton 3/4 times on the penalty kill.
The Bombers faced off against the Terriers again the following night at the Whitney Forum. Both teams came out firing in the first period, getting lots of scoring opportunities but there were no goals to be found in the first 20 minutes. It was in the second period, where the Bombers started to catch fire with an early goal, coming from Anthony Piccininno. Then the flood gates opened and the Bombers were able to grab two more before the end of the period, coming from Justin Lies and Anthony Bax to make it 3-0. The Bomber continued to dominate in the third period and added one more goal to make it 4-0, coming from Anthony Bax on the power play. Yorkton had some good chances to score in the third but couldn’t get anything to fall and the Bombers won 4-0.
The Bombers out shot the Terriers 55 to 41. Kenneth Marquart stopped all 41 shots for the shutout, his third of the season. The Bombers went 2/7 on the power play and stopped Yorkton all 7 times on the penalty kill.
The Bombers gained all six possible points this week. Their record now sits at 32-2-2-0. They are the still #1 Ranked team in the CJHL for the 11th week in a row and lead the SJHL with 66 points.