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The Flin Flon Bombers flipped their calendar to December on Monday, and saw the Kindersley Klippers staring them straight in the eye. The Bombers will have to contend with the Klippers for the next four games, as the teams play twice in Flin Flon this weekend, and twice in Kindersley next weekend. The two teams have played twice in Kindersley so far this season. Flin Flon worked hard in a 4-3 overtime loss in the first meeting, and lost 5-2 in their second meeting. "In the first game, we were able to get to goaltender Nathan Deobold early, and I think that was the key in that game," said head coach Ryan Hoffman. "We've been working at getting more traffic to the front of the net this week. He can't stop what he can't see. Our number one priority is to go to the net hard." The Bombers will also have to contend with Curtis Bazylinski and Troy Schwab, who lead the Klippers with 34 and 29 points respectively. The Klippers currently lead the Dodge Conference with 40 points, and have lost only one game in their last ten. Flin Flon is last in the Dodge, and has a record of 1-8-1 in their last ten games. The team will need to concentrate on defence first against the Klippers, after being out scored 21-4 on the road last week. Flin Flon will have two new faces in the lineup when they host the Klippers this weekend. Anatoliy Moshkovsky will make his debut in a Bomber uniform, and newcomer Trevor Olynick will play his first game in the Whitney Forum. "Anatoliy will bring us some energy and a work ethic that will hopefully be contagious," said Hoffman after watching his new forward in practice on Thursday. "We need to get back to working hard as a team again. He was a point-a-game guy in the MJHL. He's a creative player, and a European kid that will hopefully give Joey Moggach a little bit of help out there." Hoffman compares Moshkovsky to Moggach, and expects the two to work well together. Olynick will hopefully fill one of the gaping holes on the blue line for the Bombers, who have been struggling to keep the puck out of their own end lately. "Olynick isn't going to do anything flashy," said Hoffman. "He will be a good stay-at-home defenceman for us. That's all we're really looking for out of him." Andrew Skrabek, who missed Sunday's game in Nipawin with a hand injury, will likely be in the lineup for both games this weekend, as he has healed up faster than expected. "Andrew says he is fine and close to 100% right now," said Hoffman. "He'll be ready to go this weekend." The Bombers and Klippers will do battle at the Whitney Forum on Friday and Saturday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.