It is a busy weekend of high school basketball for three of the four Flin Flon, Creighton senior teams. The Pas will host the biggest tournament in the North this year The Bill Mcdonald Classic.
Teams will be competing from all over the province and games start Friday afternoon.
The Hapnot Senior Queens will play ST.John's Ravencourt in their first game and the Senior Kodiak girls will play Westgate.
The Creighton Kodiak boys face MBCI out of the Pas.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have results throughout the weekend.
The Don Holmes rink were in Thompson over the weekend competing in the over 60 Credit Union Masters curling bonspiel.
Holmes would face Sam Antilla out of Thompson twice, winning both games 6-4 and 6-3.
Holmes will now qualify for Provincials which are taking place in Gimli March the 6th to the 8th.
The Uptown Curling Club will host the over 50 Senior Zone 1 Bonspiel this weekend. Holmes will face off against Sam Antilla once again with two games on Saturday at 10 and 2.
The winner will move on to Provincials in Winnipeg in February.
It wasn't the result the Flin Flon Bombers were hoping for when they hosted the Humboldt Broncos in the final two home games before Christmas. Humboldt rolled into town and took both games 4-3 and 7-1.
Flin Flon played well on Friday and looked like they might get the game to OT, when they peppered the Bronco net-minder Jacob Wasserman, but they couldn't get the equalizer.
Bomber captain Ben Lanfermann was back in the lineup and he scored a power play goal. The other two goals came from Rob Johnson, who continues to impress every game out, especially in the faceoff circle.
The Bombers were disappointed with the result but not the effort and felt they had a good chance to take Saturday's rematch.
A bad start put Flin Flon behind the eight ball and they found themselves down 2-0 on Humboldt's first two shots of the game. Wack and Joseph found the back of the net before the game was seven minutes old.
Daylin Marchi would give the Bombers life when he re-directed a shot over the shoulder of Parker Tobin to make the score 2-1 Broncos.
It was all Humboldt after that when they erupted for 5 unanswered from Thomas, Boulet, Camrud, Patter and Schatz.
Colten Lancaster made his third straight start and fought the puck giving up 5 goals on 25 shots, including 4 in the first period. Nik Anderson came in relief in the second and stopped 15 out of 17.
Special teams were also a big part of this game with the Broncos going 2 for 8 on the PP, and they also scored two short handed goals. Flin Flon was 0 for 5.
Humboldt looks very solid and have their sights on the Global Agrisk Solution Division with a record of 18-9-3-2. They trail the first place Battleford Stars by 4 points.
The Bombers slip to 9-15-1-3 and will try to get it going on the road with four games in 5 nights to head into the Christmas break starting Friday in Laronge.
Laronge and Flin Flon are battling for one of the last two playoff spots, and the Ice Wolves are anything but push overs and beat the Bombers in their last meeting back on October the 20th.
In my opinion the head to head matchups betwen these two teams will determine that last playoff spot as they will meet 7 more times, 3 before the end of the month.
We won't be broadcasting this last trip before Christmas, we will be taking a break before the home and home with Laronge the 30th and 31st to close out 2017.
After Friday in Laronge the Bombers travel to Battleford Saturday, and Kindersley Monday and Tuesday.
It was a good end to the road trip for the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves who salvaged a win yesterday with a 6-5 win over Central Plains.
The Pas's Keilan Holland led the way with the hat-trick, with singles coming from Justin Lies, Chase Bertholet and Conroy Halcrow.
The Wolves played 4 games over the weekend and lost in a shoot out 9-8 to Interlake and also lost 7-0 to the Winnipeg Sharks and 9-3 to Central Plains.
Norman's record will slip to 5-16-0-0-1. Congratulations to Keilan Holland, Justin Lies, Chase Berttholet and Carter Anderson who all got invited to play for team North at the Manitoba Winter Games coming up in March in Thompson.
Norman will host Yellowhead this weekend in the Pas.
The Norman Northstars dropped all three games on their road trip including two games to Yellowhead 8-2 and 9-2. They also lost to Southwest on Friday 4-2.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored three of the team's 6 goals on the weekend and he leads the club with 12 and sits third in points with 18. Jordan Pfoh had an assist on Sunday.
The Northstars are back at home and will host Kenora Friday and Saturday.
It was another impressive weekend for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers who captured the first ever Dylan Cripps Memorial Trophy in Thompson.
The Bombers beat Thompson 6-5, crushed Norway House 11-0 and tied Cross Lake 5-5 to go unbeaten in the round robin.
This would put the Bombers in the final once again against Thompson and they ended up winning the final and the tournament 7-4.
Morgan Daneliuk led the way with a pair of goals with singles coming from Magnus Pearson, Colten Tetoff, Austin McLean, Colby Hnidy and Blake Alexander.
Congratulations to the coach's Greg Kritzer, Brett Muench and Rylan Veitch and the rest of the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA'S who are off to Morris this weekend for one more tournament before Christmas.
Creighton school hosted the first high school basketball tournament this past weekend with some very entertaining games.
When it was all said and done, Sandy Bay beat MBCI out of the Pas in the final 77-65 to finish 3-0.
Hapnot won the B-side beating Laronge 71-39 and Norway House finished third beating Creighton 51-28.
Charlebois beat Nipawin 54-34 in the 7 VS 8 game.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Thompson for their second tournament of the season starting later today.
The Bombers will play Thompson today at 3, Norway House tomorrow at 8 and Cross Lake at 1:30.
The Gold Medal game is Sunday at 10 am.
The Creighton Kodiaks held their year end banquet and awards last night at Creighton school. The night started with a video presentation of the past season and recognition of coach's, parents and sponsors.
Chicken Chef did a wonderful job once again catering the affair. Here are the award winners.
Top Offensive Player- Shawn Francois
Top Defensive Player- Noah Dickens
Top Special Teams- Blake Alexander
Offensive Warrior- Jaron McDermott
Defensive Warrior- Brandon Nepitabo
Most Improved Offense- Linden Moore
Most Improved Defense- Corbin Collier
Leadership Award- Bailey Eastman
Offensive Rookie- Blake Alexander
Defensive Rookie- Keenan Campbell
Most Dedicated- Linden Moore and Keenan Campbell
The Kodiaks also want to thank Defensive Coach John Clark for all his efforts the past four seasons as he will be moving on next year. Good luck to the 5 graduating players, Dimitri Morin, Bailey Eastman, Shawn Francois, Linden Moore and Brandon Nepitabo.
The Flin Flon Bombers were hoping to carry their momentum from Saturday's dramatic overtime win against Nipawin into last night's rematch at the Cage.
The Nipawin Hawks had other ideas and struck twice before the game was even four minutes old. Daven Smith and Jake Tremblay were able to get to Bomber netminder Colten Lancaster early and controlled the game from beginning to end.
With a 2-0 lead in the second, the Hawks struck twice more on a pair of goals from vetern forward Michael Grant and put the Bombers in a big hole 4-0 after two.
Nipawin put the icing on the cake and made it 5-0 early in the third, when newly acquired Christian Bosa scored right off the faceoff for his first in a Hawk uniform.
The Bombers did get one to spoil Jake Anthony's shut out bid when Calvon Boots would score his second in as many games, firing a nice shot from the high slot for his 7th of the year mid-way through the final period.
Nipawin rolled to the 5-1 win and remain very good at home with their 11th win in 13 games. The Bomber road woes continue and are now 1-9-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.
