In just over 2 months the Flin Flon Bombers will be back on the ice for their main camp which is scheduled to start August the 31st at the Whitney Forum.
The Bombers have also released their pre season schedule.
At Nipawin, Sunday Sept 2nd (all rookies)
At Laronge, Tuesday Sept 4th
VS Swan River,Thursday Sept the 6th
VS Nipawin, Friday Sept the 7th.
Regular season starts Saturday Sept 15th.
The Shoot To Score Hockey Pro Skills Camp will make it's debut in Flin Flon in August. The camp will feature a couple of names you know in the Riverton Rifle and former Flin Flon Bomber Reggie Leach and his son Jamie Leach.
They have all kinds of experience with the game including three Stanley Cup rings between them.
The camp will take place at the Whitney Forum, August the 8th to the 11th. Register by contacting Tom McDermott at 306-930-7839 or email@example.com.
Registration fee is $400.00 and is sponsored by Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Suicide Prevention.
They will be holding a kick off barbecue tomorrow starting at 11:30 at the Petrocan in Creighton. Stop by for a hot dog, hamburger and try the new Beaver Tail Burger. Proceeds will go to Amisk Lake Minor Hockey.
A number of Flin Flon/ Creighton soccer teams that play in the Phantom Lake Soccer Club travelled to Saskatoon for the Bridge City Classic this past weekend. Here are the results.
The Phantom Lake Thunder- under 11 girls finished 3-0 in the round robin and beat The Lakewood Thunder 1-0 to win Gold.
The Phantom Lake Vikings went 2-0-1 and lost in playoffs while the Phantom Lake Warriors were 2-0 before losing in semis in the under 11 boys.
The Phantom Lake Mutants under 13 boys went 0-2-1 and did not make playoffs. The Phantom Lake Lightning, under 15 girls went 2-1 in round robin. They lost Gold medal game to Aurora 1-0 to win Silver.
The Phantom Lake Storm, under 15 boys went 2-1 and did not make playoffs while the under 17 girls went 3-0 in round robin before losing 2-0 to Saskatoon to take Silver.
The Roller Goodwin Memorial Hockey Tournament is returning to Flin Flon this summer and will take place at the Whitney Forum the August long weekend.
The Flin Flon Bombers will be organizing it and are now taking registration for teams that would like to take part.
Entry fee is $850.00 per team, and you are guaranteed three games.
Contact Travis Rideout by June the 30th at 204-271-3689.
Teams that have taken part the last few years will get first priority.
A number of teams from the Phantom Lake Soccer Club will be travelling to Saskatoon for the Bridge City Classic starting on Friday.
Good luck to the Under 11 Girls Phantom Lake Thunder, Under 11 Boys Phantom Lake Vikings and Phantom Lake Warriors, Under 13 Boys Phantom Lake Mutants, Under 15 Girls Phantom Lake Lightning, Under 15 Boys Phantom Lake Storm and Under 17 Girls.
Each team is guaranteed 3 games with the playoffs on Sunday.
We will have full results on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. You can also follow the action through out the weekend at bridgecityclassic.com.
The Flin Flon Bombers announced some key signings out of their spring camp, which took place in Saskatoon back in April.
Ryder Richmond from Forest Manitoba, who is a moble puck moving defenseman who put up 68 points in 3 seasons in the Manitoba Midget AAA league with the Yellowhead Chiefs. He started last season with the Dauphin Kings.
Hunter Young a 18 year old goalie from Okotoks Alberta. Young went 3-7-3 with a gaa of 3.91 in the Alberta Midget Triple A league last year. Reagan thought he had a really good camp.
David Hibbs, a 17 year old power forward from Bay Roberts Newfoundland who had 37 points in 31 games with his Triple A Midget team including 18 goals.
A couple names Bomber fans may be familliar with, include Jaxon White who has suited up for the Beardy's Blackhawks the past couple of seasons. Last year, White had 18 points in 43 games and he did suit up in a couple of games for Flin Flon as an AP.
Matt Flodell, a 17 year old forward who played for the Midget Triple A Battleford Stars and picked up 25 points in 43 games with 10 goals.
Flodell dressed for three Bomber playoff games , collecting 2 points in 3 games with a goal and an assist.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan says they will announce more signings out of their Spring Camp in the next couple of weeks.
The Phantom Lake Golf Club is getting ready for one of their biggest tournaments of the year, the Trout Festival Open on Saturday June the 30th.
There will be two shot gun starts at 8am and 1pm. It will be $65.00 for non-members and $60.00 for members.
You get 18 holes of golf, a meal and prizes. Something new this year, you will get to pick your starting hole for first paid entries.
Call the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555.
Due to all the rain the last few weeks, the Phantom Lake Golf Club has re-scheduled the Opening Day Tournament.
The Opening Day Celebration will now take place on Saturday June the 23rd with a shotgun start at 4. You will get 9 holes of golf, prizes and a barbecue to follow.
The first Mixed 2-ball will take place this Saturday June the 16th with tee times at 3.
You can sign up for both these events at 306-688-5555.
The Flin Flon /Creighton Pickelball Club will be hosting a pair of introduction clinics this Saturday at the Steventon Bunk.
The clinics will be at 9:30 and 1 and are both free.
Paddles will be provided and court shoes are recommended. This is open to all age groups and they would like it if you would pre-register by contacting Dave Etienne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SJHL Bantam Draft took place in Nipawin during the AGM this past weekend. All 12 teams took part and got to choose 5 players.
Here are the Flin Flon Bomber selections.
Round 1- Jayden Wiens- Carrot River (4th overall)
Round 2- pass
Round 3- Ashton Ferster- Prince Albert
Round 4- Hunter Laroque- Saskatoon
Round 5- Conner Yager- Dundurn
Round 6- Grayson Chell- Saskatoon
The Harder Avalon Soccer Classic took place in Saskatoon this past weekend and a number of Flin Flon teams had very good showings. This is very impressive, when you consider the Flin Flon teams have been playing for less than a month.
Here are the results:
Under 9 Boys- FF Knights went 2-2 and did not advance to playoffs.Under 11 Girls Thunder won Gold with a 4-0 win in the final.
Under 11 Boys- Warriors beat the Phantom Lake Vikings 5-2 in Semis, then lost final to Big River to take Silver.
Under 13 Boys Mutants went 1-2 and did not advance to playoffs. Under 15 Girls Lightning lost Semi- Final to Aurora 2-0. Under 15 Boys , Phantom Lake Storm lost Semi Final to Nipawin 1-0.
Under 17 Girls, Phantom Lake Fusion went 0-3 and did not advance to playoffs.
The Flin Flon Bombers held their AGM last night at the Green Room at the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Tanya Benoit announced that she would not be seeking re-election for President after completing her one year term, and thanked all the volunteers and board members for all their hard work. Tania will stay on the board as a Director.
Travis Rideout who has been the Vice President the last two years will move into President for a two year term and is very excited about all the new people who have stepped up and will join the board this season.
Rideout mentioned that the team bus will also need some major repairs, between 20 and 30 thousand dollars and they will go ahead with the repairs as opposed to going back to charters.
Mike Reagan, the Head Coach and GM gave his report and he mentioned that 21 players will be eligible to return from last year's team. Rob Johnson is the only vet not returning.
