A three-game road trip ended without a win for the Flin Flon Bombers. They lost their third consecutive game in overtime to the Yorkton Terriers Oct. 12.
Saturday’s game had some mitigating factors for the Bombers, playing their third game in three nights and coming off a six-hour bus ride from the Battlefords after facing the Stars Friday.
Yorkton started the offence with the first shot of the game – Brett LeGrandeur got a fortunate bounce off a Bomber defender’s skate. Another goal for Yorkton made it in a few minutes later – a shot by former Bomber prospect and bantam draft pick Evan Sare. Three shots for Yorkton, two goals. Chantz Petruic, Yorkton’s top scorer and in the running for the league lead, added another in the last minute of period one.
The Bombers may have been down, but they were not out. Easton Haygarth scored his second goal of the season seconds into the second, then Reid Robertson found the mark later to bring the Bombers within one. Despite firing 30 shots after 40 minutes at Terriers netminder Philippe Bond, the score stayed 3-2 Yorkton after two.
Flin Flon kept the momentum up in the third period, with Donavan Houle-Villeneuve finding the mark for his 15th goal of the year to tie things up. That goal would prove to be the last one scored in regulation time – for the second time in as many nights, the Bombers would have to go to an extra frame on the road.
After a back-and-forth extra period, it was Yorkton that came out on top. Ryan Ries scored his fourth goal on the year to send the Bombers home.
Flin Flon will head home with two points after their three game road trip – a loss against Humboldt Thursday, followed by an overtime defeat to league-leading Battlefords and the loss Saturday.
Both Nipawin and Melfort were out of action Saturday night. La Ronge, who had a three game winning streak heading into Saturday, had their hopes dashed by Humboldt, sticking them at 12 points on the year.
Five Bomber regulars – forwards Drayson Collyer, Matt Flodell, Tristan Lemyre and Ryan Moon and defender Jack Michell – were out of the lineup Saturday. Delorme made his first appearance in net following an injury at the SJHL Showcase last month.
The Bombers will return home for a back-to-back set with Melville Oct. 18-19 before heading out on another three-games-in-three-nights roadie, playing in Humboldt Oct. 24 before facing the Klippers Oct. 25-26.