The Battleford Stars beat the Flin Flon Bombers for the second straight time at the Whitney Forum in front of 448 fans Tuesday.
Things started rough for Flin Flon when their leading scorer Brett Boehm got tossed for hitting Braden Lecoursiere from behind just eight minutes into the opening period. A five minute power play ensued with the Stars scoring once when Fountain found the back of the net at 12:08.
The Stars led it 1-0 after one. Flin Flon had a good second when Empey and Hounsell both scored their third of the season. Keller would score another power play goal to tie it at 2 after two.
Battleford took the lead at 8:21 in the third when Young scored his tenth of the season. The Bombers stormed the Battleford net and tied it just 18 seconds later when Dean Allison was able to jam the puck under Gudmandson.
The momentum the Bombers gained off the tieing goal was short lived, as Jack Petrino would take advantage of a Bomber turn over and fired a wrist shot glove side on Buffalo, to give the Stars their third lead of the night 4-3.
That would stand as the game winner, as the Bombers pulled their goal tender late but could not score the equalizer.
Final shots 39-35 in favour of Battleford. The Stars were 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Bombers were 1 for 3.
Flin Flon continue to struggle in the third period as they have been scored on eight times in the final period in their last four games.
Battleford remains the hottest team in the league at 8-1-1 in their last 10. The Bombers continue to flirt at .500 at 5-5 in their last 10.
After the loss tonight Flin Flon is at 12-12 and remain just two points ahead of Laronge and four up on Melfort. The Mustangs have three games in hand and Laronge has one.
The Bombers and Mustangs will collide at the Northern Lights Palace on Wednesday with second place on the line in the Sherwood Division.
Both teams stack up well and their stats are almost identical. Flin Flon has scored 60 goals while the Mustangs have 59. The Bombers are second best in goals against with 54. Melfort has given up 57 which is third best. Yorkton leads the league with 53.
Both teams are struggling to string wins together as the Bombers have dropped two straight and are 5-5 in their last ten. Melfort is winless in their last four and are 2-4-0-4 in their last ten.
Mike Reagan mentioned that newly acquired Peter Poulin Roy will not be in the lineup til Saturday when the Bombers host Melville.
Reagan also mentioned that he has made a couple more deals that we will announce on Wednesday's Murray GM Coach's Show live from Melfort at 7:10.