The Flin Flon Bombers will meet the Nipawin Hawks for the second time this week and 7th time this season, tonight at the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon picked up the 3-2 win on Monday and starting goalie Brenden Newton was nothing short of spectacular making lots of key saves especially in the third period.
Newton picked up his 15th win of the season and has a gaa of 2.96 and save % of .911. You can't help but wonder if Newton was healthy all season, where the Bombers might be in the standings today.
After going 30 games without a loss in regulation, the Hawks have dropped two in a row and first place overall is certainly not guaranteed with Battleford just two points behind. Nipawin does have a game in hand.
Melfort still has a chance to catch Nipawin as well, as the Mustangs have moved to within 7 points of the Hawks for the Division lead and first overall. They still have to play two more times this season and Melfort has beaten them 6 out of 8 meetings this year.
Nipawin still has a lot to play for and this weekend's home and home with the Bombers could go a long way in the standings.
The Hawks lead the season series 4-2, but this is a different Bomber team, and I think will give Nipawin another good battle tonight. Flin Flon continues to play well in the second half of the season with only 5 regulation losses in 2018.
I think the pressure is on the Hawks as it looks like the Bombers are pretty poised to finish 9th as they remain 6 points behind Kindersley with only 8 games remaining. Flin Flon is more concerned just playing well down the stretch and want to make sure they stay ahead of Melville.
The Mills have been playing better and are only 4 points behind the Bombers with Flin Flon having two games in hand. They play each other one more time, next Wednesday.
We will not have tonight's broadcast from the Whitney Forum, but will have the re-match tomorrow from the Cage in Nipawin.
Once again we hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.
In what has to be described as a very difficult season, the Norman Northstars will play their final two games of the year at home, hosting the Winnipeg Bruins.
Norman who are 4-41-0-0-1 on the season are coming off their biggest win of the season ,a 2-1 victory against the Thrashers last Friday.
The Bruins are 28-13 on the season and game times are 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at the C.A Nesbit Arena in Thompson.
Junior Varsity Basketball Zones will be held this weekend at OCN. Both the JV Kings and Queens will take part.
The Kings are in a pool with OCN, Cranberry, ST Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and Easterville.
The Queens are in a pool with OCN, Cranberry, Chief Sam Cook, ST Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and Easterville.
Action starts Friday with the Kings playing Grand Rapids at 3:45 and Easterville at 6:15. The Queens play Easterville at 2:30 and Grand Rapids at 6:15.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9, with the Girl's Championship at 1 and the Boy's Championship at 2:30.
The Uptown Curling Club will host the first ever 50 and over Senior Mixed Bonspiel starting on Saturday.
There are 8 rinks taking part and here is the opening draw at 10AM.
Anne Hardy VS Sue Chrisp
Jim Meyer VS Russ Kennedy
Grant McCluckie VS Dale Connolly
Diane Burwash VS Janice Cassidy
There will be two more draws Saturday at 1:30 and 4, with the finals Sunday at 2. All the proceeds from this bonspiel will go back into the club.
The Flin Flon Aqua Jets had 7 swimmers travel down to Winnipeg for Junior Provincials this past weekend.
Congratulations to Ryan Nawrocki who picked up a Bronze in the 50 meter Fly, Tamika Dumas a Silver in the 100 Fly and Madison Campbell a Bronze in the 50 Freestyle.
All 7 swimmers who competed got personal bests and were able to take any where from 1 to 30 seconds off their personal time.
It was a special Family day rare Monday night game at the Whitney Forum as the Flin Flon Bombers hosted the Nipawin Hawks in what turned out to be a very entertaining game.
Both teams were trying to shake off losses to the Melfort Mustangs over the weekend.
The Bombers started well and came out and hit everything in sight and were rewarded with the first goal of the game. Rob Johnson was able to re-direct a point shot past Jake Anthony to give Flin Flon an early 1-0 lead in the second.
The Hawks answered with a power play goal 5 minutes later when Casavant converted a feed from Arnold for his 14th of the year.
Ethan Daniels, who I think is one of the best penalty killers in the league broke in alone and fired a shot between Anthony's legs with under a minute remaining in the second period to put the Bombers up 2-1 after 2, on a beautiful short handed goal.
This was the turning point in the game and gave Flin Flon some much needed confidence coming out for the final period.
Nipawin is a very good team and you know they wern't just going to lie down and let Flin Flon coast for the victory.
Daven Smith stepped out of the penalty box and took a terrific feed from Arnold and busted in alone to beat Brenden Newton up high just underneath the bar to tie the game at two.
The Bombers shook that off and once again found the back of the net when Nate Hooper scored his 19th of the year to put the Maroon and White up 3-2 mid way through the third.
Brenden Newton did the rest and continues to give his team a chance to win every time he steps on the ice as he stopped 41 shots including a couple of dazzling saves in the final moments allowing the Bombers to hold on 3-2.
Final shots were 43-41 in favour of the Hawks. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the PP.
Good news for the Bombers as we near playoff time, Newton looks to be in playoff mode and relishes playing in the big games. He has been one of the best tenders in the second half of the season and looks as confident as I have seen him the past couple of seasons.
After going 30 games without a regulation loss, Nipawin has now dropped two in a row and are only two points up on Battleford for first overall. The Stars beat Weyburn yesterday.
The Bombers have moved to within 6 points of Kindersley for 8th and both teams have 8 games remaining in the regular season.
Flin Flon and Nipawin will meet two more times this week including a home and home on the weekend. Friday at the Whitney Forum and back at the Cage on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Saturday's game.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers looked good in their last tune-up tournament before Provincials.
Flin Flon was in Sawn River where they went 2-0 in the round robin out scoring Thompson and Dauphin 9-6.
Blake Alexander led the way scoring 5 goals with singles coming from Austin Mclean, Chase Busby, Austin Weseen and Morgan Daneliuk.
The Bombers pounded OCN 8-1 in the semi's on a hat-trick from Nolan Rideout, two goals from Morgan Daneliuk and singles from Blake Alexander, Chase Busby and Connor Colgan.
Flin Flon would face Dauphin in the final and this time came up short losing 3-0.
Just one more tournament to go and the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will not have to travel far for provincials.
They will take place in the Pas March the 2nd to the 4th.
The Flin Flon Bombers return to action tonight as they will host the hottest team in Junior hockey, the Nipawin Hawks in a special Family Day Monday night affair at the Whitney Forum.
Both teams are coming off losses to the Melfort Mustangs with the Bombers dropping a 3-2 decision at the Palace on Friday night.
It looked like we were headed to extra time but the Mustangs crashed the Bomber net and scored with just under a second left to stun the visitors.
I thought the Bombers played a very good road game and actually led 2-1 on Doug Johnson's first ever SJHL goal early in the third period. The Stangs came right back on the next face off and tied it which I thought was the turninig point of the game.
Saying that, Flin Flon is playing good hockey and know they deserve a better fate from their good effort on Friday.
Nipawin comes to town after a 7-3 loss to Melfort on Saturday which snapped Nipawin's 29 game unbeaten streak in regulation. The last time Nipawin lost a game in regulation was November the 10th, also to Melfort 2-1.
The Hawks took all kinds of penalties and were short handed for a good chunk of the game. I expect them to be in a foul mood for the first of three head to head games this week.
They will play tonight and Friday at the Whitney Forum, with the third game in Nipawin on Saturday.
The Hawks lead the season series 4 games to 1, with the Bomber win coming at the Whitney Forum, 4-3 in OT on December the 2nd. Calvon Boots had the winner and this was also the first ever SJHL win for goalie Colten Lancaster.
The Bombers remain 9th overall at 19-23-3-4 which is 8 points behind Kindersley. Flin Flon does have a game in hand.
Even though Nipawin has been on quite a run, they still have lots left to play for as well. The Hawks are first overall at 38-6-2-4, but are just 4 points up on Battleford for first overall. Melfort isn't out of the woods yet either as they have crept up to 7 points within the Hawks and division lead.
There is special pricing for the family day game tonight which includes 2 adults and 2 children for $35.00. Puck drop is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast tonight.
The Flin Flon Bombers will face the Melfort Mustangs for the third time in just over a week, as they will meet tonight at the Northern Lights Palace.
Home ice meant nothing last weekend, with both teams winning on the road. Flin Flon went into Melfort last Friday and won 6-4, while the Mustangs returned the favour winning 6-3 at the Whitney Forum, one night later.
The Bombers are playing their best hockey of the season going 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 as they try to land 8th spot and home ice advantage for the Survivor Series.
Entering play tonight Flin Flon is 19-22-3-4 and have 45 points, which is 6 behind Kindersley and both teams have played 48 games.
It looks like they have a bonified no.1 line again with the likes Of Crystopher Collin, Nate Hooper and Brandson Heine.
