Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bombers Top the Stars 5-3.

Another wild one at the Whitney. The Battlefords North Stars surrendered four goals in the first period and ended up losing 5-3 to Flin Flon. Jay Young had a three-point night for Flin Flon, and goaltender PJ Musico was solid when called upon in the second and third.

Jay Young opened the scoring early in the first when he put home a Doug McCloud rebound over the left pad of Kyle Birch. The Bombers would then make it 2-0 on a sharp-angled shot from Eric Millisor that beat Birch over his right shoulder.

Later in the first, Deven Stillar tallied on the power-play, and Jay Young followed with his second of the period.

The Stars found some life in the second when Blake Tatchell tucked home a Keith Grondin pass on the power-play. That was it for offense in the second, but certainly there was no lack of entertainment.

Moments after the Tatchell goal, Shayne Morrissey got a penalty for boarding Beau Stewart into the boards. Bombers fedenceman David Roper took exception and charged after Morrissey. Travis Sparrow entered the fray trying to assist his fallen teammate and ended up receiving a game misconduct.

The Flin Flon fans then started to make their presence known, and the area behind the North Star's bench became a sanction of cheering, taunting and in some cases: extreme profanity.

Cris Neurauter made it a 4-2 game early in the third on a power-play off a shot from the left-point. The Stars continued to press until a costly turnover outside of their own blueline provided Flin Flon with a two-on-one and Jay Young found Brant Weldon for his first goal in the SJHL.

Brody Luhning would get the Stars back within two on a point-shot from the right side. That was it for offense.

Tempers started to flare at the end of the third.

There were a couple of near-fights in the final minute, but nothing official.

Bomber's coach Mike Reagan was booted with seven seconds to go for arguing with officials, and then the fans took their cue and made life very difficult for the North Stars as they skated towards the lockerroom.

A majority of the pestering from the Flin Flon faithful could be described as competitive, spirited heckling. However there were also some instances where fans used extreme vulgarity to taunt the Stars, and some took a step further and challenged the Star's (players and coaches) physically.

Security was eventually able to quell the crowd and things simmered to a halt without incident. .

With the loss, the Stars fall to 13-15-1-1 and remain in fifth place in the Bauer conference. The Stars return home for two nights, and are then back on the road Tuesday through Saturday.

Next up, the Yorkton Terriers on Tuesday night.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like goons took over the arena. Good on the Stars for not getting caught up in the fan mayhem. Good luck on the next road trip south.

Ed said...

I take it that there isn't anything to do in Flin Flon other than get drunk and make a complete ass of yourself.......and then be proud of that. I'm not from BS or FF, but from all that I have heard from friends in FF, they are ashamed of the actions of some fans.....but no one in FF has the testicular fortitude to do anything about it. So good for you FF.....classy town (not).