Sioux Lookout, ON – The Sioux Lookout Bombers bounce back from last night’s loss to split the weekend with the Kam River Fighting Walleye. The Bombers pick up four of a possible eight point in a busy week #22 of the season.
Both teams hit the ice with the same intensity as they left the ice last night in a tight 2-0 win by the Walleye. Plenty of shots directed at both nets but there was no scoring in the first period.
The game remained scoreless until 15:55 into the second period. Riley Borody converted on the Walleye’s second power play of the game. He beat Jake Manners on a backdoor play, receiving a centering feed from Ethan Lang. The second frame came to a close with the visiting team up by one goal.
The Bombers would finally crack Jack Orchard’s goose egg at 5:39 of the third. A rare giveaway in the neutral zone turned into an odd-man rush where Connor Burke beat the Walleye netminder with a perfect shot to the blocker side. Lucas Trimarchi would add another on the power play at 7:47. Sioux Lookout would give up a power play goal at 11:39. However, after the play, the referees consulted with the linesman. It was determined that there should have been a four-minute spearing penalty assessed to Noah Kramps and the goal was waved off. On the ensuing 4 on 4, the Bombers took advantage of the extra room on the ice and Nathan Dann fed a beautiful 2 on 1 pass to Ty Bahm who went 5-hole on Orchard for a little insurance. With the clock ticking down the Walleye pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. Bahm would loft a puck down ice from his own zone to get the empty netter and seal the Walleye fate. The final score was 4-1 for the Bombers.
Manners was the Bombers’ best player for much of the game making at least a dozen game-saving stops, keeping his team in it. Jack Orchard, the Emo, Ontario native was perfect through the first two periods but ended up giving up three in the third.
Showing a considerable amount of discipline, for the third night in a row the Bombers had 5 or fewer penalty infractions. The Walleye got into penalty trouble early but only gave up one PP goal on 7 kills.
Kam River is headed up Highway 105 for a date with the Miners tomorrow night and Sioux Lookout will travel to Fort Frances next weekend.
Photo Credit: Jesse Bonello/Sioux lookout Bombers