The Bombers have 12 verbal commitments from Spring Camp, and the peremeters of the Nick Shumlanski trade from Humboldt still need to be worked out.
Jason Savill has been hired the new trainor from the University of Regina Cougars.
A dispersal draft with the Humboldt Broncos will be figured out at the league meetings in Nipawin this Friday.
Here is this year's Board Of Directors
Travis Rideout- President
Damian Dominey- Vice
David Brooks- Tresurer
Directors- Adam Ricard, Tania Benoit, Glenn Rideout, Danny Hailey, Lisa Tower, Tyanna Clarke,Eldrid Dicks, Janice Slipp, Emily Robinson, Carissa Mason, Marty Ledoux and Kelly Mansell.
The Phantom Lake Golf course is in fantastic shape and will host the first big event of the new golf season. The Opening day tournament is this Saturday and will begin with a shot gun start at 11.
This event is open for everyone including Ladies, Men and Juniors. Registration is $50. 00 for non-members and $45.00 for members.
You get 18 holes of golf, a meal and prizes.
Call the Pro- Shop to sign up at 306-688-5555.
After a very successful season ticket campaign from last season, the Flin Flon Bombers will once again be offering their fans the same great deals and incentives this year.
If you pick up a season ticket now before July the 12th, you will save $25.00. That includes Adult's, Student's , Seniors and Kids.
There is also a family rate which means if you buy one Adult or Senior season ticket, you will be able to purchase a second ticket for a Student or Child and save $100.00.
The Bombers will also be offering a payment plan and have included some great incentives.
If 400 season tickets are sold, you will receive a Bomber T-shirt, 500 a Bomber hat, 600 a Hoodie and if 1000 season tickets are sold, tickets will be reduced to $200.00.
Office hours at the Flin Flon Community Hall are 12-4 til the end of May and 10-1 from June til August.
Some other advantages to getting a season ticket include your guaranteed seat for the regular season and playoffs. A one time discount at the Souvenir booth and ticket draws for great prizes through out the season.
Call the Bomber office for more details at 204-687-4404.
There will be a new face at the Phantom Lake Golf Club this year. Jeff Boismier who is originally from Ontario is the new Club Pro and is thrilled to be in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Jeff has played professionally, consulted and built golf courses and brings a ton of experience and talent to his new post.
I caught up with Jeff on Tuesday, and had a chance to sit down and talk about how he wound up in Flin Flon and the great sport of golf. You can hear that interview here: https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
Flin Flon Minor Hockey held their AGM last night at the Victoria Inn. President Darin Mansell chaired the meeting and thanked the entire board for another successful season.
Mansell came in late last year and after jumping a few hurdles they were able to get on track.
Among the highlights, were the Novice half ice program where they noticed the skill levels went up. The Bantam AA and Pee Wee AA'S also picked up Silver medals at Provincials and enrollment was up.
Mansell also attended the Norman Hockey AGM and reported that there will be a change in how teams will qualify for provincials. You will now have to play-off in your region, which could either happen at a tournament or special dates may be booked.
Minor Hockey is excited as it looks like they may have a Double A Midget team for the first time in a number of seasons but did mention that they are lacking referees.
Numbers are down and are hoping that some new kids will step up and take the referee clinics they will be offering.
Suzie Playford, the treasurer spoke and said that Minor Hockey turned a profit for the third straight year and they are in good financial standing. The Whitney Forum and Sportex will both race their ice rates, so enrollment fees will slightly increase this fall.
Elections took place and here is your board of directors for the up coming year.
President- Darin Mansell
Vice- Wade Lowe
Secretary- Kathryn Church
Registrar- Dan Hlady
Volunteer Coordinator- Carrie Stinton
Fundraising Coordinator- Kerri- Lynn Behrman
Ice Scheduler- Donna Madarash
Referee In Chief- Todd Simms and Harvey Bolton
Special Events- Cindy Davis
Coach Coordinator- Corey Thompson
Communications Coordinator- Courtney Biberdorf
Hockey D- Ashton Crone
Novice- Tanner Brough
Atom- Chad Schwartz
Female- Jolene Gardner
Equipment Manager- Brandi Moore
The Norman Northstars held their awards night and banquet on Saturday night in Thompson. It was a good night for both Flin Flon's Jordan Pfoh and Mitchell Reid.
Pfoh took home two awards for Defensive Player Of The Year and Best Defenseman. Reid was awarded the Rookie Of The Year.
Hunter Rambow from the Pas took home the MVP, Offensive Player Of The Year and Top Scorer.
Mikey Barron was Most Popular and Jamie Valentino was Most Improved.
The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be holding their AGM next Wednesday, May the 23rd at the club house starting at 7.
There will be various reports, a financial statement and an update on course renovations.
You can also come out and meet the new club pro Jeff Boismier and find out what they have planned for 2018.
All members are welcome.
The Phantom Lake Golf course will officially open up next week for members. You can start booking tee times on Monday and come down and meet the new pro Jeff Boismier.
The golf course, the driving range and restaurant will all be open. The Pro- Shop will also be open from sun set to sun down, so come down and pick up your memberships.
The golf course is in great shape and Jeff the new Club Pro is looking forward to meeting you.
Phone 306-688-5555 for tee times and more information.
The Flin Flon Bombers will once again be hosting a wine tasting night at the Victoria Inn , June the 6th starting at 7.
There will be 11 represenitives taking part and tickets are $25.00 and can be picked up at the Bomber office, the Liquor Store and Northland Ford.
All the proceeds will go to the Bomber organization.
Flin Flon's Justin Lies made local history last Thursday when he was chosen the 12th pick in the third round of the WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants.
Lies is the highest draft pick to ever come out of Northern Manitoba and is very excited about his hockey future.
Justin stopped by the CFAR studio yesterday to share his thoughts about the draft and where he plans to play this season to get ready for his WHL career.
You can hear that interview here: https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
Congratulations to 19 year old Flin Flon Bomber forward Crystopher Collin who has committed to Bowling Green , NCAA Division 1 for the 2020-21 season.
Collin had a season to remember in his first year playing for the Bombers in the SJHL.
Not only did Collin finish second in team scoring with 50 points in 49 games but he also led the team in goals with 22. His 13 powerplay goals led the entire league.
He also won a Gold medal playing for Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan at the World JR. A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia and was only one of two players from the SJHL to be selected to play in the CJHL Prospects game.
Collin is the second Bomber in the last two weeks to pick up a scholarship, as Tyler Nyman committed to Hamlin Division 3 in Minnesota at the end of April.
Flin Flon Parks and Rec, The Town of Creighton and the Phantom Lake Soccer Club wrapped up the annual Indoor Soccer Tournament this past weekend.
For the first time ever the tournament was held at the Creighton Sportex, and both finals were played on Saturday afternoon.
2004-2006- The Jets beat MA Ironworks 2-1 and in the 2007-2009 division it was the Rockets over the Rotary 5-4 in penalty kicks.
The soccer club would like to thank all the coach's, referees, volunteers and the Town Of Creighton for all their support in hosting this tournament.
The Flin Flon Bombers will kick off their spring camp in Saskatoon at the Agriplace Arena with registration today at 11 AM, and the first practice at 1.
There will be four practices today and they will get into games tonight. Saturday everybody will play two games with the prospects game and then they will break down the top forty.
