One night after a heart breaking defeat to the Humboldt Broncos the Flin Flon Bombers rebounded with a 4-2 win over the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum Saturday night.
Things appeared to be going good on Bobby Clarke Night Friday when the Bombers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Zimmer and St.Onge.
Humboldt would rebound and beat Zac Robidoux three times on five shots on goals from Swystun, Posch and Korol who got the game winner with less than 4 minutes remaining in the opening frame.
All the scoring came in the first period as Humboldt picked up a much needed win to hold on to 5th spot in the overall standings and are 4 points up on both Weyburn and Notre Dame.
A costly loss for the Bombers who dropped their second straight on home ice after only losing once in regulation in their previous 24 home games.
Flin Flon did recover and came out with a solid effort against another desperate team in Melfort on Saturday.
The Bombers built up a 3-0 lead midway through the second period on goals from Lavallee(25), Reitmeier(25) and Etter(8). Mathew Hermary put the Mustangs on the board with a short handed goal late in the second and the Bombers took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 2.
Tosh gave the Mustangs some life with a goal early in the third but Rylee Zimmer delivered the knockout punch just a couple minutes later and Flin Flon went on to win 4-2 collecting their 36th win of the season.
Brenden Newton was solid in goal stopping 28 out of 30 shots. A decent performance from Derrick Hucul who got the start in place of Evan Plotnick who didn't even make the trip. Hucul stopped 34 out of 38 Bomber shots.
Nipawin is back in sole possesion of first place in the Sherwood Division after wins over Battleford and Estevan on the wekend and lead the Bombers by 2 points.
Both teams have 3 games remaing and the Bombers still control their own destiny if they beat Laronge in the home and home this weekend and beat Nipawin in regulation next Tuesday as they own the tie breaker.
The last game of the regular season between Flin Flon and Nipawin meant a lot last year and it looks like it may come down to the final game once again.
The Bomber record stands at: 36-14-2-3 while Nipawin is 38-14-2-1. The Bombers are 6-1 against the Hawks in head to head games which has given them the chance to still finish first.
Nipawin will finish up with a home and home against Melfort this weekend before heading to Flin Flon next Tuesday March the 7th.
You can hear both Bomber games against Laronge this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show this Friday from Laronge starting at 6:45.