The Flin Flon Bombers dropped both games on the road this weekend in Melville and Yorkton.
On Saturday, the Bombers spotted the Mills two goals in the first period before tying things up in the second on goals by Evans Campbell and McCombie. Flin Flon really started to take it to Melville and seemed to be in a good position with a couple power plays in the third.
The Bombers could not get a puck past Isaiah Plett, and it was Melville who would end up scoring the power play goal to win it. Tyson Predinchuk would get loose in the slot and put a nice wrist shot past Devin Buffalo low blocker side.
That was pretty much the only good chance Melville had in the third period, as they were outshot 11-7 in the third period and 34-31 overall. Flin Flon deserved a better fate, but sometimes you can be the better team and lose. The final score 3-2 Mills.
Brett Boehm was great again in this game and was a threat every time he was on the ice. He had a little bad luck, hitting the post twice and setting up Hounsell on the power play only to have him fire one off the post as well.
The Bombers felt good about their effort despite the loss and were looking to carry that into the next night in Yorkton.
Simon Hofley got the call the next night and he was hoping to continue his hot streak against the defending league champs.
Yorkton was ready and pretty much dominated the young Bomber squad for three straight periods.
After a scoreless first period the Terriers struck twice on goals by Gervais and Enzie. Danys Chartrand would respond for Flin Flon picking up his third of the year when he picked up a great pass from Calladine and fired it top corner on Kale Thompson.
That's as close as the Bombers would get as the offense dried up, and Yorkton put it away on goals from Menke and Gatzke in route to the 4-1 win.
There is no doubt why Yorkton is the defending champs and one of the top teams in the league again this season. They are so sound defensively. Besides McMulen and the Norrish twins this is a very deep team that prides itself on shutting the opposition down.
They are big and physical , and very strong in goal. They also don't make a lot of mistakes. They did not allow Flin Flon to get many chances in tight. Everything was kept to the outside.
The Bombers remain the stingiest team in the league with only 44 goals against, but they have also scored the least amount of goals in the league with only 51. To make matters worse, Cam Blair remains out of the lineup with an elbow injury.
Blair is the Bombers top scorer with 20 points, and they sure could have used him this weekend. Sounds like he will be out of the lineup for another two to three weeks.
The Bombers are back at 500 and will play a big division game against Melfort on Wednesday at the Whitney Forum. This is the third meeting of the season with each team collecting a win at home to start the year.
No broadcast of this game but we will be back on the air this weekend with games in Kindersley and Battleford this Friday and Satuday. We hit the air both nights at 7:10.