After a 4 day break the Flin Flon Bombers , are back on the road to face a struggling Laronge Ice Wolf team tonight at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.
The Ice Wolves enter tonight dead last in the SJHL standings with a 1-10-0-1 record. Offense is their big problem just scoring 23 goals in their first 12 games. They work hard and compete hard but don't seem to have that one guy that can ignite the offense.
Jason Bednarski and Connor Smith are their two top goal scorers with four goals each.
Flin Flon is trying to shake off a bad southern road trip which saw them go 0-4 and get out scored 26- 12. The amount of goals the Bombers gave up was disappointing, especially since they were one of the better defensive teams in the league before the road trip.
The Bombers are still a 500 team with a record of 5-5-0-3 and know one needs to hit the panic button yet as they have a lot of new faces in their lineup that are still getting used to the league.
To say the Bombers have the Ice Wolve's number would be a huge under staement as Flin Flon has beaten Laronge 18 out of the last 20 games including both meetings on opening weekend this year.
Evan Vossen, the Laronge Head Coach continues to tweek his lineup making a number of trades this week including adding 99 born forward Nolan Dawson, who is a 6'4 forward who spent time in the AJHL with the Calgary Mustangs and Drayton Valley Thunder.
This season he was playing with English River Miners of the SIJHL. Laronge gave up a player development fee.
The Bombers will have to try and snap their 5 game winless streak without goalie Brenden Newton and veteran d-man Kurtis Rutledge who are both hurt and not expected to play tonight.
You can listen to tonight's game from Laronge on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:15 MB time.
The Norman Northstars will play three games this weekend at the Manitoba Midget AAA Showcase in Portage.
Norman will play Central Plains Friday, Brandon Saturday and Parkland on Sunday.
The Northstars are 0-7 on the season and are still in search of their first win. Central Plains is 2-3, while Brandon is 5-1 and Parkland is 5-2 including two wins against Norman the first weekend of October.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid is leading the team in scoring with 6 points in 7 games including 3 goals on the powerplay. Jordan Pfoh and Frederick Ledoux have chipped in with 4 points. Keian Weseen has started 4 games in goal and is 0-4 with a save % of .869.
The Creighton Kodiaks will meet the Cumberland House Islanders for the Ralph Pilz trophy this Saturday in Prince Albert to determine the top team in the Northern Saskatchewan 6 Man Football league.
Cumberland House finished first at 5-0, while the Creighton Kodiaks were 4-1 with their only defeat coming against Cumberland back on September the 28th.
Head Coach of the Kodiaks Ryan Karakochuk was in the CFAR studio yesterday and mentioned what they had to do to try and be successful. "I think some of the keys to the game are, we need to score first. They haven't trailed yet and I would like to see how they respond and fight through some adversity. We also need to control the time of play by keeping our offense on the field as much as possible. We need to run the ball and grind out the clock so we can keep our defense off the field and allow them to stay rested and if we can do these two things, you never know what can happen."
This will be the Kodiaks third trip to the Northern Saskatchewan championship game winning the Ralph Pilz trophy in 2014 and 15. Creighton missed the playoffs last year.
Cumberland House was led offensively by running back Seth Anderson who led the league with 96 points and Creighton will have to find a way to slow him down on Saturday if they are going to be successful.
The Kodiaks are finally healthy and are very happy to have Shawn Francois and Kaylab Ranks back in their lineup. Both players will give Creighton a gigantic boost this weekend.
Kickoff will be 2 PM Sask time from the Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert this Saturday. Win or lose the Kodiaks will be guaranteed to play another game as they will then move on to Provincial play.
If they win Saturday they get to host a game, if they lose they will play on the road.
Keep listening to 102.9 CFAR for all the updates.
Former Flin Flon Bomber Rylee Zimmer has found a new home as he was dealt to the Portage Terriers of the MJHL today.
Zimmer who suited up in 79 regular season games with the Bombers potted 81 points including 27 goals, was dealt to the Melville Millionaires just prior to the SJHL regular season.
Zimmer was part of the futures in the Eric Sinclair trade which also included defenseman Troy Williams.
The Russell Manitoba native just suited up in two games for Melville before requesting a trade and didn't register any points.
Portage will give up a very good player in their own right sending former Cobourg Cougar and RBC Cup Champ Daniel McKitrick to Melville who had 12 points in 10 games for the Terriers this season.
This will give Zimmer a chance to play his final year of junior hockey in his home province after breaking in his career with Way Way back in 2016 after a stint with the Regina Pats.
Good luck to Rylee who had some very impressive moments as a Bomber including that double OT winner against Battleford two years ago to send the Bombers to their first league final in 23 years.
The Creighton Kodiaks closed out the regular season of the Northern Saskatchewan Football League with a win in Laronge yesterday afternoon.
The Kodiaks beat SMVS by a score of 49-6 to finish the regular season at 4-1.
Shawn Francois was back in the lineup and scored four touchdowns to lead the way offensively, with Bailey Eastman adding two.
Jaron McDermott added a rushing TD and Noah Dickens took an interception back for six.
This was a huge win for Creighton who will once again find themselves in Prince Albert for the Ralph Pilz Championship game after a one year absence.
The Kodiaks finish second at 4-1 and will play the top ranked team from Cumberland House who finished the season at 5-0.
Cumberland House handed Creighton their only loss in the regular season 64-22 back on September the 28th.
The Kodiaks have their full lineup back together and are looking forward to the rematch at the Max Clunie Field in PA this Saturday with kickoff at 2PM Sask time.
Creighton won the Ralph Pilz championship their first two years in the league in 2014 and 2015.
The wins are not coming very easy for the Norman Northstars so far this season after a weekend series with the Yellowhead Chiefs.
Yellowhead took both games decisively by scores of 7-1 and 8-2 to improve to 4-3 on the year. Norman falls to 0-7.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored one of the Norman goals on the weekend and leads the team with 5 goals.
The Northstars will look for their first win of the year when they hit the road on Friday against Central Plains, Saturday in Brandon and winding up Sunday in Parkland.
It was a busy weekend for both the Creighton Kodiak Senior Volleyball teams who were out competing in tournaments .
The Senior Kodiak girls were in Duck Lake and ended up going 5-3 in round robin with wins over Allan, Duck Lake and Laronge. They lost to Onion Lake in the Quarter Finals.
The Senior boys were in Cranberry and they ended up going 1-2 . They dropped their first two games to Norway House and Snow Lake but rallied to win their last game against Oscar Lathlin.
They did not make the playoff round.
Next up for the Senior girls is a tournament in Carrot River on October the 27th and 28th. The Senior boys go to Humboldt on November the 3rd and 4th.
The Flin Flon Bombers lost their fourth straight game on the road and come home with no points after losing 7-3 last night to the Estevan Bruins.
Estevan's Zach Goberis led the way with the hat -trick picking up his league leading 14th,15th and 16th goals of the year.
Other Bruin goals came from Chekay(4), Manz (2) and Fletcher (6).
The Bomber goals came from Shumlanski (4), Lanfermann (3) and Hooper (4).
Estevan out shot Flin Flon 34-27 and this was the first official start for Winnipeg's Niklas Anderson who ended up making 27 saves in his first SJHL start as a Bomber.
Anderson got relief duty in both the Notre Dame and Weyburn games Thursday and Saturday.
This was a tough trip for the Bombers defensively who gave up 26 goals in the 4 game road trip and were actually one of the better defensive teams in the league before hitting the road Tuesday.
Through 13 games Flin Flon has given up 44 goals which has them ranked 8th in the league defensively, with only Laronge, Melville, Yorkton and Estevan giving up more.
After the weekend the Bomber record sits at 5-5-0-3, and they sit third in the Sherwood Division, 1 point behind Nipawin. The Hawks do have 4 games in hand.
Estevan improve to 10-2-1 and not only sit first in the Viterra Division but second overall. Melfort leads the Bruins by 1 point and they have both played 13 games.
