The Nipawin Hawks started slow, but picked it up when they had to and skated to a 5-2 victory last night at the Whitney Forum.
Issac Jackson would open up the scoring when he snuck a shot through from the blue line on a screened Declan Hobbs to put the Bombers up 1-0 and get the crowd going early.
Nipawin had gone almost eight periods without an even strength goal, but that changed when Jake Trembley converted on a three on one break, to tie the game at one.
The Hawks scored the only two goals of the second period courtesy of Harasymuk and a short handed goal from Brandan Arnold. Arnold is killing the Bombers in this series with 10 points in four games.
With the Hawks up 3-1 early in the third, Tyler Nyman would grab a loose puck in the neautral zone and streaked down the ice and put a wrist shot past Hobbs to make it 3-2.
The Bombers were back in buisiness and Dawson McKenzie would get a couple of glorious chances to tie the game but Hobbs stoned him on both occasions.
Nipawin weathered the strorm and scored two more goals in the third from Harasymuk and Arnold into the empty net to make the final score 5-2.
Once again I thought the Bombers played well but couldn't get a bounce. You also have to give Declan Hobbs credit for making some timely saves.
Special teams have been a big part of the series but neither team could muster a power play goal last night and were a combined 0 for 10. Although Nipawin did score a short handed goal.
Final shots were 38-29 in favour of the Bombers.
The Hawks are in the drivers seat and lead the series 3 games to 1 and will have a chance to close it out at home on Friday. I expect Nipawin to come out very hard as they remember what happened last year when they couldn't put away Flin Flon.
This will be a big challenge for the young Bombers as the Hawks have only lost two games at home in regulation all season. This team never gives up and want to desperately get the series back to Flin Flon for game 6 on Saturday.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 and drop of the puck from Nipawin at 8:30.