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Game 6 Tonight

It seems like we just got off the ice,  and we are only a few hours from game 6 of this already classic SJHL Quater Final between the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars.

 

Nate Hooper not only scored the tieing goal with just 28 seconds left in regulation Friday,  but followed that up with the game winner at just over the 8 minute marker in the third over time period.

 

The Bombers stunned the North Stars 4-3 in triple OT  and are right back in the series trailing 3 games to 2.

 

I have never been so tired calling a hockey game in my life but it was worth it as the Bombers will now get a chance to even the series at the Whitney Forum tonight.

 

The goalies are stealing the show and Gabriel Waked is starting to make a name for him self after stopping 55 out of 58 Battleford shots on Friday night.

 

Waked has been over shadowed by Joel Grzybowski for much of the series but he was the difference in game 5 for sure. Waked has a 2.01 gaa and a save % of .936 in the series so far.

 

Grzybowski has a gaa of 1.50 and .957 save % and has stolen some games for his team in this series as well.

 

I can't recall a goaltending battle like this in the 22 years I have been covering this league.

 

You almost get a sense that the momentum is starting to change and Flin Flon's mind set is totally different after back to back victories.

 

The players feel that they are very capable of coming back and winning this series and the top offensive threats are strarting to make their presence felt.

 

Brandson Hein has 5 points in the last 2 games and Nate Hooper has climbed into second overall with 10 points in 7 games including two huge goals on Friday.

 

We have also seen Moretz, Jackson, Collin and Nardone start to chip in offensively. It is just a matter of time before this deep lineup starts to find the back of the net.

 

One of the question marks heading into game 6 tonight will be the availability of Calvon Boots.

 

Boots left game 5 after a hit to the head in the second period and even though he remained on the bench did not play the third or the three over time periods.

 

Mike Reagan wasn't sure if he would play tonight and will be a game time decision.

 

Win or lose tonight, this has been a series for the ages with 4 out of the first 5 games needing over time including the marathon on Friday night.

 

There is a big buzz in town and the Bomber faithful will be in full force cheering on the Maroon and White who will be looking to draw even tonight.

 

I am expecting over 1,200 and with their being no school tomorrow maybe we can hit 1,500. One thing for sure it will be loud.

 

Don't forget to bring those mobile devices and tell who ever can't be there to catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

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