Next up for the Bombers will be a pair of games on the road this weekend, hitting Laronge Friday and a re-match of last year's SJHL final with Battleford Stars on Saturday.
Both games on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, with the Great North GM Coach's Show hitting the air 8:15 MB time both games.
The Norman Northstars continue their home stand when they host the Yellowhead Chiefs this weekend in Thompson.
Norman is 0-5 on the year and are still in search of their first win of the season while Yellowhead is 2-3.
Yellowhead took all four meetings last year.
The first game is 7:30 tonight and they will also play at 7:30 tomorrow.
Norman is led offensively by Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid and Jordan Pfoh who lead the team in scoring with a combined 8 points.
The Flin Flon Bombers lost their second straight game on their current road trip dropping a 6-1 decision in Notre Dame last night.
It took the Hounds just 1:14 in to the opening period to score their first goal when Alec Sawatzky notched his 6th of the season on the powerplay and Notre Dame never looked back.
Zack Kosteniuk scored the eventual game winner just 5 minutes later when he beat Brenden Newton for his first of two on the night and third of the season.
Dawson McKenzie would get the Bombers on the board with his second of the season at 12:42, but that is as close as the Bombers would get all night trailing the Hounds 2-1 after 1.
Other Notre Dame goals came from Longjohn, Perka, Ally and Kosteniuk his second of the game for a convincing 6-1 victory.
The Bombers got their first look at rookie goalie Niklas Anderson who came in relief of Newton late in the second period and he stopped 6 out of 8. Newton stopped 18 out of 22 and has given up 10 goals in the last two games after leading the league in gaa and save % coming into the road trip.
This is the Bombers third loss in regulation this year and see their overall record fall to 5-3-0-3, and remain 6 points behind division leading Melfort with both teams playing 11 games.
Notre Dame improves to 5-3-1-1 and take over first place in the Olympic Buildings Division.
Flin Flon will get today off before resuming the road trip in Weyburn tomorrow and Estevan Sunday. Both games can be heard on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:15 on Saturday, drop of the puck at 8:30. Sunday we are on the air at 6:45 MB time. Mike Stackhouse will have the call for both games.
Flin Flon and Creighton will host a Junior High Volleyball tournament this weekend. There will be teams competing from Flin Flon, Creighton, Cranberry, The Pas and Snow Lake.
The girls draw will take place in Creighton and the boys draw at McIsaac with games Friday and Saturday.
Curling is an exciting way to spend your winter and registration is coming up later in October.
You can show up at the Uptown Curling Club on Thursday October the 26th at 7 to sign up.
Men's curling will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15, Mixed Friday's at 7 and the Senior Hot Stove will be Monday and Wednesday at 1PM.
Any Juniors who are interested in curling can show up any time.
It will cost $70.00 for the season and you can get more information by calling Keenan Kennedy at 204-687-2498.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey held their Double A try outs this past weekend at the Whitney Forum. Here are the official rosters for Atom AA, Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA.
Atom AA roster
Pee Wee AA roster
Playford, Liv (Livia)
Bantam AA roster
The Norman Wild AAA Bantam teams representing boys and girls from all over Northern Manitoba were in Winnipeg for the first tournament of the year over the weekend.
The Boys team has two players from Flin Flon including Justin Lies and Odin Church, while the girls team also has two Flin Flon players Amber McKenzie and Joie Simon.
The Boys team lost a close one to the Winnipeg Warriors 5-4, 12-5 to the Interlake Lightning and then 9-5 to Pembina Valley.
The Girls team lost to Pembina Valley 7-1, the Winnipeg Titans 5-4 in a SO and 12-4 to the Winnipeg East Saints.
The Senior Hapnot Kings and Queens Volleyball teams were both in action this past weekend.
The Kings were in Dauphin and went 3-1 in the round robin with wins over Portage, Gilbert Plains and Dauphin JV'S. Their only loss came to the Dauphin senior team.
Hapnot finished second and played Hamiota in the final and lost 2-0.
The Queens were in Swan River and went 3-2 in the round robin before losing to Gilbert Plains in the semi's.
This knocked them down to the third place game where they lost to Swan River in 3 sets including 15-9 in the deciding game.
The Norman Northstars almost completed the comeback and fell one goal short in their home opener on Friday night.
The Northstars hosted the Parkland Rangers in a pair of games in Thompson and lost their first home game 6-5 on Friday night.
Parkland bulit up a couple of 2 goal leads early going up 3-1 before Norman tied it in the second period. Parkland also led 6-3 in the third before the Northstars made it 6-5 with just over 12 minutes to go, but could not get the equalizer.
The Rangers kept the momentum going on Saturday and took the second game 5-2.
It was a good weekend for many players from Flin Flon including Frederick Ledoux who scored the Northstars first home goal of the season.
Mitchell Reid added 4 points including 3 goals over the weekend with Jordan Phoh collecting 1 goal and 2 assists.
The Northstars fall to 0-5 on the season and will continue their home stand against Yellowhead this weekend. The Chiefs are 2-3 on the year.
A goaltending battle for the ages at the Whitney Forum on Saturday night as the Klippers snapped the Bombers three game winning streak at home with a 2-1 Shoot out win.
Kindersley's Justen Close was incredible stopping 49 out of 50 Bomber shots including 8 in OT and all 3 in the shootout to pick up the victory. Not to be out done was the Bombers Brenden Newton who stopped 46 out of 47 Kindersley shots including a couple of nice break away saves in the second period.
Newton continues to lead the league in g.a.a at 1.53 and .952 save%. I was very surprised to see that Close only had a .896 save % coming into the game on Saturday as this was as good a goaltending performance I have seen in the last 10 years.
The Klippers opened up the scoring just 23 seconds into the second period when Jordan Funk was left all alone in front of Brenden Newton and re-directed a back hand past Newton for his fourth of the year.
It looked like that may be enough the way that Close was playing, but the Bombers kept pressing and finally got rewarded late in the third when Rutledge was able to bury a nice shot from the point through traffic to tie the game with just over 6 minutes remaining.
That is all the offense both teams could muster through 60 minutes and 3 on 3 OT settled nothing, and the Bombers did get a power play and hit the post and cross bar and totally dominated pretty much the entire 5 minutes but could not get another puck past Close.
After Close stopped all 3 Bombers in the shoot out, Josh Fletcher the third shooter for Kindersley came in over the blue line and fired a beautiful shot over the right shoulder of Brenden Newton to steal the win for the Klippers. You could tell that Newton wasn't expecting Fletcher to shoot that quickly and didn't really seem set for the shot.
Through 9 games the Bombers only have one regulation loss and after the weekend sport a record of: 5-1-0-3 and trail division leading Melfort by 4 points with a game in hand. Melfort lost to both Weyburn and Estevan on the weekend.
Kindersley had a good road trip going 3-1 with 2 wins over Laronge earlier in the week and are: 5-4-1 and are tied with Battleford for the Olumpic Buildings Division lead.
Flin Flon will get a couple days rest before embarking on a 4 game in 5 night road trip starting in Humboldt Wednesday, Notre Dame Thursday , day off Friday, before wrapping it up in Weyburn Saturday and Estevan Sunday.
Mike Stackhouse will broadcast Saturday and Sunday's games here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. Saturday will be an 8:30 MB start time with a 7PM faceoff on Sunday.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey is accepting applications for Atom A, Pee Wee A and the Novice Vipers for the upcoming season.
Deadline for applications will be at noon on October the 11th, with interviews being held that night.
Applications can be found on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website and can be emailed to email@example.com.
Atom AA and Pee Wee AA rosters should be released on the website later today and the Bantam AA on Saturday.
After an 0-3 start to the season last weekend, the Norman Northstars are hoping home turf will be the answer to their first win of the year.
Norman will host the Parkland Rangers in a pair of games this weekend including their home opener tonight at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena at 7:30.
