The midway point of the season has come and gone and the Flin Flon Bombers continue to sit atop the SJHL standings despite some losses in the past couple weeks.
“We had some tough losses this past week,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan, “but we’re sitting were we want to be, and we showed that we can overcome adversity with the win on Saturday.”
The losses included three of four and their first at the Whitney Forum on the 23rd of November when the Nipawin Hawks defeated the Bombers, which coupled with two straight 2-1 losses on the road, against Bauer rivals Battlefords and Humboldt, had the team in a three game losing streak, tied for the most this season.
They bounced back with a big 6-3 win on Saturday night against the Estevan Bruins and the team takes to a week off of games on a winning note.
“The offence came back big time against the Bruins after the two road losses,” said Reagan, “we hope to have a great week of practices before we play Friday night.”
The team did make some moves this past week to shore up the offence. In two separate deals Mike Reagan acquired two forwards form the AJHL.
Both on roster cut down day the first one saw 1994 born rookie forward Hayden Dawes and futures shipped to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons for 1992 born Kevin Lacroix, the other had the Bombers acquire 1994 born Alex Roberts for future considerations.
Lacroix (6’2, 185 lbs, St. Albert, AB) comes to the Bombers after three seasons with the Oil Barons where he complied 60 points (27g, 33a) in 92 games, including 22 points (5g, 17a) this season in 29 games on a struggling Oil Barons club.
“We had to give up something to get something,” commented Reagan on the trade, “he’s a better fit for us right now and we have to do everything we can to bring a championship back to Flin Flon.”
The something Reagan was commented on was Dawes, who was a big recruiting piece this last off season where Flin Flon won out between a few clubs for Dawes services. Dawes had a tough early part of the season which saw him only play in 10 games and register two goals. Dawes was out the lineup for most the season with an injury.
“We know what we have coming back next season,” said Reagan, “with two goalies, eight forwards and five defenseman returning next season, that and having a strong list we can give up someone this season to strengthen our club down the stretch.”
Roberts (6’2, 174 lbs, Burnaby, BC) comes into to replace Dawes as a piece for the future. This season with the nation’s top ranked Brooks Bandits, Roberts had four points (2g, 2a) in 11 games. The former Vancouver NW Giants also saw action with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL last season where he had an assist in 10 games.
“We could trade Hayden because we picked up Alex,” said Reagan. “He’s another big body that will fit in nicely right now, but he’s here to be a big piece of the puzzle in the future.”
ICE CHIPS: Injury Front Pt 1 – Forward Dylan Balaski will be out another week. The team’s captain has been out since the Battlefords game after taking a knee on knee hit. He’s been on crutches but has been walking without them since the weekend. --- Injury Report Pt 2 – Defenseman Danys Chartrand will not be returning to the lineup until Christmas. Chartrand broke his foot against the Nipawin Hawks after blocking a shot late in the game. --- Injury Report Pt 3 – Forwards Cam Blair and Riley Storzuk returned to the lineup against Estevan after missing some games to various ailments. --- Defenseman Josh Roach was awarded the SJHL’s Defenseman of the week for December 2nd. Roach had four points in three games including three on Saturday night against the Bruins. --- The team still sits in the top 5 in the recent CJHL Top 20 rankings. The team slipped from 3rd to 5th.