Sioux Lookout Bombers on a roll, pick up pair of wins against Lakers
Tim Brody - Editor
The Sioux Lookout Bombers continued their winning ways last week, picking up a pair of wins against the visiting Fort Frances Lakers.
The Bombers dominated the game on Oct. 13, blanking the Lakers 5-0 at The Hangar (Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena) before a crowd of 448.
Alex Lucas, Owen Cotter, Owen Riffel, Nolan Palmer and Ty Lone all scored for the Bombers.
Jack Osmond picked up the win in net.
Bombers Head Coach Carson Johnstone shared after the match, “I feel like we’ve got a better grip on the D-zone… at the beginning of the year it’s always a bit of a work in progress, just trying to fine tune everything. Tonight felt like one of the first times we kind of put the full 60 (minutes) together and played good defense and we didn’t force anything. We just played good, defensively sound hockey and that’s what we’re all about.” Following a 7-6 overtime loss to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Oct. 4, Johnstone had shared that he felt his team needed to work on its defense.
As of the afternoon of Oct. 16, the Bombers were sitting second in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) with seven wins and one overtime loss; a single point behind the first place Ice Dogs.
Asked about the Bomers strong start to the season, Johnstone said, “It feels good. You just try and take every day one day at a time. You don’t think about the record… that’s all it is, one shift at a time, one game at a time, and you have to remind yourself, remind the players of that.”
Bombers forward Owen Riffel, picked up his 7th goal of the season during the match.
“It’s been a good start. Just buying into the system, Coach Carson knows what he’s doing obviously,” Riffle shared, adding the team worked hard on its defense following the loss to Dryden.
Bombers goalie Jack Osmond said of his shutout performance, “We weren’t that happy with our game against Dryden, that was my last game, I certainly wasn’t. I knew I had to come in and be strong for the fellas.”
Commenting further on the match, Osmond shared, “We definitely have the skill. The biggest thing is just the communication was a lot higher today and all the guys were helping each other out, so that goes a long way.”
The Bombers and Lakers faced off again the following evening at The Hangar, pushing the match to a shoot-out to determine a winner.
The Bombers drew first blood in the match courtesy of a Davyan Bull goal in the first period.
Connor Burke scored in the second period to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead.
Ryker Watt answered back for the Lakers to cut the Bombers lead to one.
Dale Horseman found the back of the net for the Bombers early in the third period to give the Bombers a 3-1 lead, but the Lakers were not about to give the Bombers an easy win, with Cobe Delaney and Brady Krentz both finding the back of the net to tie the game 3-3 after three periods of play.
Following a scoreless overtime period both teams selected three players and pinned their hopes on them to provide a shootout win.
Jack Wood scored for the Lakers, while Connor Burke and Owen Riffel each found the back of the net for the Bombers, giving Sioux Lookout the point and the 4-3 win.