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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

If Nec

Game 5- Friday April 20th in Nipawin

Game 6 -Sunday April 22nd in Estevan

Game 7 - Tuesday April 24th in Nipawin

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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THE NORMAN AAA NORTHSTARS ARE NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON

 

HEAD COACH

 

ASSISTANT COACHES

 

MANAGER

 

EQUIPMENT MANAGER

 

TRAINER

 

SAFETY

 

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

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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.

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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+.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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

 

 

 

Men's Results

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

Ladies- 6pm

Hardy VS Burwash

Rice VS Tower

Kostachuk VS Evans

 

9pm

Chrisp VS Gonzalwz

Streitle VS Petersen

Rodnisky VS Salahub

 

Men's 6pm

Holmes VS Groff

Munson VS McCluckie

Gogal VS Kennedy

 

9pm

Reeves VS Anderson

Connelly VS Needham

Peake VS Eagle

 

Draws will continue through out the weekend with the Finals Sunday at 3.

 

 

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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

 

Friday

 

5:00- Triple 7 VS Electrical

6:30- Powerhouse VS Carpenters

8:00- Zinc Plant VS Boilermakers

9:30- Snow LaKe VS Triple 7

 

Saturday

 

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

 

Sunday

 

C-Final at 11:30

B-Final at 1

A-Final at 2:30

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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.

 

 

 

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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:

 

Novice
MVP-Lucas Reid
Most Inspirational-Sam Dallas
Most Improved- Caleb Jackson
Top Defenseman- Hailey Biberdorf
Most Sportsmanlike - Rory Ford
Top Goaltender - Joslyn Tetlock

 

Atom
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

 

PeeWee
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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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

 

if necessary

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Pee Wee Kinsmen Bombers wrapped up Provincials in Dauphin yesterday and have come home with a Silver medal.

 

The Bombers rolled through the round robin beating Springfield 6-4 and peguis 17-0.

 

Flin Flon then beat Morden 4-0 in the Semi to get to the Gold Medal game. Joey Lies led the way with two goals with singles from Wyatt Stinton and Tanner Werbicki. Logan Salamondra had the shut-out.

 

The Bombers faced Dauphin in the final and played their hearts out, losing  4-3 to finish second in the province.

 

Goals came from Connor Slugoski, Ryder Mucha and Joey Lies.

 

Congratulations to the coach's Darin Mansell, Dennis Zboril, Tyler Stinton and James Dauk as well as all the players and volunteers on a great season.

 

Good luck to the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers who are off to the Pas for Provincials this weekend.

 

 

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Hapnot hosted Senior Zone Basketball this past weekend and were very impressive on home soil.

 

The Queens went 3-0 including a convincing 44-16 win over Oscar Lathlin in the final.

 

Oscar Lathlin finished 2-2 while Nelson House was 0-3.

 

FCI out of Cranberry won the Boys going 4-0 including a 68-48 victory over Oscar Lathlin in the final.

 

Oscar Lathlin finished 3-1, the Hapnot Kings were 1-3 and Nelson House was 0-4.

 

The Queens will represent the north at Girls Provincials in Dominion City, March the 16th and 17th.

 

FCI is off to Boys Provincials in Grunthal the same weekend of March the 16th and 17th.

 

 

 

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The Manitoba Winter Games are just a couple days away in Thompson, and Flin Flon/Creighton will be well represented in swimming by members of the Flin Flon Aqua Jets.

 

Madison Campbell and Savannah Thurston will take part in the Junior Female. Connor Brown, Eli Plamondon and Brennen Sapergia Green are in the Youth Male. Jordan Gorrell, Dax Lawrence and Cory Lane will compete in the Junior Male.

 

Fawn Brown is the manager. Opening Ceremonies start this Sunday with the swimming part of the games starting next Thursday March the 8th.

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The Flin Flon Bombers were able to over come a two goal deficit and fought back to win their 7th road game of the season last night in Melville, 4-3 in over time.

 

Melville built up a 2-0 lead after one on goals from Bentz and Eisler.

 

All Bombers in the second,  as Marchi would score his 12th and Nate Hooper would add his team leading 20th of the year to tie the game at 2 after 2.

 

Flin Flon actually took the lead in the third when Marchi scored his second of the night, firing a beautiful shot top corner on Brandon Wells.

 

That held up til the 12 minute mark when Foster would tie the game on the powerplay. Both goalies shut the door for the rest of regulation, and the Bombers would go to extra time for the second straight night.