Parkland is 2-1 on the year and won the season series last year taking 3 out of 4.
They will also play tomorrow night at 7:30.
The Bombers are back on the ice tonight after a 5 day break and welcome the Kindersley Klippers to town for a pair of games this weekend.
This will be their first meeting of the season and the Klippers already have two wins under their belt on this road trip after beating Laronge 5-2 on Tuesday and 3-2 Wednesday.
Flin Flon is fresh off a weekend sweep of Melville including a convincing 7-0 win on Saturday.
Both teams have similar records with Kindersley sitting third in the Olympic Buildings Division at 4-3-1 , just 2 points behind front running Battleford. The Bombers are second in the Sherwood at 4-1-0-2 and are 6 points behind Melfort who are a perect 8-0 to start the year.
Both these teams are relatively young with the Bombers sporting seven 20 year olds, while the Klippers have eight.
Offensively they match up very well with the Bombers scoring 26 goals in 7 games while Kindersley has scored 25 in 8. The big difference is goals against. Flin Flon has given up 15 goals in 7 games which is third best in the league compared to the Klippers 28 in 8 games.
One of the big reasons for the Bombers defensive success is 20 year old netminder Brenden Newton. Newton has played every minute of every game and is the reigning SJHL Goalie Of The Week with a league best GAA of 1.69 and a .944 save percentage.
This is a crucial two game home stand as the Bombers will hit the road for 4 games in 5 nights starting Tuesday in Humboldt.
No broadcast tonight but we will be back on the air tomorrow (Saturday) with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team got back in the win column with a 50-6 victory yesterday over Beauval at the Creighton Football field.
Creighton was able to shake off last week's loss against Cumberland House and got a complete team effort in their final regular season home game.
Kaylab Ranks who got back in the lineup for the first time since the season opener due to injury, led the way with a couple of rushing touch downs.
Jaron McDermott also scored two touchdowns including a 15 yard pass from Bailey Eastman, with the other touchdowns coming from Linden Moore on an interception and Blake Alexander on a third down gamble.
Alexander had another strong day kicking the ball with two singles and six converts.
The Kodiaks improve to 3-1 and clinch a playoff spot and will now close out the regular season in Laronge against SMVS on Monday October the 16th.
Not only has SMVS not picked up a win this season they have yet to score a point, but Creighton will not take anything for granted.
Other scores from last night's Northern Saskatchewan Football league included Cumberland House over SMVS 66-0, and Sandy Bay beat Pinehouse 55-52.
Two members of the Flin Flon Bombers got rewarded for their fine play this past weekend. Congratulations to goaltender Brenden Newton and rookie Ethan Daniels who got recognized by the SJHL today.
courtesy of sjhl.ca
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Brenden Newton, Flin Flon Bombers
1997 G Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat AB) stopped 79 of 82 shots in his three starts last week, winning two and losing one in a shootout. He’s started every game of the season so far, compiling a 4-1-and-2 record to go with a 1.69-GAA and .944-SPCT. Runner-up: Evan Plotnik, Melfort.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Ethan Daniels, Flin Flon Bombers
1998 F Ethan Daniels (Fairbanks AK) is part of a talented influx of talent up front for the Bombers this season and he picked up points in all three games played, including a goal and an assist on Friday at the Whitney Forum against Melville. He ended up with 4-points this past week and has 2-goals and 2-assists in 7-games overall. Runner-up: Dakota Huebner, Battlefords.
The Creighton Kodiaks will try to shake off last week's loss against Cumberland House when they play host to the Beauval Voyageurs Wednesday at the Creighton field in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League.
The Kodiaks could sew up a playoff spot with a win and sit 2-1 on the season after home wins against Sandy Bay and Pinehouse.
Beauval sits with a record of 1-2 and desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two teams and kickoff is at 4 at the Creighton field.
High school volleyball season is in full swing and it will be another busy weekend with 3 of the 4 Hapnot volleyball teams in action this weekend.
The Senior Queens will be in Swan River, while the Senior Kings are in Dauphin. The JV Kings will travel to Swan River.
102.9 CFAR will provide updates through out the weekend and a full re-cap on our weekend sports wrap up.
The Norman Northstars kicked off their 2017-18 Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey season this past weekend but unfortunately came home with no points after an 0 and 3 start.
Norman played their first game Friday against the brand new franchise Winnipeg Bruins and played a decent game losing 4-1. Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored the only Northstar goal.
The Northstars followed that with a couple of shut out losses to Kenora by scores of 5-0 and 3-0 to close out the weekend yesterday.
It will be home opener weekend for the Northstars who play host to Parkland this Friday and Saturday with both games 7:30 starts at the C.A Nesbitt Arena. Parkland is 1-1 on the season.
The Hapnot Queens incredible run of 8 straight Zone soccer titles came to an end this weekend on home turf.
After going undefeated in the round robin with wins over OCN, Norway House and Moose Lake, the Queens would face RD Parker out of Thompson in the final.
In a game that went back and forth and had the crowd on the edge of their seats all afternoon, RD Parker squeezed out a hard fought 1-0 win to end the Queens impressive run that saw them dominate girls soccer for pretty much the last decade.
The Hapnot Kings also had an impressive weekend going undefeated with wins over Cranberry, Cross Lake and Norway House before losing to OCN 5-2 in the final. This is the second straight boy's soccer Zone for OCN.
OCN and RD Parker out of Thompson will travel to Niverville for Provincials the weekend of October the 13th and 14th.
An offensive explosion saw the Flin Flon Bombers score a season high 7 goals en route to a 7-0 victory over the Melville Millionaires Saturday night at the Whitney Forum.
Jordan McCausland scored his first of the season just 7:44 into the opening period and that ended up being the only offense the Bombers would need in picking up their fourth win of the year.
Crystopher Collin continued his hot pace and scored his team leading 8th of the year to make it 2-0 Flin Flon after 1.
The Bombers took control and scored 4 more in the second courtesy of Lanferman (2), Martin (1),Moretz(3) and Nyman(2). Nick Shumlanski put the icing on the cake with his second of the year just
47 seconds into the final period. A career night for captain Ben Lanferman who had the first 4 point game of his career.
Brenden Newton had one of his more easier nights for his first shut out of the season and only had to make 23 saves with most shots kept to the outside. The Melville tandem of King and Entz were far busier with 44 shots fired at them including 25 in the second period.
King started and was pulled after the third Bomber goal making way for Colby Entz who came in played well doing everything he could do to keep his team in it. Special teams were huge with the Bombers going 3 for 7 on the PP, while Melville was 0 for 7 including a 5 on 3 and 5 minute major advantage.
The Mills continue to struggle to score and have managed only 13 goals in their first 6 games. Even with a very young lineup the Bombers are getting the job done and have scored 26 goals in 7 games and Saturday's contest should give them more confidence.
A good weekend for Flin Flon who came from behind to beat Melville 5-2 on Friday and now sit with a record of: 4-1-0-2 and their 10 points has them sitting second in the Sherwood Division. That is 2 up on Nipawin and 6 points behind division leading Melfort.
Melville will slip to 1-5-0-1 and sit in the basement of the Viterra division with only 3 points. The Mills finish up the road trip in Laronge on Sunday.
Next up for the Bombers will be the Kindersley Klippers who come to town next weekend for games Friday and Saturday. Word is the Klippers are a much improved team and should be a good test for Flin Flon before they get set for their first big road trip of the year the following week.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast of Saturday's game including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
After a 3 day break the Flin Flon Bombers are ready to swing back into action this weekend at the Whitney Forum when they host the Melville Millionaires for the first time this season.
After the Showcase in Saskatoon Flin Flon sits third in the Sherwood Division with a record of 2-1-0-2, while Melville sit third in the Viterra at 1-3-0-1.
Both teams look significantly different since the last time they saw each other last year with lots of new faces on both teams.
