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Bomber Game Report: La Ronge takes shootout victory over Flin Flon

One point, but not two - the Bombers couldn't keep the lead against La Ronge Friday night and fell 2-1 in the shootout.
Bomber Game Report

One point, but not two - the Bombers couldn't keep the lead against La Ronge Friday night and fell 2-1 in the shootout.

Cory King opened the scoring for Flin Flon with a point shot late in the first, becoming the only Bomber not named Cole Duperreault to score a goal so far this season. The Bombers would enter the first intermission up 1-0, but down a man - Kaden Kohle was assessed a two-and-a-10 for a check from behind in the final moments, getting ejected from the game.

With Flin Flon a man short, the team would fall into penalty trouble in the second, taking four straight fouls. On one of the first of those penalties, Dylan Handel tied things up for the Ice Wolves on a bullet that beat Harmon Laser-Hume, nodding the score at 1-1. Despite the Bombers getting late powerplay chances, the game would stay 1-1 after 40 minutes.

The third period saw both teams play a game of hot potato with the puck - neither kept it for very long or did much with it. Momentum went the Bombers' way late, with the team stamping the gas pedal down in the final moments. King had a great chance, but that was blocked by Ryley Morgan, who hobbled back to the bench. A hooking call for La Ronge put the Bombers up a man, but the game would stay tied at the end of regulation.

In 3-on-3 overtime, the Bombers would start up a man thanks to the penalty, but could not convert, leading to La Ronge chances, each of which were stopped by Laser-Hume. Flin Flon had the best chance of the frame - in the final seconds, Jaeden Mercier set up Cole Duperreault for a side-of-the-net one-timer, but the chewed-up ice surface reared its head and the puck skipped on Duperreault, who missed a wide-open chance.

A shootout would be needed.

La Ronge had the first shot and Handel snuck one by Laser-Hume, making it 1-0 Ice Wolves. Answering back with Mercier, the Bombers hoped to tie it up, but La Ronge goalie Dawson Smith got a stick on the chance and knocked it away. Ethan Strik snuck one underneath Laser-Hume and cellied his way back to the bench, flapping his arms like a hawk on the way back, leaving Duperreault with a do-or-die shot.

Turns out, it would be "die", but not by much. Duperreault fired and beat Smith, but the post stood tall and knocked the puck away. No goal, win La Ronge.

Smith picked up a win with 36 saves, while Laser-Hume made 28 saves in a losing effort.

The Bombers will now head down to the SJHL Showcase in Warman early next week - first playing Weyburn on Monday at 8:30 p.m. Manitoba time, then playing a rare mid-week matinee at 2:30 p.m. Manitoba time Tuesday against Melville. Games will be streamed for free online. The Bombers will kick off a hectic October - 11 games in 31 days, starting with a rematch with Nipawin at the Forum Oct. 1.

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