Game’s 3 and 4 will go Tuesday and Wednesday in Flin Flon, call the Bomber Office at 204-687-4404 for tickets. Game times in Flin Flon will be 7:30 CST, 6:30 SK.
Game one in the best-of-seven matchup will begin Friday at 7:30pm SK time. Game two will go Saturday in Nipawin.
This will be the second straight playoff matchup between the two clubs in as many years. It took Flin Flon until game 7 on home ice to eliminate the Hawks, with Flin Flon’s Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB) stopping 36 shots to the earn the shutout.
Both teams have a lot of new faces, and despite the differences in the standings, it will come as no surprise to anyone if this series goes all the way.
Nipawin had Flin Flon’s number this season, going 6-1-0-1, however 4 of the 8 games between the two clubs have been decided by just one goal.
Offensively Flin Flon was led by sophomore Nate Hooper (Winnipeg, MB), with 56 points, first year Bomber Chrystopher Collin (Bois De Fillion, PQ), with 50 points, and rookie forward Caleb Moretz (Fairbanks, AK), with 41 points.
Nipawin was led by defenseman Josh McDougall with 74 points, and tied for 4th overall. Brandan Arnold had 60 points, and Michael Grant hit 50 points.
Defensively Flin Flon is led my 20 year old captain Ben Lanfermann, (Paradise Hills, SK), steady with 33 points, he’s been a physical presence since arriving in Flin Flon, and has been Flin Flon’s anchor all season long.
Calvon Boots (Fairbanks, AK), Alex Lindstrom (Boise, ID), Isaac Jackson (Warman, SK), Vaughn Bamford (Tsawwassen, BC), Mason Martin (Winnipeg, MB), and Doug Johnson (Darien, CT) round out the defensive corps for the Flin Flon Bombers.
Nipawin was led by offensive juggernaut Josh McDougall, his 74 points was most for a defenseman, and tied for fourth in the league.
Thomas Lenchyshyn had a respectable 34 points. Carter Doerksen chipped in 20 points as well.
In net Flin Flon was led by the ever steady Brenden Newton (Winnipeg, MB). After battling some injuries early in the season, he was able to get back into regular form, and has heated right back up after facing no less than 35 shots in the series against Notre Dame. Teams have often taken Newton lightly, but when he is on his game, he is near unbeatable.
Colten Lancaster (Charlie Lake, BC), has been excellent behind Newton, and has proven he can step up when called upon.
The Hawks ran a tandem of rookie Jake Anthony and former WHL’er Declan Hobbs. Jake Anthony has been a real story in Nipawin, and Declan Hobbs has been very good as the likely ‘B’ in the 1A-1B duo.
Doug Johnson (Nipawin’s Head Coach and GM), will likely not tell a soul before game time as to who his starter might be. This will be a common theme throughout this series, as he like to roll both goalies at any given time.
These games are almost a guarantee to be some of the best hockey out of all the series. Let’s fill the rink, and get that 50/50 through the roof!
Go Bombers GO
Interviews and additional information coming soon.
Photo Credit Kelly Jacobson