It was a tale of two different teams last night to describe the play of the FLin Flon Bombers against the Melfort Mustangs.
First there was the team that stormed out of the gates, scoring two goals in a 24 shot first and then kept things going with another 16 shots in the second.
Then there was the Bombers that came out in the third, only mustering 3 shots and giving up a two goal lead.
“I can’t believe the change in our team tonight,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan after the game. “I’ve never seen a team come out so hot, looking like a first place club, and then to come out in the third and almost lose it.”
Despite losing the two goal lead the Bombers were still able to come out with two points last night when Connor Bucsis ripped a shot bar down in a shootout to elevate the Bombers to a 3-2 win over the Mustangs.
Bucsis opened the scoring, 8:57 of the first, with his fourth of the season, from Robbie Cameron and Dillan McCombie. For Bucsis it’s his fifth point in seven games since coming to the Bombers.
Defenseman Brock Hounsell would give the Bombers a two goal lead just before the end of the period with his second of the season, on the power play, from Austin Calladine and McCombie.
The teams would go scoreless in the second, but it wasn’t for trying for the home town side, as the Bombers out shot and out chanced the Mustangs, but Melfort’s Jack Romanuik stood tall, making 40 saves for the game.
Rookie Simon Hofley made his sixth start of the season, making 32 saves for the win, most of them in the third, where the Mustangs had 21 shots on net.
Melfort would tie things up early in the third, with goals from Travis Mayan and Nick Hermary, each before the period was three minutes old.
No goals in the extra period called for a shootout and Bucsis would score the winner as the team’s seventh shooter.
“They took it to us in the third,” said Reagan. “We’re lucky to get the two points.”
With La Ronge also losing last night, the extra point was important in the positioning of the tight Sherwood Division. Flin Flon now finds themselves in the sole possession of second place in the division. They are now four back of first place Nipawin, but only two up on the Mustangs and Ice Wovles, who share last spot.
Next up for the Bombers is another pair of road games, this time Friday night in Kindersley and Saturday in North Battleford.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 1 for 6 on the power play while Melfort was 1 for 5. --- This was the team’s first foray into extra time. Last year the team went to overtime nine times, their first wasn’t until the end of October. --- Flin Flon is now 2-1 against Melfort on the season. In total Flin Flon has a record of 4-3 against Sherwood Division opponents. The only team they haven’t been able to beat is the Nipawin Hawks.