These two teams hooked up in one of the biggest trades last year that saw SJHL defenseman of the year Eric Sinclair make his way to Flin Flon for future considerations which turned out to be Rylee Zimmer and Troy Williams.
Zimmer has left the Mills, awaiting a trade and Williams went back home for family reasons, so his status is unknown for the weekend. The Bombers also traded veteran forward Tyler Millar to Melville last week and he should be in their lineup this weekend.
Offense is a challenge for both these teams in the early part of the season with the Bombers only scoring 14 in their first 5 games, while the Mills have only struck 9 times in the first 5. Melville is also giving up too many goals allowing 18 in their first 5 compared to 13 for Flin Flon.
The Bombers have had the Mills number the last few years beating them all 4 times last season including a couple big deficits at the Whitney Forum, but I realize this is a new year and past history means nothing.
The Bombers have a lot of new players that I feel just have to play more and get more experience under their belt and gain the confidence to be strong players in this league. The old saying which holds true "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day", and Bomber fans may have to be patient.
The expectations in Melville may be a little different, as they have been re-building the last few years and made many significant trades which are supposed to make them a lot better hockey team.
We will see how it unfolds this weekend, with the game Saturday back on the air waves at 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars will try to put last year's disappointing season behind them when they kick off the Manitoba Midget AAA league season on Friday.
Norman who won only won 7 games all of last year, start the season with a 3 game road trip in Winnipeg against the newly formed Bruins Friday, and back to back games against Kenora Saturday and Sunday.
Norman will return for their home opener against Parkland next Friday October the 6th. Flin Flon has 5 Northstars on this year's team including goalie Keian Weseen, forwards Mitchell Reid and Frederick Ledoux, Defenseman Jordan Pfoh and AP Blake Lahonen.
The Creighton Kodiaks suffered their first loss of the Northern Saskatchewan Football League season today when they travelled to Cumberland House and lost 64-22.
Bailey Eastman and Linden Moore both scored touchdowns in a losing cause and Blake Alexander added two field goals and two converts.
The Kodiaks will fall to 2-1 on the season and Cumberland House improves to 3-0. Cumberland House looks like they are the team to beat as they have out scored their three opponents by a whopping margin of 202 to 28.
Next up for the Kodiaks will be this Wednesday October the 4th VS Beauval at the Creighton field. Kick off is at 4.
Congratulations To Creighton's Lauren Fox who once again made provincial headlines this past weekend.
Lauren competed in High School Provincial golf in Estevan and was able to capture the Silver medal in the individual event. Lauren just missed the Gold by 1 stroke, and will end a very successful year which saw her win a big Junior tournament in Nipawin, a second place showing at Golf Regionals also in Nipawin and she won the Phantom Lake Ladies Open.
Lauren says she is very much looking forward to 2018 and competing in Golf Provincials next year in North Battleford.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be holding rep team try-outs starting Sunday and going through next Thursday at the Whitney Forum.
Pre skates will take place on Sunday for Atom's at 2, Pee Wee's at 3:30 and Bantam at 5. Atom AA and Pee Wee AA tryouts will start Monday night at 6:30.
For more information go to flinflonminorhockey.com
The Flin Flon Bombers dropped their second straight game at the Showcase in Saskatoon after a 2-1 shootout loss last night against Notre Dame.
Ethan Daniels was the only Bomber to find the back of the net scoring his first ever SJHL goal in the second period to put the Bombers up 1-0.
It looked like one goal might be enough to win the game but Curtis Weibe would tie it with just over 4 minutes remaining in regulation to tie things at 1.
Over time settled nothing and Jack Flaman who suited up in his first game for the Hounds after being re-assigned from the WHL scored the only shoot out goal.
Both goalies played great with the Bombers Brenden Newton and the Hounds Jacob Standen both stopping 36 shots.
Flin Flon's record will drop to 2-1-0-2 and find themselves in second spot in the Sherwood Division with 6 points, just 2 behind the front running Mustangs.
Notre Dame improves to 3-0-1-1 and are second in the Olymic Buildings Division, 1 point behind the defending champs Battleford.
Next up for the Bombers will be a pair of games against the Melville Millionaires this weekend at the Whitney Forum. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
Congratulations to the Bombers Crystopher Collin who was chosen the SJHL Rookie Of The Week for putting up 6 goals in his first 4 games in the SJHL.
The Hapnot Kings and Queens will host Zone soccer this weekend with teams competing from Flin Flon, Cranberry, Thompson, Cross Lake, Moose Lake, OCN and Norway House.
Girls games will be played at Phantom Lake and the boys games at Foster Park.
The Queens first game will be against OCN Friday at 10 AM. They will also play Norway House at 4.
The Kings will open up Friday against Cranberry at 10, then play Cross Lake at 5:30 and Norway House Saturday at 9.
Girls playoffs start Saturday at 10:30 and the boys playoffs will start at noon.
The Creighton Kodiaks didn't miss a beat and easily picked up their second win of the Northern Saskatchewan Football league on Friday.
In the first ever regular season game with Pinehouse, the Kodiaks jumped out to a 24-6 lead at the half and then rolled to a 65-14 victory.
Shawn Francois and Linden Moore led the way offensively with two touchdowns a piece and Blake Alexander had another great day kicking the ball adding 14 points in converts.
Other touchdowns came from Evan Madarash, Bailey Eastman and Jaron McDermot. Noah Dickens had a strong game defensively adding a sack and forcing a fumble , and taking it back for a touchdown.
Devon Tinker accounted for all 14 Pinehouse points.
Creighton improve to 2-0 while Pinehouse will fall to 1-2. Next up for the Kodiaks will be a game in Cimberland House this Thursday, which could decide first place in the division.
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens soccer teams played their final tune up tournament before hosting Zones at the end of the month.
This time they were in Swan River and the Queens went 2 and 1. They blasted Dauphin 7-0,beat Swan River 2-0 before losing 2-1 to Thompson.
The Kings picked up their first win of the year beating Dauphin 2-1. The lost to Swan River 4-2 and Thompson 1-0.
Flin Flon will host Zones this weekend and both the Kings and Queens are the defending champions. The Queens have won 8 Zone titles in a row while the Kings have taken 6 out of the last 8.
I will have the Zone schedule posted here later in the week.
The Nipawin Hawks came into Flin Flon Friday and snapped the Bombers 2 game winning streak with a 5-2 win at the Whitney Forum.
The Hawks were winless after a pair of tough outings against the Melfort Mustangs on opening weekend but looked very determined on Friday.
Veteran Logan Casavant opened up the scoring in the first period on the power play, and the Hawks never looked back in powering to their first win of the season.
Rookie sensation Crystopher Collin tied it mid way through the second but that is as close as the Bombers would come as Nipawin's Jake Tremblay answered that late in the frame to put Nipawin up 2-1 after 2.
Grant, Laferriere and Harasymuk into the empty net, gave the Hawks all the offense they would need in the third period as they pulled out a solid 5-2 road win. Collin would score another goal late, but that is all the offense the Bombers could muster on Hawk net minder Jake Anthony.
Crystopher Collin has delivered as advertised and is the highest scoring rookie in the league with 6 goals in just 3 games, and is responsible for over half the Bombers offense so far this season.
Flin Flon out shot Nipawin 39-32 and ended up 0 for 4 on the power play while the Hawks went 2 for 6.
This was a little revenge for Doug Johnson's crew who faced the Bombers for the first time since their thrilling 7 game playoff series in the spring. The Bombers stormed back after trailing 3 games to 1, to stun the Hawks in 7.
The Bomber record will slip to 2-1 and they sit second in the Sherwood with 4 points, 4 behind Melfort who are a perfect 4-0 to begin the year. Nipawin is 1-1-1, and are just 1 point behind Flin Flon as both teams and the rest of the league prepare for the Showcase in Saskatoon.