Final shots were 34-24 in favour of Nipawin and the two teams were a combined 0 for 13 on the PP.
The Bombers go back to work this weekend when they host the Humboldt Broncos in a pair of games Friday and Saturday. The Broncos will be a good test with their 37 points so far this season as they are battling with Battleford and Notre Dame in a very tough Olympic Buildings Division.
Humboldt won the only encounter 6-5 back on October the 11th in Humboldt. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.
Congratulations to Flin Flon's Crystopher Collin on being selected one of two SJHL'ers to make Canada West for the upcoming World JR.A Challenge coached by Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan.
Collin is having a great season with 23 points in 24 games including 14 goals. Battlefords defenseman Levi Kleiboer was the other player selected.
The weekend set will be the Bombers final two home games before Christmas, so let's have some big crowds out before Flin Flon go's on their big road trip to hit the Christmas break.
High school basketball season is here and Creighton will be the sight for the annual Border Bash bringing teams together from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan starting Friday.
8 boys teams will be competing from Creighton, Hapnot, Laronge, The Pas, Charlebois, Norway House, Sandy Bay and Nipawin.
Games start Friday with Creighton playing Laronge at 2:30 and Hapnot playing Norway House at 4.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the final at 4:30.
There will also be a Friday nights skill competition which will include a three point shoot out, Free throw competition, team lay up and dunk competition. This will start at 8:30.
The Kodiak girls will be in Birch Hills this weekend.
Some new faces seemed to be the spark the Bombers needed to end a two game losing streak against the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum on Saturday.
Colten Lancaster who was just picked up from Port Alberni of the BCHL, was solid in his SJHL debut stopping 40 out of 43 Nipawin shots including 19 in a busy second period as the Bombers picked up a much needed win in OT, 4-3.
Daylan Marchi opened the scoring for the Bombers when he scored just 1:52 into the opening period on Northland Ford Teddy Bear toss night. Teddy bears and lots of other stuffed animals littered the ice in one of the most successful promotions that Northland Ford has seen in the last 5 years after the first period goal.
After all the toys got cleaned up, Flin Flon kept the momentum going when Nate Hooper pocketed his 6th of the year on the powerplay to put the Bombers up early 2-0.
Nipawin answered before the first was done when Kenzie Arnold found the back of the net on a strange angle in front of the Bomber net.
Flin Flon carried a 2-1 lead into the second period but it didn't hold up for long as Brandon Arnold picked up his league leading 20th of the year, when the Bombers couldn't get the puck out of their zone.
All even in the third, the youg Bomber squad never stopped working and got rewarded with the lead one more time when Ethan Daniels beat a screened Jake Anthony to put the Maroon and White up 3-2.
Nipawin tied it once again when veteran Chad McCartney converted a nice feed from Lenchyshyn and Arnold. This was Lenchyshyn's third assist of the game.
The Bombers had a lot of good chances to win it in regulation but Jake Anthony who looked shaky early, was tough to beat the second and third periods and made a lot of good saves.
So Flin Flon would have to try and do something they haven't been able to do all season and that is win a game in extra time. The Bombers killed a Hawk powerplay early in overtime and seemed to match up well 3 on 3.
Nate Hooper made a perfect drop pass along the boards and Calvon Boots grabbed the loose puck and went in alone on Jake Allen and shot the puck right off the post in the top left corner for the win.
Defenseman Alex Lindstrom made his Bomber debut and he looked very good at both ends of the ice and lookes like he could be the quarterback they were looking for to run the powerplay.
A much needed win for the Bombers who snap a 2 game losing streak and beat the Hawks for the first time this season. Flin Flon will improve to 9-12-1-3 on the year and give themselves some more breathing room over Laronge for the final playoff spot by 8 points.
It won't take long for the rivalry to resume as these two teams will collide once more at the Cage in Nipawin tomorrow. We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30. Another new face, Jordan Funk, who the Bombers got from Kindersley in a trade on December the 1st will make his debut tomorrow. Gary Childerhose will continue to manage the bench with Mike Reagan in Calgary for Canada West.
The Hapnot Queens Senior Volleyball team was the last northern volleyball team still in action this past weekend at Provincials.
The Queens travelled down to Warren and lost their first game to Garden Valley, split with MacGregor,lost to Goose Lake, then split with Minnedosa. They finish the round robin at 2-8.
They did not qualify for Provincials but congratulations to the coach's, Sharon Beck, Rob Abbot and all the Queens on a fine season including a Zone title.
Well it was a reason to celebrate as the Norman Northstars finally got that first elusive win of the season on Saturday.
After dropping an 8-5 game to Central Plains on Friday, Norman built up a quick 3-0 lead on Saturday and never looked back with the 6-5 win.
It was a great weekend for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who had a 4 point weekend including two goals. Jordan Pfoh also played well adding 3 points, 1 goal and 2 assists. AP Sean Yaworski added an assist.
Norman will try to build on their first win of the year when they hit the road for three on the weekend, including a game against Southwest Friday and two against Yellowhead Saturday and Sunday.
The Norman Bantam Wolves split a pair of games with the Southwest Cougars on the weekend winning 4-3 on Saturday, but took a tough loss 12-1 on Sunday. Flin Flon's Justin Lies led the way with 3 goals in the two games and Oden Church picked up the win in goal Saturday.
The Wolves hit the road this weekend with two games against East End and Portage.
The first Flin Flon/Creighton minor hockey tournament took place this past weekend at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex. It was the Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Event
Here are all the final scores from yesterday.
A- Final (Mel Pearson Event)- Norway House Northstars beat the Pas Huskies White 10-1
B-Final- (Jack Turner Event)- Reliance Rhinos beat the Pas Red 7-4
C-Final- (Scott Davidson Event)- Thompson Flyers 6, FF Bomber Oldtimers 5
D-Final- (Paddy Ginnell Event)- Thompson Kings 3, McKeens Trucking 1
E-Final- (Cementation Event)- Fireman beat the Thompson Coyotes 8-6
F-Final- (Shayne Pearson Event)- Snow Lake Spartans beat the Thompson Stars 10-6.
Mike Reagan is in Calgary this weekend for the selection camp for Canada West as they put together the roster for the World JR A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia December the 10th to the 16th.
The selection camp starts today and runs through Tuesday.
I caught up with Mike Reagan before he left for his third stint with Canada West, this time as the Head Coach and GM.
You can hear Mike's comments about his opportunity and the event itself right here https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts
Fresh off a pair of wins against Central Plains, the Norman AAA Bantam Wolves return to action this weekend.
The Wolves who won back to back games for the first time in their history return to Thompson to host the Southwest Cougars Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 11.
Norman is 3-13-1 on the season and have two players from Flin Flon including Justin Lies and Oden Church. They also have three players from Pelican Narrows, Gaberick Dorian, Hayden Linklater and Tyler Bird.
The first ten minutes of last night's game looked like the Flin Flon Bombers might get back on the winning track. After Rob Johnson and Nate Hooper gave the Bombers an early 2-0 lead, the wheels would start to come off.
Weyburn would score two goals, ten seconds apart at 14:26 and 14:34 and never looked back. Wyatt Arndt and Jeremy Valazquez both were able to get shots through from the blue line to beat Bomber netminder Niklas Anderson.
