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The Flin Flon Bombers closed a three game road trip with their third disappointing effort in as many nights, losing 6-1 to the Nipawin Hawks on Sunday. Flin Flon was outscored by their opponents 24-4 over the three games, their best effort coming on Saturday night in Yorkton, a 6-3 loss. Out of the playoffs by seven points and with only one win in their last ten games, the Bombers should be playing desperate hockey by now, like they did last Tuesday against the Humboldt Broncos. The Bombers got into penalty trouble in the first period, allowing Nipawin to score two goals. Flin Flon would not recover. Kevin Lavallee scored just as a Bomber penalty expired at 4:29, and Ryan Haggarty made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 16:21, which would stand up to be the game-winner. Flin Flon was out shot 11-9 in the first period, but a lackluster effort in the second period had the Bombers out shot 16-6 and down by five goals at the end of the frame. Mike Bulawka scored at 1:25, Dan Moran tallied on the power play at 17:06, and Alex Cote made it 5-0 at 17:51. The Bombers came out hard in the third period, but couldn't get the puck to the net. Devin Moore scored Nipawin's sixth goal at 4:11. Flin Flon didn't get their first shot on net in the third period until after the 10-minute mark, and Simon McCusker finally beat goaltender Dan Bauer at 13:29 on a Bomber power play, with Derek Gallagher assisting. Flin Flon was out shot 16-5 in the third period, and 43-20 in the game. The December 1 roster cutting deadline has come and gone, and the Bomber coaching staff was working hard to cut down on numbers and improve the hockey team. An early move saw the Bombers send Mark Black to Brooks of the AJHL for future considerations. More moves are expected, but were not announced before the print deadline.