The Flin Flon Bombers find themselves down two games to none in the SJHL Quarter Final Series against Nipawin, after a pair of losses on the weekend.
The Hawks took both games by scores of 5-1 and 3-1.
I thought if Flin Flon could weather the first ten minutes they would be ok. They had a couple of good chances early and couldn't convert before the Hawks went to work.
The Arnold brothers did a lot of the damage on Friday with 5 points between them including the first two goals in the opening period.
Brandon Arnold's first of the playoffs ended up the game winner at 18:26 of the first period. Adams, Mikesch and Baetsen scored the other Nipawin goals.
Nate Hooper had the lone Bomber goal, his first of the post season. Final shots were 32-31 in favour of the Bombers, but most were held to the outside.
Despite the opening game loss, Flin Flon was happy with how they played and realized that if they could have converted some of their early chances, the game may have had a different outcome.
The same two clubs squared off on Saturday, and this time the Bombers scored first on an early powerplay goal from Isaac Jackson to put Flin Flon up 1-0 after 1.
The Bombers looked very determined to win this game and were skating hard and were holding their own with the top club in the league.
Penalties would change the momemtum in a hurry and Nipawin who had the top PP in the league turned things in their favour with a couple of 5 on 3 chances.
Arnold and McDougall both scored and Nipawin was once again in the driver's seat 2-1 after 2.
Flin Flon was still very much in this game, but had a tough time getting any close chances in tight on Declan Hobbs who only had to make 7 saves in the third period.
Brandon Arnold would score another powerplay goal late, for his third of the series as Nipawin picked up the 3-1 victory.
A frustrating night for the Maroon and White, who handled the Hawks 5 on 5, but spent too much time in the box. The Hawks were on the powerplay 9 times, converting on 3, which included two 5 on 3 goals.
Nipawin had the number one powerplay in the regular season, so they are always dangerous, especially when you are two men down. The Bombers finished 1 for 8.
Mike Reagan was very upset on the CFAR Post game Show and thought a lot of the penalties were not deserved, but was optimistic that his club could get back in the series when it resumes in Flin Flon Tuesday and Wednesday.
They are certainly getting the goaltending as Brenden Newton is being called upon to make a lot of big saves and he is getting the job done. The sliding left pad save on Chrstian Bosa in the second period last night may be the save of the post season.
If the Bombers can stay out of the penalty box and start to get a little offense, they should be able to get back in this series. Brenden Newton is dialled in and continues to keep them in games.
Games three and four are back at the Whitney Forum this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts.