Bombers, with new WHL faces, snag 6-2 home exhibition win

Nothing spooky here - the Flin Flon Bombers are back to winning ways, grabbing a 6-2 win at home Halloween night.

For the first 12 minutes, the game resembled a Harlem Globetrotters game, with the Bombers making passes, dekes and manouevres around a La Ronge team missing a few key returning players. 

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The fun started early for Bomber fans - an opening line of local Justin Lies, Brad Ginnell and Zach Huber buzzed the net early. The pressure paid off four minutes in, courtesy of an Ashton Ferster rebound. A few minutes later, a Brad Ginnell breakaway put home his first goal since joining the Bombers earlier this week - followed by Nathan Gagne capitalizing on a tic-tac-toe passing play.

The Bombers weren't done. On a Flin Flon powerplay, Easton Haygarth buried a fourth goal in 11:20, chasing La Ronge starter Liam McGarva from the net. Replacement goalie Alex Bell was tested fast, with a shot from another Bomber newbie - Brandon Wheat King Rylan Thiessen - finding the twine early.

Very little events of consequence took place after the 12 minute mark of the first - a few big hits, La Ronge goal after a bobble by Bomber goalie Cal Schell, another Ice Wolves goal in the third and another Easton Haygarth goal rounded out the scoresheet.

Schell made 33 saves for the win in the Bombers' and Ice Wolves' final preseason game, while McGarva split both 34 saves and an L.

The Bombers' preseason campaign has now wrapped up with a 2-2 record, with both Flin Flon and La Ronge winning their home exhibition games - Flin Flon won game one 3-2 and lost games two and three 4-2 and 6-2 on the road.

The game was the debut for three WHL players loaned out to the Bombers - the Ginnell brothers, Brad and Riley, and Thiessen. Hometown product Lies played his second game with the club - a fifth WHL player, Rhett Rhinehart, did not dress after playing in the Bombers' third exhibition game.

Pending any health emergencies, the Bombers will play their first two regular season games next week, starting with an away game in Melfort Nov. 6 and the team's home opener Nov. 7.

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