With the game tied at two after one, the Wings would go on to score five more and take the game convincingly 7-2 in front of 500 plus at the Whitney Forum.
Other Weyburn goals came from Eric Olson who netted the hattrick with his 11th, 12th and 13th of the season. Tyran Brown added a pair with his 6th and 7th.
It was quite the turn around for Weyburn who got beat 10-1 in Nipawin the night before. This was the second straight game that Flin Flon used both goaltenders with Nik Anderson starting and getting yanked after giving up 5 goals on 25 shots.
Reese Jones came in relief and stopped 8 out of 10.
All losses sting,but this one especially tough for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be leaving the team to head out to Calgary for Canada West try-outs starting on Saturday.
Reagan had this to say after last night's loss. " We had full control of the game and there was a point where we had the powerplay , and I told the boys this is where we have to step on them. They just came off losing 10-1 and if we get that third goal then we probably win the hockey game. We didn't and had two breakdowns in our own end, and all of a sudden it is 2-2. That is extemely frustrating and we give up 7 unanswered goals and that is unacceptable."
Flin Flon will have a different look to their lineup on Saturday when recently acquired Alex Lindstrom makes his debut in a Bomber sweater. Lindstrom was picked up in a trade with Grand Prairie on Wednesday for veteran dman Kurtis Rutledge. The Bombers have also picked up a new goaltender, Colten Lancaster from Port Alberni of the BCHL.
Lancaster has lots of experience with three years of junior hockey under his belt including two years with the Merrit Centennials. So far this year Lancaster is 1-8-2 with a gaa of 3.87 and save percentage of .887.
It doesn't get any easier for the Maroon and White who have given up 14 goals in their last two games,and will host another power house team in the Nipawin Hawks who are 2-0 against Flin Flon this season.
You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this Saturday from the Whitney Forum with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
After a month and a half of trying to get a deal done, the Flin Flon Bombers have finally traded 20 year old defenseman Kurtis Rutledge.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan made the announcement yesterday that Rutledge was traded to Grand Prairie of the AJHL for 19 year old defenseman Alex Lindstrom and future considerations.
Lindstrom has 8 points in 20 games this season, and Reagan describes him as a guy that is very offensive and a tremendous skater. Reagan feels he will step in and help his blue line out immediately.
Reagan is relieved to finally get the deal done, as he wanted to beat the December 1st deadline, plus be able to move on and address other needs of the hockey team.
Lindstrom is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Bombers host the Weyburn Red Wings. It was an up and down weekend for Flin Flon who beat Estevan 7-4 on Friday, then lost 7-3 to Melfort on Sunday.
This deal couldn't of come at a better time as the Bombers are banged up and won't have Doug Johnson, Tyler Nyman or Brenden Newton in their lineup tonight.
Weyburn will come into the Whitney Forum reeling as the got crushed 10-1 in Nipawin last night. The Bombers may have caught the Wings at a good time as they have lost three in a row and six of their last ten.
This will be their last head to head meeting of the year with Weyburn winning the first three meetings including a 4-2 win in Flin Flon on October 27th.
This will also be Mike Reagan's last game behind the bench for a while as he is off to Calgary tomorrow for the selection camp for Canada West, as they determine the roster for the World JR AChallenge coming up in Truro Nova Scotia December the 10th to the 16th.
Flin Flon forward Crystopher Collin is one of 9 SJHL players who will be hoping to land a spot. Collin leads the Bombers in goals with 14 and second in points with 22.
The Bomber record stands at 8-11-1-3, with the majority of those wins coming at home at 7-3-1-2. Puck drop is 7:30 tonight, with no broadcast. We will have the Bombers/ Hawks game from the Whitney Forum this Saturday with the usual Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host their first tournament of the year this weekend. The Whitney Forum and Sportex will play host to the Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Tournament starting Friday.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Norway House and Snow Lake.
Action starts Friday with the Flin Flon Fireman taking on the Pas Huskies Red, 1:30 at the Whitney Forum. Mckeens Trucking will play The Pas Huskies White, 1:45 at the Sportex.
Games will happen right through the weekend with the Medal games starting Sunday at 8:30. Championship Final is at 2:30.
The High School Volleyball season will come to a close this weekend with the Senior Queens off to Warren for Provincials.
The Queens go in to the weekend with lots of momentum after going undefeated in Zones a couple of weeks ago.
Hapnot will kick things off Thursday against Green Valley at 2 and MacGregor at 5. Friday they play Goose Lake at 11 and Minnedosa at 2.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9.
The Pas/OCN hosted the first big minor hockey tournament for the North, the Wescana Cup at both the GLMC and Roy H Johnston Arena.
Flin Flon was well represented with both the AA'S and A'S taking part.
The AA'S beat the Pas 5-0, tied Swan River at 4,then lost to the Pas in a shoot out in the Semi's. Flin Flon rebounded with an 8-5 win over Thompson in the B-side final.
The A'S lost to the Pas 4-2, tied Thompson at 4, then beat Swan River 4-3 to finish round robin at 1-1-1. They would beat Wabowden 10-0 in the C-final.
It was a good start to the weekend with the Flin Flon Bombers taking down the high flying Estevan Bruins 7-4 Friday night at the Whitney Forum.
Veteran forward Nick Shumlanski led the way with four points including two goals, his 7th and 8th of the season. Rookie goaltender Reese Jones picked up his first SJHL win, stopping 24 out of 28 shots and the Bomber power play did the job going 3 for 9 on the night.
This was as good as the Flin Flon power play has looked all season, and if it wasn't for some huge saves from the Estevan goaltender Matt Lukacs, the score could have been higher.
Full marks for a great effort and like I mentioned to Mike Reagan in the CFAR Post Game Report, there wasn't a single Bomber who didn't play well.
Flin Flon looked to carry the momentum into Sunday's contest with the first place Melfort Mustangs. The game started well with Daylan Marchi scoring just two minutes into the game, but Melfort responded with two goals later in the period from Morrison and Hergott to jump up 2-1 after 1.
More Melfort offense in the second from Ball and Tosh, 25 seconds apart to put the Stangs up 4-1 before Flin Flon got back on the board late in the frame. Calvin Boots would close the gap to 4-2 with 40 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Mustangs were two much on this night as they out scored the Bombers 3-1 in the third for the 7-3 win. Tosh added his second of the night with other Melfort goals coming from Elder and Schmidt. Dawson McKenzie added his third of the year for the only Bomber goal.
Reese Jones started the game for Flin Flon, but was pulled early in the second after giving up 4 goals on 12 shots. Nik Anderson replaced him and he played well stopping 26 out of 29.
Melfort went with veteran Evan Plotnik who seems to have the Bombers number stopping 36 out of 39 shots. Plotnick has only lost four times to Flin Flon in the last three seasons. The Mustangs finished up 0 for 2 on the PP, while something you don't see very often, the Bombers didn't get a single power play chance.
After the weekend the Bomber's record stands at 8-11-1-3 and after last night they trail second place Nipawin by 15 points and first place Melfort by 20 points.
Flin Flon will continue their home stand with two more games this week including the Weyburn Red Wings in town Wednesday and Nipawin here on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday.
The Hapnot Kings and Queens JV teams were both down south representing the north in Provincial volleyball over the weekend.
The Queens were in Killarney and went 6-5 in the round robin, splitting with Major Pratt,Warren and Boissevain. They beat Morris 2-0 in their last round robin game. Hapnot did qualify for the playoffs and lost two sets to none to Gabrielle Roy.
