The Flin Flon Bombers had allowed a total of 14 goals in two straight losses leading into the team’s annual Northland Ford Teddy Bear Toss, when they hosted the Nipawin Hawks on Saturday night.
For that, Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan decided to make some moves at the December 1st roster cut down day, acquiring goaltender Colten Lancaster (Charlie Lake, BC) and defenseman Alex Lindstrom (Boise, ID), and the pair paid off dividends right away, helping the Bombers win in overtime 4-3.
Having dropped the only two meetings between the pair early in the season, Flin Flon (9-12-1-3) only took 1:52 into the first to open the scoring as Daylan Marchi (Lethbridge, AB) beat Nipawin starter Jake Anthony, making the fans shower the ice with the stuffed toys.
Nate Hooper (Winnipeg, MB) would score two minutes later with his sixth of the season before the Hawks Kenzie Arnold cut the lead to 2-1 before the end of the frame.
The Hawks scored the only goal of the second period as they fired 19 shots on the newly acquired Lancaster in the second. Overall Lancaster turned aside 40 saves gaining first star.
As for Lindstrom, he looked solid in his Bomber debut, almost scoring on a late 2-1 in the second period.
The two teams traded goals in the third, first with Ethan Daniels’ (Fairbanks, AK) seventh of the year, before the Hawk’s Chad McCartney would beat Lancaster, forcing overtime.
After both teams killed off penalties in the overtime, Hooper would leave the puck along the side wall for defenseman Calvon Boots (Fairbanks, AK) to skate in on Anthony, tucking a shot blocker side in off the post for his sixth goal of the season.
The Bombers will now travel to Nipawin for the return match up this Tuesday.
ICE CHIP: Flin Flon was 1 for 5 on the with the Hawks going 0 for 3. --- The Bombers were shorthanded on the roster only being able to dress 11 forwards and 5 defenseman. Newly acquired Forward Jordan Funk, who the team traded Kindersley to get, wasn’t able to make in time for the game. He’ll make his Bombers debut on Tuesday in Nipawin. --- This was the first game with Gary Childerhose behind the reigns with Mike Reagan in Calgary preparing for the World Junior A Challenge.