These three players have combined for 40 points in their last 10 games and literally make something happen every time they are on the ice.
Heine has been nothing short of spectacular since arriving from the WHL and you can't help but wonder how many points he would have if he suited up at the beginning of the season.
A number of Bomber rookies are also playing well including Ethan Daniels, Calvon Boots, Caleb Moretz and Mason Martin who keep getting better with each passing game. The future looks bright.
The Mustangs have taken 4 out of the 6 meetings and have out scored the Bombers 25 to 15 in the 6 head to head contests.
Melfort continues to be one of the best teams in the league at 33-11-4-1 and sit fourth overall, but they do have the third best record. Estevan occupies third because they are first in their division.
Flin Flon will have their hands full again tonight and will have to try and shut down Melfort's leading scorer in defenseman Loch Morrison who has 55 points in 46 games. Morrison has 10 points against the Bombers in 5 meetings and will be on the ice alot.
No matter what go's down you will have the best seat in the house with all the action here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.
The Senior Hapnot Queens basketball team will get one more tuneup tournament before Zones, as they head off to Russell to take part in the Lady Trojan Varsity Girls Invitational.
There will be 6 teams including Hapnot, Russell, Killarney, OCN, Moosimin and Goose Lake.
Hapnot will play Moosimin Friday at 5:15 and Goose Lake Saturday at 11:15.
Playoffs start Saturday at 2, with the Championship Final at 5:15.
The Saskatchewan Winter Games will kick off in North Battleford starting this Monday and will last about a week.
Flin Flon will be represented as the Flin Flon Nordic Cross Country Racing Team will have four members of their team competing.
The skiers will be Sarah Faktor, Jessie Kozar, David Richard and Grady Bedford.
These athletes qualified by attending the Sask Cup which took place in Laronge December the 14th and 15th and were the four fastest skiers in the region.
Their part of the competition starts on Wednesday the 21st at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in North Battleford.
You can follow the results at : www.saskgames.ca.
Good luck to the 7 swimmers from the Flin Flon Aqua Jets who are off to Winnipeg for Junior Provincials starting this Friday.
The 7 swimmers are Ryan Nawrocki, Connor Brown, Dax Lawrence, Jordan Gorrell, Madison Campbell, Savannah Thurston and Tamika Dumas.
These are the swimmers that qualified from the Norman swim meet in The Pas. They will swim 9 races over the weekend starting Friday at 5 and ending Sunday.
Home ice advantage meant nothing as the Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs both picked up wins in the visitors rinks this past weekend.
The Bombers went into Melfort and won for just the 6th time on the road this season with a 6-4 victory on Friday.
It was another good night for first year standout Crystopher Collin who picked up 4 points including two of the nicest goals you will ever see. The first goal he scored was a thing of beauty, flipping the puck in the air and ending the play with a dipsy doodle move to beat Evan Plotnick.
Nate Hooper added three points including his 16th and 17th goals of the season. Brenden Newton picked up the win stopping 34 out of 38 shots.
Flin Flon looked to be in a good spot heading back to the Whitney Forum on Saturday where they have
played a lot of good hockey this season.
Saturday's game did not start well with the Mustangs scoring quickly, when Drew Warkentine banked a puck off the back of Brenden Newton's skate to give the Mustangs the quick start.
Reed Gunville then went in alone on a short handed break away to put Melfort in front 2-0.
Branson Heine continues to impress in his short time with the Maroon and White as he would score his 6th in 10 games since being re-assigned from the WHL, to get the Bombers on the board 2-1.
Another short handed goal by Ben Allen with just 9 seconds left in the first put Melfort ahead 3-1 after 1.
The Bombers were able to shake that off and scored the only two goals of the second courtesy of Calvon Boots and Nate Hooper to tie the game at 3. How about the play of Nate Hooper, he is really coming into his own with 15 points in his last 10 games.
The Bombers had a tough time getting anything going offensively in the third period and didn't register a shot until their was 6 minutes left in the frame.
Loch Morrison's laser beam from the blue line decided it when he beat a screened Brenden Newton half way through the third. Reed Gunville added a late powerplay goal, and Ben Allen scored his second of the game into the empty net for a 6-3 Mustang victory.
Final shots were 31-27 in favour of the Stangs and powerplays were 1for 4 for Melfort, while the Bombers were 1 for 6.
The big story was the three short handed goals for the Stangs.
Flin Flon now sits at 19-22-3-4 and are 5 points behind Kindersley for 8th, and the Klippers having 2 games in hand.
The Bombers will now get a 5 day break before heading back to Melfort this Friday to face the Mustangs, and once again we will have all the action here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.
The Uptown Curling Club played host to the over 60 Men's Curling Bonspiel which wrapped up earlier today with the A and B finals.
In the A-Final sponsored by Creighton Furniture, Grant McCluckie knocked off Dave Blatherwick 9-5.
The B- Final for CIBC, it was Don Holmes defeating Jim Meyer 7-2.
8 rinks took part, and the next big event will be the over 50 mixed bonspiel taking place the weekend of February the 23rd and 24th. All proceeds will go back into the club.
Hapnot hosted a Senior Girls Varsity basketball tournament this past Friday and Saturday that had 8 teams taking part including the Senior Queens, JV Queens and Creighton Kodiaks.
Both the Senior Queens and Swan Valley Tigers went through the round robin undefeated and would meet in the final.
The Tigers took a thriller 47-42 in a game that kept the crowd on the edge of their seat the entire afternoon.
After starting the tournament with a loss to OCN, the Hapnot JV'S won three in a row including the Consolation over Norway House 48-30.
The Kodiaks went 2-1 and finished third beating OCN 66-59.
The Norman Northstars hit the road for the last time this season as they make their way to Winnipeg to take on the top team in the Manitoba Midget AAA League, the Winnipeg Wild.
Tomorrow they hit Central Plains before wrapping up the trip Sunday in Interlake.
The Northstars will try to snap a 9 game losing streak and have only three wins on the season.
They will play their final four games at home to close out the year.
The Men's Masters 60 and over bonspiel will take place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club with 8 teams taking part.
The opening draw is Saturday at noon.
John Munson VS Harley Eagle
Jim Meyer VS Dave Blatherwick
Dale Connelly VS Russ Kennedy
Don Holmes VS Grant McCluckie
There will be two more draws Sunday at 10:30 and Finals at 1.
The Nipawin Hawks continue to make history every time they step on the ice as their regulation unbeaten streak has now reached 29 games after a 2-1 win last night against the Flin Flon Bombers.
Before fans got a chance to sit down with their popcorn and coffee, the Hawks scored early when Grant Baetsen re-directed a puck past Brenden Newton just 1:41 into the game for the only goal of the first period.
Nipawin scored early in the second which did stand up as the eventual game winner when Harasymuk jumped on a loose puck in the slot.
The Bombers would answer with a powerplay goal later in the frame when Daylan Marchi converted a cross ice pass from Moretz to cut the lead to 2-1.
That goal sparked the Bombers who would take it to the Hawks the rest of the way but they could not put any more pucks past Declan Hobbs.
Hobbs shut the door the rest of the way and saved his best for a 4 minute Bomber powerplay. Ante Mustapic took a double minor for high sticking and Flin Flon got several good chances.
Hobbs made point blank saves off Hooper, Daniels and Heine on the four man advantage.
I thought this game was there for the taking and was impressed with how the Bombers were able to come out and battle one of the best teams in the country. Hobbs was definately the difference and the first star of the game.
Final shots were 31-28 in favour of Nipawin, with 15 coming in the first period. Flin Flon managed to go 1 for 5 against the league's best PK, while the Hawks were 0 for 3.
The Bomber record will fall to 18-21-3-4, 1 point behind Kindersley for 8th. The Klippers play Laronge tonight and will have two games in hand.
Next up will be another power house team from the Sherwood, the Melfort Mustangs who are no slouches at 31-10-4-1 and have beaten the Bombers 3 out of 4 this season.
It will be a home and home with the first game at the Palace on Friday and the re-match in Flin Flon Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 both nights.
The Senior Hapnot Queens will host a Varsity Girls Basketball tournament starting this Friday afternoon.
Teams will be coming in from The Pas, OCN, Creighton, Norway House, Swan River and Laronge. Hapnot will have both the Senior's and JV'S taking part.
The Senior Queens first game is against MBCI, and the JV'S will play OCN.
Playoffs start Saturday morning with the Championship Final at 3.
After a weekend sweep of the Laronge Ice Wolves, the Flin Flon Bombers will make their way to the cage to face the hottest team in the country the Nipawin Hawks.
The Hawks streak has reached 28 without a regulation loss and seem to have no signs of slowing down after a 4-2 win over Melfort on Saturday night.
