What a way to wrap up 2022 for the Flin Flon Bombers.
The Bombers called it a year with a sweep of their arch rivals the Laronge Ice Wolves, including an exciting 3 to 2 win in the shootout on Saturday.
Flin Flon came into Saturday's game with lots of momentum after winning on home ice 5 to 1 on Friday. I thought their second period effort on Friday was their best of the season so far and that carried into Saturday's game.
On Saturday, the Bombers spotted the Wolves the first goal when Dylan Handel got behind the Bombers defense and went in alone to beat Harmon Laser Hume to give Laronge a 1 to 0 lead after 1.
Cole Duperreault would tie the game with his team leading 23rd of the year when he jumped on a Reece Richmond rebound, just over a minute into the second.
The game remained tied, til the red hot Bomber powerplay gave the Maroon and White Express the lead when Jeremy Tremblay fired a beautiful wrist shot over Dawson Smith's right shoulder.
It looked like that might be enough, but the Wolves tied the game late with a powerplay goal of their own and the goalie pulled to go 6 on 4.
Kaycee Coyle fired a one timer through Laser Hume's legs to tie it at 2 with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation.
The rest of regulation and OT couldn't decide it , so we needed the shootout.
Both goalies stood on their heads and it looked like the shootout might never end. The two squads had gone through half the bench before the Bombers Corey King would fire a puck off the post into the tenth round to finally win it.
That sent the team into jubilation and the monster celebration on the ice.
Talk about a great way to end 2022, with a four point weekend and their 20th win of the season.
Harmon Laser Hume stood tall in both games , including 24 saves in Saturday's win and seems to have his confidence back.
Flin Flon is able to gain some room on Laronge for first in the Division plus second overall and improve to 20-7-2-1 and are just 2 points back with 4 games in hand.
The Bombers along with the rest of the league will go on their Christmas break and won't return to action til January the 3rd.
Flin Flon will once again be off to Laronge with a chance to take back first place in the Sherwood Division.
I just want to take the time to wish all Bomber fans, billets, volunteers and everybody affiliated with the organization a Vey Merry Chistmas and all the best in 2023.