It may go down as one of the most impressive goaltending displays in Flin Flon Bomber history. Brenden Newton did everything he could to extend the Bombers season on Friday night in Nipawin.
It took 54 shots before the Hawks were able to get a puck past the veteran goaltender in a game for the ages.
The game was scoreless after 60 minutes and it looked like we may be headed to a second overtime but the SJHL Defenseman of the year Josh McDougall would end it with 0.1 of a second left on the board.
McDougall was able to swoop in from the point and fire a nice shot over Newton's right shoulder for the 1-0 win and series victory.
This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Bombers who were killing off their third penalty of overtime and a very controversial call to Ethan Daniels.
There were a lot of calls both ways in the series and for the life of me I just don't understand why they don't let these teams decide it 5 on 5.
Nipawin takes the SJHL Quarter Final 4 games to 1, but this series could of gone either way. The Bombers looked like they had game 2, but once again were short handed a lot late in the game and the Hawks were able to capitalize.
You have to give the Hawks goalie Declan Hobbs credit as well as he turned away all 33 Bomber shots and was very strong in the third period. Flin Flon out shot Nipawin 13-7 in the final frame and had some pretty good chances to win it.
Caleb Moretz had the best chances and was turned away at leat two times on point blank oppurtunities.
Flin Flon has nothing to hang their head about as they played their hearts out and got a very nice ovation from the Nipawin crowd as they skated off the ice Friday.
This is a team that has a very bright future and only turn over four players for next season.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan continues to be the leader in this league in recruiting and will add two players from Humboldt for the futures in the Nik Shumlanski trade.
Good luck to the four 20 year old's including captain Ben Lanfermann who Mike Reagan described as one of the best leaders that he ever had. I will miss a lot of the thunderous checks that Ben delivered and was in on almost every single Crunch Of The Game highlight on our Bomber radio broadcasts.
Tyler Nyman, who missed a good chunk of the season with an injury but was able to make his way back to the lineup and created a lot of positive energy and scored some big goals down the stretch.
Jordan McCausland also had a tough year with injuries but stayed with the team and is the consimate team player and very popular in the locker room. His energy and the way he battled every night will be missed.
Brenden Newton played a lot of great games in a Bomber uniform and couldn't of played any better in his final game of junior hockey. I sure hope he gets a scholorship as he is one of the berst goalies I have seen in my 20 plus years covering this league.
A big thanks to the executive and all the volunteers as all your efforts are much appreciated and of course the best fans in the league. I think we can all agree that without you there is no team.
Good luck to the Nipawin Hawks who are in pursuit of their first championship since 1990. They will move on to face Humboldt who eliminated Melfort in 5 games, which wrapped up Saturday.
The Bombers will call it a season with their year end awards and banquet this Thursday at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 5:30 with cocktails. Dinner at 6:30 and the awards will be handed out at 8. You can pick up tickets for $25.00 at the Bomber office.