Once upon a time ago, the Flin Flon Bombers relied heavily on the trio of Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB), Joel Kocur (Edson, AB) and Brandon Switzer (Brandon, MB) when it come to any success. Last night proved the opposite as the league's hottest team had five different players hit the score sheet to help win the Bombers their league best eight straight victory, a 5-1 win over the Estevan Bruins.
"I said this around the trade deadline," commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. "At that time we had an 11 game span were we had 27 goals from someone other than our top line, it just so happened that those guys were scoring a lot. That's happening right now."
Brandon Lesko (Hafford, SK), Tyson Empey (Swift Current, SK), Nick Shumlanski (Tisdale, SK), Kocur and Rylee Zimmer (Russell, MB) all scored goals and rookie starter Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB) made 20 saves for the win.
In total 12 players hit the score sheet, all with singles except for rookie Lesko (1g, 1a) and Mitch Foyle (2a).
Flin Flon got goals from Lesko in the first and three more in the second period to take full control of the game. Zimmer would round out the scoring in the third as the Bombers out shot the Bruins 33-21.
The only goal to beat Newton was late in the first period with the score 1-0 for the visitors, Tyler King was able to beat the Bomber goalie.
They now set their sights and a ninth straight win, agains the Weyburn Red Wings (Game Time: 7:30 PM - Radio: 102.9 CFAR), a team that they have been unable to beat in three attempts (0-2-0-1).
The victory, coupled with a 6-2 Nipawin win over Melfort, has the Bombers only three back of the first place Mustangs and three up on the Hawks in what is shaping to be a tight Sherwood Division race.
After tonight the team will have the week off of game action before they host their annual Free Hockey Night, dubbed Hockey Night In The North, when they host the Weyburn Red Wings back at the Forum on Friday night.
ICE CHIPS: Flin Flon was 0 for 3 on the power play to the Bruins 0 for 2. --- Alex Smith assisted Joel Kocur's goal in the second period which gives him 67 points on the season and has him still tied with Melfort's Travis Mayan for first in the SJHL. --- The win improves the teams' record to 8-3-0-2 against Viterra Division opponents and a perfect 4-0 against the Bruins.