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Up 2-0 And Off To Humboldt

 

The Flin Flon Bombers used their specialty teams to their advantage and played two solid games at the Whitney Forum this weekend,  enroute  to a two to nothing series lead against the Humboldt Bronco's.

 

Friday night, Flin Flon scored twice on the power play and added a short handed goal from Billy Klymchuk to take game one, 5 to 2.

 

Donavan Houle scored twice,  with the other goals coming from Mason Martin and Easton Haygarth.

 

Tristan Schewchuk scored both of the Humboldt goals.

 

Cole Rafuse had the hot hand on Saturday, firing four past Brendan Forman for his first four goals of the series and he added one assist and was named the game's first star for his 5 point performance.

 

The former Memorial Cup winner has 7 points in the first two games.

 

Easton Haygarth picked up his second in as many nights and the SJHL Rookie Of The Year, Tristan Lemyre scored his first of the post season.

 

Reid Arnold, Logan Foster and Josh Paulhus repiled for the Bronco's.

 

Flin Flon had the number one power play for much of the regular season and it was a factor in the first two games of the playoffs.

 

The Bombers are a combined 5 for 12 in the two games and also have a short handed goal.

 

Jacob Delorme has been good when called upon and was particularly good on Friday stopping 33 out of 35 shots. He stopped 27 out of 30 on Saturday.

 

I do admire how the Bronco's approached the first two games in Flin Flon by coming at the more experienced team by getting in the faces of everyone including Cole Rafuse, Donavan Houle and Jacob Delorme,

 

it was one of the first times I have ever noticed Houle and Delorme lose their composure.

 

Unfortunately for the Bronco's,  it led them to a steady stream of penalties and the Bombers eventually made them pay.

 

Humboldt came in with the attitude of old time hockey, but the referees have made it clear that they will not let them play that way and they may have to change their game plan for Tuesday.

 

The Bronco's do look a little frustrated,  and will need one of their best efforts of the season to avoid going down 3 to 0.

 

Flin Flon has lots of momentum and really responded to two great crowds at the Whitney Forum. There is something about playoff time  at the Whitney Forum and it was great to have Krazz back beating his drum and revving up the crowd.

 

The series will shift back to Humboldt and the Elgar Petersen Arena for games three and

four this Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

You can catch both games on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com beginning with the Pharmasve SJHL Coach's Show at 8:10, MB time.

 

 

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