The Nipawin Hawks used their special teams to take all four points from the Flin Flon Bombers this past weekend in a home and home series.
On Friday is was the powerplay that propelled Nipawin to the victory. The Bombers looked poised to take Friday's game with a 2-1 lead with just under 5 minutes remaining in regulation.
That is when the game took a drastic change and the Bombers found themselves down two men for almost a full four minutes.
The number one powerplay in the league went to work and the Hawks scored twice to win the game 3-2 and shock the over 1000 in attendance.
Let's just say the Whitney Forum faithful were less than impressed and thought the referee decided the outcome of the game.
This last four minutes spoiled another brilliant performance from Brenden Newton who appeared to be on his game once again. I thought the way the game was going that the Hawks would be lucky to score one goal, let alone three.
Nipawin goals came from Harasymuk, McDougall and Arnold. Ben Lanfermann and Brandson Heine replied for the Bombers.
Saturday the venue would shift to the Cage in Nipawin where the Hawks have only lost twice in regulation all season.
This time the Bombers were on the powerplay five straight times in the first period, including two five on threes.
Flin Flon couldn't convert and you knew as the night went on, that things would even out and the Hawks would get their chances.
After a scoreless first period, Nipawin went to work and scored five unanswered goals in the second. The Hawks did get two powerplay goals from Josh McDougall and Brett Harasymuk with even strength goals from Arnold, Tremblay and Simoneau.
Jordan McCausland scored the Bombers only goal early in the third, when he grabbed a loose puck and went in and deeked out Declan Hobbs for his second of the season.
Nipawin would restore the five goal lead when Michael Grant buried a shot from the slot and the Hawks skated away with the convincing 6-1 win.
Brenden Newton got a rare night off and Colten Lancaster started and ended up stopping 36 out of 42 shots. Declan Hobbs started back to back nights and ended up with 24 saves on 25 shots, but wasn't really tested.
The Hawks win the season series 6-2.
Nipawin will now get a little more breathing room on both Battleford and Melfort for first overall. The Hawks lead the Stars by 6 points and the Mustangs by 7. Nipawin and Battleford both have 5 games left while Melfort has 6.
As for the Bombers, 9th is certainly not a lock as Melville has moved to within 2 points of Flin Flon with the Bombers having one game in hand.
They play each other once more at the Horizen Credit Union Centre in Melville this Wednesday. This will be the second game on the four in 5 night road trip which starts Tuesday in Yorkton.
Flin Flon will finish up in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan on Saturday before returning home to play Melfort and Laronge.
You can catch all four games from the Bomber road trip as our broadcast colleague Mike Stackhouse will have all the broadcasts for us here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.