By Mike Stackhouse
The Flin Flon Bombers are into the semi-finals after they outlasted the Notre Dame Hounds 2-1 on Friday night at the Whitney Forum to win the best of seven series in five games.
Benjamin Patt stopped 43-shots but it wasn’t enough as the Bombers got two behind him in the opening frame, led by Brody Madarash, who scored his first ever SJHL playoff goal and then a powerplay marker from Greyson Reitmeier made it 2-0 before the game was ten minutes old.
Patt was perfect after that, but his teammates couldn’t generate enough offense to reward Patt for his incredible performance.
Ben Duperreault scored late in the first for the Hounds and the shots were 36-15 for Flin Flon after two.
Zac Robidoux, who allowed four goals in twenty minutes in game four, rebounded to stop 20-of-21 to get the win.
“If there was an MVP of this series, it’s Patt,” said Flin Flon head coach Mike Reagan, who added his own netminder was pretty good too. “I don’t want to take anything from Robs. He didn’t have the greatest game four, but he only gave up one goal in each of our four wins and made some key saves in the last minute tonight to keep the game 2-1. I’m proud of him and proud of our guys for the way we battled.”
It’s expected Flin Flon and Nipawin will play game one of their semi-final series on Friday night at the Whitney Forum.
Meanwhile, Nathan Alalouf made 35-saves and the Estevan Bruins ran away with three third period goals to defeat the Yorkton Terriers 5-0, also winning their best of seven series in five games.
The Bruins will head north to play the Battlefords North Stars in game one of their semi-final series, likely, next Friday.
Alalouf ended the series with a 2.20-GAA and .933-SPCT, while Michael McChesney scored a goal and an assist to boost his playoff totals to five points.
Matt McNeil picked up his third of the series and other Bruin goal scorers were Zach Goberis, Kaelan Holt, and Josh Rieger.
Nathan Hargrave made 31-saves in the loss.