Bombers tame Terriers 6-2, retake share of division lead

Two of the SJHL's most potent offences flexed their muscles at the Whitney Forum Friday night - and the Bombers came up on top.

In a duel of the SJHL's top scorers, the Bombers' lethal top line of Donavan Houle-Villeneuve, Alec Malo and Cole Rafuse teamed up with some new faces to roll over the Yorkton Terriers 6-2 Friday night.

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On Flin Flon Minor Hockey night with young players in all divisions honoured before the game, the Bombers took an early lead after a defensive miscue by the Terriers pushed the puck into their own net. Brandon Cianflone got credit for the opening goal Moments later, Carson Henry tied things up after poking the puck past Bomber starter Kyle Jessiman. SJHL scoring leader Chantz Petruic earned a point on the play.

In the second, the Bombers hit full gallop. Rafuse found the twine off a rebound halfway through the period on a powerplay, then newcomer Troy Quinn scored his first as a Bomber seconds after a powerplay ended to make it 3-1 Bombers.

Donavan Houle-Villeneuve took over late in the period, first scoring his 18th goal of the year on a one-timer, then firing in a slapshot from the point. The Bombers led 5-1 after 40.

Jordan Mis snuck a point shot through Jessiman in the third, but the night was already sealed. Quinn scored his second of the night on a late powerplay, getting a seeing-eye wrister through a crowd and past Terriers keeper Philippe Bond.

Jessiman earned his first SJHL win, making 26 saves. Bond ended the night with 44 saves after a busy game in the opposing crease.

With two big points at home and the Melfort Mustangs losing to the league-leading Battlefords North Stars, the Bombers regain a tie with Melfort on top of the Sherwood Division and the second overall spot in the league. The Bombers and Mustangs both have 29 points, though Melfort has played two more games than Flin Flon.

In the league scoring race, Petruic sits first with 44 points in 22 games, while Malo, Houle-Villeneuve and Rafuse sit third, fourth and fifth in the league scoring table. Petruic also leads the way in goal scoring with 21 goals in 22 games, with Houle-Villeneuve second with 19 goals in 20 games.

The Bombers will face off against Yorkton once more Saturday night.

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