The Bombers will not be holding their home opener Saturday as planned.
A harsh weather system near Melfort - home of the Mustangs, the team the Bombers were supposed to play Saturday night - is the cause, according to a statement issued on the team's website Saturday morning. With the Mustangs unwilling to hit the road during the storm, the game has been called off.
"Our home opener tonight has been postponed due to weather concerns closer to the Melfort area. A make game will be scheduled at a later date," reads the team's statement.
The Melfort region is currently under a snowfall warning, expecting more than a foot of snow by the end of the weekend. As much as 15 centimetres of snow expected Saturday and another, more powerful system expected throughout Sunday with 20 centimetres of snow and wind gusts - right at the time the Mustangs would be driving back from a Saturday night game.
The same weather system is expected to go through northern Manitoba Sunday night and Monday, with some areas expected to see as much as 50 centimetres of snow by Monday night.
With the Melfort game cancelled, the Bombers' home opener will instead be Nov. 13, the first of a two-game home set against the Kindersley Klippers. The team is expecting to accomodate up to 400 people for the home opener, higher than the 150 person limit for other SJHL teams, due to provincial health order changes between Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Rain checks or refunds for the Nov. 7 postponed game are available from the team - the Bombers' office will be open from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Bombers will then play two away games against the Battlefords North Stars Nov. 20-21 before doing a home-and-home with the Ice Wolves Nov. 27-28.
The Bombers played their season opening game in Melfort Nov. 6, losing 3-1.