Their last regulation loss came to Melfort on November the 10th, when they dropped a 2-1 decision. They are currently 11 points up on the Stangs for first in the Sherwood and 8 on Battleford for first overall and are ranked third in the country.
They will also enjoy a 10 day break after tonight's game against the Bombers.
This young Bomber squad is also playing some good hockey and have only lost twice in regulation since the Christmas break and are 5-2-2-1 in their last 10. The Maroon and White also have an OT win over Nipawin this year back on December 2nd when Calvon Boots potted the winner.
Flin Flon is also starting to get some results on the road with 7 out of 8 points in their last 4 away from the Whitney Forum. Saying that, a win at the Cage would be a tall order with the Hawks 18-1-0-2 at home so far this season.
Mike Reagan is optimistic and no question this team is playing their best hockey of the season and feel they have a chance to win on any given night with Brenden Newton between the pipes. Newton is 13-8-2-4 and the Bombers feel they would be a lot higher in the standings if he wasn't injured earlier in the season.
Flin Flon are just 1 point back of Kindersley for 8th overall and home ice in the Survivor Series, but the Klippers do have two games in hand. A win in Nipawin tonight, would go a long way in the standings and confidence department.
No matter what go's down, we will have all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.
It was an old fashioned shoot out at the Whitney Forum on Saturday with the Bombers and Ice Wolves combining for 13 goals in a 7-6 shootout win for the Bombers.
Flin Flon took it to the Wolves 6-1 on Friday and felt pretty good about themselves in the re-match for Hockey Night In The North Saturday back in the Flon.
It was the Wolves who tallied first on Saturday with Connor Smith finding the back of the net for the only goal of the opening period, his 5th against the Maroon and White this season.
The Bombers shook off a bad first period and came out and tied the game just 15 seconds in with Nate Hooper collecting his team leading 15th of the year. That would spark the club as Marchi and Madarash quickly made it 3-1 Flin Flon.
Laronge kept battling when Doell buried a nice shot from the slot to cut the deficit to 3-2. Houle would re-establish the two goal lead when he scored right off the face off through Merek Pipe's five hole to make it 4-2 Bombers after two.
It looked like Flin Flon might run away with it, when McKenzie converted a nice pass from Houle to make the score 5-2 early in the third.
Give the Wolves credit as they reeled off three quick goals in just under 3 minutes to tie the game at 5 and stun the Whitney Forum crowd of over 1200 plus.
Daylan Marchi added his second of the night to once again give the Bombers the lead at 6-5, but Laronge answered that with a powerplay goal from Bannister.
The two teams couldn't decide it in the final four minutes of regulation or the extra 5 minutes of Ot, so we would get to see a shoot out.
You could tell the Bombers felt a lot more confident in the shoot out after their 11 round battle with Yorkton a week ago and beat Merek Pipes twice on goals from Hooper and Moretz.
Brenden Newton stopped both Smith and Zambon. Final shots through OT were 51-42 in favour of the Bombers. Laronge was 2 for 5 on the PP, while the Bombers were 0 for 4.
This was a big four point weekend as Flin Flon kept pace with Kindersley and trail the Klippers by 1 point for 8th and home ice advantage in the Survivor Series. The Klippers do have two games in hand. The Bombers also stay 9 points up on Melville with a game in hand.
Flin Flon will now travel to the Cage in Nipawin Tuesday to take on the hottest team in Western Canada as the Hawks are unbeaten in regulation in their last 28, and will pose a great challenge for the young Bombers.
We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
It was a tough weekend for the Triple A Bantam Wolves who dropped a couple of lopsided games to the Parkland Rangers.
On Saturday Norman had a 4-1 lead after one period but ended up on the wrong end of a 10-6 score. Parkland won handilly on Sunday 12-4. Despite the two losses, It was another good weekend for Justin Lies who picked up 6 points including two goal to give him 37 on the season.
This will end the regular season for Norman who finish up at 6-27-0-0-2. They will now get ready for provincials February the 22nd to the 24th in Killarney.
The Norman Northstars dropped a pair of games to the Eastman Selects 5-3 and 9-3. Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored one of the goals to give him a team leading 17 in 27 games.
Norman remain 3-37-0-0-1 and kick off a three game road trip on Friday against the Winnipeg Wild.
It was a great weekend for Flin Flon Minor Hockey who hosted the Teagan Quinn Memorial Pee Wee tournament at both the Creighton Sportex and Whitney Forum.
The tournament was well organized and all the kids had fun.
In the AA Final, the Kinsmen Pee Wee Bombers knocked off Thompson 10-3 to finish the weekend undefeated. Wyatt Stinton led the way with 4 goals, and Joey Lies chipped in with 2. The Pas finished third.
Flin Flon also took the A Final 6-2 over Swan River, while Pelican Narrows finished third with a 5-3 over Thompson.
Hapnot hosted Curling Zones this past Friday and Saturday at the Uptown Curling Club, with 4 girls teams and 4 boys teams.
Hapnot No.1 took the Girl's Zone with a 8-3 win over RD Parker No. 2 in the championship final. Hapnot No. 1 finished 4-1, while RD Parker No.2 was 3-2 , Hapnot No.2 finished 0-4 with RD Parker No.1 going 2-2.
In the Boy's, MBCI No.1 took the zone with a convincing 8-0 win over Gillam in 5 ends. Final standings MBCI No.1 5-0, Gillam 4-1, MBCI No.2- 2-2 and MBCI No. 3, 0-4.
The Queens and MBCI out of the Pas will now represent the north at Provincials coming up February the 23rd and 24th in Winkler. The Queens are represented by Kalena Kittle- Skip, Chloe Reitlo-Second, Ryan Nawrocki-Third and Hannah Baynton- Lead.
A big thanks to the Uptown Curling Club, for letting these high school teams curl this past weekend.
The Norman Wolves will wrap up the Triple A Bantam hockey season this weekend on home ice against the Parkland Rangers.
Norman sits at 6-26-0-0-2 on the season and are led offensively by Chase Bertholet from the Pas who sits fourth in league scoring with 61 points in 34 games. Flin Flon's Justin Lies sits second in goals with 32 in 33 games. He is also seventh in points with 56.
Games are at 4 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.
The Norman Northstars are also in action this weekend, trying to snap a seven game losing streak against Eastman.
Both games are in Thompson at 7:30, Friday and Saturday night.
Both the Hapnot JV Kings and Senior Queens basketball teams will be in action this weekend.
The Kings will be in Gillam and will face Steinbach in their first game on Friday. The Queens are in Swan River and have a tough test in their first game against Neelin.
you can follow all the results for both tournaments at mhsaa.ca.
Hapnot Collegiate will host High School Curling Zones this weekend with teams coming in from The Pas, Thompson and Gillam.
In the girls, there will be two Hapnot teams and two Thompson teams. In the boys there is three teams from MBCI in the Pas and one team from Gillam.
The two Hapnot girl's teams will square off Friday at 1, with action right through Saturday. All teams are guaranteed three games.
It is a big weekend at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum, as Flin Flon Minor Hockey will present the Teagan Quinn Memorial Pee Wee Tournament starting Friday.
This will be both a Double A and A Tournament with teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Pelican Narrows and Swan River.
The Flin Flon Kinsmen AA Bombers will play the AA Pas Huskies to start things off at noon, followed by the A Bombers against The Pas at 1:45. Both games are at the Whitney, and here are the rest of the games scheduled for the weekend.
Pas AA VS Thompson AA- 3:30-Whitney
Pelican A VS Thompson A- 3:30- Sportex
Flin Flon A VS Swan River A- 5:15- Whitney
Flin Flon AA VS Thompson AA-7PM-Whitney
The Pas A VS Pelican A-7PM-Sportex
Saturday Feb 3rd
Thompson A VS Swan River A- 9AM-Whitney
Pelican A VS Flin Flon A-10:45-Whitney
The Pas AA VS Thompson AA-10:45-Sportex
Thompson A VS The Pas A-12:30-Whitney
Flin Flon AA VS The Pas AA- 2:15-Sportex
Swan River A VS The Pas A- 4PM-Whitney
Flin Flon A VS Swan River A- 4PM-Sportex
Flin Flon AA VS Thompson AA-5:45-Sportex
Pelican A VS Swan River A- 7:15-Sportex
Playoffs start Sunday at 10:45, with the Gold Medal game at 1:30 at the Whitney Forum.
The Uptown Curling Club will be hosting two more bonspiels coming up later in February.
The Master's Men's Bonspiel for 60 and over will take place February the 10th and 11th.
A brand new event this year will be the Senior Mixed for 50 and over taking place February the 24th and 25th. All the funds raised for this bonspiel will go right back into the club.