The Kings were in Steinbach and they struggled going 1-8 in the round robin losing to Goose Lake, Rivers and Riverton. They split with Rosenort and did not make the playoffs.
Good luck to the Senior Queens who are in Warren for Senior Provincials this weekend.
The Flin Flon Bombers will be back in action tomorrow night, when they will once again welcome the Estevan Bruins to the Whitney Forum.
The Bruins were just in Flin Flon back on November the 9th, and beat the Bombers 4-3 in OT . The game did end in a little bit of controversy with how Estevan celebrated the OT goal.
Arthur Miller who the Bruins just picked up from the Western league, scored the OT goal then went to centre ice to celebrate on the Bomber logo.
Let's just say the Bombers were less than impressed and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan commented on the incident. " I don't think anybody should be going to an opposing team's centre ice and logo and try to stamp their mark on their logo. I think it is insulting to our organization, and it is something I don't think they would appreciate it if we did the same thing in their building. There is no question our guys took note of it and we are pretty fired up to play."
Incident aside, the Bombers need to win a hockey game and are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 and are fresh off a 5-1 loss in Nipawin on Friday. Flin Flon is a much better team at home though and own a respectable 6-2-1-2 record at the Whitney Forum.
If Flin Flon has any hope of trying to move up the standings in the division they will need to start stringing wins together soon, and are currently 13 points behind second place Nipawin and 18 points behind front running Melfort.
The Bruins are one of the top teams in the league at 16-8-2 and sit first in the Viterra Division, and second overall with 34 points.
Estevan is on a current Northern road trip where they are one and one with a 2-1 loss to Nipawin and a 5-3 win in Laronge last night. They lead the season series with the Bombers two games to none.
Mike Reagan also commented today , with the December 1st deadline coming up, he would like to add a puck moving defenseman before he heads off to Calgary for Team West try-outs. He is also hoping to complete the Kurtis Rutledge deal.
Congratulations to the Bomber's rookie Crystopher Collin who is one of 9 players from the SJHL who will get a tryout for Team West next wek in Calgary. Collin is the SJHL Rookie leader with goals (13) and second in points (21).
We will broadcast tomorrow night's game against the Bruin's and I always look forward to these matchups with the great rivalry that has developed over the years. Every time these two teams go head to head it is special.
We are on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30. Don't forget the Bomber/Melfort Mustang game that was postponed back on November the 1st will be made up this Sunday November the 26th at 7:30.
The JV Hapnot Kings and Queens, fresh off winning the volleyball Zones a couple weekends ago are headed down south to compete against the best teams in the province starting Thursday.
The Queens are in Killarney for Provincials and open up against Major Pratt Thursday at 3, and Warren at 6. They will play Morris on Friday at 11 and Boissevain at 2.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9, with the Championship Final at 5.
The Kings are in Steinbach and play two games Thursday against Goose Lake at 3 and Rivers at 6.
They will play Rosenort at 11 and Riverton at 2 on Friday. Playoffs are at 9 and the Championship Final is at 5 on Saturday.
This past Friday night, during the Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks game, a very special guest made his way to the Centennial Arena.
7 time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier who was in Nipawin for a sports gala the next night, took in the SJHL contest on Friday and took time to join me on our Flin Flon Bomber broadcast.
Trottier talked about his visits to Flin Flon in junior as a member of the Swift Current Broncos, and also his illustrious NHL career that included 6 Stanley Cups as a player and one as an assistant coach with Colorado.
Here is the interview from Friday's second intermission.
It was tough sledding for a young Bomber squad who dropped a 5-1 decision to a veteran Nipawin Hawks team on Friday night at the Centennial Arena.
The Bombers looked pretty good for the first 5 minutes before Tyler Nyman took a 5 minute major boarding penalty which changed the complection of the game.
It took the Hawks only 29 seconds to strike on the mad advantage when Chad McCartney opened up the scoring when he took a nice pass from Brandon Arnold.
Arnold and Grant would both score break away goals to put Nipawin in control 3-0 after 1.
Nik Anderson started in goal for Flin Flon and was pulled after the first when he gave up 3 goals on 9 shots, although I didn't think any of the goals were his fault.
Reese Jones came in to the game in the second and looked very good for limited action this season and only gave up 2 goals on 25 shots.
Grant Baetsen would score an early third period goal for his second of the year to put the Hawks up 4-0 before the Bombers would finally answer.
Rookie sensation Ethan Daniels banked a puck off the back of Declan Hobbs's skate for the Bomber's only goal of the game to make it a bit closer at 4-1.
The Hawks kept coming and Michael Grant scored his second of the game to seel the deal at 5-1.
Shots were very much in the Nipawin's favor at 34-17, and the Bombers really didn't test Hobbs much, with most of their shots coming from the perimeter.
Flin Flon's road woes continue and are now just 1-8-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum. Overall they slip to 7-10-1-3 and now trail the Hawks by 11 points for second in the division. Nipawin is 13-5-1-2. The Bombers will face the Hawks two more times before Christmas.
Some good news as Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan expects three regulars back in the lineup with McCausland, Newton and Jackson all expected to play Friday against Estevan.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call of this game with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
This would have to go down as the best weekend in the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves history.
Norman hosted the Central Plains Capitals in a pair of games in OCN at the GLMC on Saturday and the Roy H Johnston Arena in the Pas this afternoon.
The Wolves had one win on the entire season entering the weekend but picked up back to back wins including an 11-8 victory earlier today.
Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored the first two goals of the game to pave the way to victory.
Lies had a hattrick on Saturday, and Chase Bertholet from the Pas picked up 7 points. Odin Church out of Flin Flon and Hayden Linklater from Peilican Narrows split the goaltending duties.
The Wolves improve to 3-13 on the season and will host the Southwest Cougars in Thompson December the second and third.
The Norman Northstars struggles continued on the weekend dropping a pair of games to Southwest 6-1 and 5-1.
Thompson's Jamie Valentino and Hunter Rambow from the Pas scored the goals. Flin Flon's Keian Weseen played goal on Saturday stopping 42 out of 47 shots.
The Northstars fall to 0-18-0-0-1 and hit the road for three starting Friday against Eastman.
The Senior Hapnot Queens went undefeated and rolled over the competition in picking up Hapnot's third volleyball banner this year, and now will represent the north at Provincials.
The Queens went 4-0 in the round robin before beating Oxford House in the semi's, two sets to none.
Hapnot put the icing on the cake dominating Cranberry in the final 25-11 and 25 -12. The Queens will get a two week break before heading to Warren for Provincials on December the 1st and 2nd.
It looked like Hapnot may sweep the weekend as the Kings went 2-2 in the round robin, but got hot in the playoffs. The Kings beat Moose Lake in the quarters then Oxford House in the semi's to get to the final.
It was another Flin Flon, Cranberry final and this time FCI pulled out the win two sets to none. Cranberry will represent the north for Provincials also in Warren in December.
A big thanks to the organizers and all the teams for a great weekend of volleyball.
The Norman Northstars will get a chance to get their first win of the season when they host the Southwest Cougars tonight at the CA Nesbitt Arena.
Southwest has a record of 5-10 and this will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams tonight. Game time is 7:30 , and they will also play tomorrow at 7:30.
Norman remains in the basement in the Manitoba Midget AAA League with a record of: 0-16-0-0-1.