 

Flin Flon would not be denied and Caleb Moretz who has already scored some big goals this season, would end the game with an unassisted goal with a minute and a half remaining in extra time.

 

Great start  for the Bombers who take 3 out of a possible 4 points so far on this 4 game road trip.

More importantly, they will give themselves a little more breathing room for 9th overall, with a 4 point lead on the Mills. Both teams have 4 games remaining on the season.

 

Final shots last night favoured Flin Flon 37-29 and the Bombers were 0 for 3 on the pp, and Melville went 1 for 5.

 

Brenden Newton was a big factor again last night,  and with his team trailing 2-0 early in the game made several key saves to keep Flin Flon in it and was the best player on the ice.

 

The Bomber record stands at 21-25-3-5 and will enjoy a day off before resuming the trip in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan Saturday.

 

Both these games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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Thompson will host the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games sponsored by Manitoba Hydro starting Sunday.

 

Flin Flon will be well represented in gymnastics, including the coach Casey Ranks and 4 athletes who are Shayna Mucha, Navea Simard, Grace Dubinak and Shonte Church. This will be the third Manitoba Games for Ranks who is going for the second time as a coach and competed once as an athlete.

 

Grace Dubinak has been chosen the flag bearer for team Norman.

 

Justin Lies and Joie Simon will also represent Norman in Bantam Hockey.

 

Opening Ceremonies will take place Sunday and the games will take place til Saturday March the 10th.

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The Flin Flon Bombers kicked off their 4 game in 5 night road trip with a 3-2 shoot out loss to the Yorkton Terriers last night at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

 

Tyler Nyman who suited up for Flin Flon for the first time in 2018 opened the scoring for the Bombers at 3:54 of the first period.

 

It would take the Terriers just 3 minutes to tie the game when Cole Keenlyside scored on a short handed break away.

 

The former Melfort Mustang, Josh Dobberthien put the Terriers up 2-1 after 2 on the powerplay.

 

It looked like that may be enough, but with a late powerplay and the goalie pulled, Flin Flon found a way to tie the game when Brandson Hein jumped on a loose puck in front of the Terrier net with just under 2 minutes remaining.

 

This was Hein's 8th of the year in 14 games since joining the Bombers from Everett of the WHL.

 

OT settled nothing and these two teams would have to decide the game in a shoot-out. The last time they met in Yorkton on January the 26th, they also went to the shoot-out which lasted 11 rounds.

 

This one ended a lot quicker and only took 3 shooters.

 

Josh Dobberthien was the first Terrier to shoot and he beat Brenden Newton with a quick snap shot over his right pad.

 

Joe Marcouillier who was great all night stopped all 3 Bomber shooters including Hooper, Collin and Moretz. Moretz was the player who won it for Flin Flon the last time they went to the shoot-out with Yorkton.

 

Final shots were 37-29 in favour of Flin Flon, with the Bombers going 1 for 6 on the pp. The Terriers finished up 1 for 5.

 

Flin Flon will take the season series getting 7 out of a possible 8 points.

 

Every point counts, especially at this time of the year so the Bombers will take their one point and prepare for Melville tonight.

 

The Mills have been playing good hockey down the stretch and have moved to within 3 points of the Bombers for 9th overall. Both teams have played 53 games.

 

You can catch all the action from the Horizon Credit Union Centre with Mike Stackhouse tonight, beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

 

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The Pee Wee Bombers are off to Dauphin for Provincials starting this weekend.

 

Flin Flon will open up against Springfield on Friday at 4, then play Peguis Saturday at 10.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with all the Finals to be played Sunday starting at 9:30.

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Flin Flon will host Senior Basketball Zones starting this Friday at Hapnot and McIsaac.

 

The Hapnot Queens will be in a pool with OCN and Norway House. The Kings are in a pool with OCN and Chief Sam Cook.

 

The Queens will play OCN Friday at 3 and Norway House at 6. The Kings will play OCN Friday at 4:30 and Chief Sam Cook at 7:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at noon, with the Girls Final at 2 and Boys Final at 4.

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The JV Hapnot Queens went undefeated and won their second straight Basketball Zone in OCN on Saturday.

 

The Queens went 4-0 before knocking off the host team 46-38 in the final.

 

Hapnot will now move on to provincials in Somerset Manitoba the wekend of March the 9th and 10th.

 

The JV Kings also had a strong showing in going 4-0 in the round robin and semi-finals. Unfortunately the Kings dropped the final to OCN 47-44.

 

Rob Abbot the JV Kings head coach was very impressed with how his team performed as they played all weekend with just 6 players due to injury.

