The Flin Flon Bombers put forth a great effort this past weekend with the help of back to back shutouts by Devin Buffalo, as they took two of two at home to take back first place in the Bauer Conference.
First up was Friday when the team wanted to avenge a 3-0 loss against the Notre Dame Hounds on the road. Six goals in the final frame was more than enough, as Dillan McCombie and Landon Hiebert had two goals each with Flin Flon winning 7-0 over the hounds.
Buffalo turned aside 24 shots for his first shutout of the season.
Hiebert opened up the scoring, his third of the season, just before the midway point of the second, Flin Flon would take that 1-0 lead into the third, but had many chances in the first and second but was turned aside by starter Ty Reichenbach.
Jung Ahn drove the net and put the puck into an open cage, :13 seconds into the third, after the puck bounced off the boards.
The flood gates wouldn’t officially open until the 6:51 when McCombie scored his first of two. Cole McCaig and Brett Boehm would add the others.
On Saturday Humboldt was in town to battle it out for first in the Bauer, but another strong performance by Buffalo and the team saw the club defeat the red hot Broncos, 4-0.
“That was the most complete game I’ve seen our club play in a long time,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan after the win, “the guys should be proud of themselves, we put as complete a game as anyone in the Whitney has seen in a long time.”
Rookie defenseman Garret Zelinski would open things up early in the scond on a shot from the point that would go past a screened Broncos starter Matt Hrynkiw. Zelinski was an assist away from the Gordie Howe Hattrick after he dropped his mitts later in the period.
Brett Penner would score his fourth of the season just four minutes later helping the team take a 2-0 lead into the third.
Brody Robinson would score his second of the season 2:16 into the third to put the game out of reach before Riley Storzuk put his ninth of the season into the empty net.
“That was the best defensive performance I have seen in the six years I’ve been here,” commented Reagan.
Next up for the team is a two game road trip this weekend starting in Nipawin on Tuesday before a return matchup up against the Broncos in Humboldt on Wednesday.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon went 0 for 2 on the power play Friday and 0 for 1 on Saturday. They didn’t allow a power play goal on 8 total chances. --- You want proof of the defensive effort? The team fired 110 shots on the nets combined in the two games. They only allowed 38 against. --- The two wins puts the team 1st in the Bauer Conference and 7th in the country according to the latest CJHL Top 20. They are three points up on the Broncos in the Bauer.