If it seems like it's been a while since the Flin Flon Bombers have played a game it is. With this past Tuesday's game against Melfort postponed due to the weather, the last time the Bombers were on the ice was 7 days ago against Estevan.
Flin Flon will suit up Friday in Nipawin for just the second meeting of the season with their arch rivals the Hawks, who are one of the top teams in the league. Nipawin won the first game in Flin Flon 5-2 back on September the 22nd.
Head Coach and GM Doug Johnson has done a nice job with a few additions from the WHL to go along with a strong nucleus of players returning from last season.
Brandan Arnold, Declan Hobbs are back from the WHL, and Grant Baetsen has come come back from the Northern American Hockey league to make Nipawin a very dangerous team.
The Hawks are 12-5-1-2 and sit second in the Sherwood Division, just 5 points behind front running Melfort with two games in hand. Nipawin is always good at the Cage and are 6-1-0-1 so far this year.
Nipawin has had no problem scoring this season firing 74 into the net in only 20 games, and have only given up 51 for a +23 differential.
The young Bombers are at the other end of the spectrum giving up 70 goals and only scoring 63 times for a - 7. The big challenge for Flin Flon is winning on the road, who are 1-7-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon is 7-9-1-3 and have played a lot better lately, due large in part to great goaltending. Rookie Nik Anderson filled in admirably for Brenden Newton who was out for a month with an upper body injury. Newton made his return last Thursday and didn't miss a beat in turning aside 44 out of 48 Estevan shots.
The Bombers will need him to be very good again tomorrow if they are going to get the two points at the Cage. We are back on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
After winning both JV Volleyball Zone banners last weekend, Hapnot will get a chance to keep the momentum going with another full weekend of action.
Senior Zones will be played at both Hapnot and McIsaac with action starting Friday.
The Queens will start things off Friday against Cranberry at 12:30 and Wasagamack at 5:30.
The Kings play three games Friday including Cranberry at 12:30, Wasagamack at 4:30 and Split Lake at 8:30.
Playoffs start Saturday at 11:30.
Last Year's Midget Provincial Champions, the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Beausejour for their first tournament of the season.
It all starts Friday with the Bantam AA Bombers playing Pembina Valley at 6:45. They will also play the SE Blizzard on Saturday at 10, and the Pembina Central Flyers at 5:15.
Playoffs start Sunday at 10, with the Gold medal game at 4.
Hapnot Collegiate hosted JV Volleyball Zones this past weekend and both the Kings and Queens came through on home soil.
The Queens went undefeated going 6-0 in the round robin before winning their semi final against Grand Rapids 2 sets to none. The Queens then knocked off OCN in the final 25-9 and 25-20.
The Kings were 6-2 in the round robin and beat St. Theresa 2 sets to none in the Semi's. The Kings also played OCN in the final and came out on top 25-20 and 25-17.
Both teams move on to Provincials the weekend of November the 24th and 25th. The Queens will head to Killarney and the Kings to Steinbach.
Hapnot will also host Senior Zones this weekend and we should have the schedule by Wednesday.
It was a gutsy effort from the Norman Northstars who played 3 games in 3 days, which ended in a tough 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers yesterday afternoon.
The road trip started with back to back games against Pembina Valley, Friday and Saturday. The Hawks won Friday 5-2 and Saturday 4-3. Saturday's loss really stings as Norman had a 3-1 lead in the second period.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid was back in the lineup and he picked up a goal and an assist in the three games. Keian Weseen played net in two of the three games and he played very well stopping 71 out of 80 shots.
It was nice to see that even without a win on the season the Northstars played hard and have not given up.
They will get a chance to grab their first win of the season when they welcome the 5-10 Southwest Cougars to town this weekend.
Creighton school hosted Boy's Regional Volley ball action this past Friday and Saturday.
Congratulations to Birch Hills who finished first with a record of 6-1, and will now host Regionals this upcoming weekend,
Meath Park came second and finished 5-1 and they will also qualify for Regionals, followed by Creighton at 2-4 and Senator Allen at 0-6.
With it being Rememberance Day on Saturday, Legion member Debbie McNeil presented Birch Hills with their medals in a nice ceremony after the game.
There were lots of spectators for all 4 teams and this will bring to a close the Kodiak volleyball season.
Basketball will start November the 20th.
The Norman Northstars are back out on the road this weekend with a pair of games tonight and tomorrow in Pembina Valley.
The Hawks are 7-4 on the season while the Northstars are still in search of their first victory.
Norman will get a boost this weekend as Mitchell Reid who leads the team in goals with 8 makes his return to the lineup. He was out last weekend with an illness.
The Northstars will wrap up the road trip on Sunday in Winnipeg against the Thrashers.
Brenden Newton was back between the pipes after a 7 game absence and looked as good as I have ever seen him in last night's game against the Estevan Bruins.
Newton kept his team in it and did everything he could to steal the game, but the Bruins would not be denied in a 4-3 OT victory.
Nick Shumlanski also made his return to the lineup last night and opened up the scoring when he re-directed a puck over the shoulder of Maxim Sidelnik for his 6th of the season.
Witzke and Miller both responded and put the Bruins up 2-1 after 1.
The Bombers came out in the second and played their best period of the night and scored two quick goals before the period was 6 minutes old.
Lanfermann scored his 5th of the year on the power play when he converted a nice pass from Caleb Moretz, and Isaac Jackson scored his first of the season when he snuck a low shot through traffic from the point to put the Bombers up 3-2.
Estevan repsonded late in the period when Jake Fletcher pounced on a rebound in front of the Bomber net to even things at 3.
The Bruins poured it on in the third period out shooting the Bombers 22-11, but they could not get a puck past Newton who made several big saves and was able to get the game to extra time.
It looked like we were headed to the shoot out but with 26 seconds left in OT, Arthur Miller was left all alone in front of the Bomber net and he scored his second of the game with a nice shot just underneath the bar.
A great effort from the Bombers and their goaltender Brenden Newton who was the best player on the ice this night, as they would get rewarded with 1 point.
Final shots were 48-43 in favour of the Bruins.
A big win for Estevan who leap frogged Weyburn with the victory and now have 27 points on the season to lead the Viterra Division. The Bruins got some help from Kindersley last night who downed the Wings 3-2.
The Bombers will slip to 7-9-1-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 18 points. Flin Flon won't play again til Tuesday when they will host the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum.
This will be the third meeting of the year and the Bombers have played the league leaders well with a win at home and a 1 goal loss on the road. Game time is 7:30 and no broadcast of this game.
Our next broadcast is a week from today in Nipawin, when Flin Flon will make their first trip to the Cage this season with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers will tackle the Estevan Bruins tonight at the Whitney Forum after a 7 day break.
Flin Flon hasn't played since last Thursday when they dropped a 4-3 decision in Melfort. Estevan is on a Northern road trip and they lost in Melfort 4-3 last night.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the two former WCHL rivals with Estevan beating the Bombers at Affinity Place back on October the 15th 7-3.
The Bruins are 12-6-1 and are second in the Viterra Division, 1 point behind Weyburn. Estevan loves to score and have found the back of the net 87 times in 19 games to lead the league. They are led by Zach Goberis and Michael McChesney who have 58 points between them. Goberis had a hat trick against the Bombers in their last meeting.
