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After not playing for 11 days, the Bombers had a huge four game slate this week and it all started off in Warman, SK against the Weyburn Red Wings for the SJHL Showcase on Monday. The Bombers came out slow in the first period letting Weyburn score the first goal. They trailed for the next 10 minutes of the game until Carter Anderson was able to put one away on a powerplay, making it 1-1. All tied up after the first, it was all Bombers the rest of the game, scoring three more in the period to Weyburn’s none. Two of the goals came from Carter Anderson to give him the early hat trick and the other one from Justin Lies. Going into the third, the Bombers had the lead 4-1 and continued to pile on the goals, scoring four more in the third, coming from Adam McNutt, Koen Senft, Justin Lies and Alexi Sylvestre. The final score was 8-1 for the Bombers over the Red Wings.
The Bombers out shot Weyburn 47 to 19. Kenny Marquart stopped 18 of 19 shots. The Bombers went 4 of 9 on the power play and stopped Weyburn all four times on the penalty kill.
The following day, the Bombers were set and ready to take on the Estevan Bruins for the second time this season. Playing against one of their biggest rivals over the past few years, it was expected that the Bombers were going to come out on fire and they did. The Bombers scored three unanswered goals in the first period, coming from Justin Lies, Anthony Piccininno and Jacob Vockler. Going into the second with a 3-0 lead, the Bombers didn’t let their foot off the gas and were able to put one more in, from Carter Anderson. Leading the Bruins 4-0 going into the third, it was more of the same for the Bombers in the final period, scoring another two goals, coming from Carter Anderson and Jacob Vockler. Estevan was able to score one of their won near the end of the game to avoid the shutout, but in the end the Bombers won 6-1.
The Bombers outshot the Bruins 49 to 23. Harmon Laser-Hume stopped 22 of 23 shots. The Bombers went 2 of 7 on the power play and stopped Estevan 1 of 4 times on the penalty kill.
The Bombers had a two day break before they were back in Flin Flon at the Whitney Forum to take on SJHL Power house and CJHL #6 ranked, Humboldt Broncos. The anticipation for this game was felt all around the country and it did not disappoint. To start the first period, the Broncos came out strong, scoring the first goal at the 2:37 mark to go up 1-0 and put pressure on the Bombers. Not used to being down a goal in the intial period, the Bombers struggled to get anything going and Broncos continued to put on pressure throughout the period. As the period was coming to an end, it was Alexi Sylestre for the Bombers who was finally able to find the back of the net and tie up the game 1-1. Going into the second, the Bombers had some momentum and they used it to their advantage, putting on a fury of shots in the second period. After 8 minutes of play in the second, the Bombers were able to score a goal, coming from Brock Mueller, to put the Bombers up one. Now up 2-1 mid-way through the second, the flood gates opened up for the Bombers and they were able to get two more goals in the period while holding the Broncos to none, coming from Justin Lies and Ashton Paul. Going into the third with a 4-1 lead, the Bombers continued to pay well, scoring another goal, this time from Joey Lies. The Broncos had tons of great opportunities in this period to try and close the gap but it just wasn’t good enough as Bombers goalie, Harmon Laser-Hume, was making big save after big save. In the end, the Bomber walked away with the 5-1 in the first game of two.
The Bombers got outshot by the Broncos 50 to 42. Harmon Laser-Hume stopped 49 of 50 shots. The Bombers went 0 of 3 on the powerplay and stopped Humboldt all 6 times on the penalty kill.
Round two was all set and ready to go for Saturday night and the Bombers expected another tough game from the Broncos. Both teams came out with lots of pressure and great defense to start the game and it carried on throughout most of the first period. Then at the 17:49 mark, it was Koen Senft, who got the games opening goal for the Bombers to make it a 1-0 going into the first intermission. The Bombers came out firing in the second period, scoring another goal in the first five minutes of the second period, coming from Justin Lies. It started to look like the Bombers were going to pull away, but the Broncos fired back a few minutes later, with a goal from Maddox Amaral, to make it a one goal game. Shortly after Amaral’s goal, Alexi Aylvestre put one in the back of the net for the Bombers to make it a 3-1 game going into the third period. Despite being down two goals, the Broncos had lots of good chances and kept putting the pressure on the Bombers, which eventually resulted in a goal to smallen the gap and make the game 3-2. But with victory in site, the Bombers kept on firing on all cyclinders and were able to score another goal, coming from Matt Egan, in his first game back in almost two months. To finish off the game, the Broncos kept getting some solid opportunities but just couldn’t get them in the back of the net. Justin Lies capped off the game with an empty net goal to give the Bomber a 5-2 win.
The Bombers outshot the Broncos 40 to 35. Harmon Laser-Hume stopped 33 of 35 shots. The Bombers went 1of 3 on the powerplay and stopped Humboldt all three times on the penalty kill.
The Bombers got all possible 8 points this week and maintained their #1 spot in the SJHL and CJHL Power Rankings. The Bomber now sit at 18-1-1-0 on the season.