With a 6 point night from Notre Dame’s Chaz Smedsrud, the Hounds took game one of the best of three Survivor Series with a 6-4 win over the Flin Flon Bombers at the World Famous Whitney Forum in Flin Flon.
After a strong start on home ice for the Bombers, a double minor high-sticking call settled things down for the Hounds, with Hounds Captain Chance Longjohn (2g, 1a) opening the scoring at 5:01 of the 1st on the power play. Smedsrud and Flaman had the assists.
Smedsrud would make it 2-0 Hounds at 13:03 from Wilton, and it looked like the Hounds would have all the momentum.
However, Chrystopher Collin (Bois De Filion, PQ) was able to get Flin Flon on the board at 16:32 on a nice play setup by a hard working gritty play by the Bombers Ethan Daniels (Fairbanks, AK). Calvon Boots ( Fairbanks, AK), had the other assist.
With just 9 seconds to play in the first, Collin would net his second, off what could only be described as a Bomber bounce. A Bomber shot missed the net high, and Collin was able to hammer it past Notre Dame’s net minder Jack Ryan to knot it up at two heading into the break. Nate Hooper (Winnipeg, MB) and Masson Martin (Winnipeg, MB), had the assists.
It was a wide open second period, with both teams trading chances. Smedsrud would get his second of the night at 11:07, with a Colby Brandt and Longjohn getting the assists. Former WHL’er (Everett) Brandson Hein (Winnipeg, MB), responded for the Bombers, after receiving a perfect pass from first year Bomber Rob Johnson Kamloops, BC), 20 year old Bomber Captain Ben Lanfermann (Paradise Hill, SK), had the other assist.
Notre Dame’s Smedsrud would get his first ever SJHL playoff hat-trick with just 40 seconds to go in the second, when he seized on a Bomber’s breakdown while trying to exit the zone. He was able to beat the Bomber forwards along the boards and walk in on Bomber goalie Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB), to make it a 4-3 game.
The third period was another end to end affair with both goalies doing all that they could to keep it close. Hounds Captain Longjohn scored his second of the night with a perfect shot over the left shoulder of the Bombers Brenden Newton, Smedsrud and Flaman would had the assists. This would stand up as the game winner.
Notre Dame added an empty netter at 18:01 (Salpeter, Smedsrud and Flaman), and Flin Flon’s Donavan Houle-Villeneuve (Montreal, PQ), would get Flin Flon to within with one minute left on the clock, with a well-placed shot past the Hounds Ryan, but the clock was the enemy.
The Bombers will hit the road for games 2 and 3 (if necessary) in Wilcox. Game 2 will go Tuesday, and game 3 will go Wednesday, both 7:30pm SK start times from the Duncan McNeill Arena.
ICE CHIP: Both teams went 1 / 4 on the power play, however the two teams combined for a total of 20 infractions. Bomber goalie Brenden Newton made 38 saves on 43 shots, while Hounds Goalie Jack Ryan finished with 26 saves on 30 shots. The Bombers are .500 in Wilcox, having lost their first meeting, and winning their last, 4-3. Bomber goalie Brenden Newton is accustomed to Notre Dame’s big ice, having spent parts of both his Bantam and Midget years in Notre Dame’s program. Flin Flon prospect Matt Flodell (Prince Albert, SK) has not looked out of place as a 17 year filling in on a banged up squad.
Photo Credits: Kelly Jacobson