The Flin Flon Bombers opened up the 2013-14 SJHL season with a split against the Melfort Mustangs in a pair of shutout performances.
Starting Friday night in Melfort it was a pair of power play goals by the Stangs, and a 33 save performance from former Bomber Austin Rediron, that sunk the Bombers in their opening game of the season 3-0.
Melfort got power play goals from Ryan Keis in the first and by Brandon Sloan in the second. They would get an empty netter from Adam Fachaoux to finish out the game.
Flin Flon’s Devin Buffalo made 33 saves in the loss, but was at times the best Bomber on the ice.
“Not to take anything away from them (Melfort), but we didn’t play great tonight,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. “We had a slow start and tried to get things going in the end, but it was too late by that time.”
Flin Flon would only muster 5 shots in the first and 11 in the second before firing 17 in the third.
Saturday was a different game, as the team started strong scoring early and holding off for a 2-0 win.
Buffalo would stop all 39 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. He would end the weekend with an impressive 1.00 goals against average and a .973 save percentage.
Dillan McCombie would open the scoring just: 43 seconds into the game from Brock Hounsell and Cameron Blair. Blair would add the insurance marker late in the third, from McCombie and Parker Evans-Campbell, to put things out of reach for the home side.
Despite the win, the Bombers were outshot 39-30, but it was Buffalo that was the difference once again.
“He’s proving why he’s one of the best in the league,” said Reagan after the game. “We played a lot better but they (Melfort) is a hard working team and Devin had to play strong again.”
Flin Flon now looks to Saturday night and a match up against another Sherwood Division opponent in the Nipawin Hawks.
ICE CHIPS: The Bombers went 0 for 5 over the weekend on the power play while the Mustangs went 2 for 7. --- Dillan McCombie had a “Gordie Howe Hattrick” in the game Saturday night. After opening the scoring he would fight Clayton Ludlum in the second and pick up an assist on Cam Blair’s goal in the third. --- The Bombers donned new jersey’s on Saturday night. The team went back to the history books with their new Saturday night jerseys that feature the workmark Bombers across the front and added yellow to them. They are the same styles of jerseys that the team wore in the late 80’s early 90’s. --- Along with the new uni’s the team named four Assistant Captains for the year with Blair, McCombie, Brock Hounsell and Brody Robinson all wearing the ‘A’. --- There was 1250 people in attendance for the game.