Bombers top Storm 3-2, take 3-2 series lead

The Bombers earned the first power play of the game, but it was the Storm who opened the scoring as Carter De Boer would go end-to-end on the rush and tuck a wrap around inside the post at 14:40 of the first to make it 1-0 Storm after one.

The Bombers killed off three straight Storm power play chances to end the first and open the second to keep it a one-goal game. As the period wore they generated a handful of chances but couldn’t cash in on them. Campbell River had a great chance to build their lead on a 2 on 1 rush late in the period, but Callum Tung made a highlight reel glove save. The Bombers would get on the board with 1:31 to play in the period as Jackson Payeur blocked a shot and led a 2 on 1 rush up ice where he set up Robbie Steel with a cross-ice pass that he one-timed off the post and in. Grayson Erickson also drew an assist at 18:31 of the period.

The Bombers once again came up with a big penalty kill to keep it tied, before drawing a power play of their own during it. They would cash in on the advantage, as Brady McIsaac finished off a set up to the slot by Hunter Harwood at 9:47. Just 1:01 later, it was a 3-1 game as Brett McLean scored his first career goal stuffing a rebound home from the crease. Assists went to Carson Steel and Evan Vasarhely. The Bombers got burned on a bad change with under five minutes to play, resulting in Jalen Price being allowed to walk in alone where he beat Callum Tung glove side to make it 3-2 at 15:40 of the third with Cody Savey drawing an assist. That’s as close as the Storm came, as the Bombers held the lead to the final buzzer for a second straight win, and a 3-2 lead in the series.

Final shots were 41-20 Storm, with Callum Tung earning the win while Nick Peters took the loss. The Bombers went 1 for 4 on the power play while the Storm went 0 for 4.

Game six goes Monday night at the Bomber Base.