By Craig Stein
SERIES HEADING BACK TO NIPAWIN
Brenden Newton made his first start in goal of these playoffs, and he stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced, leading the Flin Flon Bombers to a must win, 2-1 decision on home ice over the Nipawin Hawks Friday night, cutting the Hawks’ lead in their Best-of-Seven SJHL Semi-Final to 3-2.
That sends the series back to Nipawin for Game Six on Sunday.
The Bombers jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead in Game 5, as Rylee Zimmer opened the scoring with his first of the playoffs on the powerplay at 9:07, and Jason Lavallee scored the eventual winner at 16:11. Greyson Reitmeier assisted on both.
Nipawin’s Brett Harasymuk notched his third of the post-season late in the second period and that capped the offense for both sides. Kristian Stead suffered his first loss of the playoffs in goal for the Hawks, and he was still great, making 32 saves on 34 shots.
Game 6 is a 6:00 start Sunday in Nipawin.