You can sign up for both these events right at the rink.
The Aqua Jets had 16 swimmers attend a big meet in Thompson. For the girls, Madison Campbell had 6 firsts. 5 provincial A times. Evalina Dauk had a 3rd. Tamika Dumas had 5 firsts and a second with 1 provincial qualifying time. Lauren Fox had 6 1st place ribbons. Isabel Plamondon had a second, a third, 2 fourths a fifth and a sixth. Madeline Sapergia Green had a 6th place ribbon, and Savannah Thurstan had 2 firsts, 3 seconds and a third and 1 provincial qualifying time.
Now the boys
Jordan Gorrell had 5 firsts and a second with 1 provincial qualifying time. Cory Lane had 1 first, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Dax Lawrence had 4 firsts and 2 seconds with 2 provincial qualifying times. Eli Plamondon had 4 firsts a second and a third. Owen Qiu had 6 firsts and 2 qualifying times. Brennen Sapergia Green had 1 first, 3 seconds a third and a fourth and Kaleb Sapergia had a first, a third, a fourth and a 6th.
Qualifying times means they can go and compete at Jr Provincials in Winnipeg February 16th to 18th
The Uptown Curling Club hosted both the Senior Men's and Ladies Bonspiels which wrapped up yesterday afternoon.
In the Men's draw
Jim Meyer over Grant McLuckie in the Main Event for McMunn and Yates.
2nd Event for The Steelworkers it was Don Holmes over Dave Blatherwick.
3rd Event for Flin Flon Insurance, Dale Connolly beat Russ Kennedy.
Main Event- Sue Chrisp over Gene Kostochuk
2nd Event- Anne Hardy beat Dianne Burwash
The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up a 3 game in 3 night road trip last night in Humboldt, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Broncos.
Flin Flon was coming off a 2-1 shoot- out loss to Melville Thursday, and an 11 round 4-3 shoot-out win over Yorkton Friday. This was the Bombers first win in the shoot out this season with Caleb Moretz not only scoring with 27 seconds left in the game to tie it, but he also had the shoot -out winner.
The Maroon and White were feeling good about themselves with the possibility of grabbing 5 out of 6 points.
It was the Bronco's who came out with the quick start. Former Bomber Nick Shumlanski came back to haunt his old team when he fed a sweet pass to Jaxon Joseph who one timed a nice low shot past Brenden Newton to open up the scoring at 10:52.
Humboldt would add one more goal in the first period when Logan Schatz broke up a pass at the Bronco blue line and reeled in on a break away to score a short handed goal to make it 2-0 Broncos after one.
Bryce Fiske added a power play goal early in the second to give Humboldt a commanding 3-0 lead and put the Bombers in a bit of a bind.
One thing about these young Bombers is they never give up. Rob Johnson got Flin Flon on the board when he took a stretch pass from Alex Lidstrom and broke in alone to beat Parker Tobin.
That goal seemed to spark the Bomber's who got their power play going when Crystopher Collin scored his team leading 19th of the year, burying a one timer from Nate Hooper, to get the deficit to 3-2 after 2.
The Broncos restored the two goal lead when Grayson Cameron made it 4-2 early in the third. Brandson Hein would make it a 1 goal game again just 15 seconds later when he and Nate Hooper went to work.
Humboldt kept pressing and restored the two goal lead once more with a goal from Kaleb Dahlgren. The best Bomber this night was Brandson Heine who jumped on a rebound in front of the Bronco net, to score his second of the night and third of the road trip, to give his team life again making it 5-4.
That is where the come back ended as Lukan would add another Humboldt power play goal and the Broncos took the contest 6-4. Final shots were 44-28 in favour of the Broncos. The Bomber powerplay was good, going 2 for 5, while Humboldt was 2 for 9.
So the Bombers come home with a 1-1-1 record and feel they could have easily been 3-0. They had multitudes of great chances they didn't convert in all 3 games, but are happy to come home 500.
Flin Flon sits with an overall record of 16-20-3-4 which is 9th overall, 2 points behind Kindersley. Nipawin did the Bombers a favour on Saturday beating the Klippers 3-2.
Next up will be a home and home with Laronge this weekend. Friday at the Mel and back at the Whitney Forum on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
The Flin Flon Figure Skating Club are hosting the 2018 Skate Canada, Manitoba Norman Regional Starskate Competition and Funskate this Saturday at the Whitney Forum.
Skaters will be taking part from The Pas, Thompson and Flin Flon and range in ages from 6-17.
They will be performing in the Freeskate, Interpetive and Showcase in an all day event.
All events open to the public and it will only cost $5.00 for adults, $2,00 for kids 6-17 and 5 and under free.
The competition will start at 1:30.
The Senior Ladies and Men's Curling Bonspiels will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Uptown Curling Club. There are 8 men's teams and 5 for the ladies.
Here is the draw:
Saturday at 9:30
McCluckie VS Munson
Holmes VS Veilgut
Blatherwick VS Meyer
Connolly VS Kennedy
Kostochuk VS Burwash
Chrisp VS Cassidy
All the finals will be played Sunday at 1.
The Norman Regional Minor Hockey Association will be hosting the 2018 Directors Cup Prospects tryout camp this weekend at the Creighton Sportex.
This is open to any 13 year olds born in 2004 and registration will be this Saturday at the Sportex at 12:30.
There will be two ice sessions Saturday at 2 and 6 PM, and one ice session on Sunday at 12:30. You can pre-register on the Norman web-site at normanminorhockey.com. The registration fee is $125.00.
For more information contact Rene at 204-358-0492.
The Hapnot JV Queens basketball team put together a solid effort in Gimli and were able to win the Consolation after a slow start on Friday.
After a tough 20-16 loss to Warren, the Queens rebounded with a big win over Carmen 32-29 and made it to the Consolation Final where they faced Niverville.
In a game that went back and forth the Queens had a great fourth quarter and pulled out the 32-29 win.
The Senior Kings were in Sanfod and lost both their games to the U of W and Linden Christian.
The Norman Wolves dropped a pair of games against Pembina Valley over the weekend in Thompson.
The Hawks took it to the Wolves Saturday 8-1 and Sunday 5-2. Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored all the goals to give him 35 on the season. Norman will fall to 6-26-0-0-2 on the season.
Norman won't play again til they host the Parkland Rangers February the 3rd and 4th in Thompson.
The Norman Nothstars had another tough weekend down south losing to Brandon 12-3, Southwest 8-0 and Parkland 7-2.
It was a decent weekend for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who was in on 3 of the 5 goals Norman scored including two goals and one assist.
Norman will host the league leading Winnipeg Wild this Friday and Saturday.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers hosted a bantam tournament at the Sportex this past weekend with the Bombers getting revenge against Swan River in the final 3-0.
Swan beat Flin Flon in the round robin, but the Bombers put together a solid effort yesterday afternoon in the re-match.
Flin Flon goal scorers were: Ashton Paul, Blake Alexander and Austin McLean. Shayne Price was great in goal picking up the shut-out.
Thompson beat OCN 6-4 in the Bronze Medal game. Final standings were Flin Flon 4-1, Swan River 4-1, OCN 1-3 and Thompson 1-3.
Next tournament for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will be February the 17th in Swan River.
After a 6 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will be back at the Whitney Forum tonight, getting ready for a familiar foe from the Sherwood Division in the Laronge Ice Wolves.
Flin Flon leads the season series 4-2 including the two back to back wins to close out 2017, 4-1 on December the 30th and 7-3 in Laronge New Years Eve.
The Bombers haven't played since last Saturday, but a number of Bombers were involved in the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase Event in Regina this past Monday and Tuesday.
Crystopher Collin, Calvon Boots, Caleb Moretz, Nate Hooper and Brenden Newton all had good performances and all indications from Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan, the first Showcase was a big success.
Flin Flon is coming off a great wekend where they took 3 out of a possible 4 points from the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars and seem to be hitting their stride at the right time of the year. The Bombers are 6-1-1 in their last 7 and have put a lot of room between them and the teams chasing them.
Entering play this weekend Flin Flon lead Melville by 7 points, Yorkton by 16 and Laronge by 19. The Bombers are battling Kindersley for 8th spot and home ice for the Survivor Series. The Klippers lead the Bombers by 2 points with two games in hand.
Laronge looked like they were ready to turn the corner before Christmas when they beat the Bombers twice, but have dropped 7 in a row and shipped their 20 year old's out to contenders.
I don't want to say Laronge won't make the playoffs, but they would have to go on an incredible run with only 20 games left and the Wolves 12 points behind Melville. Laronge does have a game in hand and they will meet two more times this season.
This will be the Bombers last home game of January as they will hit the road for three starting next Thursday in Melville, Friday in Yorkton and Saturday in Humboldt. All three broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
We will not broadcast tonight's game.
