Bomber Game Report: Flin Flon fails against division rivals Melfort, falls out of home ice advantage

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The Bombers failed to do so on Tuesday, losing to Melfort and falling to fifth in the league standings.

The Bombers failed to do so on Tuesday, losing to Melfort and falling to fifth in the league standings.

The Mustangs scored three straight to finish with a 3-2 victory, taking two points in the Bombers’ final regular season game at the Whitney Forum this season.

Things started pretty well in the first – Drew Kuzma opened the scoring early and Mason Kaspick added his own goal, giving the Bombers a 2-0 lead. It wouldn’t last.

Logan Cox didn’t make full contact with the puck, but just the tip was enough, flipping it past Cal Schell to put Melfort on the board. Trenton Curtis equalized midway through the second period to tie the game, with a point shot missed thanks to a broken stick but landing directly on Curtis’ boards, leading in on goal. The Mustangs took the lead later in the second with Nolan Doell finding a spot on a run, making it 3-2.

The Bombers were unable to get leverage on the power play or even with an empty net, missing passes and wide shots. Flin Flon put 39 shots in the net for Melfort, but Joel Favreau stopped 37, taking the win. Schell saved 27 shots.

Going into the game, the Bombers were two points behind the Mustangs, who were in third place in the league. The victory extends the Mustangs’ lead to four points, 75-71. Worse still, the Battlefords North Stars beat Nipawin on Tuesday night, also moving them ahead of the Bombers in the standings and putting Flin Flon out of advantage territory. of the playoff home game.

The Bombers have two more games to play this season, both on the road and against the teams they face in the standings. A rematch against Melfort on Thursday will have major implications, as will the season finale at Battlefords on Friday night.

The best the Bombers can finish is third – the worst is fifth. The Bombers will need to win their two remaining games to catch Melfort in the standings – the Bombers hold key tiebreakers against Melfort and two wins would put Flin Flon ahead of their division rivals. Battlefords still play two games after their date with the Bombers, both against teams in the bottom half of the league standings. If Flin Flon wins its two remaining games, Battlefords would need at least three points to overtake the Bombers in the standings once again.

If Flin Flon loses to Melfort again, he is guaranteed fourth or fifth. If Flin Flon loses to Battlefords, even if they beat Melfort, or if they lose both games, they will be guaranteed fifth place as Melfort and Battlefords would have more points, losing home ice advantage.

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