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Bombers boost preseason to six games, include new home game against OCN, clash in P.A.

Bombers set to play Blizzard three times, including twice at home
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Owen Slugoski skates in on netminder Jared Thompson during the 2020 Flin Flon Bombers training camp.

The Bombers will play another two exhibition games to gear up for this season - including a neutral site game in Prince Albert.

The team announced a pair of new exhibition matchups August 29, adding a third date against the OCN Blizzard at the Whitney Forum Sept. 14 and a game against the Kindersley Klippers Sept. 12 at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.

Flin Flon will now play six preseason games, half of which will be played against the Blizzard. The exhibition season will start Sept. 5 at the Whitney Forum with a matchup against the La Ronge Ice Wolves, with the Bombers and Blizzard holding a home-and-home the following weekend. The Blizzard will host first, playing Sept. 10 at the Oscar Lathlin Memorial Arena, before both teams head up the Highway 10 and play at the Whitney Forum Sept. 11. A night later, the Bombers and Klippers will meet in P.A.

Prince Albert has not played host to regular SJHL action since 1982, when the Prince Albert Raiders - at the time, a SJHL dynasty, having won seven straight ANAVET Cups from 1976-82 and four Centennial Cups as national junior A champions - made the move to the WHL. While the Melfort Mustangs play an hour away and teams have played briefly near Prince Albert, including the Beardy’s Rage in the mid-90s, games haven’t been played in Saskatchewan’s third-largest city since the Raiders switched leagues.

The Bombers will play host to the Blizzard one more time Sept. 14 before playing their final game of the preseason (as of press time) Sept. 17 in La Ronge.

Regular season play begins Sept. 24, as the Bombers will play the Melfort Mustangs on the road at the Northern Lights Palace. The Bombers’ home opener will take place Sept. 25 against the Mustangs, with Flin Flon playing host to the Nipawin Hawks Sept. 28. The Bombers will host their first out-of-division opponents in 18 months Oct. 4 when the Yorkton Terriers come to town.

The Bombers are scheduled to start their training camp Sept. 2 and will play their annual Maroon and White intersquad game Sept. 4