It was a valiant effort, but the Flin Flon Bombers came up short losing 4-3 to the Melfort Mustangs last night at the Northern Lights Palace.
The Bombers took the first game in the home and home 2-1 on Wednesday at the Whitney Forum but their road woes continued last night in Melfort.
It's not like Flin Flon didn't have their chances, especially on the power play going 2 for 10, including two 5 on 3's compared to only three power plays for the Mustangs.
Melfort did make good on their opportunities going 1 for 3 and did score on a penalty shot which I thought was the turning point of the game.
With the score tied at 2 in the third, the referee's determined that Doug Johnson closed his hand on the puck in the crease and rewarded Melfort the penalty shot.
It looked like Johnson was in front of the crease when he in fact gloved the puck, but the referee saw what he saw and made the ruling.
Justin Ball was the shooter and he broke in on goal and made a nice move lifting a back hander over Nik Anderson's right shoulder for the big goal.
Ball would also add a power play goal later in the third period which stood as the game winner.
I thought the young Bomber's battled all night and even down two goals late in the game, kept going hard at the Mustangs and did everything they could to get it to extra time.
The Flin Flon goals were scored by Marchi (3), Boots (4) and Nyman (3). The other Melfort goals came from Zary (4) and Albrecht (7).
Final shots were 37-28 in favour of Melfort. Nik Anderson got his third straight start for the Bombers and played well once again giving his team a chance to win the game. Melfort gave Evan Plotnick a rare night off and went with Hunter Arps who does have Western league experience with Brandon and Victoria.
Some good news for the Maroon and White as Mike Reagan mentioned on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that Brenden Newton and Nick Shumlanski should both return to the lineup next week.
The Bombers are off til next Thursday when they face the high flying Estevan Bruins at the Whitney Forum and will fall to 7-9-0-3 on the season and are 1-7-0-1 on the road.
Melfort improves to a league best 11-5-3-2-1 and are off til next Wednesday also against Estevan.