Two goals in the frist period and 30 saves from starting goalie Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg, MB) was all that was needed last night for the Flin Flon Bombers (16-12-0-4) to win their fifth straight game against rival La Ronge Ice Wolves, 2-1.
Mason Etter (Cedarburg, WI) opened the scoring just 5:54 into the first when the second year defenseman fired a shot from the point through a screen of people, beating Ice Wolves goalie Kris Joyce. Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK) and Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB) each picked up assists.
It would stay 1-0 late into the first when Empey would pick up a pass in the neutral zone, skate into the Ice Wolves zone and fired a shot blocker side for his fifth of the season. Zimmer picked up his second assist of the game with the second coming from defenseman Joseph Leonidas (Calgary, AB).
In what was a hard hitting game and at times chippy, both teams combined for 50 penalty minutes.
Robidoux made his second straight start and with the win brought his record to 12-7-0-3. He was finally beaten :44 seconds into the third period on a power play goal. Robidoux was fresh off back to back shutouts and had a shutout streak of 161:56 dating back to a game against the Notre Dame Hounds.
Flin Flon continues their road trip tonight when they play the Kindersley Klippers (Game Time: 7:30 PM) before shifting their focus to the Battlefords North Stars on Saturday night.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 13 on the power play with La Ronge going 1 for 11. --- With his two assits last night, Rylee Zimmer has six points (2g, 4a) in five games since being acquired by the team. --- The Sherwood Division is the tightest so far this season. All four teams are in the top six in the SJHL. Flin Flon still sits in fourth in the Sherwood, and sixth overall in the SJHL, but they are one point behind La Ronge for who sits in third in the Sherwood and fifth in the SJHL and four back of Nipawin for second in the Sherwood and fourth in the SJHL