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Bomber Game Report: Showcase sweep earned with overtime thriller over Melville

Flin Flon ended the SJHL Showcase with a second win in two days, beating Melville 5-4 in overtime.
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Bomber Game Report

Flin Flon ended the SJHL Showcase with a second win in two days, beating Melville 5-4 in overtime.

The Bombers picked up their second victory despite the first game of the showcase ending barely 12 hours earlier, moving to a 3-1-1 record on the young season.

Melville captain Zach Cain got the Mils on the board first, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 and beating Kenneth Marquart, getting his first regular season start as a Bomber goalie. Once the powerplay expired though, the Bombers would find their own momentum, tying the game up on a point shot from defender Dryden Jeannot. The Regina native's first junior A goal made it 1-1.

Flin Flon would earn their own 5-on-3 late in the frame, with the team gaining a lead via Cole Duperreault, who fired home a silky feed from Jaeden Mercier to make it 2-1 Bombers heading into the break.

That lead wouldn't last long. Ayden Lemarre would tie the game less than a minute into the second period, with a long shot finding its way both through traffic and past Marquart. Liam Bridger would flip the score back to a Flin Flon lead though, getting the last touch on a puck that ping-ponged its way into the crease and past Mils netminder Kelton Pyne. The Bombers would take another lead into the intermission, up 3-2 after 40.

Duperreault would add his second goal of the day off an early third period faceoff, making it 4-2. That lead, sadly for Bomber fans, would not last - Payton Kostyshyn brought the Mils back within one on a long point shot, then with six minutes to go, Brayden Fryfogle would tie the game up.

Overtime would be required, for the second time of the Bombers' young season. Unlike the first time, the Bombers would come up with the victory, thanks to Jaxon Martens, who followed up a chance and swatted a rebound past Pyne to end the game as a 5-4 Bomber W.

The Bombers will move into a four-game homestand to start a busy October, where the team will play 11 games during the month. The homestand starts Oct. 1 with a game against the Nipawin Hawks.

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