Flin Flon are 7-9-0-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 17 points. They trail Nipawin by 8 points for second and Melfort by 12 points for the division lead.
Good news for the Bombers, Mike Reagan commented after practice today that goal tender Brenden Newton and veteran forward Nick Shumlanski would both be back in the lineup tonight.
Despite going 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Bombers are playing much better since that long road trip in October and are a respectable 6-2-0-2 at the Whitney Forum.
No question the high flying Bruins will be a big challenge for the Bomber's young d-core who feel they have something to prove after giving up 7 goals to Estevan back in October.
Congratulations to the Bombers Crystopher Collin on being selected SJHL Rookie Of The Month for both September and October. Collin leads all rookies in the league with 20 points in 19 games including 13 goals.
Game time tonight is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast. We are back on the air from Nipawin next Friday from the Cage with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
Creighton school will be hosting Senior Boy's Volleyball Conferences this Friday and Saturday.
4 teams will battle for the top two spots and a birth in Regionals the following weekend.
The Kodiaks are in a pool with Sen. Allan Bird, Birch Hills and Meath Park.
There will be a fee of $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students in grades 7-12 and grade 6 and under are free.
Here is the complete schedule:
Friday, November 10
G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status
5 7:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Creighton
2 8:00p Creighton Birch Hills Meath Park
Saturday, November 11
G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status
3 1:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Meath Park
4 2:00p Creighton Birch Hills Creighton
6 3:30p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Birch Hills
1 4:30p Creighton Creighton Meath Park
The Flin Flon Ski Club is preparing for another season and their trail brushing is coming along nicely.
The open house is scheduled for Sunday November the 19th from 11-4 at the Chalet. PA Fresh Experience will be coming in with all the latest gear and information on Disk Golf.
Members of the Flin Flon Nordic team will also be on hand to answer any questions if you would like to try skiing on a competitive level.
You can register for any of the programs including Jackrabbits/Bunnyrabbits, Mom's and Tot's program, Adult Learn To Ski, After School Ski program and Wine and Cheese nights.
Memberships will be available for the upcoming year and the Ski Club is also looking for coach's for the Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit programs. They are also looking for new people to join the executive.
You can get more information by going to the website at flinflonskiclub.com.
The Senior Creighton Kodiaks Girls were in Meath Park for Volleyball Conferences this past weekend.
The top two teams would qualify for Regionals the following weekend.
Unfortunately the Kodiaks dropped both their games to Hudson Bay in three sets and Kinistino in two sets and see their season has come to an end.
The Senior Boys were in Humboldt and finshed fifth overall. Creighton will host Boy's Conferences this weekend.
The Norman Northstars hosted one of the top teams in the Manitoba Midget AAA League this past weekend.
The Brandon Wheat Kings who sit second overall made their way to Thompson for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.
Brandon took both games convincingly 8 to 2 and 14 to 5, to leave the Northstars winless on the season.
Flin Flon's Jordan Pfoh did have a goal on Saturday and Keian Weseen played one period on Friday giving up 4 goals on 19 shots.
The Northstars drop to 0-13-0-0-1 and they will kick off a 3 game road trip against Pembina Valley on Friday.
Hunter Lee had a busy couple weeks wrestling with the U of S Huskies. Hunter went to Calgary to compete in the Team Duel against Edmonton.
Hunter won his bout two wekends ago. The next day he competed in the University of Calgary tournament where he placed second.
This past weekend Lee went to Vancouver to compete in the Commonwealth Games trials. He placed third in his weight class. Next day was the SFU tourney and he finished first.
The Commonwealth trials was a senior national team qualifier to see who would represent Canada at the Commonwealth games in Australia. This was a strong competition with lots of olympians competing.
These are remarkable accomplishments considering Hunter is a Junior.
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens Volleyball teams were in Brandon for the Neelin Dig this past weekend.
The Kings went 2-4 in the round robin and finished third in their pool. They played Virden in the playoff round and lost two sets to none 25-17 and 25-18.
The Queens went 1-5 in the round robin and finished fourth in their pool. They lost in the playoff round to Neelin two sets to none 25-23 and 25-21.
The JV Queens were in Roblin and went 3-3 in the round robin then lost to Warren in the Semi's two sets to none to finish third.
It was a valiant effort, but the Flin Flon Bombers came up short losing 4-3 to the Melfort Mustangs last night at the Northern Lights Palace.
The Bombers took the first game in the home and home 2-1 on Wednesday at the Whitney Forum but their road woes continued last night in Melfort.
It's not like Flin Flon didn't have their chances, especially on the power play going 2 for 10, including two 5 on 3's compared to only three power plays for the Mustangs.
Melfort did make good on their opportunities going 1 for 3 and did score on a penalty shot which I thought was the turning point of the game.
With the score tied at 2 in the third, the referee's determined that Doug Johnson closed his hand on the puck in the crease and rewarded Melfort the penalty shot.
It looked like Johnson was in front of the crease when he in fact gloved the puck, but the referee saw what he saw and made the ruling.
Justin Ball was the shooter and he broke in on goal and made a nice move lifting a back hander over Nik Anderson's right shoulder for the big goal.
Ball would also add a power play goal later in the third period which stood as the game winner.
I thought the young Bomber's battled all night and even down two goals late in the game, kept going hard at the Mustangs and did everything they could to get it to extra time.
The Flin Flon goals were scored by Marchi (3), Boots (4) and Nyman (3). The other Melfort goals came from Zary (4) and Albrecht (7).
Final shots were 37-28 in favour of Melfort. Nik Anderson got his third straight start for the Bombers and played well once again giving his team a chance to win the game. Melfort gave Evan Plotnick a rare night off and went with Hunter Arps who does have Western league experience with Brandon and Victoria.
Some good news for the Maroon and White as Mike Reagan mentioned on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that Brenden Newton and Nick Shumlanski should both return to the lineup next week.
The Bombers are off til next Thursday when they face the high flying Estevan Bruins at the Whitney Forum and will fall to 7-9-0-3 on the season and are 1-7-0-1 on the road.
Melfort improves to a league best 11-5-3-2-1 and are off til next Wednesday also against Estevan.
Make it two straight wins for the Flin Flon Bombers who edged the league leading Melfort Mustangs 2-1 last night at the Whitney Forum.
Daylan Marchi opened up the scoring 13:35 into the opening period, and the Bombers were able to keep the momentum going after a huge win over Notre Dame on Saturday.
Once again it was the special teams which were the difference as Crystopher Collin would score his team leading 13th of the year early in the third period on the power play. Collin was able to get in front of Mustang goalie Evan Plotnik and re-direct a point shot from Ben Lanfermann for the eventual game winner.
Drew Warkentine would score the only goal for the Mustangs at 6:46 of the third, but that is the only shot that would elude youg Nik Anderson.
Anderson was rock solid again in picking up his second straight win and stopped 33 out of 34 Melfort shots including 12 in the third period.
The Bomber power play which was invisible for a good part of October, has been fantastik the last two games going 4 for 9 and is one of the big reasons why they have been able to win two in a row. They have also killed off 12 straight man advantages including three Melfort power plays last night.
This should help the young Bomber confidence level, who were able to take down one of the top teams in the league without the likes of three important veterans including Brenden Newton, Jordan McCausland and Nick Shumlanski.
Flin Flon improves to 7-8-0-3 and have played their best hockey at the Whitney Forum going 6-2-0-2. If they can start to win on the road, they should be able to move up the standings and challenge Melfort and Nipawin for the division lead.
