Bombers take 4-3 comeback win against Nipawin, steal division lead

Four unanswered goals gave the Flin Flon Bombers a big road win against the division rival Nipawin Hawks Friday night, coming home with a 4-3 victory.

Nipawin took over the scoresheet halfway through the first, with Sawyer Senio scoring his first SJHL goal. Zach Cox added another marker late in the first, making it 2-0 Nipawin after 20.

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The Hawks got more offence from Carson Erhardt, who picked a corner on Bomber goalie Kyle Jessiman to give the Hawks a commanding 3-0 lead. A pair of Nipawin breakaways, while threatening, ended with big saves by Jessiman.

The Bombers’ bus legs vanished after Erhardt’s goal. Minutes later, Tristan Lemyre found the twine on the powerplay, getting Flin Flon on the board. Nine seconds after Lemyre’s goal, Billy Klymchuk got in on the act, scoring one of his own to bring the Bombers within one.

Early in the third, Reid Robertson tied the game with an unassisted goal. While Nipawin killed off a 5-on-3 with the league’s most lethal powerplay on the ice, the Bombers got the upper hand late. Mason Martin scored his fifth of the season up high on Hawks goalie Ross Hawryluk with less than five minutes to go in the game, giving Flin Flon a 4-3 lead.

The win gives the Bombers sole possession of top spot in the uber-competitive Sherwood Division, now having 35 points. The Melfort Mustangs, who weren’t in action Friday night, stay with 33 points, moving down to second.

Nipawin and La Ronge, who were tied for third with 30 points each heading into Friday, have also split up. La Ronge took Yorkton to overtime, gaining a point on the Hawks and pushing Nipawin to last spot in the Sherwood. Despite being last in the division, the Hawks sit seventh in the league’s overall standings, still in a playoff spot and seven points clear of ninth spot.

The Bombers will head home and take on the Melfort Mustangs in another Sherwood clash Saturday night.

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