Bombers split weekend road trip, earn shootout win

It was an eventful weekend for the Flin Flon Bombers, with a tight loss in Yorkton and the team's first overtime win of the year in Melville.

The weekend began with a road visit to face the Yorkton Terriers. In a duel of two of the SJHL's top offensive teams, the Terriers were too much to handle. Caleb Moretz got Flin Flon an early lead, but goals by Brendan Mark and Cody Bruchkowski got Yorkton a 2-1 lead after two periods.

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Nate Hooper tied things up in the third, but Mark added his second goal of the night shortly after. Branden Klatt and Kishaun Gervais would also score, negating Hooper's second goal of the game in the third and sticking the Bombers with their fourth loss in their past five games. The Terriers skated off the ice with a 5-3 win.

Pierce Diamond, who made 41 saves, took the L for the Bombers, while Yorkton's newly acquired goalie Riley Lamb - who Diamond fought earlier this year in a late-game brawl in Weyburn that went viral - made 32 saves for his first win as a Terrier.

In Melville Saturday night, the Bombers grabbed the lead first, courtesy of a second period goal by Chrystopher Collin. The Bombers kept the lead until late in the third, when rookie Luke Spadafora tied things up.

Like every other overtime the Bombers have played so far this season, nobody scored in the sudden death frame. A shootout would be in the cards. Before Saturday night, the Bombers had played two shootouts this season, losing them both.

Moretz bulged the twine for Flin Flon to start things off, followed by a Melville goal courtesy of Spadafora. Bomber Brandson Hein and Melville's Josh Borynec each whiffed on their shots. In the third round, Bomber captain Hooper beat Mils goalie Berk Berkeliev, earning Flin Flon two points when Millionaire Damian Bentz couldn't score on Flin Flon's Jacob Delorme.

Delorme made 34 saves in the win, while Berkeliev got stuck with the loss after making 35 saves.

The Bombers will hit the road again for their next two games - first facing league leaders and division rivals Nipawin on Jan. 8, then facing the Sherwood Division second place Melfort Mustangs for a home-and-home on Jan. 11 and 12.

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