Melfort still lead the division and overall league standings at 11-4-2-1, and are 6-1 at the Northern Lights Palace.
These two teams will battle again tonight in the second half of the home and home and you can catch all the action from Melfort including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and play by play at 8:30.
The Senior Creighton Kodiak girl's fresh off winning a tournament in Carrot River will be in Meath Park this weekend for Volleyball Regionals.
Creighton will play Hudson Bay Friday at 6:30, and Kinistino Saturday at noon.
Playoffs will start Saturday at 2:30. The top two teams will qualify for Regionals the following weekend.
The Senior Kodiak boy's will be in Humboldt and will be in a pool with Nipawin, Middle Lake, Birch Hills and Anaheim.
Their first game is Friday against Annaheim at 4:30 and playoffs will start Saturday at 3.
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens are off to Brandon for one of the biggest high school volleyball tournaments in Manitoba this weekend, the Neelin Dig.
The Queens are in a pool with Neelin, Neepawa and The Pas. They play on Friday at 9 against Neelin, Neepawa at noon and The Pas at 2.
The Kings are in a pool with Crocus Plains, Portage and Swan Valley. They will play Friday against Swan River at 9, Portage at 11 and Crocus Plains at 1.
Playoffs will start Saturday at 8AM.
The Creighton Kodiak Senior Girls were in Carrot River this past weekend in a final tune up tournament before Conferences.
The Kodiaks went 4-2 in the round robin , then beat Carrot River in the semi's, before beating Tisdale 2 sets to 1 to win the tournament.
The Senior Girls are off to Meath Park for Conferences this weekend, while the Senior Boys will host Conferences this year on November the 11th.
A good effort, but still not the results that the Norman Northstars were looking for in a weekend series with the Interlake Lightning.
Interlake pulled out a pair of 1 goal victories including a 6-5 win on Friday and a 3-2 win Saturday.
Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid did get a goal on the weekend and continues to lead the team with 8 in 12 games. Jordan pfoh added an assist and Keian Weseen played goal on Friday stopping 30 out of 36 shots.
Norman's record will slip to 0-11-0-0-1 and they will host Brandon this weekend.
It was a very busy and successful weekend for all the Hapnot Volleyball teams.
The Senior Queens were in Virden and they finished 6-2 in the round robin, to get a second place ranking.
The Queens moved on to the playoffs and lost a tough 3 set game to Dauphin. This would drop them to the B-side where they beat Wawanesa and Wawota, before losing the B-side final to Swam River 2 sets to none.
The Kings were in Rossburn and they went 4-2 in the round robin and beat Rivers in the semi's 2 sets to none. This put Hapnot in the final against Rossburn and they lost 2 sets to none to finish second.
Next up for the Senior teams will be the Neelin Dig in Brandon this weekend.
The JV Queens were in Winnipeg and they went 4-2 in the round robin and finshed second in their pool.
They beat Stonewall 2 sets to none to kick off the playoffs before losing to Sanford in the Semi Final. The Queens rallied to beat Altona to finish third overall.
What makes this even more impressive was that Hapnot beat a lot of AAA teams, and the JV Queens are a AA team.
It might of been the Bombers best two games of the season this past weekend at the Whitney Forum.
After a great effort against the hottest team in the league Friday, which saw the Bombers drop a 4-2 decision against Weyburn, Flin Flon was right back on the ice Saturday facing Notre Dame.
Flin Flon picked up their 6th win of the season, holding off a late push by the Hounds to pull out a 4-3 win on parents night.
The night started with the introduction of players, parents and billet parents which seemed to rally the young Bomber squad.
Specialty teams were huge and the Bombers picked up a power play goal to open up the scoring when captain Ben Lanfermann fired a beautiful shot from the point that beat the sceened Jacob Standen.
Flin Flon would double their lead in the second when Caleb Moretz scored another power play goal just 57 seconds into the middle frame.
It looked like the maroon and white were in cruize control when they added two more goals in the third from Shumlanski(5) and Collin with his team leading 12th of the year to put the Bombers up 4-0.
Even down 4 goals in the third, Notre Dame never quit and after Kosteniuk scored to make it 4-1 at 12:07, the Hounds got some life.
With the goalie out for the extra attacker, Notre Dame scored two goals in the last minute to make things very interesting. Veterans, Longjohn and Smedsrud both hit the back of the net to put the Bombers back on their heels.
A late penalty by Notre Dame would stop the come back and the Bombers hung on 4-3 for a much needed victory.
Flin Flon got a remarkable performance from 18 year old goaltender Niklas Anderson who stopped 20 out of 23 shots for his first ever win in a Bomber uniform. His glove hand in particular was very good on Saturday.
Specialty teams were the big difference with Flin Flon going 3 for 5 on the PP, while the Hounds were 0 for 8.
This was a monumental win to stop an 8 game winless streak with the last Bomber win coming on Friday October the 6th VS Kindersley. It was an October to forget with a record of 2-7-1, but now the focus can shift to November.
Just what the doctor ordered to end the month as the Bombers will begin the new month with a home and home against the Melfort Mustangs.
Melfort is on top of the division at 11-3-2-1, while Flin Flon sits third in the Sherwood at 6-8-0-3. This will be the first meetings of the year with the first game at the Whitney Forum Wednesday, and the return matchup in Melfort Thursday.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Thursday's game in Melfort including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and play by play at 8:30.
The Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team saw their season come to an end this weekend in Wakaw with a 77-44 loss to the undefeated Warriors in provincial quater final play.
Creighton scored first when Shawn Francois scored on a 70 yard run to open up the game on the first play from scrimmage. Wakaw shook off the early Creighton touchdown and went on to score 46 points to jump out 46-8 after one quarter.
The Kodiaks would cut it to 54-22 at the half on another td run from Francois and a kickoff return td for Noah Dickens.
Despite the lop sided score at the half, Creighton kept battling all afternoon and were able to convert a couple of nice td passes from Bailey Eastman to Linden Moore of 15 and 50 yards.
Francois would add his third td of the day in the fourth quarter and Blake Alexander made good on three converts to complete the scoring.
Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk had this to say after Saturday's game. " We knew we were coming into a tough game in Wakaw, they were the no.1 seed in the whole six man provincials, so we knew it was going to be tough. I am proud of the guys, we scored first, put up 44 points and had a lot of good moments in that game. Some of our seniors who played their last games all played well. Some sad moments when your grade 12's play their last game, but they realized how good they played. They put it all out there and I couldn't of asked more from my team playing a good team like that."
Creighton will finish the season at 4-3 and will have 4 players who will be graduating later this year including quaterback Bailey Eastman, running back Shawn Francois and receivers Linden Moore and Dimitri Morin.
There are 4 teams remaining in the hunt for a provincial title, with the semi finals going next Saturday.
Rhostern who beat Cumberland will travel to Clavet and Wakaw will host Dalmeny.
Ryan Karakochuk will be in the 102.9 CFAR studio on Tuesday at 3:30 for a final interview on the season. Congratulations to the Kodiaks on a very entertaining season.
The Flin Flon Bombers are back in action this weekend with a pair of games, as they will try to snap a 6 game losing streak.
It won't be easy as Flin Flon will try to knock off the two hottest teams in the league. Weyburn who are in town tonight, have won 8 in a row including convincing wins in Melfort and Laronge earlier in the week.
