Bombers drop season opener on the road to Mustangs 3-1

The Flin Flon Bombers didn't get the start to the season they may have hoped for Friday night, dropping their first game of the year 3-1 to Melfort.

The Mustangs came out with purpose in their home opener, hanging up a memorial banner for Dylan Ashe in a pre-game ceremony. Ashe, who played for the Mustangs last season, died in a car accident earlier this fall, not long before the Mustangs were set to open up training camp.

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It was Melfort that drew first blood, with Cameron Rimstad opening the scoring in the first. Colton Schell banged one past Bomber netminder Cal Schell (no relation) to make it 2-0 Melfort in the second period.

Flin Flon got on the board courtesy of WHL loanee Brad Ginnell, who scored his first as a Bomber to cut the lead to one, but Melfort got a goal from a WHL player of their own in the third. Ethan Regnier put up just under the bar and past Schell to end the night with a 3-1 Mustangs lead.

Melfort goalie Joel Favreau saved 31 of 32 shots in his first-ever SJHL game, while Schell stopped 25 pucks. 

The Bombers will attempt to avenge the loss at the Whitney Forum Saturday night, with a sold-out crowd of 400 people allowed inside the arena. 

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