If it seems like it's been a while since the Flin Flon Bombers have played a game it is. With this past Tuesday's game against Melfort postponed due to the weather, the last time the Bombers were on the ice was 7 days ago against Estevan.
Flin Flon will suit up Friday in Nipawin for just the second meeting of the season with their arch rivals the Hawks, who are one of the top teams in the league. Nipawin won the first game in Flin Flon 5-2 back on September the 22nd.
Head Coach and GM Doug Johnson has done a nice job with a few additions from the WHL to go along with a strong nucleus of players returning from last season.
Brandan Arnold, Declan Hobbs are back from the WHL, and Grant Baetsen has come come back from the Northern American Hockey league to make Nipawin a very dangerous team.
The Hawks are 12-5-1-2 and sit second in the Sherwood Division, just 5 points behind front running Melfort with two games in hand. Nipawin is always good at the Cage and are 6-1-0-1 so far this year.
Nipawin has had no problem scoring this season firing 74 into the net in only 20 games, and have only given up 51 for a +23 differential.
The young Bombers are at the other end of the spectrum giving up 70 goals and only scoring 63 times for a - 7. The big challenge for Flin Flon is winning on the road, who are 1-7-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon is 7-9-1-3 and have played a lot better lately, due large in part to great goaltending. Rookie Nik Anderson filled in admirably for Brenden Newton who was out for a month with an upper body injury. Newton made his return last Thursday and didn't miss a beat in turning aside 44 out of 48 Estevan shots.
The Bombers will need him to be very good again tomorrow if they are going to get the two points at the Cage. We are back on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.