It was another good day for members of the Flin Flon Bombers at the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina.
The SJHL managed to take two out of three against the MJHL, to finish the two day event at 5-1.
It all started with Team MJHL Garbutt picking up their only win , 5-2 over Team Schwartz to earn a split in the two games betwen the two squads.
The SJHL barely hung on to win the second game of the day with Team Mitchell over Team Belfour 4-3 in OT.
Team Mitchell was up 3-0, before getting into penalty trouble and allowed the MJHL to mount the comeback with a couple goals late in the third period.
The Bombers Brenden Newton picked up the win stopping 20 out of 23 shots and was chosen the SJHL game star. Caleb Moretz also added an assist. Melfort's Kalem Zary scored the OT winner.
In the final game of the day, the SJHL Team Kunitz built up a 4-0 lead and hung on for a 5-2 win over Team Zajac. Humboldt's Logan Schatz scored a goal and added two assists.
All indications are that the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase was a success and SJHL President Bill Chow has confirmed the event will be back in Regina next year.
Good luck to the Hapnot Senior Kings and Hapnot JV Queens who will both be travelling to tournaments this weekend.
The Kings will be in Sanford for the first ever Wintercat tournament. Hapnot will play the U of W in their first game Friday afternnon. If they win that game they will play later Friday night. If they lose, they will drop to the B-side and play Saturday.
The Queens are in Gimli and they play Warren to start the tournament Friday.
You can follow all the results at mhsaa.ca/tournaments.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will host a tournament this weekend at the Sportex with the games starting Friday.
Teams will be competing from Thompson, Norway House, OCN, Swan River and Flin Flon.
Here is the complete schedule.
Friday - January 19, 2018
4:30 Flin Flon Bombers OCN Blizzard Sportex
6:15 Thompson King Miners Norway House Northstars Sportex
8:00 OCN Blizzard Swan River Stampeders Sportex
Saturday - January 20, 2018
10:30 Thompson King Miners 3 Swan River Stampeders Sportex
12:15 Flin Flon Bombers 2 Norway House Northstars Sportex
2:00 OCN Blizzard 1 Thompson King Miners Sportex
3:45 Swan River Stampeders 4 Flin Flon Bombers Sportex
5:30 Norway House Northstars 3 OCN Blizzard Sportex
Sunday - January 21, 2018
9:00 Norway House Northstars 3 Swan River Stampeders Sportex
10:45 Thompson King Miners 4 Flin Flon Bombers Sportex
1:45 TBA 3rd Place TBA 4th Place Sportex
3:30 TBA 1st Place TBA 2nd Place Sportex
It was a clean sweep for the SJHL on day one of the SJHL/MJHL Showcase at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.
A number of Flin Flon Bombers made their presence felt. In the first game for players born bewtween 99 and 2001 team Schwartz knocked off team Garbutt 5-1.
Crystopher Collin led the way with a pair of goals including a break away goal after stepping out of the penalty box in the second period. Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan was the coach for this game.
Team Mitchell doubled up on team Zajac 4-2 for players born between 97-98. Once again a number of Bombers were involved in the scoring, with former Bomber Nick Shumlanski converting a beautiful pass from Caleb Moretz to open things up in the first period. Calvon Boots also scored a goal with Estevan's Michael McChesney adding a pair.
In the third game of the day, team Kunitz defeated team Belfor 4-2 on the strength of two goals from Notre Dame's Chance Longjohn.
Here is today's schedule.
Game 1- Team Schwartz (SJHL) vs Team Gurbutt (MJHL) 99/00’s. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Game 2-Team Mitchell (SJHL) vs Team Belfour MJHL 97/98’s. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Game 3-Team Kunitz (SJHL) vs Team Zajac MJHL 97/98’s. Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves wrapped up another road trip yesterday with an 8-3 loss to the Southwest Cougars .
Goals came from Flin Flon's Justin Lies, Chase Bertholet from the Pas, and Clark Scadden from Thompson.
The Wolves also dropped a 7-2 game to Parkland and lost 8-2 to Pembina Valley, with their one win coming against the Winnipeg Sharks 6-2.
It was a very good weekend for Justin Lies who picked up 4 goals and leads the Wolves with 32 in 30 games and sits fifth overall in points with 51. Chase Bertholet sits third with 60.
Norman's record will slip to 6-24-0-0-2 and return to Thompson this weekend to face Pembina Valley.
The Norman Northstars were also on the road and picked up their first road win of the season when they beat Eastman 5-4 on Friday in OT.
Mikey Baron had the OT winner. Norman lost their two other games to the Winnipeg Bruins 13-3 and Interlake Lightning 7-3.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid and Jordan Pfoh both had a goal and an assist over the weekend with Freddie Ledoux also adding a goal.
The Northstars sit at 3-30-0-0-1 and hit the road for another three games starting Friday in Brandon.
The Flin Flon Bombers continued their fine play in 2018 and managed to grab 3 out of a possible 4 points against the defending league champs from Battleford.
The Bombers dropped a 4-3 game in OT Friday and thought they deserved a better fate, and were very motivated for Saturday night.
For the second straight night, the Bombers spotted the Stars a 2-0 lead. Urbanski and Kleiboer scored to put Battleford up 2-0 after 1.
After a shaky start in the second, Bomber rookie d- man Calvon Boots went to work scoring a pair of goals, seven seconds apart to quickly tie the game at two. I am going over Bomber stats and rosters throughout the years and I am convinced this is a Bomber record for two fastest goals for a defenseman.
I will post more on this blog once I find out for sure. Boots's two goals deifinately changed the complection of the game and gave the Bombers a lot of momentum.
Vaughan Bamford who played forward this night, would put the Bombers up 3-2 late in the second period for their first lead of the weekend.
The Stars would tie the game early in the third when Chaseton Braid snuck across the Bomber blue line and fooled Brenden Newton with a low snap shot for his 11th of the year.
Flin Flon kept battling, and were rewarded with a bit of a fluky goal when Dylan Burton fought hard along the wall and got a bouncing puck to go past Taryn Kotchorek for the eventual game winner to make the final 4-3.
I have been mentioning Burton a lot in our broadcasts lately and I am impressed with his work ethic and how he is bringing a physical presence to his game. I am not surprised he scored the game winning goal.
Brenden Newton continues to play well and was one of the best Bombers on the weekend stopping 31 out of 34 shots, while Kotchorek stopped 21 out of 25. Neither team could strike on the PP, with the Bombers 0 for 5 and the Stars 0 for 6.
What a start to 2018 with the Bombers improving to 3-1-1 and they have won 6 of their last 8 games and sit 15-19-2-3 which is 9th overall. The Bombers are just two points behind Kindersley but the Klippers have two games in hand.
Flin Flon conitinues to put more room between them and the clubs trying to chase down the last playoff spots. The Bombers are 7 up on Melville, 16 up on Yorkton and 19 ahead of Laronge.
The league will take a break til Friday as they prepare for the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina starting tomorrow.
Good luck to Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan, Crystopher Collin, Brenden Newton, Nate Hooper, Calvon Boots and Caleb Moretz who will all be taking part.
Next game for the Bombers is Friday January the 19th against Laronge, our next broadcast is Thursday January the 25th in Melville.
Creighton hosted the 11th annual Kit Classic Senior Girls Basketball tournament this past weekend with teams from all over Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan taking part.
Hapnot went undefeated and ended up beating Creighton in the final 52-39. Nipawin finished third beating MBCI out of the Pas.
Hats off to both the Hapnot JV'S and Creighton B team who both entered the tournament late to take the place of some teams that couldn't make it.
The Hapnot JV'S went 1-2 while Creighton finished 0-2 but competed vey hard in both games.
The Norman Northstars will try to put a disappointing weekend against Pembina Valley behind them when they start a three game road trip tonight against Eastman.
Tomorrow they play the Winnipeg Bruins before wrapping up the trip on Sunday against Interlake.
The Northstars have just two wins in their first 31 games.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid continues to lead the team in goals with 12 and sits fourth in points with 20.
The January trade deadline has come and gone and the Flin Flon Bombers did make a couple of moves, which included trading their leading scorer.
Nick Shumlanski is now a Humboldt Bronco. Shumlanski has been with Flin Flon the better part of 4 seasons and had 39 points in 35 games including 15 in the last 12.
The Bombers will get future considerations and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan talks about the trade.
" First of all we want to thank Nick for all his contributions to the hockey club. He has been with us since he was 15 years old and helped get us to the finals the last two years. He plays the way we want our players to be Bombers. It was tough to trade him, but at the end of the day Nick wanted a chance to go to a team that is making a push. We also wanted to look after the future of our club and in return we will get two players and good compensation for Nick. We are happy with the deal, there were a lot of teams interested in him and we thought the deal with Humboldt made the most sense."
