Bomber Game Report: Hit streak goes to five with 6-2 Humboldt dubbing

Bomber Game Report: Hit streak goes to five with 6-2 Humboldt dubbing

The Bombers took a big W against tough opponents Friday night and did it in style, beating Humboldt 6-2.

The Bombers took a big W against tough opponents Friday night and did it in style, beating Humboldt 6-2.

Flin Flon took the lead in the second and kept the pressure on until the final whistle, handing a loss to one of their closest rivals in the league table.

Goal number one went to the maroon and white, with a Whitney Forum bouncer taking the puck from the corner to the side of Humboldt goaltender Benjamin Motew’s net, prompting both Brock Mueller and Kylynn Olafson to pounce on the loose puck. That puck would bounce up over Motew’s right pad and in – Mueller was credited with the goal, his first as a Bomber.

Soon after, the Broncos would tie things up again, with Daylan Weigel getting a glancing shot from the point through traffic on a Humboldt power play. Flin Flon would get a power play of their own soon after, but would lose it on an excessive line change, giving the Bombers a too many man call and killing the chance. Most of the first period was ping-pong hockey, a battle for possession and position with little other action – the game would go into halftime tied at one.

Humboldt opened the second period with momentum, but the Bombers would be the team to break through. A shot from Jacob Vockler would bounce up on Motew and over him, landing in the groove behind him, where Jeremi Tremblay would pounce on it. Moments later, the Bombers extended their lead – Brent Gulenchyn, stuck with the puck by a Humboldt player behind the Broncos’ net, would somehow fire a pass out to the point where Noah Houle caught the pass, fired it at Motew and beat the goalie ren, scored his first goal as a bomber.

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More penalties and chances would come later in the frame for both teams, ending in nothing, but the Bombers would lead by two heading into the third.

Humboldt cut the lead to one after a Bomber penalty gave the visitors a chance with a man up – a Tim Kim shot was deflected in front by Spencer Bell, beating Flin Flon goalkeeper Harmon Laser-Hume.

It was as close as the Horsies would get – Flin Flon turned on the taps in the third period to secure the win. Tremblay nearly scored his second goal of the night on a shot that Motew took off his mask and saved. A minute later, Tremblay got a little revenge on the goalie when another Whitney Forum bounce took the puck behind the goal and into the slot, where the forward beat Motew cleanly with a wrister. It was the third Bomber goal of the night that came off a freak bounce off the backboard — while Tremblay was named the Bombers’ first star of the game on the SJHL website, it could be argued that the Forum’s famously unpredictable boards earned the runner-up spot.

From there it was either bombings or rough stuff. A point shot from Houle would be hacked by Alexi Sylvestre, who beat Motew to make it 5-2. Jaxon Martens almost got his own name on the scoresheet with a partial layup, but he was tripped on his way to the net – leading to a 5-on-3 power play that the Bombers couldn’t convert on.

The game went with about five minutes left when Weigel blasted Vockler just inside the Bronco zone with a high hit. That drew the ire of Alex Von Sprecken, who dropped the gloves with Weigel and had a brief match, with Von Sprecken landing the most punches and scoring the takedown. Both players were ejected, and Weigel received an additional penalty for a hit to the head for trouble. Vockler would stay in the game and almost get a goal of his own, which took one off the post.

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Moments later, Flin Flon twisted the knife once more, while Gulenchyn tipped in a Cole Tanchuk point shot to make it 6-2 for the home team.

Even rougher stuff would come before the final whistle, with Flin Flon’s Matt Egan and Humboldt’s Quinn Myles having a spirited donnybrook in the dying seconds. Humboldt coach Scott Barney himself was ejected with six seconds left and some Broncos players unsuccessfully tried to get Bomber players to fight after the final whistle, putting the cherry on top of a game to forget for Humboldt.

Laser-Hume stopped 26 shots for the win Friday night, while Motew, the SJHL’s reigning Goaltender of the Month, made 31 saves on 37 shots. Neither of the Bombers’ top scorers — Cole Duperreault and Jaeden Mercier — had a point, but Vockler had three assists, Tremblay scored twice and Houle, Sylvestre and Gulenchyn each finished with a goal and an assist.

Flin Flon now boasts a five-game winning streak, beating Yorkton on Dec. 9 and winning three straight against La Ronge before and after the holiday break.

The win pushes the Bombers past La Ronge into sole possession of both second overall in the league and the top spot in the Sherwood Division, with 47 points in 32 games – ahead of the Ice Wolves’ 45 points in 36 games. Meanwhile, the Broncos fall to fifth in the league with 41 points, overtaken by Estevan, who picked up a point in an overtime loss – however, Humboldt remains third in the league in points percentage, behind only Battleford’s North Stars and Bombers.

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The two teams will hit the ice again at the Whitney Forum on Saturday night.

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