The Flin Flon Bombers falted late against Humboldt Sunday, losing a hard-fought game 5-4 and possibly losing a pair of players.
Flin Flon opened the scoring with a first-period goal from Jeremi Tremblay, getting a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.
Shortly after the goal, the Bombers’ chances took a literal and figurative hit – Humboldt’s Connor Casparie crosschecked Bomber defender Cole Vardy in the face, knocking him to the ice in the Bombers’ slot. Matt Raymond jumped in to fight Casparie, dropping his gloves – Casparie declined to follow suit. Casparie was given a five-minute major for the hit and ejected from the game, while Raymond got two minutes for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. Vardy did not return to the game – his status is unknown.
The Bombers extended the lead in the second, with Mackenzie Carson getting his second of the season, but Humboldt woke up in the second period, with Noah Barlage getting a powerplay goal and Matthew Perkins tying the game at two-all shortly after.
Flin Flon got out to an early third-period lead thanks to a goal by Nathan Gagne, but Humboldt answered back with a goal from Reilly MacKinnon, making it 3-3 halfway through the third.
A second dirty check by the Broncos put both teams down a man – this time, a check from behind by Landen Stromme, who nailed Matt Egan in the numbers along the boards. Egan also did not return to the game, while the Bombers would get a five-minute powerplay with Stromme in the box.
The maroon and white took advantage, with Jaxon Martens feeding a cross-crease pass to Cole Duperreault, who scored on an open cage to give the Bombers back the lead.
Humboldt hung on and tied the game once more late in the third, with a point shot from defender Nicksha Eric snuck through Schell with just over three minutes to go.
Following that, it was the Bombers’ turn to get knocked down by penalties. During a battle for possession along the half-wall, Reece Richmond was called for holding, giving Humboldt a powerplay with barely two minutes left in a tied game.
It was with that man advantage that Humboldt capitalized. Alec Saretzky found a loose puck near Schell in close and slid that puck through Schell’s five-hole, giving Humboldt their first lead of the game and, ultimately, the win.
Humboldt goalie Rayce Ramsay got the win with 31 saves. Schell made 26 saves, getting stuck with the loss.
The weekend set between the two squads ends with one win each for both teams, as the Bombers earned a 3-2 win over Humboldt Saturday.
The Bombers stay in fourth in the SJHL standings with 34 points, while the Broncos are now tied for the league lead with Estevan with 38 points each. The Bruins have played one less game than the Broncos.
Bomber fans won’t have to wait long for a grudge match between Flin Flon and Humboldt – in fact, they’ll get two of them, both this week and both at home. The Bombers and Broncos will square off Dec. 3 and 4 at the Whitney Forum, possibly with a top spot in the league or a spot in the national top 20 rankings on the line.