Flin Flon also got some good news yesterday as 98 forward Branson Hein has been re-assigned from Everett of the WHL and will join the Bombers for the rest of the season.
Hein should fit in well as he is already familliar with a number of Bomber players including Nate Hooper, Dawson McKenzie, Mason Martin and Dylan Burton who he played triple a midget with in Winnipeg.
Hein had 12 points in 78 games with Everitt the past two seasons.
The SJHL also announced the rosters for the SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina next Monday and Tuesday.
The Bombers will have 5 players taking part.
Cystopher Collin will suit up for team Schwartz (players born between 99 and 2000). This team will also be coached by Mike Reagan.
Flin Flon will have 4 players on team Mitchell (players born between 97 and 98.)
Goalie Brenden Newton, Defenseman Calvon Boots and forwards Caleb Moretz and Nate Hooper.
Next action for the Maroon and White will be this weekend when they welcome the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars to town on Friday and Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.
The Senior Men's and Ladies Curling Bonspiels are set to go the weekend of January the 27th and 28th at the Uptown Curling Club.
It is open to anyone 50 and over and it will cost you $40.00 which includes curling, prizes and a banquet.
Sign up sheets are at the Uptown Curling Club and deadline is Monday January the 22nd.
The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves who are 1-3 to start 2018 will kick off another long road trip starting tomorrow in Parkland.
Friday they play Pembina Valley, Saturday the Winnipeg Sharks, before wrapping things up on Sunday against Southwest.
Norman have already picked up more wins than they had all last season, at 6-19-0-1 and sit 10th overall out of 13 teams.
The Wolves are led offensively by Chase Bertholet out of the Pas who leads the team in scoring with 56 points, while Flin Flon's Justin Lies sits second in points with 48 and first in goals with 29.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers were in Winnipeg to compete in the Jets AA Showdown and held their own against some very tough competition.
The Bombers lost to the Winnipeg East Railcats 3-2 in OT, to open the tournament but did rebound against the Estevan Bruins to win 3-2 in the shoot out.
The Bombers also lost to ST.James 7-5 and 13-1 to a club out of Sweden to finish fourth in the round robin.
Flin Flon ended the tournament on a positive note beating the Regina Buffalos 4-3 to win the Consolation.
The Pas hosted the A&W , Funky Threads Novice tournament at both the GLMC and Roy H Johnston arena .
The Hudson Bay Hunters beat the Reliance Rhinos in the A Final, the Swan Valley Mustangs beat the Flin Flon Fireman in the B-Final and the Flin Flon Oldtimers beat the Pas Huskies Red to capture the E-Final.
The Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament took place at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum over the weekend. The organizers did a wonderful job and congratulations to all the volunteers who helped out with the first minor hockey tournament of 2018.
When it was all said and done the Thompson King Miners defeated the AA Bombers 5-1 in the AA Final yesterday afternoon.
In the A Division Final Swan River beat The Pas 4-0.
In the A Division B Final, Flin Flon beat the Pas 7-1
In the B Division A Final Swan over the Pas 10-0
B Division B Final Flin Flon beat Snow Lake 4-3 in the shoot out.
The Flin Flon Bombers put together another solid weekend and swept a pair of games against the Yorkton Terriers.
The Bombers blasted Yorkton 8-2 on Friday night after giving up two first period goals. The Maroon and White managed to tie the game at two after two before opening the flood gates in the third.
Flin Flon took advantage of a nine minute power play to open the final period and scored three goals to put the game out of reach. They would also add three more even strength for the convincing 8-2 win.
Crystopher Collin did a lot of the damage with a 5 point night. Isaac Jackson chipped in with two goals with the other offense coming from Hooper, Marchi, Houle and Funk.
Brenden Newton did the job when called upon making 25 out of 27 saves. The Bomber power play was red hot going 3 for 5 while holding Yorkton at bay 0 for 2.
Saturday, the Bombers scored first when Jordan McCausland scored his first of the season on a short handed break away. McCausland has battled injuries this season but is making the most of his return to the lineup and is one of the grittiest and toughest players to play against in the league.
Ethan Daniels scored the only goal in the second, when he broke in alone on Ben Laidlaw and pocketed his 10th of the year on the power play.
Rob Johnson scored early in the third in what turned out to be a very big goal for the Bombers. With a 3-0 lead it looked like Flin Flon may coast to another easy victory.
Give Yorkton credit, they never stopped competing and would mount a come back. Cody Bruchkowski scored his team leading 14th of the season, when he fooled Brenden Newton with a shot just inside the blue line.
This gave the Terriers life and they would draw within one , when Keenleyside scored a late power play goal. With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, the Terriers got a late pp and pulled their goalie to go 6 on 4.
The Bombers won some key faceoffs and were able to hold Yorkton off the score sheet the rest of the way and held on for a 3-2 win for their 5th straight win.
Final shots were in the Bombers favour big time at 60-39. Yorkton goalie Ben Laidlaw was the game's first star and was the biggest reason the Terriers were able to stay in the game, and almost stole this one with a lot of big saves, including several in the third period.
What a difference a couple weeks make as Flin Flon has been able to rattle off 5 straight wins and are starting to get a lot more breathing room for a playoff spot. The Bomber record now stands at 14-18-1-3.
After last night the Bombers lead Laronge by 16 points, Yorkton by 13 and Melville by 4. The Bombers also have a game in hand on both Yorkton and Melville and prepare for a very challenging week.
Flin Flon will travel to Melfort on Tuesday before hosting the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars on Friday and Saturday. It will be a very interesting January 10th deadline for the Bombers who just a few weeks ago looked like they would be big sellers, but who knows what happens now.
Mike Reagan did indicate on last night's Great North GM Coach's Show that he would be listening to offers. You can catch Tuesday's game from Melfort on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
After a 4 point weekend against Laronge to close out 2017, the Flin Flon Bombers are ready for the Yorkton Terriers and 2018.
The Bombers will see their first action of the new year, as they welcome the Terriers to the Whitney Forum for the first time this season.
Yorkton trails Flin Flon by 9 points for the last overall playoff spot, and the Bombers do have a game in hand.
This is another team the Bombers need to beat to not only move up the standings , but to make a statement against. Mike Reagan feels very good about the way his team has played lately, but doesn't want to get to far ahead of themselves especially with the majority of their wins against teams under 500.
Yorkton has also played better of late going 4-5-0-1 in their last 10, which is pretty signifigant when you factor in they only have 8 wins on the season. The Terriers have battled a lot of adversity this year including a coaching change back in late October when Matt Hehr took over for Casey O'Brien.
Hehr has the Terriers playing better including a big New Years day victory against their arch rival Melville Millionaires 4-3 on Monday.
There is little room for error heading down the stretch, so I expect this to be another playoff atmosphere this weekend, with both teams needing good showings. If Flin Flon want to move up the standings they will need all 4 points, and Yorkton can't afford to fall any further back so they need both wins.
The Bombers took 7 out of a possible 8 points in last years 4 meetings.
It will also be interesting to see how players on these two teams respond this weekend with the January 10th trade deadline just around the corner. The results of these two games could determine which direction these two teams decide to go in.
No matter what go's down, once again you will have the best seat in the house with Saturday's game broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament starts this weekend at the Sportex and Whitney Forum. Here is the complete schedule.
Friday January 5, 2018
Flin Flon Bombers
Swan Valley Stampeders
Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
The Pas Huskies
Thompson Carrol Areos
Snow Lake Spartans
Thompson King Miners
The Pas Huskies
Thompson King Miners
Swan Valley Stampeders
Saturday January 6, 2018
Swan Valley Stampeders
Thompson Carrol Areos
Snow Lake Spartans
Flin Flon Bombers
The Pas Huskies
Thompson King Miners
Swan Valley Stampeders
Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson King Miners
The Pas Huskies
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson Carrol Areos
Snow Lake Spartans
Swan Valley Stampeders
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson King Miners
The Pas Huskies
Flin Flon Bombers
The Pas Huskies
Swan Valley Stampeders
Thompson King Miners
Sunday January 7, 2018
B Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
A Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
AA Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
B Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
A Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
AA Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Winnipeg to compete in the Winnipeg Jets AA Showdown which will start at the MTS Ice Plex on Friday.
Here are the AA Bombers schedule.
Friday at 11:05 VS the Winnipeg East Railcats and 6:35 VS Estevan Bruins
Saturday 8:15 AM VS ST.James Canadiens and 8:30 VS Tullinge TP-HC from Sweden.
Playoff rounds start Sunday at 9:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers couldn't of closed out 2017 any better after sweeping the Laronge Ice Wolves on the final weekend of the year.
