The Bombers got the best of the Melville Millionaires Friday night, earning a 9-3 home win and extending their winning streak to four games.
Things started inauspiciously for Flin Flon, as Melville got on the board first and led after one period. Zach McIntyre opened the scoring halfway through the first, and while Cole Duperreault got Flin Flon on the board shortly after, Melville kept up the pressure. Louis-Frederic Theberge got the Mils the lead back with five minutes to go in the frame, with McIntyre scoring his second on the night near the end. Melville led 3-1 after 20.
For Millionaires fans, this may be a good place to close this writeup - nothing else awaits after the 20 minute mark but Bomber dominance. For the next two periods, the Bombers outworked, outpaced, outshot and outscored their guests, scoring eight unanswered goals.
Jaeden Mercier got the Bombers within one about a minute after puck drop, then Jacob Vockler tied it up. Cole Vardy scored the eventual game-winner slightly past the halfway point of the second, and Vockler added some insurance seconds later, making it 5-3 Bombers heading into the third.
Not long after the puck dropped for the third, Jaxon Martens put one off the post and in past Alexis Giroux, who had a long night in the Millionaires' crease. Cabrel Labossiere then scored his first goal as a Bomber on a slick passing play through the Melville zone, followed by Mercier poking a puck underneath Giroux to get his second on the night.
Giroux finally got the mercy yank from his team after eight goals against, but replacement Keaton French fared little better, almost immediately letting one in by Duperreault. Duperreault and the team barely celebrated the final goal - having had eight chances to get wild earlier in the night made the last one quiet. Nathan Gagne and Melville's Jackson Bohan dropped the mitts late in the frame, with Gagne getting the final takedown and handing the Mils another L.
Cal Schell earned another win with a 30 save performance. Giroux and French combined for 46 saves on 55 shots - 42 for Giroux, four for French. Duperreault finished with four points on the night, while Martens and Mercier both had three each.
The win puts the Bombers at 8-3 on the season with 16 points in 11 games - briefly putting them first in the league, until Melfort defeated Estevan an hour later and moved right back into first with 17 points in 11 games.
The two teams will face off again Saturday night at the Whitney Forum.