Flin Flon will hit the ice Sunday against Weyburn, and play Notre Dame Monday. Next action at the Whitney Forum will be on Friday and Saturday September the 29th and 30th against new look Melville.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
The Creighton Kodiaks swing back into action looking for their second win of the season in the Northern Saskatchewan Football league when they host Pinehouse on Friday afternoon.
Creighton is fresh off a 69-55 win over Sandy Bay on Monday. Pinehouse is 1-1 with a win over Beauval and a loss to Cumberland House.
Note the time change as kickoff will be 1PM at the Creighton field on Friday.
The Senior Hapnot Kings volleyball team head off to Brandon to compete in their first tournament of the year this weekend.
Hapnot will have a busy weekend as they will play Strathclaire Friday at 10:30, Major Pratt at 1,Rocanville at 1:50 and Swan River at 3:30. Saturday they play Fort Richmond at 9. Playoffs will start at noon.
102.9 CFAR will have full results on our Weekend Sports wrap up.
The Hapnot Kings and Queens are both off to Swan River this weekend for another tune up soccer tournament.
Once again both teams will have identical schedules and will play three games Saturday including Dauphin at 10:30,Swan River at 1:30 and Thompson at 3PM.
The Queens are 2-1 on the season and the Kings are 0-3 and this is their last tournament before hosting Zones the final weekend of September.
The Creighton Kodiaks had their offense firing on all cylinders in a 69-55 win over the visiting Sandy Bay Timber Wolves yesterday at the Creighton field.
This was one of the highest scoring games in the Northern Saskatchewan Football league's history and kept the fans on the edge of their seats all afternoon long.
Sandy Bay came out hard and took an early 19-1 lead in the first quarter, and seemed to have the Kodiaks flustered early in the game.
Creighton made adjustments and got their running game going with QB Bailey Eastman and running back Shawn Francois both having strong afternoons.
The Kodiaks had a very strong second quarter and led 31-28 at the half, then out scored Sandy Bay 38 to 27 the rest of the way.
Bailey Eastman led the way with 4 touch downs, Shawn Francois had 3 while the other TD came from Linden Moore.
Blake Alexander had an incredible day kicking the ball with 1 field goal and 7 converts which I was told was a new Northern Saskatchewan Football record. Keenan Campbell added a safety which accounted for the rest of the scoring.
Creighton will start the season 1-0, while Sandy Bay is 0-1. The Kodiaks will practise the rest of the week before preparing for Pinehouse who will be in town Friday. Pinehouse has already played two games and are 1-1.
Kickoff will be Friday 4pm at the Creighton field.
The high school soccer season started on the weekend, with the Hapnot Kings and Queens in Neepawa for the Tiger Invitational.
The Queens had a great weekend winning two out of three. After an opening 1-0 loss to Altona, the Queens rebounded with a 1-0 win over Neepawa and a 3-1 against Swan River.
The Kings lost all three of their games to Altona 5-2, Neepawa 7-1 and Swan River 4-1.
Both teams will travel to Swan River this weekend.
The Flin Flon golf season is winding down and the Phantom Lake Golf Club held their last big event of the year, the Closing Day tournament this past Saturday. Over 60 golfers took part and here are the results:
Mens Championship- Ray Shirran
1st Flight- Bob Davis
2nd Flight- Terry Anderson
3rd Flight- Gary Long
4th Flight- Derald Groff
Ladies Championship- Lori Salahub
1st Flight- Amanda Bilquist
2nd Flight- Tracey Woods
Junior Championship- Lauren Fox
The SJHL regular season kicked off this past weekend and the Flin Flon Bombers started strong taking both games from a new look Laronge Ice Wolf team. The Ice Wolves started the season with only 7 players that were with them last season. while the Bombers brought back 12 from last year.
The Bombers opened up at home and used 5 different goal score'rs en route to a convincing 5-1 victory.
The Montreal tandem of Crystopher Collin and Donavan Villeneuve opened up the scoring to give Flin Flon a 2-0 lead after 1. After Shumlanskiu scored to make it 3-0, Laronge drew a little closer in the second when Justin Bill fired a nice low shot stick side on Brenden Newton to make it a 3-1 deficit.
That is as close as Laronge would get as Kurtis Rutledge and Tyler Nyman would score in the third to put the game out of reach at 5-1.
Brenden Newton looked sharp stopping 25 out of 26 while Luke Lush was much busier for Laronge stopping 35 out of 40. The Bombers were 2 for 5 on the PP, and Laronge wound up 0 for 2.
It took all of 48 seconds for Crystopher Collin to find the back of the net the next night in Laronge as the Bombers skated away with a 4-2 win and a sweep of the home and home.
Collin would add two more for his first ever SJHL hat trick and leads the team with 4 goals in the first two games. The other Bomber goal came from Dylan Burton into the empty net with only 35 seconds left in the game.
The Laronge goals came from home town product Bryce Fiske and Jason Bednarski. Flin Flon out shot Laronge for the second straight night 43-39. Neither power play was effective with the Bombers finishing 0 for 9 and the Wolves 1 for 6.
This was a good start for Flin Flon who sit 2-0 and prepare for the Nipawin Hawks who come to town on Friday. Nipawin is 0-1-1 after an OT and regulation loss to Melfort on the weekend.
After Friday's home game against the Hawks, Flin Flon will travel to Saskatoon for the Showcase and play Weyburn and Notre Dame Sunday and Monday.
Next broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will be Saturday September the 30th VS Melville.
With highway 106 re-opening the Creighton Kodiaks will finally get to play a football game to open up the 2017 Northern Saskatchewan 6 man football season.
Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk confirmed earlier today that they will play their home opener this Monday against Sandy Bay 4PM at the Creighton field.
Karakochuk also mentioned they will play Pinehouse on Friday September the 22nd also at 4 at the Creighton field to make up the two games they missed.
Here are the scores from the games that have already taken place:
Cumberland House- 84
The Premier of Manitoba and Mayor of Winnipeg recognised the athletes who won medals at the 2017 Canada Summer games back in August including two brothers from Flin Flon.
There was a special ceremony at the Lesislative building yesterday, where the winning athletes received the Order Of The Buffalo Hunt Awards.
Manitoba athletes won 42 medals which was a new record for the province including 10 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze medals. Manitoba also received the Centennial Cup as the most improved team from the previous Canada Summer Games.
Flin Flon's Carson and Hunter Lee were a big part of Manitoba's team and both took home medals in wrestling. Hunter a Gold in the 98kg Male, and Carson a Silver in the 76kg Male.
They became the first brothers to ever win Gold and Silver from Flin Flon and Northern Manitoba.
The Hapnot Kings and Queens will kick off another high school soccer season this weekend when they travel to Neepawa for the Tiger Invitational on Saturday.
The Kings and Queens have identical schedules and will play Altona at 10:30, Neepawa at 1:30 and Swan River at 3.
Hapnot will then travel to Swan River the following weekend before hosting Zones September the 29th and 30th.
Another exciting SJHL hockey season is set to begin this weekend when all 12 teams kick off another campaign to bring home the Canalta Cup.
In what is becoming an annual tradition I sat down with Mike Stackhouse who has been following the league for a number of seasons and we have once again come up with our early season predictions.
We will mostly look at the Sherwood Division, but will provide some predictions for the other teams as well and you can hear that interview here:
The Nessac Golf Regionals wrapped up yesterday in Nipawin and Creighton had 2 golfers competing.
Congratulations to Lauren Fox who finished second and will now qualify for Provincials in Estevan September the 22nd and 23rd.
Congratulations as well to Blake Alexander who finished fourth and missed qualifying by only one stroke.
Their coach is Maureen Fox.
Good Luck to the Hapnot Golf team who will be in the Pas tomorrow for Golf Zones.
The Flin Flon team is coached by Patty Korchinski and will have 10 kids competing including 4 boys and 6 girls.
