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Bombers Wrap Up Pre Season




The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up the pre season Friday night with a solid 5-2 win over the MJHL'S Swan Valley Stampeders.


The Stampeders struck first when BJ Avery fired a shot over Simon Hofley's shoulder right off a face off deep in the Bomber's end, just 53 seconds into the opening period.


It was all Flin Flon after that point as they would take total control of the game with Tyson Empey answering the Avery goal with his 6th of the pre season on the power play, to tie it up at 1 after the first period.   


Parker Evans Campbell and Braydan Mcdonald would trade powerplay goals early in the second, before Empey would strike again this time short handed to put Flin Flon up for good 3-2.


The Bombers would get a couple of insurance goals from new comer Michael Knaub and Chris Rauckman. Mike Reagan announced earlier in the day that the Bombers had moved Dalton Menke to Melville for 95 forward Michael Knaub.


Knaub was a rookie with the Mills last season where he put up 14 points(2 goals and 12 assists) in 43 games. Knaub is also 6'5 and 215 pounds and loves to play physical as Bomber fans got a taste of that Friday night.


Knaub hit everything in sight and had the Stampeders looking over their shoulders all night. Local products Zach Garrett and Evan Akkerman also made their presence felt as they seemed to enjoy running all over the Stampeders with several big hits especially in the third period.


Mike Reagan was on the 102.9 CFAR Post game show and said he thought this was the most complete pre season game that his team had played.


" This was a very solid effort from our boys,it was a tough start with us giving up a goal early, but we responded very well, I really liked our physical play and I thought we had good tempo and really played like a veteran group."


Reagan also commented about the play of the line of Rauckman, Evans Campbell and Pedersen.


" I thought they looked really good tonight and was really impressed how they looked on the 4 on 3 goal. These guys are too skilled not to produce, and some nights they may struggle to score but with our depth, we should have other guys who will be able to help with the offense."


The Bombers will finish the pre-season at 4-2 and now get ready for the regular season which will start Friday with the home opener against the Nipawin Hawks.


These two teams finished 3-3 in the season series last year and both bowed out in the SJHL Elimination Series. Notre Dame beat out the Hawks in 4 games and Flin Flon lost a heartbreaker in game 5 in Estevan.


Flin Flon looks to be especially good on the back end with veteran's Danys Chartrand, Braden Lacoursiere, Tanner Lishchynski, Robbie Cameron and AJ Kapchek who should be as good if not better than anybody else's top 5 in the league. The Bombers got a big shot in the arm as the club announced that Dustin Perrilat was being re-assigned from Moose Jaw and will be returning to Flin Flon in time for the season opener. So that leaves the Maroon and White with 6 veteran defensemen to start the season.


Mike Reagan will have some tough decisions to make as he still has a lot of talented players around with only so many spots that are open. It looks like he will be able to roll 4 quality lines that will be scrappy and be able to match anybody on a night to night basis.


Nipawin is in a rebuilding mode, but Doug Johnson's teams always come to compete, and will be a really good test for the Bombers to begin the season.


Final stats from the win over Swan Valley on Friday night.


Shots   Flin Flon 41  Swan Valley 24

PP'S      Flin Flon 3 for 6  Swan Valley 1 for 7.





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