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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

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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."

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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 mikereagan39@hotmail.com.

 

Sign up by July the 28th and you could win a Bomber season ticket.

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The inaugural  Junior/Adult Open wrapped up yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club. 20 teams took part and Phantom Lake Golf Pro Chris Doyle is hoping this will become an annual event.

 

Nevin O'Donnell and Glenn Smith won the Championship Flight with Blaine and Gage Gogal coming second and Lucas and Derek Reid third.

 

First Flight- Joel and Mike Williams

 

Second Flight- Evan and Suzie Reid

 

Third Flight- Riley and Jay Ginnell.

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The 2017 CFAR Million Dollar Hole In One wrapped up yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club.

 

It was a very successful event which included 4 hole in one's during the week from Erin Ginnell, Blake Alexander, Leon Janvier and 7 year old Lucas Reid.

 

Alexander and Janvier got theirs on the final day of competition and Ginnell got the first one on the first day of qualifying. Lucas Reid is the youngest golfer in the history of the event to score a hole in one at 7 years of age. He got his on Friday night.

 

Three golfers got to shoot for a million dollars including Erin Ginnell who got the closest at 37 ft,2 and a half inches. Blake Alexander was second at 91ft,5 inches and Leon Janvier came third at 100 ft. Erin wins the Missinippi Fly/Golf package worth $7000.00.

 

The longest drive competition for the men was won by Jason Fehr at 255 yards, and Lauren Fox won the Ladies with a drive of 181 yards.

 

Natasha Ward was the 50-50 ball drop winner.

 

Proceeds will go to FF/Creighton Minor Ball and the FF/Creighton Slow Pitch League. A big thanks to the Kinsmen and Rotary for volunteering their time plus a big thanks to all the other volunteers and sponsors for your continued support.

 

A BIG THANK YOU to all the golfers for coming out, because without you there is no event. It was nice to see lots of new faces this year and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey is accepting registration online for the 2017-18 season starting now on their website.

 

All you have to do is go to Flinflonminorhockey.com and click on the link for registration. You can then make 4 equal payments with the 1st payment at the time of registration, 2nd payment August the 15th, 3rd payment September 15th and 4th payment October 15th.

 

There will still be one in person registration at the Flin Flon Community Hall at the Registration Under One Roof on September the 6th 5-8PM.

 

Season will start September the 18th.

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The early bird deadline has passed but you can still pick up your Flin Flon Bomber season tickets for the upcoming season.

 

The season count stands at about 360 and as soon as they hit 400, each Bomber season ticket holder will receive a free Bomber T- Shirt.

 

If they end up selling 500, every season ticket holder receives a Bomber Hat, 600 a Bomber Hoodie and if they hit 1000, tickets will be reduced to $200.00.

 

The Bomber office is located at the Flin Flon Community Hall and their office hours are 10-1 and you can call them at 687-4404.

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Flin Flon Parks and Rec will be hosting a speed camp at Queens Park August the 8th to the 11th for all different age groups starting at 9 years old.

 

The camp will feature Brendan O'Donnell who was born in Flin Flon and  played in the NCAA with the University of North Dakota between 2011 and 2015.

 

O'Donnell now plays in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades and has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

O'Donnell knows all about speed and his knowledge is at a high level due to his training experiences at Elite Performance in his home town of Winnipeg.

 

You will learn acceleration mechanics, how to become quicker with more agility and maximum velocity.

 

Register by calling Flin Flon Parks and Rec at 204-681-7502. If you sign up by July the 26th you could win lots of prizes including a  signed hockey stick from  Canadian 2015 World JR Championship Gold Medal winner Madison Bowie.

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26 golfers took part in the Ladies Open yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club.

 

Congratulations to Lauren Fox who won the Championship flight just ahead of Lori Salahub and Judy Maitland.

 

Here are the rest of the results:

 

First Flight- Sue Murray

 

Second Flight- Patty Korchinski

 

Third Flight- Audrey Murray

 

Fourth Flight- Pat Hyndman

 

Fifth Flight- Sheila Leclair

 

Sixth Flight- Karen Ras

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The 28th annual Cranberry Portage Trout Challenge is coming up fast and furious this August long weekend.

 

Boats will hit the water August the 5th and 6th for a chance to win great cash prizes. Once again cash will be given away for the top 11 boats including $3500.00 guaranteed for first.

 

Entry fee is $150.00 per team and is catch and release on lake Athapap. You can register right up to Saturday the 5th.

 

For more information you can call Tiffany Anderson at 204-472-3044 or go to their facebook page.

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After an overwhelming response the Flin Flon Bombers will be extending their season ticket deadline to Monday July the 17th.

 

The Bombers are only 110 away from their first goal of selling 400 season tickets. With that level all fans will receive a Bomber T-shirt.

 

Office hours will be extended on Monday July the 16th from 10-1 and then from 3-5 to accomodate the fans.

 

Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan is very excited in how this year's campaign is going. "We have extended it til next Monday due to the overall demand being so good. We don't want to take that away from people. We are 110 away from our goal of reaching 400 with the early bird, and that is exciting and the best response we have had in a number of years. We are hoping we can reach that goal of 400 this week and be able to guarantee everyone a T-shirt and the overall response from the community and surrounding area has been terrific."

