Davis Jones played what could easily have been his best game of the year, but only Artsiom Kalashnikov showed him some offensive support, in a 2-1 Nipawin Hawks overtime loss to the hands of the Flin Flon Bombers on Tuesday night.
Brett Penner tied the game up in the 3rd period, and then scored the overtime winner; both with the help of Dillon McCombie. Both of those players put in full 60 minute efforts and their hard work is what pushed to their team to the 2 point victory.
Arti Kalashnikov scored just 2 times in his first 13 games as a Hawk, but since returning to the SJHL from the World Junior Hockey Championships, he has scored 4 goals in a span of 7 games. He beat Devin Buffalo midway through the opening period, but left the game in the final frame with a lower body injury.
Buffalo wasn't tested too often throughout the night, but when he was he looked good. There were a few rebounds that bounced out in front of him and a few blind passes that caught him off guard, but the Hawks had trouble burying their chances in front, which assisted in Flin Flon outshooting the Hawks 50-24.
Davis Jones used his performance to raise his save percentage above where it was last season, thanks to 48 of 50 stops on the night. Assistant Coach Tyson Hobbins said during the post game show that Jones earned them the point, and the Bomber rink staff named him 3rd star for his work. The 2nd star would be McCombie with Penner taking home player of the game honors.
Jason Wark was initially given 2nd star, although I edited that to Dillon McCombie, but that is not to play down Wark's play. The ex-Dawson Creek Rage power forward played great, proving that his style of play is a perfect SJHL model.
Eli Lichtenwald gave fans a show every time he was on the ice, keeping the puck on a string while toe dragging and fighting off checks along the boards. Lichtenwald won the SJHL's player of the week award last week, and I wouldn't be wrong if I said he will win more before season's end.
With the loss, the Hawks fall 5 points back of 2nd in the Bauer Conference, with the Bombers holding that 2nd spot with a record of 25-14-0-0, while the Hawks are 20-13-2-4.
The Hawks are now off until Friday, when they welcome the Estevan Bruins to the Centennial Arena. Gametime is 7:30, make sure you get there early and get a good seat as it's the last Hawks home game before the NHL season gets going(in other words, LET'S PACK THE BARN!)
The next CK750 broadcast is next Tuesday from the Mel Heglund Uniplex in La Ronge, beginning with the pregame show at 7:15.