I caught up with Mike yesterday and you can hear his comments about the spring camp right here:https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
It was a day that two Northern Manitoba boys will never forget as Justin Lies and Chase Bertholet were both selected today in the WHL Bantam Draft.
Both Lies and Bertholet suited up for the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves this past season who played out of Thompson.
Lies who is from Flin Flon was selected with the 12th pick in the third round by the Vancouver Giants. He put up 62 points in 35 games including 39 goals.
Bertholet from The Pas went 6th in the 5th round and was selected by the Red Deer Rebels. In 36 games with Norman this past season, Bertholet put up 68 points including 30 goals.
Both these players have also been selected to the top 40 prospects in Manitoba and will be at a try out camp in Portage May the 11th to the 13th. This list will be reduced to 26 with those players off to represent Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer in February.
The soccer club will kick off their regular season next week at various fields around town but will get a tune-up with their annual indoor tournament which will start tonight.
For the first time ever, the indoor tournament will be played at the Sportex with two different divisions.
In the 2004-2006 Division Tonight
MA Ironworks VS The Jetst at 6
Bombers VS MA Ironworks at 8
Jets VS Bombers- Friday at 6.
Playoffs start Friday at 8 with the Championship Final, Saturday at 4.
2007-2009 Division Tonight
Co-op VS The Kinettes at 5
Rotary VS The Rockets at 7.
Playoffs start Friday at 7, with the Championship Final, Saturday at 5.
The Flin Flon Bombers will hold their AGM on Wednesday May the 30th at the Green room at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 7.
The meeting will include a Coach's and President's report as well as a financial statement provided by the Treausurer.
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions from the floor.
Elections will also take place for President, Vice President, Treasurer and 8 Director spots.
The entire public is encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to graduating Flin Flon Bomber forward Tyler Nyman who has been awarded a division 3 scholarship to attend Hamlin University next season in Minnesota.
Nyman came to the Flin Flon Bombers via a trade with the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL in the 2016-17 season.
In 65 regular season games, Nyman put up 25 points including 10 goals. He had 6 points in 24 playoff games.
Nyman battled a lot of injuries in his final year of junior, but showed a lot of resilience and guts and managed to get back in the lineup late in the season and was able to suit up for all the playoff games.
Blake Alexander who is in Creighton school and plays for the Kodiak 6 man football team got the ultimate opportunity last weekend in Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers hosted a Quarter Back Camp which was eligible for all high school kids right across Manitoba.
Blake's dad Mike found out about it, contacted the Blue Bombers and was able to get Blake registered.
There were 9 kids total, with Blake the only player from outside Winnipeg to take part in the camp which featured a lot of one on one time with Blue Bomber starting QB Matt Nichols.
Blake was in the CFAR studio for an interview to talk about the camp on Thursday and you can hear that interview right here.
5 swimmers from the Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Doves will get a chance to represent the local club when they head to Saskatoon for the Canadian Prairie Championships, May the 11th to the 13th.
There will be 317 swimmers taking part from across Canada and the United States.
The swimmers are Talissa Alexander, Rene Thompson and Cadence McIntosh for 13-15 year olds and Charity Odut and Maryn McKee 16-18 years of age.
This will be the last big swim meet of the year.
The Northern Saskatchewan Football Jamboree will take place in Laronge May the 11th to the 13th. All 8 Northern Saskatchewan teams will take part including the Creighton Kodiaks.
This will be a skills camp for kids in grades 9-11 and will give players a chance to run through all the drills and will include a full contact combine on the final day.
The Jamboree will also feature players from the Saskatchewan Rough Riders including Duron Carter and Brandon Bridge.
For more information contact Mark Williment at 1-306-425-9895.
The Phantom Lake Soccer Club is taking registration online for the upcoming season at phantomlakesoccer.com.
Registration is ongoing and the Soccer Club has reintroduced the Bumblebee program after a three year break. This is a division for 3 and 4 year olds.
Prices are $50.00 for 3-6 year olds, who play once a week, and $65.00 for 7-18 year olds who play twice a week.
The season is set to start May the 4th, indoors if needed and go til the end of June.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will hold their AGM on Tuesday May the 15th at the Victoria Inn starting at 7.
Agenda will include a President's report, Treasurer's report, re-cap of the season, questions and answers from the floor, and elections to join the executive.
Anyone affiliated with minor hockey is asked to attend. More information will be provided on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey Web-site at flinflonminorhockey.com.
The Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Jets wrapped up their year last Wednesday and handed out their season ending awards.
Here are the award winners:
Competitive Swimmer Awards:
Most Improved: Savannah Thurstan
Hardest Worker: Owen Qiu
Most Dedicated: Connor Brown
Top Novice: Eli Plamondon
Top Overall: Madison Campbell
Pre Competitive Swimmers:
Most Improved: Evalina Dauk
Hardest Worker: Josie Weins
Top Overall: Kaleb Sapergia
The Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Doves were in Regina for the Sadie Caulder Knight synchronized swimming provincials this past weekend.
A number of local swimmers did well.
In the Limited Swimmers competition
Mackenzie McLean, first in the 11-12 year old figures, Morgan Burwash, third in the 11-12 figures, Hollie Clarke and Blake Shirran, first in 10 and under duet.
Mattie Clarke, Parker Ledoux, Mackenzie McLean, third in 11-12 year old team.
Jordan Hucaluk, Jenna Thompson, Kiera Wood, Sara Mansell, Ava Wiilliams, Morgan Burwash,Jayla Roberts and Piper Sapergia Green, first in 11-12 year old team.
Stream Competitive Swimmers
Grace McIntosh, third in 8 and under figures, Grace and Madeline Sapergia Green , third in 10 and under duet.
Talissa Alexander, 10th place in 13-15 solo, Maryn McKee, 6th place in 16-18 solo.
The Aqua Doves local water show will take place this Thursday April the 19th at 7.
Congratulations to Carson Lee who won a Bronze medal at the Canadian National Wrestling Championships in Edmonton this past weekend.
Carson won the Bronze in the Juvenile (grade 11's and 12's), only losing one match all day.
Carson also won all his matches on Saturday to secure him the 80kg spot to represent Canada at the under 17 Pan American Championships and World Championships.
Flin Flon will now have two boys representing their country over the next 6 months, with Carson joining his brother Hunter.
Hunter won the 92kg spot at the Junior (under 21) National team three weekends ago in Montreal. He will be competing in the Junior Pan American Games and Junior World Championships.
Carson will be heading off to Guatemala, the United States and Croatia, while Hunter is off to Brazil, Italy, the US and Slovakia.
The Flin Flon Bombers will host their annual spring camp in Saskatoon at the Agriplace Arena, May the 4th to the 6th.
The Bombers are expecting between 80 to 100 kids between 15 and 18 years old. Mike Reagan the Head Coach and GM is expecting a very high calibre of skill.
If you are interested in taking part contact the Bomber office at :204-687- 4404.
The SJHL Board of Governors held a scheduled conference call today to decide whether the league would move ahead with the Canalta Cup finals.
The SJHL website has announced that alll 12 league Governors unanimously decided to carry on with the season.
The message from the board of the Humboldt Broncos was "The Power of healing is in the game."
Nipawin will play Estevan with the Bruins advancing after bouncing the defending league champion Battleford Stars in 5 games. The Hawks were up 3 games to 1 on the Broncos before the unthinkable happened on Friday night.
