53 games in, three games to go, and the Flin Flon Bombers find themselves fighting for their playoff lives this weekend with a pair of important games against two different opponents.
Friday night, the club hosts the league’s top team Yorkton. It was a heated match the last time these two teams met up, on January 28, when the visiting Bombers were easily defeated by the Terriers 6-1, with both teams combining for 132 penalty minutes.
At the time, it was the Bombers seventh straight loss, at a time when the team was trying to find a new identity after trading away 1993 born Cam Blair, Sam Williams and Devin Buffalo and 1994 born local product Dillan McCombie at the trade deadline. They won the next night to stop the streak, and since have six wins in nine games.
The Terriers are coming off a 6-0 win against the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday night.
On Saturday night, the team welcomes their rivals from the north and the SJHL’s last place club, La Ronge Ice Wolves. The Wolves were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night when they lost at the Mel Hegland Uniplex to the Nipawin Hawks.
Flin Flon has a 3-2 lead in the season series, but their last meeting was a lopsided 8-3 victory by the Wolves in Flin Flon’s third game of a three game road swing. That trip saw Flin Flon beat La Ronge in the first game, and then stop the red hot Battlefords North Stars the night before.
Saturday night is also the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer game with the team wearing special pink commemorative jerseys which will be auctioned off at the game. Hockey Fights Cancer T-Shirts are also available to purchase at the game or at the Bomber office. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
With La Ronge officially out of the playoffs, it comes down to Flin Flon, Weyburn and Notre Dame. Flin Flon cannot catch Nipawin even if they win out because the Hawks hold the tie break.
Weyburn is in Estevan on Friday for the first of a home and home series against the Bruins. They finish up the regular season on Saturday hosting the Bruins. The Hounds have two more games remaining after the loss against the Terriers. They are on the road for the remainder of their schedule, starting Friday against Melville and finishing up on Saturday against Humboldt.
Right now the Bombers are one point behind Weyburn and three behind Notre Dame with a game in hand on both teams. They finish up their schedule on Tuesday when they travel to Melfort.