After a lackluster performance in the first game of their current road trip, the Flin Flon Bombers turned it around last night in Estevan where Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) had six points and Simon Hofley (Ottawa, ON) made 33 saves on 33 shots for his first shutout of the season, as the Bombers cruised to a 9-0 win.
Smith scored three times and added three assists putting his totals to 13 points on the season (4g, 9a) in 10 games. The former Bonnyville Pontiac is one week removed from his Canalta Hotels Player of the Week.
He also seemed to have some chemistry with his new line mates in Austin Evans (Whistler, BC) and the newly acquired Lance Yaremchuk (Prince Albert, SK). Evans had two assists with Yaremchuk picking up three points (1g, 2a).
Defenseman Dustin Perrilat (Saskatoon, SK) opened the scoring with his second of the season late, and second in as many games, in the opening period beating Bruins goalie Tyler Gutenberg short side over the blocker.
Gutenberg faced 40 shots and was in the Bruins net for all nine against, but was solid in the lopsided loss.
Smith scored his first of the night early in the second as the Bombers would score four in total in the middle frame. Chris Rauckman (Red Deer, AB), Yaremchuk and Smith rounded out the second period scoring where it said on the board that the Bombers were outshot 16-9, but controlled most the of play.
That’s not to take away from Hofley. The second year goaltender was solid in the pipes making key saves, especially in the third, to preserve the shutout.
Smith once again started things going in the third just a minute thirty-three in. The Bombers would score three straight power play goals late in the period to finish it off. Robbie Cameron (Saskatoon, SK) and Tanner Lishchynsky (Saskatoon, SK) each scored their firsts of the season, Lishchynshy’s first as a Bomber, and Rauckman scoring his second of the game and his league leading 11th of the season. For Cameron, that's his first career SJHL goal.
Captain Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) also had an excellent night offensively. The second year vet picked up three assists in the win, one on Smith’s second of the game, and the others coming late in the third on the power play assisting on Cameron’s and Rauckman’s goals.
Things got heated in the third when three fights happened on three different occasions. Evan Akkerman (Flin Flon, MB), Michael Knaub (Winkler, MB) and Evans all engaged in tilts in a period that saw 115 minutes in penalties.
The Bombers continue their road swing tomorrow night when they take on the Weyburn Red Wings before finishing things off on Saturday when they tangle with the now undefeated Notre Dame Hounds.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon came into last night’s game with the league’s best power play percentage and that only improved with the win. They were 5 for 10 on the man advantage compared to the 0 for 7 for the Bruins. In total the club sits at 31.9%, 11.1% better than the Nipawin Hawks who sits in second. --- Another stat the team increased their lead on dramatically last night was the team’s goals for. They have 45 goals on the season in 10 games and have scored 15 more than the Melfort Mustangs who are in second. --- One more stat that the team leads the league in is penalty minutes. The team has a combined total of 326, that’s 60 more than second place. In fact, Flin Flon and the second place La Ronge Ice Wolves are the only two clubs to have over 200 penalty minutes with the next place team, Melfort, having only 188.