The 4 boys are Brayden Abbot, Brady Hoffman, Joel Hucaluk and Riley Scwartz. The 6 girls are: Bria Atkinson, Sarah Faktor,Aaron Mansell,Ella Pickering, Chloe Reitlo and Nevada Shirran.
If Hapnot wins the Zone banner they would qualify for Provincials coming up in Gilbert Plains September the 29th and 30th.
Good luck to Creighton's Lauren Fox who is off to Nipawin to compete in High School Golf Regionals happening tomorrow in Nipawin.
The top 3 from each age group will advance to Provincials in Estevan the weekend of September the 22nd.
In the rematch that featured mostly vets, the Flin Flon Bombers put together a solid effort and held off a very determined OCN Blizzard squad 5-3 last night at the Whitney Forum.
Nick Shumlanski who is the top returning offensive Bomber forward had a tremendous night which saw Nick score the first two goals of the night including a nice tic tac toe play with Mckenzie and Daniels.
Daniels flipped a pass to Mckenzie who streaked down the right wing into the Blizzard zone, and he fed a perfect pass to Shumlanski who fired a nice shot along the ice low stick side on Blizzard tender Matt Kustra.
Kurtis Rutledge got his first look in a Bomber uniform and he also had a 3 point night including a powerplay goal early in the third period.
Other Bomber goals came from Nate Hooper and Crystopher Collins who continues to light it up with his 5th of the pre season.
The Blizzard goal scorers were: Anthony Keeper, Travis Roch and Brayden Dale.
Final shots were in the Bombers favor at 46-23. Veteran goaltender Brenden Newton who the Bombers are expecting big things from went the distance giving up 3 goals on 23 shots and I thought a pretty solid effort for his first look in the pre season.
OCN used the tandem of veteran Matt Kustra who started giving up 3 goals on 25 shots while rookie Dorian Laganiere looked good giving up 2 goals on 21 shots.
Flin Flon takes this battle of Northern Manitoba with a combined 12-3 score from the two games and will once again move to a best of 3 next season.
The Bombers improve to 3-1 in the pre season and still could face Laronge on Monday if the 106 highway re-opens. No word if they will look for another day if they can't play Monday.
I would think Laronge would do what ever they could to play since they have yet to get a pre season game in and would like to get a look at what they have before the season starts on Friday.
Don't forget you can still sign up for the Bomber golf tournament tomorrow. Tee times start at 1 and it costs $75.00 which includes prizes, 9 holes of golf and a steak dinner. Each group will include a Bomber player and this is a big fund raiser for the team.
Congratulations to Flin Flon Bomber Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan who will be the Head Coach for Canada West at this year's World Junior A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia.
Reagan is entering his 12th season as Head Coach and GM with the Bombers and is the Bombers winningest coach in the team's history including two trips to the league final the past two seasons.
This is Reagan's third opportunity to work with Canada West as he was an Assistant Coach last year and he was the Video Coach when they won Gold in 2015.
Reagan will be joined by Joe Martin, Head Coach and GM of the Merrit Centennials of the BCHL, Rick Swan Head Coach and GM of the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL and Derek Sweet Coulter the Head Coach and GM of the English River Miners of the SIJHL.
The tournament will take place December the 10th to the 16th in Truro Nova Scotia.
Flin Flon will host OCN in the second installment of the Battle of Northern Manitoba tonight at the Whitney Forum starting at 7:30. Twin Motors will award the winning team $2500.00 and a trophy.
This year's battle will be decided with a goals for and against and will move to a best of three next year.
Last night's game against Laronge which was postponed due to Highway 106 being closed will be made up this Monday at 7:30 as long as the road re-opens.
The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be hosting their final tournament of the year, the Closing Day Tourney on Saturday September the 16th.
Shotgun start at 11 and everyone is welcome. Entry fee is $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members.
You get 18 holes of golf,dinner and prizes. Sign up at the Pro Shop at 306-688-5555.
Due to the Hanson Lake road closure,tonight's Flin Flon Bomber exhibition game with the Laronge Ice Wolves has been postponed.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan says they hope to make the game up this Monday should the road re-open.
The Creighton Kodiak High School football game which was supposed to be played in Laronge on Wednesday will also be made up on Monday if the road re-opens.
Keep on listening to 102.CFAR for updates.
The Flin Flon Bombers erupted for five goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 win over the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard last night at the GLMC.
In a game that featured mostly rookies, Montreal's Crystopher Collin scored his third of the pre season to open up the scoring just 2 minutes into the opening period, which would stand up as the eventual game winner.
Flin Flon would also get first period goals from Connor Beebee,Dylan Burton, Donovan Villeneuve and Collin's added his second of the night.
Ethan Daniels scored the lone goal in the second and Drew Wilde added his first of the pre season early in the third for the 7-0 win.
Final shots favored the Bombers 37-19, and once again Flin Flon used three goalies with Braeden Funke the busiest stopping 11 shots, Niklas Anderson made 6 saves and Chris Wielenga only had to stop 2.
OCN used two goalies with Devin Allen giving up 6 goals on 23 shots and Randy Cooke only getting beat once on 17 shots.
The Bombers improve to 2-1 on the pre season and will face Laronge at home Thursday, before the Blizzard make their way to town on Friday for the rematch and the second phase of the battle of Northern Manitoba.
Last night was OCN'S first pre season game and their lineup should have a lot different look for the rematch on Friday. The Blizzard didn't dress 1 vet last night while the Bombers went with 3 including Madarash, Beebee and Pickler. All 3 played well and stood out.
Mike Reagan commented on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that he will dress more vets Thursday and Friday as they have been giving a number of rookies a look to give them every opportunity to make the team.
Don't forget to sign up for the Bomber golf tournament this Sunday. It is $75.00 which includes a steak dinner, prizes and a round of golf. Every group includes a Bomber player and this is a big fundraiser for the team.
The biggest golf tournament of the year wrapped up yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club with 82 golfers taking part in the Walt Cunningham Labor Day Golf Classic.
Congratulations to Darcy Salamondra on wiinning this year's event knocking off Jeff Woods, Ray Shirran and Chris Bortis in the Championship flight for Eddies Family Foods and Kick It Sports
1st Flight- Hudbay
2nd Flight- KFC
3rd Flight- North Of 53 CO-OP
4th Flight- Ginnell,Bauman and Watt and Home Hardware
5th Flight- McMunn and Yates and Nasselquist
6th Flight- Vic Inn , Pharmasave and Hooter
7th Flight- McKeens and Creighton Furniture
8th Flight- AJ'S and Pharmasave
9th Flight- Northern Services and the Hooter
10th Flight- Canadien Tire
After coming from behind to beat the Nipawin Hawks 3-2 on Saturday, Nipawin returned the favor last night doubling the Bombers 6-3 at the Whitney Forum.
After opening up the scoring in the first period, on a powerplay goal from Montreal's Crystopher Collin, the Bombers had a tough time keeping the puck out of the back of their own net.
Nipawin would score three times before the first was over and took a 3-2 lead into the locker room after one. The Hawks out scored the Bombers 2-1 in the second and led 5-3 after two before adding an insurance goal in the third for a 6-3 victory.
The game once again featured all rookies and a couple guys really looked impressive. The tandem from Quebec, Chrystopher Collin added two goals while Donovan Villeneuve had a strong showing flying all over the ice and both players should be able to fill the void offensively up front this season.
A couple other guys who I thought looked good were Vaughan Bamford from Delta BC, who looked pretty steady on the backend along with Calvon Boots from Fairbanks Alaska.
Once again the Bomber coaching staff are going to have some tough decisions to make as they continue to put the roster together for opening weekend September the 15th.
For a pre-season game I thought both teams moved the puck well and there was pretty good flow with a lot of good skaters both ways.
Jacob Siebenga from Surrey BC got the other Bomber goal last night. Doug Johnson and the Nipawin Hawks look to have done a good job scouting once again and had a number of impressive youngsters in their lineup.
