It was a good start to the weekend with the Flin Flon Bombers taking down the high flying Estevan Bruins 7-4 Friday night at the Whitney Forum.
Veteran forward Nick Shumlanski led the way with four points including two goals, his 7th and 8th of the season. Rookie goaltender Reese Jones picked up his first SJHL win, stopping 24 out of 28 shots and the Bomber power play did the job going 3 for 9 on the night.
This was as good as the Flin Flon power play has looked all season, and if it wasn't for some huge saves from the Estevan goaltender Matt Lukacs, the score could have been higher.
Full marks for a great effort and like I mentioned to Mike Reagan in the CFAR Post Game Report, there wasn't a single Bomber who didn't play well.
Flin Flon looked to carry the momentum into Sunday's contest with the first place Melfort Mustangs. The game started well with Daylan Marchi scoring just two minutes into the game, but Melfort responded with two goals later in the period from Morrison and Hergott to jump up 2-1 after 1.
More Melfort offense in the second from Ball and Tosh, 25 seconds apart to put the Stangs up 4-1 before Flin Flon got back on the board late in the frame. Calvin Boots would close the gap to 4-2 with 40 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Mustangs were two much on this night as they out scored the Bombers 3-1 in the third for the 7-3 win. Tosh added his second of the night with other Melfort goals coming from Elder and Schmidt. Dawson McKenzie added his third of the year for the only Bomber goal.
Reese Jones started the game for Flin Flon, but was pulled early in the second after giving up 4 goals on 12 shots. Nik Anderson replaced him and he played well stopping 26 out of 29.
Melfort went with veteran Evan Plotnik who seems to have the Bombers number stopping 36 out of 39 shots. Plotnick has only lost four times to Flin Flon in the last three seasons. The Mustangs finished up 0 for 2 on the PP, while something you don't see very often, the Bombers didn't get a single power play chance.
After the weekend the Bomber's record stands at 8-11-1-3 and after last night they trail second place Nipawin by 15 points and first place Melfort by 20 points.
Flin Flon will continue their home stand with two more games this week including the Weyburn Red Wings in town Wednesday and Nipawin here on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday.