The Flin Flon Bombers return to action tonight as they will host the hottest team in Junior hockey, the Nipawin Hawks in a special Family Day Monday night affair at the Whitney Forum.
Both teams are coming off losses to the Melfort Mustangs with the Bombers dropping a 3-2 decision at the Palace on Friday night.
It looked like we were headed to extra time but the Mustangs crashed the Bomber net and scored with just under a second left to stun the visitors.
I thought the Bombers played a very good road game and actually led 2-1 on Doug Johnson's first ever SJHL goal early in the third period. The Stangs came right back on the next face off and tied it which I thought was the turninig point of the game.
Saying that, Flin Flon is playing good hockey and know they deserve a better fate from their good effort on Friday.
Nipawin comes to town after a 7-3 loss to Melfort on Saturday which snapped Nipawin's 29 game unbeaten streak in regulation. The last time Nipawin lost a game in regulation was November the 10th, also to Melfort 2-1.
The Hawks took all kinds of penalties and were short handed for a good chunk of the game. I expect them to be in a foul mood for the first of three head to head games this week.
They will play tonight and Friday at the Whitney Forum, with the third game in Nipawin on Saturday.
The Hawks lead the season series 4 games to 1, with the Bomber win coming at the Whitney Forum, 4-3 in OT on December the 2nd. Calvon Boots had the winner and this was also the first ever SJHL win for goalie Colten Lancaster.
The Bombers remain 9th overall at 19-23-3-4 which is 8 points behind Kindersley. Flin Flon does have a game in hand.
Even though Nipawin has been on quite a run, they still have lots left to play for as well. The Hawks are first overall at 38-6-2-4, but are just 4 points up on Battleford for first overall. Melfort isn't out of the woods yet either as they have crept up to 7 points within the Hawks and division lead.
There is special pricing for the family day game tonight which includes 2 adults and 2 children for $35.00. Puck drop is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast tonight.