By Craig Stein
The Flin Flon Bombers are off to the SJHL Quarter-Finals thanks to a Wild Card Series sweep over the Weyburn Red Wings, capped with 6-2 decision at the Whitney Forum in Sunday night’s Game 2.
The Bombers led 2-0 after the first period, saw that lead slip away in the second, but they tacked on four more in the third to put the game and the series to bed.
Nate Hooper and Donavan Houle-Villeneuve finished the two game series with five points each, and they both had a goal and two assists on Sunday. Brandson Hein scored twice in the clincher, while Tyler Higgins (1g-1a) and Caleb Franklin added the others. Gabriel Waked made 24/26 saves in the win, and went 2-0, 2.50 GAA, .906% in the Wild Card series.
Former Bomber Dawson McKenzie scored for Weyburn and tied for the team-lead with three points (1g-2a) in the series. Connor Pyne also scored and Cody Levesque made 58/64 saves on the night.
The Bombers advance to face the Battlefords North Stars in a Best-of-Seven Quarter-Final, with Games 1 and 2 expected to go in Battlefords on Friday and Saturday.
The Notre Dame Hounds and Yorkton Terriers are going the distance in their Wild Card series, after the Notre Dame Hounds evened things up at 1-1 Sunday, beating the Terriers 5-1 at the Duncan McNeil Arena.
The Hounds never did trail in Game 2, as Jakob Breault opened the scoring in the first period, before Yorkton’s Branden Klatt tied things up early in the second. Marshall Wilton restored the lead with the eventual winner and finished with a goal and two assists. Zack Kosteniuk scored twice while Jarrett Penner added a goal and an assist. Riley Kohonick made 24/25 saves.
Wilton has five points (1g-4a) through two games.
Yorkton’s Ryan Ouellette was busy again as the Terriers were out-shot for a second straight game. Ouellette made 35/40 saves in Game 2.
The Terriers host Game 3 Tuesday night at 7:30. The winner will advance to face the Nipawin Hawks in a Best-of-Seven Quarter-Final.