Nipawin goals came from: Austin Mikesch and Jordan Simoneau who both had a pair with singles from Jeremy Bisson and Jayden Bexte.
Shots favored Flin Flon 37 to 27 and Chris Wielenga and Brayden Funk split last night's game between the pipes for the Bombers while the Hawks went with Jake Anthony and Lance Alm.
Flin Flon now sits at 1-1 in the pre-season and will be off to OCN for a Tuesday tilt with the Blizzard in the latest installment of the battle of Northern Manitoba. This will be the Blizzard's first pre season game with their camp wrapping up Sunday.
This rivaly is even more interesting this year with both teams going to the league final this past spring and Twin Motors has jumped on board with a trophy and cash for the winning team in the head to head matchups.
It will be decided in a goals for and against this year and go to a best of 3 next year. 102. 9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call from the GLMC including the Murray GM Pre- Game Show at 6:45.
The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up Main Camp with the traditional Maroon and White game last night at the Whitney Forum.
It was a very entertaining game with lots of flow and a lot of guys who could turn on the jets. Mike Reagan has preached speed the last number of seasons and this year's group can really fly.
Team White started strong and squeeked out a 5-4 OT win over team Maroon, when returning forward Nate Hooper scored his second of the game, 3:58 into the extra frame.
Hooper, last year's Bomber Rookie of the year really stood out and finished up with 4 points including 2 goals and 2 assists and was able to bring back the chemistry that he and Dawson Mckenzie had in the Manitoba Midget AAA League together with Winnipeg.
Mckenzie was one of the top Bomber prospects heading into camp and he and Hooper played on the same line with the Winnipeg Wild and will be fun to watch play together in the junior ranks.
Kurtis Rutledge made his way to Flin Flon yesterday and did play last night and Reagan said he thought he looked good. " We are happy with him, he has a presence back there and you can tell he's got experience and with as many d-men as we lost last year we need a guy with experience. He will take some pressure off Benny Lanferman and Isaac Jackson , to have another d-man back there and it will be good for our young guys as well to learn from a guy like that."
Rutledge came over in a trade with the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL for a player development fee and has experience in the WHL with Tri- Cities and Kootney.
The Bombers will now play 5 pre-season games including a home and home with Nipawin this weekend. Flin Flon heads to Nipawin tonight for an all rookie affair with the re-match tomorrow at the Whitney Forum at 7:30.
Here is last night's scoring summary
First Period- Nate Hooper from Jacob Siebenga at 4:23
First Period- Dawson McKenzie from Nate Hooper at 10:28
Second Period- Tristan Weigel from Ben Lanferman at 3:49
Second Period- Christopher Collin from Donovan Villeneuve and Nate Hooper at 10:51
Over- Time- Nate Hooper at 3:58
Second Period- Nick Shumlanski from Dylan Burton at 1:00
Second Period- Talon Thomas from Boston Bird and Dylan Burton at 16:30
Third Period- Boston Bird from Thomas Lavalley and Talon Thomas at 5:40
Third Period- Nick Shumlanski from Jarid Mohart at 11:46
The biggest event of the Phantom Lake Golf season is almost here. The Walt Cunningham Labour Day Classic kicks off on Saturday with three tremendous days of golf, food and prizes.
You can still sign up for either shotgun start at 8:30 AM and 2 PM, for $120.00 and payment due at the time of registration.
The afternoon shotgun is filling up but there are still lots of spots left for the morning shotgun and you can register at 306-688-5555.
Flin Flon Bomber Main Camp will open up later today at the Whitney Forum. Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan is expecting between 60 and 70 kids to be competing for spots.
Here is the complete schedule:
Wednesday Aug 30th- 3-4- Registration
5-5:45- Team 1 Practise
6-6:45- Team 2 Pactise
7-7:45- Team 3 Practise
8-8:45- Team 4 Practise
Thursday Aug 31st 10-11am 1 VS 2
11:30-12:30 3 VS 4
5:30-6:15 Goalie Session
6:30-7:30 1 VS 4
8:00-9:00 2 VS 3
Friday Sept 1 10-11 1 VS 3
11:30-12:30 2 VS 4
Maroon and White Game 7:30-9:30
The Flin Flon Bombers will be hitting the ice for Main Camp starting this Wednesday with registration at 3 and on ice sessions to follow after that through Friday.
Fans will get a chance to see how this years team starts to unfold with 5 pre season games for the Maroon and White starting with a home and home with Nipawin this weekend.
Here is the Bombers complete pre-season schedule in MB times.
Sat Sept 2nd- in Nipawin 8:30
Sun Sept 3rd VS Nipawin 7:30
Tues Sept 5th in OCN 7PM
Thurs Sept 7th VS Laronge 7:30
Fri Sept Sept 8th VS OCN- 7:30
The Norman Wolves AAA Bantam team had their tryouts in Thompson this past weekend.
45 kids tried out including 18 skaters and 3 goalies with a number of Flin Flon kids making the final roster including Owen Slugoski, Oden Church, Justin Lies and Hayden Linklater.
The Wolves will practise in the Pas next weekend with their first tournament in Portage the weekend of September the 15th before getting ready for the Bantam Showcase in Virden October the 5th to the 8th.
The Norman Northstars also held their tryouts on the weekend and congratulations to Flin Flon's Jordan Pfoh, Mitchell Reid, Keian Weseen and Carson Ledoux on making the team. Morgan Beauchamp and Blake Lahonen will be AP'S.
Norman will start the season against the new entry Winnipeg Bruins in Winnipeg on Friday September the 29th to kick off a three game road trip.
Norman's home opener is Friday October the 6th against Parkland.
Another SJHL hockey season is just around the corner with Flin Flon Bomber Main Camp hitting the Whitney Forum next week.
Mike Reagan the Head Coach and GM who guided his team to two straight league finals is looking very forward to the start of another season. He says the recruiting has gone very well and he feels they will be very competitive and better than a lot of people think.
The Bombers have some holes to fill after losing 13 players from last year's team including Rylee Zimmer and Troy Williams who ended up being the futures in the Eric Sinclair deal with Melville.
Reagan says they have a number of good prospects to watch in this year's camp including Vaughan Bamford out of BC. He is a 6 foot 2 defenseman who has good skills, competes hard and has a great shot. He chose Flin Flon over two teams in the BCHL.
Another prospect is Calbin Boots out of Alaska who is a 6 foot defenseman. Reagan describes him as versatile, a very good skater and should play in the Bombers top 4.
Flin Flon is also high on a couple of forwards from the Manitoba Midget AAA League including Dawson Mckenzie who suited up for the Winnipeg Thrashers. Mckenzie put up 54 points in 41 games including 20 goals and Reagan likes his play making ability and hockey iq.
Dylan Burton his linemate with the Thrashers is also very good offensively who put up 48 points in 37 games including 25 goals. Reagan says he is a great skater and very good offensively.
Main Camp will start Wednesday at 3PM with registration, before hitting the ice at 4. Intrasquad games will start Thursday at 10AM.
We will have the complete main camp schedule posted here next week and don't forget to pick up those Bomber season tickets at the office at the Flin Flon Community Hall. We are at around 360 and as soon as we hit 400 every fan will receive a Bomber T- Shirt.
The Flin Flon Bombers are preparing for their annual golf tournament which will take place this year on Sunday September the 10th with a shot gun start at 1pm at the Phantom Lake Golf Course.
It will cost $75.00, which will include a round of golf, a steak dinner and a chance to win some great prizes. Each group will also include a Bomber player.
This is a big fundraiser for the hockey club and is a great way to mingle with the players, coach's, billets and sponsors.
You can sign up in a group of 4 or individually by calling the Bomber office at 204-687-4404.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their only in person registration at the Flin Flon Community Hall on Wednesday September the 6th from 5-8, in conjunction with the Registration Under One Roof.
