Five third period goals by the home side Mustangs were more than enough to sink the visiting Bombers last night, 7-4, for Flin Flon’s third straight defeat.
Flin Flon hasn’t allowed more than four goals in an entire game this season, so for the team to allow more than that in a period was a shock to many.
“It does come as a surprise,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan after the contest. “We thought we were back in it when Pedersen scored, we never expected them to get that many in the third.”
After exchanging goals in both periods, Melfort would come out to take a 4-2 lead just four minutes into the third period.
Austin Calladine and Erik Pedersen would each score less than 15 seconds apart to tie things up at 4-4.
That would stay that way until late in the period when Melfort scored three more times for the vicoty.
Rookie Simon Hofley got the start, stopping 41 Melfort shots in the losing cause.
Defenseman AJ Kapcheck would open the scoring in the first, on the power play, and Paul Soubry would score the Bomber’s other goal.
Already without the services of Cam Blair (injury) and Brett Boehm (suspension), forward Dillan McCombie was ejected from the game in the first period after taking a Checking From Behind penalty late in the period.
“We were really happy with the guys stepping up,” added Reagan. “Being without three of our top scorers, we had to rely on other guys to put the puck in the net.”
The Bombers now entertain the Melville Millionaires this Saturday night in the first of five straight home games.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon went 1 for 4 last night with the Mustangs going 1 for 5. --- Flin Flon called up 1996 born forward Lance Yaremchuk (Prince Albert, SK) for last night’s game. Yaremchuk started the season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL posting 3 points (1g, 2a) in 8 games. He assisted the Bomber’s first two goals last night. --- Newly acquired forwards Patrick Poulin-Roy and Sam Williams will be in the lineup this Saturday against the Millionaires.