High-powered offence paces 5-1 Bombers win over Hounds

The Bombers are back in the win column, finishing their recent home stand with a convincing 5-1 win over Notre Dame.

The game began with a ceremony honouring the first inductees in the new Flin Flon Minor Hockey Women's Hall of Fame. Amber Chrisp, Crystal Springer and Indra Wood were the first three players to be showcased on the wall, located in the arena's lobby.

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Once the game got underway, Adam Victorino got the scoring started with a point shot that fooled Hounds goalie Logan Dyck. Notre Dame's Jarrett Penner tied the game up late in the first, but it was all Bombers from there on out. 

Ryder Richmond scored on a point shot of his own early in the second, while Zach Bannister added a powerplay goal on a rebound by a Troy Quinn point shot to extend the lead. In the third, Cole Rafuse got on the board with his own PPG, while Hayden Clayton concluded the night's entertainment with a nice finish after a high, looping 80-foot pass by Richmond.

Cal Schell got his sixth win in seven SJHL games, making 26 stops on the evening. Dyck was peppered throughout the night, facing more than a shot per minute on average. Dyck finished the night with 59 saves on a whopping 64 shots.

In the SJHL standings, the result of Saturday's game meant literally nothing. The Bombers were already guaranteed to finish second in the league and first in their division, while the Hounds were already well out of a playoff spot in 10th place. The Bombers sit with 78 points and only three games left.

Over the Bombers' last five games - all at home - the team has gone 3-1-1, losing only to first-place Battlefords and in overtime Friday night to the Bombers' near-certain first round playoff opponents, the Estevan Bruins.

The Bombers have only one regular season home game left. The Bombers will play a home-and-home with La Ronge Feb. 28 and at the Forum Feb. 29, then will play a make-up game with Melfort Mar. 2.

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