The Flin Flon Bombers put together another solid weekend and swept a pair of games against the Yorkton Terriers.
The Bombers blasted Yorkton 8-2 on Friday night after giving up two first period goals. The Maroon and White managed to tie the game at two after two before opening the flood gates in the third.
Flin Flon took advantage of a nine minute power play to open the final period and scored three goals to put the game out of reach. They would also add three more even strength for the convincing 8-2 win.
Crystopher Collin did a lot of the damage with a 5 point night. Isaac Jackson chipped in with two goals with the other offense coming from Hooper, Marchi, Houle and Funk.
Brenden Newton did the job when called upon making 25 out of 27 saves. The Bomber power play was red hot going 3 for 5 while holding Yorkton at bay 0 for 2.
Saturday, the Bombers scored first when Jordan McCausland scored his first of the season on a short handed break away. McCausland has battled injuries this season but is making the most of his return to the lineup and is one of the grittiest and toughest players to play against in the league.
Ethan Daniels scored the only goal in the second, when he broke in alone on Ben Laidlaw and pocketed his 10th of the year on the power play.
Rob Johnson scored early in the third in what turned out to be a very big goal for the Bombers. With a 3-0 lead it looked like Flin Flon may coast to another easy victory.
Give Yorkton credit, they never stopped competing and would mount a come back. Cody Bruchkowski scored his team leading 14th of the season, when he fooled Brenden Newton with a shot just inside the blue line.
This gave the Terriers life and they would draw within one , when Keenleyside scored a late power play goal. With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, the Terriers got a late pp and pulled their goalie to go 6 on 4.
The Bombers won some key faceoffs and were able to hold Yorkton off the score sheet the rest of the way and held on for a 3-2 win for their 5th straight win.
Final shots were in the Bombers favour big time at 60-39. Yorkton goalie Ben Laidlaw was the game's first star and was the biggest reason the Terriers were able to stay in the game, and almost stole this one with a lot of big saves, including several in the third period.
What a difference a couple weeks make as Flin Flon has been able to rattle off 5 straight wins and are starting to get a lot more breathing room for a playoff spot. The Bomber record now stands at 14-18-1-3.
After last night the Bombers lead Laronge by 16 points, Yorkton by 13 and Melville by 4. The Bombers also have a game in hand on both Yorkton and Melville and prepare for a very challenging week.
Flin Flon will travel to Melfort on Tuesday before hosting the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars on Friday and Saturday. It will be a very interesting January 10th deadline for the Bombers who just a few weeks ago looked like they would be big sellers, but who knows what happens now.
Mike Reagan did indicate on last night's Great North GM Coach's Show that he would be listening to offers. You can catch Tuesday's game from Melfort on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.