The Wings have also beaten the Bombers twice this season including a 3-2 shoot out win at the Showcase in Saskatoon, and a recent 7-4 win in Weyburn back on October 14th.
Home cooking may be exactly what the Bombers need as they are 4-1 at home and are a lot better defesively giving up just 13 goals. On the road a totally different story at 1-6-0-1 including 41 goals against.
Weyburn is 10-2-1 and with their recent winning streak have a share of first place in the Viterra Division with the high flying Estevan Bruins. Weyburn also have three games in hand.
This will be a big challenge for the Maroon and White, who have struggled to score lately, and goals don't come easy against the Wings who have only given up 29 all season. They are second overall, only Battleford has given up less with 20.
Notre Dame will be at the Whitney Forum tomorrow and they come to town winners of their last 6. The Hounds are 9-3-1-1 and are one of the early surprises this year.
We will know if the Hounds are for real after this weekend, as the majority of their games have been played at home so far this year. Notre Dame have played 10 at home and only 4 away and wins have been tough to come by at the Forum, with just 1 victory in their last 8 meetings.
The Bombers are battling injuries with a couple of their veterans still out of the lineup including no.1 goalie Brenden Newton and forward Jordan McCausland. Their return to the lineup is still not known.
A lot has changed in the last few weeks as the Bombers were once challenging for the division lead but now trail Melfort by 12 points and Nipawin by 5.
Flin Flon will need to have a good weekend to get back in the race. It is parents weekend so hopefully that will give the team an extra boost.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast of Saturday's game with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15, and drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars are back at home this weekend searching for that elusive first win of the season.
The Interlake Lightning come to town with a record of 2-6, for their first head to head meeting of the season.
Norman remains winless at 0-9-0-0-1, but did play a lot better on their last road trip picking up their first point against Brandon in a shoot out loss last Saturday.
Both games will start at 7:30 Friday and Saturday at the CA Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.
The Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team are one of 8 teams remaining in the province with a chance at a Provincial title.
Even after a tough loss in the Ralph Pilz Northern Saskatchewan final against Cumberland House last weekend, the Kodiaks have kept their season alive with a second place finish in their conference.
Creighton is off to Wakaw this Saturday in the Provincial Quarter Finals to battle the Warriors who are 5-0.
I asked Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk how they were preparing for this Saturday's game. "Well first of all, we are trying to get as much intel on Wakaw as possible. We have talked to several coach's in their conference, who have given us some tape and faxes on their formations. First and formost is trying to get ready on what they run and what they do, and prepare our guys the best we can on that. Obviously we haven't seen them yet so there will be an adjustment period."
Kickoff in Wakaw will be at 1, and if the Kodiaks win would host either Wynard or Dalmny in one of the two Provincial Semi- Finals.
Rosthern will travel To Cumberland House in one of the other Quarter Finals with kickoff also this Saturday at 1.
The Senior Hapnot Kings and Queens volleyball teams are both heading out of town this weekend.
The Hapnot Queens will be in Virden competing in an 18 team tournament.
The Queens play four games on Friday including Virden at 1:30, Neepawa at 4:50, Hartney at 6:30 and Wawota at 7:20.
Playoffs start Saturday morning at 8:30, with the Championship final at 12:30.
The Kings will be in Rossburn and play all their games Friday.
They play Rossburn at 9, Strathclaire at 11:15, Minnedosa at 2:15 and Rivers at 3:45.
First will play 4th and second plays third at 4:30.
It was a tough weekend for the Flin Flon Bombers who dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions to the Laronge Ice Wolves and Battleford Stars.
It looked good for Flin Flon Friday night in Laronge when Ethan Daniels scored 36 seconds into the opening period. Laronge responded and looked like a toally different team in powering to just their second win of the season.
Connor Smith scored a late first period goal which seemed to spark the Wolves who are battling all kinds of adversity off the ice. Veterans Luke Lush and Bryce Fiske have both left the team looking for trades.
Manson scored an early powerplay goal in the second and Laronge never looked back, building up a 4-1 lead in the third , before Crystopher Collin would add his team leading 10th of the year to cut the lead to 4-2.
Connor Smith would add his second of the game into the empty net to seel it with just over a minute to go.
The other Laronge goals came from Thunderchief and Brewster. Merek Pipes looked good in his SJHL debut stopping 46 out of 48 shots. The Bombers went with rookie Nik Anderson who stopped 32 out of 37.
It was a tall order for the Bombers who made their way to the Battleford's on Saturday for a re-match of last spring's SJHL final.
Battleford has not lost a game in regulation and have taken over right where they left off last year.
The young Bombers battled hard and had a decent start and were tied 2-2 after 1. After Urbanski opened up the scoring for the Stars, Crystopher Collin continued his hot start by scoring his 11th of the year when he converted on the PP.
The teams would trade goals one more time before the first period came to an end. After Anderson scored at 14:38, Caleb Moretz scored his 5th of the year short handed and gave the Bombers a lift going into the second period.
That is all the offense that Flin Flon could muster as Kolby Mathews shut the door the rest of the way stopping 26 out of 28 Bomber shots.
Reese Jones, who the Bombers just picked up in a trade with Lloydminster played well and made 43 saves. Jones was at the Bombers spring camp. so they were quite familliar with him.
Other Battleford goals came from Urbanski his second of the night, with singles from Young and Gil.
Flin Flon's record will slip to 5-7-0-3 and sit third in the Sherwood Division with 13 points. After 6 straight on the road, the Bombers will enjoy some home cookin when they play a pair of games at the Whitney Forum this weekend when Weyburn and Notre Dame come to town.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the Saturday broadcast against Notre Dame.
The Norman Northstars were in Portage this past weekend for the Manitoba Midget AAA Showcase.
Norman started the weekend with a 5-2 loss to Central Plains on Friday with Flin Flon's Freddie Ledoux picking up 1 assist.
It looked like Norman would get their first win on the season on Saturday as they had Brandon down 4-2 late in the second period. The Wheat Kings fought back and ended up taking the game 5-4 in the shoot out, with the Northstars picking up their first point of the year.
Sunday, Norman jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on Parkland but couldn't hang on and lost 8-5.
Jordan Pfoh and Mitchell Reid both scored in a losing cause.
After the weekend the Northstar record will fall to 0-9-0-0-1 and will host the Interlake Lightning this weekend. Interlake is 2-6 on the season.
It wasn't the best of conditions in Prince Albert on Saturday but that didn't stop Cumberland House and Creighton from putting on a good show in the Northern Saskatchewan football final.
The top two teams from the regular season met up at the Max Clunie Field and had to battle strong winds and a steady down pour through out the afternoon.
When it was all said and done Cumberland House defeated the Kodiaks 32-26 and remain undefeated on the season.
The Kodiaks did score first and did manage to get their top offensive players involved and looked like they may pull off the upset. This was the first time that Cumberland trailed this season, but shook off a shaky start and tightened up defensively.
Shawn Francois did everythimg he could to bring the trophy back to Creighton by scoring four touch downs on the afternoon with the other td coming from Noah Dickens.
Cumberland House improves to 6-0 on the year and claim their first Ralph Pilz Trophy and now move on to the provincial ranks and will host a game this weekend.
The Kodiaks season is not over either as they will move on provincially and will go to Wakaw this Saturday.
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.