The Bombers return to action tonight when they play host the SJHL’s leading Melfort Mustangs with both teams fighting for playoff positions with less than a month to play in the regular season (Game Time: 7:30).
Both teams are in the playoffs, it’s just a matter of positing when March 3rd comes. The Bombers (27-11-6-6) currently sit in fifth spot, tied with Nipawin with 66 points but have a game in hand on the Hawks. If the season was to end today, they would face off against the Notre Dame Hounds, who are three points up on both clubs. Sixth spot has the Melville Millionaires in the first round.
The Bombers are coming off a week that had the team lose both of their road games, one against the lowly La Ronge Ice Wolves, and the other against the Hawks on Saturday night in Nipawin. The night before Flin Flon beat the Hawks to split the home and home series.
Melfort (35-7-3-5) is first overall in the SJHL and have clinched their second straight Sherwood Division title on Saturday night with a 6-0 win over the Wolves. The only team that can catch them for first is the Kindersley Klippers, who they have a two point lead on with two games in hand.
Flin Flon has a 2-3-1-1 record against the Mustangs this season. The Bombers won their last meeting, a 5-4 overtime victory at the Whitney Forum on January 6. This is the last meeting between the two teams this season before the playoffs.
With six games left in the regular season for the Bombers, points on a nightly basis are very important for the team to get home ice in the playoffs. After tonight they travel to Melville on Friday and Yorkton on Saturday. They then start a home and home series with the Ice Wolves next weekend before wrapping it up on March 3 against the Nipawin Hawks, if the story plays out the way it has, would mean a very important two points on the last night of the regular season.
Simon Hofley (Ottawa, ON) – The second year goalie has had the bulk of the play since 1994 born Adam Beukeboom went down with an injury on January 16th. After a mediocre January, the 1995 born Hofley has had a solid February. In five starts, he’s went 3-2 with a 1.82 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.947.
Austin Calladine (Saskatoon, SK) – The 1995 born Calladine has had a hot month of February. After a slow month of December, which saw him only have two assists in eight games, Calladine increased his point total by eight points (4g, 4a) in 10 games in January. In the month of February he has five points (3g, 2a) in five games so far, including a two point night in the win against the Hawks on Friday night. Overall for the season Calladine has 35 points (16g, 19a) in 46 games.
Brett Boehm (Martensville, SK) – He hasn’t skipped a beat since his return to the lineup in January and for that he was named the SJHL’s Player of the Month. He’s only been held without a point in one game this season, last Wednesday night against the Ice Wolves, and has six points, all assists in five games this month.
Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) – After his trade to the Bombers in November, Switzer had a great debut month with Flin Flon and continued that through to the month of January. But the month of February hasn’t been kind to the 1995 born forward. He only has two points in five games played, both assists, this after a month of January where he had 15 points (7g, 8a) in 12 games.
Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) – Also acquired in November, Kocur had a nice debut month with the Bombers, registering 9 points (5g, 4a) in six games. He had 24 points (9g, 15a) in 26 games up until February. In five games so far this month, he has two assists.
Dean Allison (Surrey, BC) – After having four points (1g, 3a) to start February, captain Dean Allison has been held pointless in the past three games. The second year veteran of the Bombers has been a solid penalty killer this season and that didn’t change in the three games he was pointless and is an asset defensively, especially when he was called upon to play on the backend when the team suffered some suspensions after the game against the Melville Millionaires on February 6th.