Bombers fall 2-1 in shootout after emotional match

The Bombers managed to earn a point after a passionate game Saturday night against Kindersley.

Kindersley held off the Bombers to earn a 2-1 shootout win, despite a late push by the Bombers to tie the game and try for an overtime winner.

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In the second period, the Klippers opened the scoring on a controversial power play goal. After leaving the penalty box, Daylan Marchi stepped out and into the path of a Kindersley player. Marchi was assessed a tripping penalty. Shortly after, Clay Keeley scored, making it 1-0 Klippers.

The third period included a highlight-reel save by Bomber goalie Pierce Diamond, stretching back to keep the puck out and keep the Bombers within a goal.

Halfway through the third, the Bomber faithful were left silent after rookie fan favourite Jacob Schnapp was crosschecked by a Kindersley player and landed on his neck. Officials did not stop play for several seconds after Schnapp fell to the ice and no penalty was assessed against the Klippers.

Schnapp laid motionless on the ice for almost twenty minutes while trainers and medical officials attended to him. Once an ambulance arrived, Schnapp was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Both teams left the ice while Schnapp was attended to. 

Schnapp was taken to Flin Flon General Hospital and is considered okay, able to move and feel his extremities. 

Following the hit, the Bombers played with extra purpose. During a five-on-three, Chrystopher Collin snuck in behind the defense and poked the puck past Klipper goalie Justen Close, tying the game late.

Overtime was required. Despite ending the period on a four-on-three power play, the Bombers couldn't beat Close, sending the game into a shootout.

The Bombers ultimately misfired, with Dawson McKenzie missing the net and Caleb Moretz getting poke-checked by Close. Meanwhile, both Devon Cyr and Caden Benson beat Diamond, clinching a win for Kindersley.

Close made 27 saves, while Diamond finished with 26.

The Bombers stay tied with the Melfort Mustangs for second in the Sherwood Division with 11 points. Nipawin leads the division and the league with 14 points.

Flin Flon will soon head out on one of the team's notorious southern road trips, packing in games agains Humboldt, Notre Dame, Weyburn and Estevan from Oct. 10 to 14.

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