The Hawks had the best record in the regular season and will host games 1 and 2 this Saturday and Sunday.
The rest of the schedule looks like this.
Game 3- Tues April 17th in Estevan
Game 4- Weds April 18th in Estevan
Game 5- Friday April 20th in Nipawin
Game 6 -Sunday April 22nd in Estevan
Game 7 - Tuesday April 24th in Nipawin
A tremendous amount of support continues to surround the Humboldt Broncos after their horrific bus crash which claimed 16 lives with the passing of trainer Dayna Brons earlier today.
I had a chance to catch up with former Bronco board member and local buisinesman Mike Yager who I got to know very well in my 20 plus years travelling to Humboldt.
Mike along with his wife Shannon own and operate Spotlight Sport and Corporite Wear and have been huge sponsors of the Humboldt Broncos for many years.
The Yagers have designed Humboldt Strong t-shirts and sweatshirts and are donating all the profits to the families that have been affected by the crash.
The response has been overwhelming with orders coming in from all over the world. Mike took some time to talk to us yesterday and was able to share how the citizens of Humboldt are banding together in one of the worst tragedies in the history of Saskatchewan.
You can hear that interview here:https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
Creighton Rec, Flin Flon Parks and Rec and the Phantom Lake Soccer Club are hosting an indoor soccer tournament in Creighton May the 3rd to the 5th.
This is open to kids born between 2004 and 2009.
Register in person at the Town Of Creighton office, at Creighton Rec. You can also call 306-688-3538. Registration deadline is April the 18th at 5pm.
It is $30.00 per person and all the games will be played at the Creighton Sportex.
Flin Flon's Tanner and Jeremy Dutcawich who both suited up for the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba Midget AAA hockey league this past season were recognized for their fine play.
Yellowhead held their year end awards this past Thursday and announced that 17 year old Jeremy, the team's no. one goalie was selected as the team's MVP.
Jeremy was among the league leaders in wins with 22, posted 4 shut outs and finished with a gaa of 2.91 and a save % of 9.02.
His brother Tanner who is 15 was selected as the team's most improved player. Tanner collected 23 points in 48 games including 15 goals and 8 assists.
In the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy from the weekend the Flin Flon Bombers will be holding a candle vigil tonight at the Whitney Forum starting at 7.
The Bombers are encouraging everybody to wear Green and bring a candle and donations will be accepted at this time.
Ped's Threads will be doing a fundraiser for the Broncos by selling Humboldt Strong sweatshirts, T-shirts and Ladies T-shirts.
100% of the profits will go to the victims of the families of the tragedy.
The Go-Fund me page has raised over $4 million dollars for all the families affected so far.
# we are broncos.
The City Of Flin Flon , the FFSD and Football Manitoba are bringing Flag Football to Flin Flon this spring and coach's from Football Manitoba will be coming to town to teach the kids how to play.
Clinics will take place the weekend of April the 20th and 21st for kids kindergarten to grade 8 plus potential refs and coach's at Ruth Betts and McIsaac.
Classes will take place Friday April the 20th in the morning at Ruth Betts and afternoon at McIsaac.
The Coaching Clinic is Friday 5:30-9:30 PM, the Referee Clinic is Saturday 9-noon, and also on Saturday there will be a Flag Football Tournament, 1-5 at McIsaac.
For questions and to sign up contact Cait Bailey at the Rec office at 204-681-7542.
Sign up is totally free.
The Flin Flon Bombers season has come to an end and the future sure looks bright, with only four players not eligible to come back next season.
Saying that, the four players who are all graduating due to age, left a lasting legacy with the Maroon and White including captain Ben Lanfermann and goaltender Brenden Newton.
Both these players played their entire career in a Bomber uniform and had many big nights and memories about playing in Flin Flon.
I had a chance to sit down with these two great players at the Awards night last Thursday as we chatted about what it meant to be a Bomber.
You can hear that interview here:https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
THE NORMAN AAA NORTHSTARS ARE NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON
INCLUDE A RESUME WITH YOUR APPLICATION
APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL APRIL 30TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL BRAD SALAMANDYK @ 204-679-2251 or JOHN McNEVIN @ 204-307-3197
Good luck to the Flin Flon Creighton Aqua Doves who are off to Regina for their Provincial Championships, April the 14th to the 15th.
The Aqua Doves will have four competitive Stream Swimmers competing including Maryn Mckee 16-18 Solo,Talissa Alexander 13-15 Solo , Grace Mcintosh and Madelyn Sapergia Green 10 and under Duet.
The event is named after Sadie Caulder Knight who pioneered synchronized swimming in Saskatchewan.
The Aqua Doves will host their own local water show on Thursday April the 19th at the Aqua Centre.
Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball registration will take place this Saturday April the 7th and 21st at the Creighton Sportex lobby.
Registration time is 11-3 both days, and you will need your registration fee cash or cheque, post dated volunteer/jersey deposit for $100.00 and $50.00 for 50/50 tickets.
The Divisions will include Blastball for 3-4 year olds, T-Ball for 5-6, Rookie, 7-8, Mosquito,9-10, Pee Wee, 11-12 and Bantam, 13-14+.
The Flin Flon Bombers officially called it a season with their annual Awards night and Gala last night at the Flin Flon Community Hall.
A big thanks to Chicken Chef for a delicious supper and to all the players, coach's, board members, volunteers, fans , sponsors and parents for making it out for the festivities.
Four players will be graduating, including Captain Ben Lanfermann, goalie Brenden Newton and forwards Jordan McCausland and Tyler Nyman. All four of these fine young men were great ambassadors for the hockey club and will all be successful in their next stage in life.
Lanfermann and Newton both cleaned up at the year end awards last night taking home 5 awards between them.
Here is last night's complete list of Award Winners.
Diane Krokosz Memorial- Most Gentlemanly Player- Caleb Moretz
FF Bombers - Most Popular- Calvon Boots
Howard Fox Courier- Mr Hustle- Daylan Marchi
Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Donovan Houle Villeneuve
Creighton Furniture- Defensive Player Of The Year- Ben Lanfermann
Royal Bank 3 Star Award- First- Brenden Newton, Second- Nate Hooper and Third- Chystopher Collin
George Leel- Most Points- Nate Hooper
Patty Ginnell- Most Improved- Donovan Houle Villeneuve
Nick Oklobdzija- Rookie Of The Year- Calvon Boots and Crystopher Collin
Darcy Bancroft- Best Defenseman- Ben Lanfermann
CFAR MVP- Brenden Newton
Chicken Chef Unsung Hero- Ethan Daniels
MVP- Playoffs for Burkees Sports Lounge- Brenden Newton
Pat Spiller- Top Goal Scorer- Crystopher Collin
Coach's Award- Tyler Nyman
The Bombers will now prepare for their spring camp in Saskatoon coming up May the 4th to the 6th.
You will have one more opportunity to congratulate the Flin Flon Bombers on a gutsy and well played season this Thursday.
The annual Flin Flon Bomber Awards Gala will take place at the Flin Flon Community Hall with cocktails at 5:30. Dinner will be at 6:30 and the awards handed out at 8.
Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids, or just $15.00 for the awards.
You can pick up tickets at the Bomber office at the FF Community Hall til Wednesday at 4.
