Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Battlefords North Stars Estevan Bruins Flin Flon Bombers Humboldt Broncos Kindersley Klippers La Ronge Ice Wolves Melfort Mustangs Melville Millionaires Nipawin Hawks Notre Dame Hounds Weyburn Red Wings Yorkton Terriers

Bombers Pull Away Late To Defeat Bruins 6-2 On Sunday Night

The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins (5-7) were unable to complete a weekend sweep on Sunday night, dropping a 6-2 decision to the league-leading Flin Flon Bombers (8-4-0-2) at Affinity Place.

Both teams were coming off victories on Saturday night before their first meeting of the season, featuring two of the top-scoring squads in the SJHL early on.

The Bombers started backup netminder Jacob Delorme as starter Pierce Diamond was suspended for his part in a line brawl the previous night in Weyburn. Delorme was strong early for Flin Flon, as the Bruins outshot the Bombers 8-1 in the first ten minutes but could not score.

Flin Flon would grab the first lead as Billy Klymchuk beat Bruins goaltender Jake Anthony to make it 1-0 at the 10:15 mark.

Estevan would even the score just minutes later, as Tristyn Deroose beautifully deflected a shot from Austin King-Cunningham into the back of the net for his 2nd goal in as many games to make it 1-1 at the 14:28 mark. Jake Heerspink also assisted on the play.

It remained tied until the 13:00 mark of the 2nd period when Flin Flon retook the lead while on a 5-on-3 powerplay. Daylan Marchi, who netted a hat trick the night before in Weyburn, scored to make it 2-1. The Bruins would push to tie the game before the end of the period, but instead the Bombers would add to their lead while shorthanded.

Vincent Nardone forced a turnover and broke in all alone on Anthony, who made a great pad save. However, SJHL-leading goal scorer Brandson Hein followed up the play and banged home the rebound just as the penalty expired to give Flin Flon a 3-1 lead at the 18:02 mark. Just 23 seconds later, the Bombers extended their lead to 4-1 as Chrystopher Collin fired a shot past Anthony to give Flin Flon a three-goal lead going into the final period.

The Bombers forced an even tougher uphill climb as their captain Nate Hooper scored 52 seconds into the 3rd period to make it 5-1. Bruins rookie forward Eddie Gallagher picked the corner at the 14:38 mark for his second goal of the weekend to cut the deficit to 5-2. Aigne McGeady-Bruce and Deroose (his 6th point of the weekend) assisted on the play. But that’s as close as the Bruins would get, with Flin Flon’s Dawson McKenzie adding a late goal into the empty net to round out the scoring at 6-2.

Anthony stopped (21/26) Bombers shots, with Grant Boldt (3/3) relieving Anthony in net after Hooper’s goal early in the 3rd period. Delorme was stellar for Flin Flon in net, making (36/38) saves in the victory.

The Bruins powerplay was shut down on Sunday (0/6), while the Bombers finished the night (1/8).

A nice Sunday evening crowd saw 929 fans in attendance. The 50/50 jackpot reached $3,620 by the end of the night.

The Bruins have two games remaining on their six-game homestand. After playing La Ronge and Flin Flon this weekend, the black-and-gold will welcome the other two teams from the Sherwood division as the Melfort Mustangs (7-3-1) visit on Friday night and the Nipawin Hawks (7-4) arrive on Saturday night. Both games are at 7:30pm.

Nastiness Arrived Late In The 3rd Period, As Estevan’s Bryce Platt (background) Fought With Jaxon White, While Turner Ripplinger Tussled With Calvon Boots.

Tag(s): HOME