Bombers fall short in 9-3 rout to Humboldt

Some games end with a win, others with a loss. For the Flin Flon Bombers, this one ended in pain.

The Bombers lost big to the Humboldt Broncos Saturday, dropping a 9-3 game on home ice.

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The scoring began early, with Tristan Shewchuk snapping a powerplay goal over Bomber goalie J.P. Mella's shoulder. Moments later, Justin Jamer added another goal for Humboldt. Josh Paulhus added a third goal, with Braiden Koran adding a fourth after a Bronco passing play left the Bomber D scrambling.

Late in the first, the game got physical. Bronco captain Graysen Cameron nailed Bomber captain Mason Martin with a check, drawing the ire of Matt Flodell, who dropped his gloves and threw punches at Cameron. Once the dust had settled, both Flodell and Cameron were ejected and Bomber Brandon Cianflone got a slashing penalty after hacking at Cameron's legs.

The second didn't provide any relief for Flin Flon. After the Bombers missed both a penalty shot and a two-on-one, Shewchuk scored his second of the night with a wide-open shot on the side. Bronco Colin MacPherson was ejected shortly after the goal, connecting with a punch on Cole Vardy, dropping him to the ice and drawing a crowd in the Bomber corner.

Flin Flon finally got on the board thanks to an Alec Malo goal on the powerplay, but the Bombers lost a first line forward for the game after Donavan Houle-Villeneuve nailed Humboldt's Nicksha Eric from behind on a delayed icing, sending Houle-Villeneuve to the showers.

After a few more skirmishes, Humboldt got goals from Spencer Weinkauf and Shewchuk, who wrapped up his hat-trick late in the second to make the game 7-1.

In the third period, Tristan Lemyre added a powerplay goal for the Bombers, followed by goals by Broncos Paulhus and Bryson Cecconi. Shayde Peterson finished the scoring with his first goal of the season.

Humboldt netminder Brendan Forman got the win with 27 saves. Mella faced 21 shots in the first period, making 17 saves before getting replaced with Jacob Delorme, who ended the game with 24 stops. Mella was stuck with the loss.

The Broncos ended with 50 shots on net. The two clubs combined for over 100 minutes in penalties.

It was the Bombers' first loss of the season and Humboldt's first win. With Saturday's showing in the rearview mirror, the Bombers will head to Warman for the SJHL Showcase on Monday and Tuesday. The Bombers will face Weyburn and Battlefords on the first and second days respectively.

After the showcase, the Bombers will play a home game against Nipawin Sept. 28.

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