The Flin Flon Rotary Club is preparing for one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, the Flinty Fishing Derby at Bakers Narrows on Sunday April the 8th between 11 and 2.
First prize is $25,000.00 and second prize is a boat while third place a quad. Over $100,000.00 worth of prizes will be handed out over the weekend.
Tickets are $100.00 and can be picked up at Kleen-All or purchased on line at flintyfishderby.com.
All proceeds will go to local projects across the north.
It may go down as one of the most impressive goaltending displays in Flin Flon Bomber history. Brenden Newton did everything he could to extend the Bombers season on Friday night in Nipawin.
It took 54 shots before the Hawks were able to get a puck past the veteran goaltender in a game for the ages.
The game was scoreless after 60 minutes and it looked like we may be headed to a second overtime but the SJHL Defenseman of the year Josh McDougall would end it with 0.1 of a second left on the board.
McDougall was able to swoop in from the point and fire a nice shot over Newton's right shoulder for the 1-0 win and series victory.
This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Bombers who were killing off their third penalty of overtime and a very controversial call to Ethan Daniels.
There were a lot of calls both ways in the series and for the life of me I just don't understand why they don't let these teams decide it 5 on 5.
Nipawin takes the SJHL Quarter Final 4 games to 1, but this series could of gone either way. The Bombers looked like they had game 2, but once again were short handed a lot late in the game and the Hawks were able to capitalize.
You have to give the Hawks goalie Declan Hobbs credit as well as he turned away all 33 Bomber shots and was very strong in the third period. Flin Flon out shot Nipawin 13-7 in the final frame and had some pretty good chances to win it.
Caleb Moretz had the best chances and was turned away at leat two times on point blank oppurtunities.
Flin Flon has nothing to hang their head about as they played their hearts out and got a very nice ovation from the Nipawin crowd as they skated off the ice Friday.
This is a team that has a very bright future and only turn over four players for next season.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan continues to be the leader in this league in recruiting and will add two players from Humboldt for the futures in the Nik Shumlanski trade.
Good luck to the four 20 year old's including captain Ben Lanfermann who Mike Reagan described as one of the best leaders that he ever had. I will miss a lot of the thunderous checks that Ben delivered and was in on almost every single Crunch Of The Game highlight on our Bomber radio broadcasts.
Tyler Nyman, who missed a good chunk of the season with an injury but was able to make his way back to the lineup and created a lot of positive energy and scored some big goals down the stretch.
Jordan McCausland also had a tough year with injuries but stayed with the team and is the consimate team player and very popular in the locker room. His energy and the way he battled every night will be missed.
Brenden Newton played a lot of great games in a Bomber uniform and couldn't of played any better in his final game of junior hockey. I sure hope he gets a scholorship as he is one of the berst goalies I have seen in my 20 plus years covering this league.
A big thanks to the executive and all the volunteers as all your efforts are much appreciated and of course the best fans in the league. I think we can all agree that without you there is no team.
Good luck to the Nipawin Hawks who are in pursuit of their first championship since 1990. They will move on to face Humboldt who eliminated Melfort in 5 games, which wrapped up Saturday.
The Bombers will call it a season with their year end awards and banquet this Thursday at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 5:30 with cocktails. Dinner at 6:30 and the awards will be handed out at 8. You can pick up tickets for $25.00 at the Bomber office.
For the third straight year both the men and women would hold their year end bonspiel the same weekend.
This is a long standing tradition in our community and marked 87 years in the great sport of curling.
Ladies A-side Final Evans over Chrisp
B-side Hardy beat Petersen
C-side Salahub knocked off Kostochuk
Don Holmes beat Harley Eagle 7-5 in the A-side final and for the Club Championship.
B-side Kennedy got by Groff 7-6
C-side- McCluckie slipped past Levers 8-5.
The Uptown Curling Club would like to thank all the major sponsors, Hudbay, FF Construction, FF Insurance and KFC.
The 27th annual Hudbay Hockey tournament wrapped up earlier today at the Whitney Forum.
The Electrical Department won the A-side doubling up on Snow Lake 6-3. Brad Hancock led the way with a pair of goals and Ryan Fox had three assists. Last year's tournament MVP, Chris Bortis was a non-factor.
The Carpenters beat the Powerhouse 6-4 to take the B-side. Bo Leanard had three points.
The C side went right down the wire with Triple 7 squeezing by the Zinc Plant 8-7 in a shoot out. Alex Croft picked up the shoot out winner. Jesse Ewing scored 4 goals for the Zinc Plant.
The 87th annual Men's and Ladies Bonspiels will kick off later tonight at the Uptown Curling Club. There will be 13 Men's teams and 12 Ladies teams.
Here are the opening Draws
Hardy VS Burwash
Rice VS Tower
Kostachuk VS Evans
Chrisp VS Gonzalwz
Streitle VS Petersen
Rodnisky VS Salahub
Holmes VS Groff
Munson VS McCluckie
Gogal VS Kennedy
Reeves VS Anderson
Connelly VS Needham
Peake VS Eagle
Draws will continue through out the weekend with the Finals Sunday at 3.
The 27th annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Whitney Forum with Triple 7, Electrical, Powerhouse, Carpenters, Zinc Plant, Boiler Makers and Snow Lake all taking part.
Here is the schedule
5:00- Triple 7 VS Electrical
6:30- Powerhouse VS Carpenters
8:00- Zinc Plant VS Boilermakers
9:30- Snow LaKe VS Triple 7
9:00 Carpenters VS Zinc Plant
10:15- Electrical VS Powerhouse
11:30-Boliermakers VS Snow Lake
12:45- Triple 7 VS Zinc Plant
2:00- Electrical VS Carpenters
3:15- Powerhouse VS Boilermakers
4:30- Zinc Plant VS Snow Lake
C-Final at 11:30
B-Final at 1
A-Final at 2:30
The Nipawin Hawks started slow, but picked it up when they had to and skated to a 5-2 victory last night at the Whitney Forum.
Issac Jackson would open up the scoring when he snuck a shot through from the blue line on a screened Declan Hobbs to put the Bombers up 1-0 and get the crowd going early.
Nipawin had gone almost eight periods without an even strength goal, but that changed when Jake Trembley converted on a three on one break, to tie the game at one.
The Hawks scored the only two goals of the second period courtesy of Harasymuk and a short handed goal from Brandan Arnold. Arnold is killing the Bombers in this series with 10 points in four games.
With the Hawks up 3-1 early in the third, Tyler Nyman would grab a loose puck in the neautral zone and streaked down the ice and put a wrist shot past Hobbs to make it 3-2.
The Bombers were back in buisiness and Dawson McKenzie would get a couple of glorious chances to tie the game but Hobbs stoned him on both occasions.
Nipawin weathered the strorm and scored two more goals in the third from Harasymuk and Arnold into the empty net to make the final score 5-2.
Once again I thought the Bombers played well but couldn't get a bounce. You also have to give Declan Hobbs credit for making some timely saves.
Special teams have been a big part of the series but neither team could muster a power play goal last night and were a combined 0 for 10. Although Nipawin did score a short handed goal.
Final shots were 38-29 in favour of the Bombers.
The Hawks are in the drivers seat and lead the series 3 games to 1 and will have a chance to close it out at home on Friday. I expect Nipawin to come out very hard as they remember what happened last year when they couldn't put away Flin Flon.
