After a tough 2-1 loss in Melfort Wednesday, the Flin Flon Bombers look to start a new streak this weekend as they will kick off December with a home and home with the Nipawin Hawks.
It was a November to remember as Flin Flon finished the month 7-2, with their only 2 losses coming in Melfort. The Bombers out scored their opponents 40 to 19 over the course of the month and have claimed top spot in the Sherwood Division, a 5 point lead on Nipawin.
Both these teams were active for the first cut down day in the SJHL. The Bombers picked up forward Jordan McCausland from Yorkton for a 2nd round pick in the 2018 draft. Flin Flon has also traded 20 year old defenseman Joseph Leonidas to Steinbach of the MJHL for Troy Williams.
With an over abundunce of 20 year olds , you knew the Bombers were going to have to move someone. The Bombers are deep on the back end and felt that Leonidas was expendible and still have 9 20 year olds remaining.
Nipawin was very busy and maybe picked up the best player available in the SJHL, 20 year old Josh Bly from Kindersley. The Hawks gave up a lot in Cam Shorrock, Kyle Sargent and Jake Gerbner. Nipawin also dealt Boedy Donald to Melfort for a 2018 3rd round pick and 2019 3rd round pick and have picked up Thomas Lenchyshyn from Portage of the MJHL for a player development fee.
The Hawks are obviously going for it and will look a lot different from the last time the Bombers seen them November the 18th. Flin Flon leads the season series 3-0, but all three games have been close and it looks like these will be the top two teams in the division.
Nipawin continues to rely on defense as they continue to lead the league in goals against with 50 in 24 games. The Bombers are starting to put the puck in the net and their 94 in 27 games have them tied for fourth overall in the league with Notre Dame.
The Hawks will have redemption on their minds tonight as it appeared they had their last meeting with the Bombers sewn up with a 3-1 lead after two periods on home ice. Flin Flon erupted for 3 goals and stunned Nipawin 4-3 to take their third win over the Hawks this season.
Tonight's game will be the last for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be off to Leduc Alberta after the game to get ready for Canada West's evaluatiuon camp. 11 players for the SJHL will be vying for spots including two Bombers Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko.
Lesko and Thomas will head off to Leduc after tomorrow night's game in Nipawin.
Both games from the home and home will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this weekend with the Murray GM Coach's Show both night's at 7:15 including tonight's from the Whitney Forum.