Flin Flon took Saturday's game at the Whitney Forum 4-1 with the offense coming from Johnson, Shumlanski, Moretz and Funk with Brenden Newton making 28 saves for the victory.
Mike Reagan called it a complete team victory and praised all his players for their effort on the CFAR Post Game Show, Saturday night.
The Bombers looked to keep the momentum going the next night, when the home and home switched venues to the Mel Hegland Uniplex in Laronge. The Ice Wolves seemed to have the Bombers number after a pair of 5-2 victories in their last two contests.
This looked like a different Bomber team than what we have seen for most of December. Once again the Maroon and White came out and had a very effective first period and were up 2-0 after 1.
Crustopher Collin scored his team leading 15th of the year when he was left alone in the slot and buried a nice low shot past Merek Pipes to open the scoring. Ethan Daniels got credit for his 9th when he deflected a shot from Ben Lanfermann from the point with just over a minute remaining in the first period.
Flin Flon never looked back and they piled on the offense with 5 more goals to win the re-match handillly 7-3. Other goals came from Johnson, Marchi, Shumlanski, Hooper and Boots.
Laronge got their goals from Brewster, Smith and Lane.
Brenden Newton once again was great making a lot of timely saves, especially early in the game. He stopped 26 out of 29, while the tandem of Pipes and Frey stopped 43 out of 50. Special teams were also in the Bombers favour going 2 for 7 on the PP, while the Wolves were 0 for 3.
The Bombers take the weekend set out scoring Laronge 11-4 and also have a modest three game winning streak heading into 2018. Flin Flon also have back to back road wins for the first time this season.
Most importantly, this will give Flin Flon a little more breathing room for the final playoff spot overall as they lead Laronge by 12 points and Yorkton by 9. Speaking of the Terriers they come to town for a pair of games this weekend, Friday and Saturday. 102 .9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.
Like Mike Reagan pointed out, they really need to beat the teams lower than them in the standings and seem to be getting more confidence with each win. This will be the first meeting of the season this weekend.
A couple more wins could change Reagan's mind as to what direction he wants to go January the 10th, and is very pleased that the team is getting more healthy and playing well.
A Happy New Year to Bomber fans everywhere and look forward to seeing you at the rink in 2018.
The Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves will put the Christmas break and first half of the season behind them as they wrap up 2017 with a home and home series Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday's game will be at the Whitney Forum, and hopefully kids that are home from College and University that don't get a chance to watch the Bombers very often will come out in full force.
These are two huge games that have big playoff implications. Flin Flon occupy the last SJHL playoff spot with 24 points, which is 8 more than Laronge. Both teams have played 32 games.
The Ice Wolves have played the Bombers tough lately, beating them the last two times out, and with a weekend sweep could make the standings and playoff picture very interesting.
The Bombers did get a much needed road win in Kindersley just before the Christmas break and hopefully that will give them momentum heading into this weekend.
Flin Flon will also have Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan back behind the bench after his Gold medal performance in Truro at the World JR A Challenge that wrapped up December the 16th.
Crystopher Collin who was also on the Gold medal squad returns as well and continues to lead the team in goals with 14 and sits third in points with 23.
The Ice Wolves continue to tinker with their lineup and added 20 year old forward Daniel Chartrand from the OCN Blizzard in early December and he has been able to chip in offensively on a team that has really struggled to score. Chartrand has picked up 2 goals in 5 games since coming over from the MJHL.
I am sure that both coach's will be watching both these games very closely and deciding who will be around for the stretch drive as we are getting closer to January the 10th. If you can't get up for these games than chances are we will see players being moved.
Mike Reagan mentioned in our interview just after the World JR A Challenge, that there were some changes he wanted to make on his team.
No matter what go's down, you will have the best seat in the house as we will have both games here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 Saturday followed by drop of the puck at 7:30.
Don't forget Sunday's New Years Eve battle from Laronge will start at 6, which means we will have the Great North GM Coach's Show at 5:45.
Creighton school will host the first basketball tournament of 2018, the weekend of January the 12th and 13th.
The Kit Classic Senior Girls's tournament will consist of teams from Creighton, Hapnot, Cross Lake,Sandy Bay,The Pas, Nipawin, Hudson Bay and Beauval.
Round Robin will take place all day Friday and Saturday morning, with playoffs Saturday afternoon.
Flin Flon will host the Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament Jan the 5th - 7th at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
Teams competing in the AA Division are The Pas, Thompson, Swan River and Flin Flon.
The A Division- Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN and Thompson
The B Division- Thompson, Snow Lake, Swan River and Flin Flon.
We will post the complete schedule next week.
It is becoming a big tradition in Flin Flon during the Christmas holidays, as the 13th annual Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey tournament will be played at Creekside bunk this Saturday.
This event normally takes place on Boxing day, but they moved it up this year and anybody can enter.
You can enter on their facebook page or call or text Brad at 306- 381-8080. You are guaranteed 3 games and teams can have up to 7 players.
So come ouit this Saturday to celebrate hockey, outdoor fun and Shayne.
It looked like the Flin Flon Bombers were on their way to losing their 7th straight hockey game last night, but they found a way to get back in the win column against the Kindersley Klippers.
Kindersley jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one on goals from Cyr, Page and Thompson and seemed to be in control, but the Bombers got it together.
Nick Shumlanski gave the Bombers some hope when he potted his 9th of the season early in the second period, to get the deficit to 3-1 after 2.
What a third period, Flin Flon would add 4 more from Nate Hooper his 8th and 9th, Ethan Daniels (8) and Shumlanski added his second of the game and 10th of the year to finish the game with 4 points.
This would have to be described as the Bombers best road period of the season and showed how much character this young team has, who could have easilly mailed it in with the team's last game before Christmas.
This is just the Bomber's second road win of the season and it couldn't of come at a better time as they shook off a nasty 7 game losing streak and gave themselves a big boost heading into the holidays.
Maybe this will be the win that turns the Bombers season around. It is funny what one win can do.
Brenden Newton is starting to get comfortable back between the pipes and picked up his first win in almost 2 months. Newton stopped 26 out of 29 and held the fort allowing his team to get back in the game.
Justen Close was back in goal for Kindersley and he stopped 39 out of 44.
Flin Flon improves to 10-18-1-3 and hold onto the 10th and final playoff spot, 7 points up on Yorkton and 8 up on Laronge.
The Bombers will now get an 11 day break before closing out 2017 with two games against the Laronge Ice Wolves in what has to be described as two must wins.
Laronge has beaten Flin Flon in their last two meetings including a 5-2 win this past Friday.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts from Flin Flon Dec 30th and back in Laronge for the re-match Dec 31st.
The Flin Flon Bombers played their hearts out but came up a little bit short in Kindersley and dropped their 6th straight game 5-4 to the Klippers.
Mike Wong got the Bombers off to a good start with his second of his the season just 2:08 into the opening period.
Kindersley then struck for three quick goals from Peck, Ryberg and Thompson. Mason Martin would get one back for Flin Flon to make it 3-2 in favour of Kindersley after 1.
Rob Johnson continues to be one of Flin Flon's better offensive players since ariving from the AJHL as he would tie the game on the PP early in the second. This was Johnson's 6th goal in 11 games with the Bombers.
The Klippers would once again respond with Thompson and Ryberg picking up their second of the night to put Kindersley up 5-3 after 2.
Caleb Moretz would score late in the third period for the Bombers, but that is as close as they would get and the Klippers held on for a 5-4 win.
This was the third straight start for Brenden Newton who stopped 25 out of 30 shots while Billy Girard got the call for the Klippers and he stopped 25 out of 29.
Both teams were able to strike on the power play with the Bombers going 1 for 6 and the Klippers 2 for 6.
Kindersley lead the season series 2-1 and these two teams will meet for the fourth and final time tonight, 7:30 at the West Central Events Centre.
The Bombers need something good to happen to give them a lift heading into the holidays and have dropped 18 of their last 23 games. A big win tonight would give them a nice confidence booster especially on the road where they have just one victory this season.
The Bombers really miss Crystopher Collin and his 23 points, as they are missing that game breaker who can score a big goal when they really need it. Collin not only picked up a Gold medal at the World JR A Challenge in Truro, but has also been selected to play in the CJHL Prospects game Jan 23rd in Mississauga Ontario.
Collin leads all rookies in the SJHL in goals with 14 and sits 6th in points with 23.
The Flin Flon Bombers will play their final two games before the Christmas break when they hit the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley tonight and tomorrow.
To say the Bombers are reeling would be an under statement. Not only have the Maroon and White dropped both games on this current road trip being out scored 10-3 in the two games, but they have lost 17 of their last 22.
If Flin Flon is going to get in the mix for a playoff position, they will have to find some answers on the road as they continue to struggle with just 1 win in 13 games.