This will be a big challenge for the young Bombers as the Hawks have only lost two games at home in regulation all season. This team never gives up and want to desperately get the series back to Flin Flon for game 6 on Saturday.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 and drop of the puck from Nipawin at 8:30.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey officially wrapped up their season last night with the Tri- Ad Realty Awards Gala at the Flin Flon Community Hall.
Awards were presented in the Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and Bantam Divisions
Here are all the award winners:
Most Inspirational-Sam Dallas
Most Improved- Caleb Jackson
Top Defenseman- Hailey Biberdorf
Most Sportsmanlike - Rory Ford
Top Goaltender - Joslyn Tetlock
MVP - tie- Kysen McCullum & Brayden Church
Most Inspirational - Myles Koivisto
Most Improved - tie - Kaleb Lycan & Thayden Mohr
Top Defenseman - Evin Davis
Most Sportsmanlike - Oliver Atchison
Top Goaltender - Bailey Schwartz
MVP - Evan Reid
Most Inspirational - Ethan Eberts
Most Improved - MacKenzi Schwartz
Top Defenseman - Marcus Kennedy
Most Sportsmanlike - Gianna Watt
Top Goaltender - tie- Lia Yaworski & Ryan Pedwell
Esso team awards were also handed out for all four divisions
A solid effort last night, as the Bombers got back in their SJHL Quarter Final Series with the no.1 seed Nipawin Hawks.
Flin Flon picked up the hard fought 3-2 win and now trail the best of seven affair 2 games to 1.
After a scoreless first period, the Bombers found the back of the net twice when Brandson Heine scored just 1:24 into the middle frame. He picked up a loose puck and fired a shot over top of Declan Hobbs's right shoulder to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy.
Ethan Daniels made it 2-0 when he swooped down the ice on a break away and flipped a puck over Hobbs's right pad. One of the nicest goals I have seen in a long time and maybe the goal of the playoffs so far.
Brandon Arnold answered that with his fourth of the series connecting on a one timer just outside the left circle on the powerplay. Flin Flon led 2-1 after 2.
You knew that a one goal lead wouldn't be enough to put Nipawin away so more offense would be needed. The Bombers got that, taking advantage of a 5 on 3 powerplay when Crystopher Collin parked himself in front of the net and jammed home his third of the playoffs.
Just what the doctor ordered with the Bombers jumping out 3-1. They really needed that goal as the SJHL Defemseman Of The Year, Josh McDougall would add his second of the series just inside the Bomber line for another powerplay goal.
That is as close as the Hawks would get, as Brenden Newton would hold them off the rest of the way including a huge save off McDougall in the dieing seconds. Newton ended up with 28 saves, while Hobbs stopped 39 out of 42.
Special teams remain a big part of the series as the Bombers were 1 for 6 on the PP, while the Hawks went 2 for 6. Flin Flon hasn't allowed a 5 on 5 goal in the last two games, and the Hawks have gone 7 and half periods with no goals even strength.
Tonight's game 4 should be very interesting as to how Nipawin responds after last night's loss and are considered the huge favorites. This young Bomber squad has gained even more confidence and a win tonight could go a very long way.
No matter what go's down, once again you will have the best seat in the house with Creighton Furniture Bomber Hockey, including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10, and drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum after dropping the first two games at the Cage in Nipawin last weekend in the SJHL Quarter Final Series.
The Hawks have out scored the Bombers 8-2 in the two games with 4 of the 8 goals scored on the powerplay, including two 5 on 3's.
Some home cooking may be exactly what the Bombers need as they have always been a good team at the Whitney Forum. 16 of Flin Flon's 24 wins this season, came at the Forum including both their victories against the Hawks.
It was game three that turned the series around against Nipawin last year and Flin Flon is hoping history will repeat itself starting tonight.
One area that the Bombers will have to get better is getting more traffic and creating some offensive chances against Declan Hobbs. I can't recall one time in the first two games where Hobbs had to make a second or third save.
Give Nipawin credit, they are playing very tight in front of him and haven't given the Bombers much room to create any offense.
If Flin Flon's snipers can break through and start getting chances, this could start to be a lot more interesting series. The Bombers are also going to have to find a way to slow down Brandon Arnold who is leading both teams with 6 points in the two games.
Brenden Newton continues to play well, and has kept the Bombers in the two games, and was exceptional in the 3-1 loss on Saturday.
The mood is very positive and this young Bomber squad is looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd for the first time in over a week. Dylan Burton and Brody Madarash will make their return to the lineup tonight, while Marchi, Houle and McCausland all remain out.
Don't forget to pick up your playoff tickets today at the Bomber office at the FF Community Hall between now and 3PM.
Puck drop is 7:30 and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.
The Uptown Curling rink will host the 87th annual Ladies and Men's Curling Bonspiels starting this Friday.
This will be the third year that both bonspiels will take place the same weekend.
Among the highlights, an elimination draw for a weekend fishing trip, a draw for a return flight to Winnipeg from Calm Air and a banquet.
It is $180.00 per rink and the entry deadline is today. You can enter at Kick It Sports. Junior Curlers can curl for free.
We will have the opening draws posted later in the week.
Montreal hosted the Junior/Senior Wrestling Nationals this past weekend and Flin Flon's Hunter and Carson Lee continued their dominance in the sport.
Carson won a Bronze Medal in the 79 KG weight class.
Hunter won two Gold medals in the 92 KG weight class and Junior Greco- Roman Style. He also won a Silver medal in the over Senior 21 category.
Hunter has now qualified for the Junior National team and was awarded Outstanding Male Wrestler for Greco.
Carson will continue training for Cadet National/ Juvenile Provincials in Edmonton in April and will be looking to represent Canada with the under 17 team once again.
It was a great effort by the Senior Hapnot Queens who were representing the Northern region at Basketball Provincials in Dominion City over the weekend.
The Queens beat Killarney 52-46 and Gimli 54-42 to reach the final.
It looked like the Queens may take their first ever Provincial Basketball title, but came up a bucket short losing to Warren 45-43.
This will end one of the best Queen's basketball seasons in recent memory.
FCI out of Cranberry represented the boys and started well beating Green Valley 71-60 to kick off the tournament.
They lost to Niverville 100-50 in the Semi, before dropping an 84-80 game to Macgregor to finish fourth overall.
The Flin Flon Bombers find themselves down two games to none in the SJHL Quarter Final Series against Nipawin, after a pair of losses on the weekend.
The Hawks took both games by scores of 5-1 and 3-1.
I thought if Flin Flon could weather the first ten minutes they would be ok. They had a couple of good chances early and couldn't convert before the Hawks went to work.
The Arnold brothers did a lot of the damage on Friday with 5 points between them including the first two goals in the opening period.
Brandon Arnold's first of the playoffs ended up the game winner at 18:26 of the first period. Adams, Mikesch and Baetsen scored the other Nipawin goals.
Nate Hooper had the lone Bomber goal, his first of the post season. Final shots were 32-31 in favour of the Bombers, but most were held to the outside.
Despite the opening game loss, Flin Flon was happy with how they played and realized that if they could have converted some of their early chances, the game may have had a different outcome.
