The Bombers' losing streak is over. Flin Flon got back on the good foot with a 6-2 win over Nipawin Wednesday night.
Jaeden Mercier got on the board early, scoring 66 seconds into the game, giving the Bombers a quick lead. Xavier Lapointe added to that lead with a point shot water-bottle missile, while Nipawin's Rylan Lefebvre cut the lead to one later in the first.
Nipawin tied it up with a Joel Mabin powerplay tally early in the second, but Jaxon Martens, acting as Johnny-on-the-spot as the puck slid out of a scrum near the Nipawin net, gave the Bombers the lead permanently halfway through the second.
Kylynn Olafson got a backhand shot past Nipawin's Harmon Laser-Hume to make it 4-2, then Martens scored again on the rebound to make it 5-2. Laser-Hume got the sympathy pull from the Hawks' brain trust after that, switching goalies and putting Chase Hamm in net.
Rylan Thiessen made it 6-2 early in the third and removed all doubt of the final result. The most noteworthy thing in the late third happened to linesman Tiernan Elliot, who got tangled up with a Nipawin defender with four minutes to go, hit the ice and left the game with an apparent hand injury.
Ben Montgomery stopped 16 of 18 Nipawin shots, while Laser-Hume got stuck with the loss after making 27 saves. Hamm stopped eight shots in relief.
The win breaks the Bombers' four game losing streak, which started with a loss against the Hawks last week.
Flin Flon remains in third in the SJHL standings - just. The Bombers now have 67 points, just one ahead of the fourth-place Battlefords North Stars and four ahead of fifth-place Melfort, who sit second in the Sherwood division. The Stars have a game in hand against the Bombers and the two teams will face off March in the Battlefords, the final game of the Bombers' season.
If current points percentage trends hold true, the Bombers will either stay third and face La Ronge in the first round of the playoffs or drop to fourth and play Melfort. The Bombers play both teams twice by the end of the season.
The Bombers have seven games left in the regular season. The next game is against Notre Dame at home Saturday, with the Bombers finishing with six games in 11 days, mostly against divisional opponents.