Goals have been a problem lately for this young group as they have only scored 88 in 30 games which has them ranked 8th overall, but it is their play in the last 10 games that is concerning.
The Bomber record is 2-8 and they have been out scored 55-23. Hopefully their day off in Saskatoon will help them re-charge their batteries and they can put together a couple of solid games.
Acting Head Coach Gary Childerhose says mental mistakes are killing them right now and any time they make a mistake it winds up in the back of their net.
Some good news for the Bombers as starting goaltender Brenden Newton is back between the pipes and has played well despite two losses to Laronge 5-2 and Battleford 5-1 on Friday and Saturday.
Kindersley have put together a pretty decent season at 13-13-2-2 and are one of those teams that nobody is talking about. They have knocked off all the top clubs this year and their starting goalie Justen Close is one of the best in the league.
Flin Flon will have to play a full 60 with little or no mistakes to beat them.
Congratulations to Bomber Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan who coached Canada West to a Gold medal at the World JR A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia on Saturday with a 5-1 win over the United States. Flin Flon's Crystopher Collin and Battleford's Levi Kleiboer also represented the SJHL.
I caught up with Mike yesterday afternoon and you can hear that interview both today and tomorrow on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting at 3:30.
Congratulations to the Don Holmes rink on capturing the Senior Norman over 50 bonspiel at the Uptown Curling Club on Saturday.
Holmes beat Sam Antilla out of Thompson in both games 7-1 in 6 ends and 9-2 in 3 ends.
Holmes is now off to Provincials in Winnipeg February the 22nd and 23rd.
Congratulations to the whole team, Doug Salahub(third), Lyle Kennedy (second), Dave Salahub (Lead) and Don Holmes (skip).
After suffering a 10-1 setback against the Kenora Thistles on Friday night, it was gut check time for the Norman Northstars on Saturday.
Norman responded with a 5-4 shoot out win in the rematch on Saturday. Thompson's Keistin Saunders scored the shoot out winner on Norman's first shot.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid had one assist in the game and Keian Weseen made 44 saves including all three in the shootout to preserve the win.
This is the Northstars second win of the season and Norman will get a three week break before their next game, January the 5th and 6th against Pembina Valley.
The Pas hosted the Bill McDonald Classic basketball tournament this past weekend at MBCI.
Both The Creighton Kodiak Girls and Hapnot Kopper Queens had good weekends.
The Queens beat ST.James Ravencourt 45-33 to open things up and followed that with a win over MBCI 47-41.
Hapnot would face RD Parker out of Thompson in the final and lost 52-32 to finish second.
The Kodiaks lost to Westgate 65-52, but rebounded to beat Nipawin 88-31 to finish the round robin 1-1. They would face St. John's Ravencourt in the Consolation and lost a close one 62-52.
The Kodiak boys dropped all three of their games to MBCI, Helen Betty Osbourne and Moose Lake.
Both the Norman Wolves and Norman Northstars play two more home games before the Christmas break.
The Bantam AAA Wolves are headed to the Pas to play the Yellowhead Cheifs Saturday at 6 and Sunday at noon.
The Norman Northstars will play Kenora in Thompson tonight at tomorrow at 7:30.
After winning the Dylan Cripps Memorial trophy in Thompson last weekend, The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Morris for a tournament starting Friday.
The Bombers play one game Friday against the Rebels at 7. They play twice Saturday against the Southwest Jets at 10 and Pembina Central Flyers at 1.
Playoffs start Sunday at 9.
It is a busy weekend of high school basketball for three of the four Flin Flon, Creighton senior teams. The Pas will host the biggest tournament in the North this year The Bill Mcdonald Classic.
Teams will be competing from all over the province and games start Friday afternoon.
The Hapnot Senior Queens will play ST.John's Ravencourt in their first game and the Senior Kodiak girls will play Westgate.
The Creighton Kodiak boys face MBCI out of the Pas.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have results throughout the weekend.
The Don Holmes rink were in Thompson over the weekend competing in the over 60 Credit Union Masters curling bonspiel.
Holmes would face Sam Antilla out of Thompson twice, winning both games 6-4 and 6-3.
Holmes will now qualify for Provincials which are taking place in Gimli March the 6th to the 8th.
The Uptown Curling Club will host the over 50 Senior Zone 1 Bonspiel this weekend. Holmes will face off against Sam Antilla once again with two games on Saturday at 10 and 2.
The winner will move on to Provincials in Winnipeg in February.
It wasn't the result the Flin Flon Bombers were hoping for when they hosted the Humboldt Broncos in the final two home games before Christmas. Humboldt rolled into town and took both games 4-3 and 7-1.
Flin Flon played well on Friday and looked like they might get the game to OT, when they peppered the Bronco net-minder Jacob Wasserman, but they couldn't get the equalizer.
Bomber captain Ben Lanfermann was back in the lineup and he scored a power play goal. The other two goals came from Rob Johnson, who continues to impress every game out, especially in the faceoff circle.
The Bombers were disappointed with the result but not the effort and felt they had a good chance to take Saturday's rematch.
A bad start put Flin Flon behind the eight ball and they found themselves down 2-0 on Humboldt's first two shots of the game. Wack and Joseph found the back of the net before the game was seven minutes old.
Daylin Marchi would give the Bombers life when he re-directed a shot over the shoulder of Parker Tobin to make the score 2-1 Broncos.
It was all Humboldt after that when they erupted for 5 unanswered from Thomas, Boulet, Camrud, Patter and Schatz.
Colten Lancaster made his third straight start and fought the puck giving up 5 goals on 25 shots, including 4 in the first period. Nik Anderson came in relief in the second and stopped 15 out of 17.
Special teams were also a big part of this game with the Broncos going 2 for 8 on the PP, and they also scored two short handed goals. Flin Flon was 0 for 5.
Humboldt looks very solid and have their sights on the Global Agrisk Solution Division with a record of 18-9-3-2. They trail the first place Battleford Stars by 4 points.
The Bombers slip to 9-15-1-3 and will try to get it going on the road with four games in 5 nights to head into the Christmas break starting Friday in Laronge.
Laronge and Flin Flon are battling for one of the last two playoff spots, and the Ice Wolves are anything but push overs and beat the Bombers in their last meeting back on October the 20th.
In my opinion the head to head matchups betwen these two teams will determine that last playoff spot as they will meet 7 more times, 3 before the end of the month.
We won't be broadcasting this last trip before Christmas, we will be taking a break before the home and home with Laronge the 30th and 31st to close out 2017.
After Friday in Laronge the Bombers travel to Battleford Saturday, and Kindersley Monday and Tuesday.
It was a good end to the road trip for the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves who salvaged a win yesterday with a 6-5 win over Central Plains.
The Pas's Keilan Holland led the way with the hat-trick, with singles coming from Justin Lies, Chase Bertholet and Conroy Halcrow.
The Wolves played 4 games over the weekend and lost in a shoot out 9-8 to Interlake and also lost 7-0 to the Winnipeg Sharks and 9-3 to Central Plains.
Norman's record will slip to 5-16-0-0-1. Congratulations to Keilan Holland, Justin Lies, Chase Berttholet and Carter Anderson who all got invited to play for team North at the Manitoba Winter Games coming up in March in Thompson.
Norman will host Yellowhead this weekend in the Pas.
The Norman Northstars dropped all three games on their road trip including two games to Yellowhead 8-2 and 9-2. They also lost to Southwest on Friday 4-2.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored three of the team's 6 goals on the weekend and he leads the club with 12 and sits third in points with 18. Jordan Pfoh had an assist on Sunday.
The Northstars are back at home and will host Kenora Friday and Saturday.
It was another impressive weekend for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers who captured the first ever Dylan Cripps Memorial Trophy in Thompson.
The Bombers beat Thompson 6-5, crushed Norway House 11-0 and tied Cross Lake 5-5 to go unbeaten in the round robin.
This would put the Bombers in the final once again against Thompson and they ended up winning the final and the tournament 7-4.
Morgan Daneliuk led the way with a pair of goals with singles coming from Magnus Pearson, Colten Tetoff, Austin McLean, Colby Hnidy and Blake Alexander.
Congratulations to the coach's Greg Kritzer, Brett Muench and Rylan Veitch and the rest of the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA'S who are off to Morris this weekend for one more tournament before Christmas.
Creighton school hosted the first high school basketball tournament this past weekend with some very entertaining games.
When it was all said and done, Sandy Bay beat MBCI out of the Pas in the final 77-65 to finish 3-0.
Hapnot won the B-side beating Laronge 71-39 and Norway House finished third beating Creighton 51-28.
Charlebois beat Nipawin 54-34 in the 7 VS 8 game.