The same two clubs squared off on Saturday, and this time the Bombers scored first on an early powerplay goal from Isaac Jackson to put Flin Flon up 1-0 after 1.
The Bombers looked very determined to win this game and were skating hard and were holding their own with the top club in the league.
Penalties would change the momemtum in a hurry and Nipawin who had the top PP in the league turned things in their favour with a couple of 5 on 3 chances.
Arnold and McDougall both scored and Nipawin was once again in the driver's seat 2-1 after 2.
Flin Flon was still very much in this game, but had a tough time getting any close chances in tight on Declan Hobbs who only had to make 7 saves in the third period.
Brandon Arnold would score another powerplay goal late, for his third of the series as Nipawin picked up the 3-1 victory.
A frustrating night for the Maroon and White, who handled the Hawks 5 on 5, but spent too much time in the box. The Hawks were on the powerplay 9 times, converting on 3, which included two 5 on 3 goals.
Nipawin had the number one powerplay in the regular season, so they are always dangerous, especially when you are two men down. The Bombers finished 1 for 8.
Mike Reagan was very upset on the CFAR Post game Show and thought a lot of the penalties were not deserved, but was optimistic that his club could get back in the series when it resumes in Flin Flon Tuesday and Wednesday.
They are certainly getting the goaltending as Brenden Newton is being called upon to make a lot of big saves and he is getting the job done. The sliding left pad save on Chrstian Bosa in the second period last night may be the save of the post season.
If the Bombers can stay out of the penalty box and start to get a little offense, they should be able to get back in this series. Brenden Newton is dialled in and continues to keep them in games.
Games three and four are back at the Whitney Forum this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts.
The Senior Hapnot Queens are wrapping up their season at High School Basketball Provincials in Dominion City.
The Queens started well with a 52-46 win over Killarney and will play in the Semi Final tomorrow against Gimli at 2pm.
The Championship Final is set to go Saturday at 4.
FCI out of Cranberry is representing the North for boys, and they also won their first game beating Green Valley 71-60.
They play Niverville in the Quarters later today. The Championship Final is also Saturday at 4.
Even after dropping the first game 6-4 at the Whitney Forum on Sunday, the Bombers found a way to come back and take the Survivor Series 3 games to 2 over Notre Dame.
It didn't look good for Flin Flon who had their backs against the wall in a short series, needing to win both games in Wilcox.
Flin Flon took it game by game with a 4-3 OT win on Tuesday and followed that up with a 4-1 win last night.
Brandson Heine was the OT hero, scoring 3:48 into the extra period which added some much needed confidence for the deciding game.
Donovan Houle- Villeneuve was dialled in and let the way with the natural hat-trick as he ended up with 6 goals in the three games to pace the Bombers. Heine also scored into the empty net for his third of the series to cap the victory.
Houle seems to be anticipating where the puck is going on the ice and was a one man wrecking crew in the series and scored a lot of big goals.
Brenden Newton looks like the goalie of old and was key in both wins including 34 saves last night and it looks like it may take a perfect shot to beat him. He is seeing everything and has had incredible rebound control. He is moving very well and also looks very confident.
Newton is 20 and showed that he doesn't want this season to end any time soon.
Jack Flaman was the only Hound to beat him in Wilcox as he scored all four of their goals.
I wasn't surprised with last night's outcome as I mentioned to Mike Reagan on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that his team looked poised and were the team attacking all night long. A total reversal from what fans saw at the Whitney Forum on Sunday.
Flin Flon won't have long to celebrate as they are back on the ice tomorrow in Nipawin, to face the top team overall in the regular season in the SJHL Quarter Finals.
Nipawin finished with 93 points and only lost two games in regulation all season at the Cage. The Hawks also took 6 out of the 8 head to head meetings with the Bombers, but that really doesn't mean anything heading into the weekend.
We all know the playoffs are a different animal and I would never want to bet against one of Mike Reagan's teams. The Bombers have beat the Haks in the playoffs, twice in the last 6 years, including a nice come back last year.
Nipawin had the Bombers down 3-1 and couldn't put the final nail in the coffin, and Flin Flon just kept getting better in rallying for the 4-3 series victory.
Doug Johnson is also notorious for having good regular seasons, then struggling in the playoffs. Nipawin hasn't beat a Sherwood opponent in the playoffs in 8 years and may be the heavy favorite, but the pressure is all on them.
This young Flin Flon team is having fun, and like the role as the under dog and will give Nipawin everything that they can handle. This is a matchup that a lot of people wanted to see and will provide great entertainment for both communities.
Here is the series breakdown in MB time.
Friday March 16th at Nipawin- 8:30
Saturday March 17th at Nipawin-8:30
Tuesday March 20th at Flin Flon 7:30
Wednesday March 21st- at Flin Flon 7:30
Friday March 23rd at Nipawin 8:30
Saturday March 24th at Flin Flon 7:30
Tuesday March 27th at Nipawin 8:30
All games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers traveled to the Pas for provincials this past weekend, making it all the way to the champiosnhip game. They came up just short faling to Dauphin 3-1. Conner Colgan getting the lone goal for Flin Flon. Congratulations on their silver medal.
The Flin Flon Bombers head into tonight's Survivor Series with the Notre Dame Hounds on a bit of a roll after crushing Laronge 8-3 in the final game of the regular season Friday night.
Matter of fact, since Christmas this has been a different team going 14-8-2-2 down the stretch including some big wins over Nipawin, Melfort and Battleford, the top three clubs.
Flin Flon is also getting healthy at the right time with Doug Johnson, Tyler Nyman and Brody Madarash all getting back into the lineup. No word yet on Jordan McCausland.
Tonight's matchup at the Whitney Forum will be the first game in a best of 3, so a good start for the Bombers will be crucial with the next two at the Duncan Mcneill Arena in Wilcox.
The season series was even at 2 wins a piece. The Hounds beat the Bombers at the Showcase and their first meeting in Wilcox back on October the 12th.
Flin Flon won the last two meetings including the only game at the Whitney Forum, 4-3 at the end of October and their most recent meeting in Notre Dame 4-3, a little over a week ago.
The Hounds are a lot different team in the second half of the season after it looked like they may challenge for a top 5 spot earlier in the year.
Since the injury to their no.1 goalie Jacob Standen, wins have been tough to come by for the Hounds in the second half of the season. Notre Dame only have 5 wins in their last 15 games and literally limped into the post season.
These two teams are no strangers to each other and will meet in the playoffs for the third time in 4 years including the Bombers 4-1 series win last Spring.
Goaltending will be a big factor, with the Bombers having the edge with the experienced Brenden Newton and six series wins already on his resume, including last year's 5 game winner against the Hounds in the opening round.
Notre Dame do have some dangerours forwards in Longjohn,Smedsrud and Hamm, and if they get on track they may be tough to stop. I believe Flin Flon is deeper and have more secondary scoring, so I will give them the edge in this category as well.
In a short three game series anything can happen and dicipline will go a long way's too.
It all kicks off tonight at the Whitney Forum at 7:30, with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10. We will broadcast all the Bomber playoff games including, games 2 and 3 (if necessary ) from Wilcox, Tuesday and Wednesday. Remember with the time change we arn't on the air til 8:10 MB time.
The Manitoba Winter Games wrapped up in Thompson this weekend, and the host community did a wonderful job hosting the event for a second time.
