It was a very interesting night at the Whitney Forum last night to say the least.
The Flin Flon Bombers had an offensive explosion against the Sherwood leaders from Nipawin in a convincing 6-1 win last night. To say the Bombers needed this one would be a huge under statement. With the win Flin Flon vaults up the standings to second place, tied with Melfort with 34 points and the Bombers have a game in hand on the Stangs.
They will play each other four more times.
Both are just two points behind Nipawin, and lead Laronge by only two points. This should be a great race for fans of all four teams right down the wire, which was the league's intent when they went to the new playoff format and new division realignment.
Goal scorers last night for Flin Flon: Calladine with a pair his 10th and 11th, Blair(11), Robinson(3),Hounsell(5) and Chartrand his 7th.
Tad Kozun had the only Nipawin goal, his league leading 28th of the season.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan did not wait for tomorrow's trade deadline, to make a huge trade announcement.
Local product Dillan McCombie who has been with the Bombers since he was 16, has been trade to the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL for future considerations. McCombie's rights will also be flipped back to Flin Flon for the start of next season.
I caught up to Dillan after the game last night and this is what he had to say about the trade.
"It has been unreal playing here in Flin Flon, Mike and all the coaching staff has been very fair to me, by giving me an oppurtunity when I was 16." " They have been very fair to me throughout my entire career over the last three and a half years." " I cannot say enough about the Bombers organization and the community, it has been unreal playing here." "It hit a cross roads here, with lots building up, so I asked Mike if I could go somewhere and try and get refreshed here and see what happens next year."
This a great oppurtunity for McCombie, who is guaranteed to play in the Western Canadian Championship with Dauphin hosting this year's event.
Mike Reagan said even though he gets McCombie back next season this is still one of the most difficult trades he has ever made.
" This is something that has gone on for a long time, which has been difficult for both Dillan and myself." " We made a promise to Dillan that if things got to be to much of a pressure situation, that we would move him and give him a chance to play some where else." " We want him to be able to concentrate on just playing hockey."
McCombie's numbers through three and a half seasons with the Bombers are: 127 points (60 goals and 67 assists) through 193 games to go along with 367 penalty minutes.
Mike Reagan indicated to me that he will be entertaining more offers and expects to complete more deals by tomorrow's trade deadline, so the team could have a complete different look for Saturday's game against Laronge.
Keep on listening to 102.9 CFAR and reading this blog at flinflononline.com for any developments.