The Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum after dropping the first two games at the Cage in Nipawin last weekend in the SJHL Quarter Final Series.
The Hawks have out scored the Bombers 8-2 in the two games with 4 of the 8 goals scored on the powerplay, including two 5 on 3's.
Some home cooking may be exactly what the Bombers need as they have always been a good team at the Whitney Forum. 16 of Flin Flon's 24 wins this season, came at the Forum including both their victories against the Hawks.
It was game three that turned the series around against Nipawin last year and Flin Flon is hoping history will repeat itself starting tonight.
One area that the Bombers will have to get better is getting more traffic and creating some offensive chances against Declan Hobbs. I can't recall one time in the first two games where Hobbs had to make a second or third save.
Give Nipawin credit, they are playing very tight in front of him and haven't given the Bombers much room to create any offense.
If Flin Flon's snipers can break through and start getting chances, this could start to be a lot more interesting series. The Bombers are also going to have to find a way to slow down Brandon Arnold who is leading both teams with 6 points in the two games.
Brenden Newton continues to play well, and has kept the Bombers in the two games, and was exceptional in the 3-1 loss on Saturday.
The mood is very positive and this young Bomber squad is looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd for the first time in over a week. Dylan Burton and Brody Madarash will make their return to the lineup tonight, while Marchi, Houle and McCausland all remain out.
Don't forget to pick up your playoff tickets today at the Bomber office at the FF Community Hall between now and 3PM.
Puck drop is 7:30 and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.