Final medal standings were : Winnipeg Gold- 156 total medals, Winnipeg Blue- 108, East 83, West 54, South 53 and Team North 21 including 7 Gold.
Flin Flon athletes did very well with the Flin Flon Aqua Jets picking up a number of medals in the pool.
Jordan Gorrell picked up two Bronze in the 100 Metre Backstroke and 100 Metre Individual Medley.
Connnor Brown won a Silver in the 200 Mixed Metre Relay and a Bronze in the Freestyle Relay.
Other members of the Flin Flon Aqua Jets that competed were: Madison Campbell, Savannah Thurston, Eli Plamondon, Brennen Sapergia Green, Dax Lawrence and Cory Lane.
In Boys Bantam Hockey Team North beat Team South 7-6 for the Bronze. Flin Flon's Justin Lies was on the team and had two assists in four games.
In Girls Bantam Hockey, Team North lost the Bronze Medal game to Winnipeg Gold 3-2 in OT. Flin Flon's Joie Simon, the youngest player on the team had 3 assists in 5 games and played very well.
Flin Flon also had a number of athletes compete in gymnastics including coach Casey Ranks, Shayna Mucha, Navea Simard, Grace Dubinak and Shonte Church. All athletes were able to pick up personal best scores.
The JV Queens Basketball team wrapped up their season yesterday at Provincials in Somerset.
Hapnot dropped a 45-29 game to Teulon on Friday, which sent them to the B-side. The Queens battled but lost to Prairie Mountain 50-40, which eliminated them from Provincials and ended their season.
The SR Queens are off to Provincials this weekend in Dominion City. Hapnot is ranked third going in. FCI out of Cranberry is off to Gretna for Boy's Provincials and they are ranked fifth.
You can see their schedules at: mhsaa.ca.
It is game number 58 for the Flin Flon Bombers who will close out the SJHL regular season tonight against the Laronge Ice Wolves at the Whitney Forum.
With the come from behind win over Melfort on Tuesday, the Bombers locked down 9th place and will host game 1 of the best of 3 Survivor Series on Sunday.
Flin Flon still doesn't know who they will play as Notre Dame leads Weyburn by 1 point for 7th. The Wings are in Yorktin tonight and need a victory to leap frog the Hounds. If Weyburn loses or ties, Notre Dame will finish 7th and play Melville, and the Wings will face the Bombers.
I am sure there will be a lot of scoreboard watching tonight.
Mike Reagan is expected to sit a few of his regulars as the Bombers are a bit banged up and do not have a lot of time to get rest for Sunday.
Nik Anderson, Flin Flon's third string goalie is expected to get the start tonight.
Laronge comes to town reeling, losing 8 out of their last 10 and will miss the playoffs for the second straight year with only 10 wins on the entire season.
How ever the Wolves have played the Bombers tough and have beaten them three times including a 4-3 OT win in Flin Flon on January the 19th. Laronge also mounted a nice third period come back in their last meeting, dropping a 7-6 SO loss on February the 3rd.
Wins have not been easy against the Wolves and I expect them to play their hearts out and try to wrap up their season with a win.
The Bombers look good heading into the post season with a record of: 11-8-2-2 since Christmas and are starting to find ways to win on the road.
Flin Flon only had two road wins before Christmas, but have reeled off 6 in the past couple of months.
Game time is 7:30 tonight and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast, plus all the playoff games.
You can pick up your playoff tickets today at the Bomber office at the Community Hall, between 12-4.
The Uptown Curling Club will host a Mixed Open Bonspiel on Friday and Saturday March the 16th and 17th.
You will play 6 end games, minimum 4 ends to be played. Poker Style Draw, best hand wins.
The deadline to register is Wednesday March the 14th at 9pm.
Entry fee is $120.00,with 12 teams only.
The Flin Flon Bombers found themselves down by a goal after two periods of play, but a strong third period helped them come back to beat a solid Melfort Mustangs team last night at the Whitney Forum 4-3.
Rob Johnson would tie the game with a short handed goal midway through the final frame to spark the Maroon and White who kept pouring on the pressure.
Hunter Arps was holding the Stangs in there with some quality saves late in the game and it looked like we might need extra time.
Flin Flon really wanted this one bad and Brandson Heine was able to score his second of the game with only 34 seconds remaining , to power the Bombers to their 23rd win of the year and 13th since Christmas.
Ben Lanfermann had the other Bomber goal, with Warkentine (2) and Ruschkowski replying for Melfort.
Over 700 in attendance last night and I think it is safe to say that the Bomber faithful are ready for the post season.
The Bombers out shot the Mustangs 35-30 last night including 13-7 in the third period. Special teams were also in Flin Flon's favour going 2 for 4 on the PP, while Melfort was 0 for 4. Rob Johnson also had the big short handed goal.
The Mustangs take the season series 5-3, but the Bombers did play Melfort very well with two games being decided by 1 goal.
With last night's win Flin Flon will clinch 9th overall with 54 points and one game remaining in the season. Melville has two games left with 50 points, but the Bombers own the tie breaker.
Flin Flon will close out the regular season this Friday against Laronge at the Whitney Forum. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call.
The Bombers still don't know who they will play in the Survivor Series as Notre Dame beat Humboldt last night to jump one point up on Weyburn for 7th.
The Hounds don't have any more games left and the Wings will close out their season in Yorkton Friday needing a win to finish 7th. Notre Dame has the tie breaker.
No matter who the Bombers opponent will be, the Survivor Series will start at the Whitney Forum on Sunday with games two and three if necessary on the road Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Pas will host Bantam AA Hockey Provincials this weekend at the Roy H Johnston Arena. The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are the defending Provincial champions and will be in a pool with OCN, Cross Lake, Dauphin, Peguis, Thompson and Sagkeeng.
Flin Flon will open up against OCN, Friday at 2 and will face Sagkeeng Saturday at 10.
Playoffs will start later on Saturday afternoon with all the Championship games on Sunday.
The Hapnot JV Queens Basketball team are off to Somerset Manitoba this weekend for Provincials.
Hapnot will take on Teulon this Friday at 2, and if they win they will play Friday night at 7:15.
If they lose they will move to the B-side and play Saturday at 11:45.
The Championship Final is set to go Saturday at 5.
Even though the Bombers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Estevan Bruins on Saturday it was still a very successful road trip.
Flin Flon will come home with 5 out of a possible 8 points and are holding on to 9th spot with two more games remaining on the season.
No game was bigger than the Bombers beating Melville 4-3 in OT on Wednesday, as they lead the Mills by 2 points with both teams playing 56 games.
I think Flin Flon ran out of gas in Estevan, as it was their fouth game in five nights and they really take their toll on you especially at this time of year.
Goals came from Marchi, Daniels and Boots. The Bombers were heavilly out shot 47-34 and Brenden Newton once again kept his team in the game.
Flin Flon still doesn't know who they are going to play in the Survivor Series as Kindersley has 63 points, Weyburn 62 and Notre Dame 61. The Klippers are in the drivers seat with two games remaing while the Wings and Hounds just have one.
The Bombers will finsh up with two games at home including Melfort on Tuesday and Laronge on Friday.
102.9 CFAR will broadcast the last game of the regular season against Laronge and all Bomber playoff games including the Survivor Series which could start as early as Sunday. We will have more information later in the week.