 

 

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The Saskatchewan Winter Games just wrapped up in North Battleford and Flin Flon was well represented by the Flin Flon Nordic Ski Team.

 

All 4 skiers represented their region and community very well.

 

David Richard finished first in the Male 8km Classic Race on Thursday.

 

Sarah Faktor finished second in the Female 8km race on Thursday.

 

On Saturday Grady Bedford and David Richard made up 2 parts of the 3 x 1km Gold winning  North team.

 

Sarah Faktor and Jesse Kozar made up 2 parts of the Female 3 x 1km Silver medal winning North team.

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Both the Norman Northstars and Bantam AAA Wolves saw their season come to an end this past weekend.

 

The Northstars hosted the Winnipeg Bruins and they dropped both games 8-2 and 16-1.

 

It was a tough season for Norman who finish with a record of 4-43-0-0-1. It was a good year for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who led the team in goals with 18 and finished fourth in points with 29.

 

Jordan Pfoh led all defensemen in scoring with 16 points in 48 games including 7 powerplay goals.

 

The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves were in Killarney for Provincials and they lost all three of their games to Interlake 8-2, 6-3 to Eastman and 8-4 to Central Plains.

 

Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored three goals in the three games and Odin Church played very well in goal  stopping  upwards of over 60 shots a game.

 

This will end the Wolves season, but Justin Lies year will continue as he has been selected to play in the Manitoba Games starting in Thompson this weekend.

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The Uptown Curling Club hosted the first ever 50 and over Mixed Bonspiel which wrapped up earlier this afternoon.

 

All proceeds went back into the club, with $1,425.00 raised.

 

In the Main Event Chrisp defeated McCluckie

 

Second Event- Dianne Burwash over Janice Cassidy

 

Consolation- Anne Hardy beat Dale Connolly

 

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The Nipawin Hawks used their special teams to take all four points from the Flin Flon Bombers this past weekend in a home and home series.

 

On Friday is was the powerplay that propelled Nipawin to the victory. The Bombers looked poised to take Friday's game with a 2-1 lead with just under 5 minutes remaining in regulation.

 

That is when the game took a drastic change and the Bombers found themselves down two men for almost a full four minutes.

 

The number one powerplay in the league went to work and the Hawks scored twice to win the game 3-2 and shock the over 1000 in attendance.

 

Let's just say the Whitney Forum faithful were less than impressed and thought the referee decided the outcome of the game.

 

This last four minutes spoiled another brilliant performance from Brenden Newton who appeared to be on his game once again. I thought the way the game was going that the Hawks would be lucky to score one goal, let alone three.

 

Nipawin goals came from Harasymuk, McDougall and Arnold. Ben Lanfermann and Brandson Heine replied for the Bombers.

 

Saturday the venue would shift to the Cage in Nipawin where the Hawks have only lost twice in regulation all season.

 

This time the Bombers were on the powerplay five straight times in the first period,  including two five on threes.

 

Flin Flon couldn't convert and you knew as the night went on, that things would even out and the Hawks would get their chances.

 

After a scoreless first period, Nipawin went to work and scored five unanswered goals in the second. The Hawks did get two powerplay goals from Josh McDougall and Brett Harasymuk with even strength goals from Arnold, Tremblay and Simoneau.

 

Jordan McCausland scored the Bombers only goal early in the third, when he grabbed a loose puck and went in and deeked out Declan Hobbs for his second of the season.

 

Nipawin would restore the five goal lead when Michael Grant buried a shot from the slot and the Hawks skated away with the convincing 6-1 win.

 

Brenden Newton got a rare night off and Colten Lancaster started and ended up stopping 36 out of 42  shots. Declan Hobbs started back to back nights and ended up with 24 saves on 25 shots, but wasn't really tested.

 

The Hawks win the season series 6-2.

 

Nipawin will now get a little more breathing room on both Battleford and Melfort for first overall. The Hawks lead the Stars by 6 points and the Mustangs by 7. Nipawin and Battleford both have 5 games left while Melfort has 6.

 

As for the Bombers, 9th is certainly not a lock as Melville has moved to within 2 points of Flin Flon with the Bombers having one game in hand.

 

They play each other once more at the Horizen Credit Union Centre in Melville this Wednesday. This will be the second game on the four in 5 night road trip which starts Tuesday in Yorkton.

 

Flin Flon will finish up in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan on Saturday before returning home to play Melfort and Laronge.

 

You can catch all four games from the Bomber road trip as our broadcast colleague Mike Stackhouse will have all the broadcasts for us here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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