It wasn't the result the Flin Flon Bombers were hoping for when they hosted the Humboldt Broncos in the final two home games before Christmas. Humboldt rolled into town and took both games 4-3 and 7-1.
Flin Flon played well on Friday and looked like they might get the game to OT, when they peppered the Bronco net-minder Jacob Wasserman, but they couldn't get the equalizer.
Bomber captain Ben Lanfermann was back in the lineup and he scored a power play goal. The other two goals came from Rob Johnson, who continues to impress every game out, especially in the faceoff circle.
The Bombers were disappointed with the result but not the effort and felt they had a good chance to take Saturday's rematch.
A bad start put Flin Flon behind the eight ball and they found themselves down 2-0 on Humboldt's first two shots of the game. Wack and Joseph found the back of the net before the game was seven minutes old.
Daylin Marchi would give the Bombers life when he re-directed a shot over the shoulder of Parker Tobin to make the score 2-1 Broncos.
It was all Humboldt after that when they erupted for 5 unanswered from Thomas, Boulet, Camrud, Patter and Schatz.
Colten Lancaster made his third straight start and fought the puck giving up 5 goals on 25 shots, including 4 in the first period. Nik Anderson came in relief in the second and stopped 15 out of 17.
Special teams were also a big part of this game with the Broncos going 2 for 8 on the PP, and they also scored two short handed goals. Flin Flon was 0 for 5.
Humboldt looks very solid and have their sights on the Global Agrisk Solution Division with a record of 18-9-3-2. They trail the first place Battleford Stars by 4 points.
The Bombers slip to 9-15-1-3 and will try to get it going on the road with four games in 5 nights to head into the Christmas break starting Friday in Laronge.
Laronge and Flin Flon are battling for one of the last two playoff spots, and the Ice Wolves are anything but push overs and beat the Bombers in their last meeting back on October the 20th.
In my opinion the head to head matchups betwen these two teams will determine that last playoff spot as they will meet 7 more times, 3 before the end of the month.
We won't be broadcasting this last trip before Christmas, we will be taking a break before the home and home with Laronge the 30th and 31st to close out 2017.
After Friday in Laronge the Bombers travel to Battleford Saturday, and Kindersley Monday and Tuesday.