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This past week, the Flin Flon Bombers played three games with the first one on Tuesday against the Nipawin Hawks at the Centennial Arena. The Bombers came out strong as usual scoring first with a penalty shot from Jacob Vockler. That followed with another goal coming from Koen Senft on the powerplay for his first of the season to put the Bombers up 2-0. It was looking like the Bombers were going to end the period with a two-goal lead but with 33 seconds left, the Hawks put one in the back of the net to make it 2-1. The Bombers offence slowed down in the second period, scoring no goals, while Nipawin came out hot, scoring in the first minute of the period to make it 2-2. The game went into the third period all tied up, but it was Justin Lies that got the game winner to make it 3-2 and give the Bombers the win.
The Bombers outshot the Hawks 32 to 31. Harmon Laser-Hume stopped 29 of 31 shots. The Bombers powerplay was successful, scoring on one of four chances while their penalty kill let one goal in on five chances from the Hawks.
On Friday, the Bombers looked to continue their win streak against the Melville Millionaires at the Whitney Forum. The Bombers had a great first period scoring two goals in the first ten minutes of the period, coming from Carter Anderson and Anthony Piccininno. The Millionaires did answer back with one of their own, making it 2-1 and put some pressure on the Bombers going into the second period. The Bombers came out ready to play in the second and it was Alexi Sylvestre that made it 3-1 with his ninth goal of the season. With the two-goal lead, the Bombers tried to pull away, but the Millionaires kept on the pressure and were able to score another to make it 3-2 and close the deficit. Going into the third, both teams had lots of great chances, but no one could find the back of the net and the Bombers eventually took the game 3-2.
The Bombers had tons of chances out shooting the Millionaires 43 to 24. The Bombers struggled on the powerplay going 0/3. They were successful on the penalty kill, stopping Melville all four times.
On Saturday night, right away you could tell the Millionaires had made some adjustments from the night prior. They came hot out the gate, scoring one goal and leaving the Bombers offense scoreless in first period. For the first time this season, the Bombers found themselves down a goal at home going into the second period. The Bombers had tons of great opportunities to score, but Melville goalie, Ethan Rau, stopped everything in site. Despite playing good defence and holding the Millionaires to nine shots in the second, Melville was still able to find good opportunities, scoring two more during the period to make it 3-0 going into the third. It was a lot of the same in the third period with the Bombers getting lots of good chances but just couldn’t get anything to go their way. It seemed the Bombers were going to be shut out for the first time this season until Adam McNutt got the first one for the Bombers short handed, sparking the entire team. Following McNutt’s goal, Carter Anderson was also able to find the back of the net and really swing the momentum in the Bombers favour and make it 3-2 with a few minutes left in the game. The Bombers continued to charge hard to try to tie up the game with a bunch of great scoring chances. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time for the Bombers to make the comeback and they ended up losing for the first time in regulation this season 3-2.
The Bombers out shot the Millionaires 46 to 15, and 20 to 2 in the third period. The Bombers struggled again on the powerplay, only scoring once on six chances. They were very successful on the penalty kill, stopping Melville all four times.
The Bomber walked away with 4 points this week. They currently sit at first in the Sherwood Division and SJHL with 27 points. They Bombers also ranked as the #1 Junior A team in the country according to the CJHL Power Rankings with a record of 13-1-1-0.