Hockey D kits will be available for $100.00 and you will be able to register for all the age groups including Hockey D, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget.
This will be the only in person registration , so you need to show up.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey is also looking for an Secretary, Ice Scheduler,Atom, Midget co-ordinator and coach's for house league teams.
If you are interested you can get more details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Season starts September the 18th.
Flin Flon will be hosting a summer volleyball camp for boys and girls at McIsaac school next week.
The camp is aimed at kids that will be entering grades 7-12 in September and instruction for kids 7-9 will take place next Monday through Thursday 9-noon and kids 10-12 between 1-4.
The coach's will be Jake Rodgers a former phys-ed teacher and coach at Hapnot and he also coached team Winnipeg at the Manitoba Games, and Craig McKenzie who played for the U of W Wesman where he won a national championship.
Lots of local coach's will be helping out as well including Craig McIntosh, Will Hatherly, Sam Kinsley and Dan Kennedy.
Sign up will be accepted at McIsaac, Monday Aug the 28th in the gym and will cost $25.00.
The Phantom Lake Golf Club held their Club Championship this past Saturday with 44 golfers taking part.
Congratulations to Jeff Woods who took the Men's Club Championship for a fourth time, including three of the last four.
Here are the rest of the results:
Senior Men's- Dave Salahub
Super Senior Men- Jack Quinn
Ladies- Laurie Salahub
Senior Lady- Judy Maitland
Junior- Brad Fox
Another Flin Flon Bomber season is upon us and you can follow all the action here on your home of Bomber hockey for more than 70 years on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com
102.9 CFAR will broadcast 34 games ( 11 at home and 23 on the road)
Here is the complete broadcast schedule subject to change in MB times
Fri Sept 15th vs Laronge 7:30
Sat Sept 16th at Laronge 8:30
Sat Sept 30th vs Melville-7:30
Sat Oct 7th vs Kindersley-7:30
Sat Oct 14th at Weyburn- 8:30
Sun Oct 15th at Estevan- 7pm
Fri Oct 20th at Laronge-8:30
Sat Oct 21st at Battleford-8:30
Sat Oct 28th vs Notre Dame-7:30
Thurs Nov 2nd at Melfort- 8:30
Fri Nov 17th at Nipawin- 7:30
Sat Dec 2nd vs Nipawin 7:30
Tues Dec 5th at Nipawin-7:30
Sat Dec 9th vs Humboldt-7:30
Sat Dec 30th vs Laronge-7:30
Sun Dec 31st at Laronge- 6pm
Sat Jan 6th vs Yorkton-7:30
Tues Jan 9th at Melfort-7:30
Sat Jan 13th vs Battleford- 7:30
Thurs Jan 25th at Melville- 7:30
Fri Jan 26th at Yorkton- 7:30
Sat Jan 27th at Humboldt- 7:30
Fri Feb 2nd at Laronge- 7:30
Sat Feb 3rd vs Laronge- 7:30
Tues Feb 6th at Nipawin - 7:30
Fri Feb 9th at Melfort- 7:30
Sat Feb 10th vs Melfort- 7:30
Fri Feb 16th at Melfort-7:30
Sat Feb 24th at Nipawin- 7:30
Tues Feb 27th at Yorkton-7:30
Wed Feb 28th at Melville-7:30
Fri Mar 2nd at Notre Dame- 7:30
Sat Mar 3rd at Estevan- 7:30
Fri Mar 9th vs Laronge- 7:30
There is no mistaking it, the Lee brothers Carson and Hunter continue to dominate the sport of wrestling, taking it to heights never seen before in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
You have to wonder where they find room to display all their hardware as they continue to excel on the mat in every meet they take part in.
This time the two brothers made local history becoming the first two athletes from Flin Flon to win medals at the Canada Summer games in Winnipeg.
Hunter blew away his opponent from Ontario in less than two minutes by a perfect 10-0 score to capture Gold in the 98- Kilogram category. His brother Carson picked up Silver in the 76 Kilogram category losing a close battle 6-5 to an Alberta opponent.
Flin Flon's third wrestler who competed Keelan Salamondra also had a good showing finishing 5th in the 98 Kilogram category.
Team Manitoba took 4 Wrestling medals total and helped the province with their biggest haul ever in the Summer Games finishing with 41 medals to break the old record of 35.
Hunter had this to say about the move which led to his gold medal winning performance. " Once you get the leg locked in it is usually really hard to get out of. Once it is in, the match is pretty much over. I just wanted to go out and dominate as much as I could."
The Senior Golf Tournament took place yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club for any body over the age of 50.
It was a great day, with the weather co-operating and a very good turn out of golfers.
Here are the results:
Men's Championship Flight
First- Glenn Smith
Second- Sal Woloshyn
Third- Harold Harris
Fourth- Doug Anderson
First Flight- Rod Asmundson
Second Flight- Butch Lekopoy
Third Flight- Frank Roguski
Fourth Flight- Bill Griffiths
Fifth Flight- Bev Baker
Ladies Championship Flight
First- Judy Maitland
Second- Pat Billquist
Third- Ann Weibe
First Flight- Maxine Long
Second Flight- Dela Chilson
The Cranberry Trout Challenge wrapped up earlier today with 59 boats taking part this weekend on Lake Athapap.
When it was all said and done the team from Flin Flon Blaine Hyska and John Highmoor finished first with a combined 227.25 inches for total fish caught on the weekend.
The rest of the top 11 were:
2. Unrau and Baynton (Flin Flon)
3. Smith and Wiens (Cranberry)
4. Knutson and Head (Calgary)
5. Leigh Johnston and Brady Fidierchuk (Cranberry)
6. Peter Mischuk and Cory Mischuk (The Pas)
7. Holmes and Holmes (Flin Flon)
8. Barry Anderson and Gord Fidierchuk (Cranberry)
9. Lavis and Kozar (Flin Flon)
10. Oullet and Petryk (Cranberry)
11. Gaylene Mischuk and Brisson (The Pas)
A big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers for all your hard work and due to the popularity of this event there will be a 29th next August long weekend.
The Canada Summer Games are underway in Winnipeg and Flin Flon will have a local connection to the event.
Three local wrestlers including Hunter and Carson Lee as well as Keelan Salamondra will be representing Flin Flon and the Province of Manitoba starting next Wednesday at the University of Winnipeg- The Lloyd Axworthy Recplex.
Carson will be competing in the 76KG, while Hunter and Keelin will compete in the 98KG.
Here is team Manitoba's draw. Wednesday August the 9th , 9am VS Alberta, 2pm VS Quebec and 7pm VS Ontario. Thursday August the 10th VS Nova Scotia at 9am with Dual Finals at 6:30pm.
Medal Finals will continue all day Friday.
You can follow the action at canadagamestv.ca. We will also have full coverage and details on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
The Phantom Lake Golf Club will host the Senior's Open next Wednesday August the 9th with shot gun starts at 8AM and 1 PM.
It will cost $50.00 for members and $55.00 for non-members, which includes golf,a meal and fabulous prizes.
Sign up at the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555.
The Extreme Hockey School will make it's return to the Whitney Forum in August.
There are programs for all age groups including Junior 6-9, Intermediate 10-12, Senior 13-14,and Conditioning for 15 and up starting August the 21st.
The Specialty Clinics will return August the 28th.
Mike Reagan the Head Coach and GM of the FF Bombers will be the Head Instructor with both assistants Gary Childerhose and Chris Bortis also helping out.
Lots of Bomber players will also be in attendance including Zac Robidoux, Nate Hooper, Nick Shumlanski, Ben Lanferman, Rylan Tkachuk, Tyler Miller and Tyler Nyman. Mackenzie Bortis who is a former member of the Yellowhead Female AAA Chiefs has been added to the staff.
For more information and to sign up you can contact Mike Reagan at 204-271-1407 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Sign up by July the 28th and you could win a Bomber season ticket.