The Flin Flon Bombers and La Ronge Ice Wolves met for the first time in the 2015-16 SJHL season last night in La Ronge with both clubs on winning streaks which meant one was going to be snapped.
Two goals scored less than four mintues into the first and two more in each following period had the Wolves (14-10-1-1) win their seventh straight snapping the Bombers (10-11-0-4) four game winning streak 6-3.
Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) scored his 15th of the season with eight seconds left in the opening period to get to 2-1. New comer Pierre-Luc Morin (Ste-Hélène-de-Kamouraska, QC) picked up the lone assist.
The main storyline to this game coming in was the play of both goaltenders. Flin Flon’s Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) and the Ice Wovles Kris Joyce have both had exceptional Novembers, with both picking up Sasktel SJHL Goaltenders of the Week awards, and they were on display again despite the score.
Flin Flon fired 49 shots on the Ice Wolves with La Ronge putting 48 pucks Robidoux’s way.
With the score 2-1 late in the second, Creighton, SK native Brendan Barron would increase the lead once again to two goals with is fourth.
That lead didn’t last long with Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) scoring his 12th less than two minutes later with Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK) and Smith each picking up assists.
But a Toby Shattler power play goal would increase the lead back to two going into the final frame.
“Missed opportunities were our down fall tonight,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan after the game. “We fired a lot of shots on goal but couldn’t capitalize.”
One day after praising the increase in his depth, Reagan wasn’t satisfied with everyone’s play.
“I think we were the better team tonight,” commented Reagan. “But everyone didn’t step up like them should have. They (La Ronge) were ripe for the taking, but we could finish.”
Kristian St. Onge scored just 34 seconds into the third to make the score 4-3, but that’s all the offense Flin Flon would muster as the Wolves would score twice in the third, one into an empty net, for the 6-3 win.
Greyson Reitmeier (Nakusp, BC) and Curtis Roach (Saskatoon, SK) each picked up assists on St. Onge’s fourth of the season.
The Bombers don’t have much time to dwell on the loss, they return to action Thursday night when they host the WCC hosting Estevan Bruins before the Notre Dame Hounds are in town on Friday.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 2 on the power play with the Wolves going 2 for 3. --- The loss was Zac Robidioux’s first regulation loss of November. He’s now sitting at 8-6-0-3 with a 2.81 GAA and 0.918 save percentage. --- Flin Flon has a losing record when outshooting their opponents, 6-7-0-2. They are 4-3-0-1.