A solid effort last night, as the Bombers got back in their SJHL Quarter Final Series with the no.1 seed Nipawin Hawks.
Flin Flon picked up the hard fought 3-2 win and now trail the best of seven affair 2 games to 1.
After a scoreless first period, the Bombers found the back of the net twice when Brandson Heine scored just 1:24 into the middle frame. He picked up a loose puck and fired a shot over top of Declan Hobbs's right shoulder to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy.
Ethan Daniels made it 2-0 when he swooped down the ice on a break away and flipped a puck over Hobbs's right pad. One of the nicest goals I have seen in a long time and maybe the goal of the playoffs so far.
Brandon Arnold answered that with his fourth of the series connecting on a one timer just outside the left circle on the powerplay. Flin Flon led 2-1 after 2.
You knew that a one goal lead wouldn't be enough to put Nipawin away so more offense would be needed. The Bombers got that, taking advantage of a 5 on 3 powerplay when Crystopher Collin parked himself in front of the net and jammed home his third of the playoffs.
Just what the doctor ordered with the Bombers jumping out 3-1. They really needed that goal as the SJHL Defemseman Of The Year, Josh McDougall would add his second of the series just inside the Bomber line for another powerplay goal.
That is as close as the Hawks would get, as Brenden Newton would hold them off the rest of the way including a huge save off McDougall in the dieing seconds. Newton ended up with 28 saves, while Hobbs stopped 39 out of 42.
Special teams remain a big part of the series as the Bombers were 1 for 6 on the PP, while the Hawks went 2 for 6. Flin Flon hasn't allowed a 5 on 5 goal in the last two games, and the Hawks have gone 7 and half periods with no goals even strength.
Tonight's game 4 should be very interesting as to how Nipawin responds after last night's loss and are considered the huge favorites. This young Bomber squad has gained even more confidence and a win tonight could go a very long way.
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