 

Congratulations to Cory Sliworsky from Sprigfield MB on winning the 2017 Bomber Boat Draw for winning ticket #1865.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers have released their schedule for the 2017-18 season and they will play 56 games again this season, 23 at home and 23 on the road.

 

Games within the division will be huge as the Bombers will play 25 games against the other teams in the Sherwood including 10 against Laronge, 8 against Nipawin and 7 versus Melfort.

 

 

It all begins Friday September the 15th and 16th with a home and home against Laronge.  Friday in Flin Flon with the rematch in Laronge Saturday. Flin Flon will play 6 of the first 10 games to start the year at home with the first big road trip starting October the 11th in Humboldt.

 

Here is the complete schedule:

 

Fri, Sep 15 7:30 pm CDT La Ronge - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Sep 16 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - La Ronge - Mel Hegland Arena              
Fri, Sep 22 7:30 pm CDT Nipawin - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Fri, Sep 29 7:30 pm CDT Melville - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Sep 30 7:30 pm CDT Melville - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Fri, Oct 6 7:30 pm CDT Kindersley - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Oct 7 7:30 pm CDT Kindersley - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Wed, Oct 11 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Humboldt - Elgar Peterson Arena              
Thu, Oct 12 8:00 pm ST Flin Flon - Notre Dame - Duncan McNeill Arena              
Sat, Oct 14 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Weyburn - Crescent Point Place              
Sun, Oct 15 6:00 pm ST Flin Flon - Estevan - Affinity Place              
Fri, Oct 20 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - La Ronge - Mel Hegland Arena              
Sat, Oct 21 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Battlefords - NB Civic Center              
Fri, Oct 27 7:30 pm CDT Weyburn - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Oct 28 7:30 pm CDT Notre Dame - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Wed, Nov 1 7:30 pm CDT Melfort - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum                
Thu, Nov 2 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Melfort - Northern Lights Palace                
Thu, Nov 9 7:30 pm CST Estevan - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Tue, Nov 14 7:30 pm CST Melfort - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum            
Fri, Nov 17 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Nipawin - Centennial Arena              
Fri, Nov 24 7:30 pm CST Estevan - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Wed, Nov 29 7:30 pm CST Weyburn - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Dec 2 7:30 pm CST Nipawin - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Tue, Dec 5 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Nipawin - Centennial Arena              
Fri, Dec 8 7:30 pm CST Humboldt - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sat, Dec 9 7:30 pm CST Humboldt - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Fri, Dec 15 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - La Ronge - Mel Hegland Arena              
Sat, Dec 16 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Battlefords - NB Civic Center              
Mon, Dec 18 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Kindersley - West Central Events Center              
Tue, Dec 19 7:30 pm ST Flin Flon - Kindersley - West Central Events Center              
Sat, Dec 30 7:30 pm CST La Ronge - Flin Flon - Whitney Forum              
Sun, Dec 31 6:00 pm ST Flin Flon - La Ronge - Mel Hegland Arena  

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Congratulations to Flin Flon's Carson Lee who continues to shine at every wrestling event he competes in whether it is Provincial, National or International.

 

This time Carson has won a Silver in Buenos Aires Agentina competing in the Pan Am Games in the  Cadet 76 KG. Carson lost the Gold medal  match to an American.

 

Carson will return to Flin Flon to train for the Canada Games coming up in Winnipeg in August. Team Manitoba will train at Camp Whitney July the 14th to the 20th.

 

 

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After hosting a very successful Homecoming Tournament, the Phantom Lake Golf Club is getting ready for their next two big events.

 

The Ladies Open will take place Sunday July the 16th with a shot-gun start at 1. All ladies are welcome for 18 holes of golf, prizes and dinner to follow the event.

 

Something brand new this year will be the Junior/Adult Tournamrnt on Sunday July the 23rd. There will be a shotgun start at 11 with 9 holes of golf, Hot-Dogs and Fries and lots of prizes.

 

You can sign up for both events by calling the Pro- Shop at 306-688-5555.

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The Flin Flon Bombers have completed the Eric Sinclair trade with the Melville Millionaires and will be losing 20 year old forward Riley Zimmer and 19 year old defenseman Troy Williams for the upcoming season.

 

Zimmer has been a Bomber for the past couple of  seasons putting up 81 points in 79 games and 21 points in 32 playoff games.

 

Williams came to Flin Flon in a trade this past season  with Steinbach from the MJHL putting up 15 points in 27 games including 3 points in 16 playoff games.

 

Head Coach and GM of the Bombers Mike Reagan explains the trade here

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

 

 

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FFCR Minor Ball had a great season with close to 100 players from their youngest Blastball players to the oldest Pee Wees. Once again, they  were affiliated with Baseball Saskatchewan and Baseball Canada by implementing the National Rally Cap Program.

 

Similarly structured like swim lesson badges, the Rally Cap program focuses on skill development that correlates to a certain colored hat. The first color is a white hat, then grey, black, green, blue and finally a red hat. When players had mastered the skills required at each level, they were presented with their hats during the last week of play. Thank you so much to the coaches and volunteers for their hard work this season. As a further bonus, Dairy Queen, the national Rally Cap sponsor, provided our players with free rally cap t-shirts!

 

Flin Flon/Creighton Minor Ball wrapped up a great season on Saturday, June 24th with their annual wind up. Children were entertained with a bouncy house, treat bags ate hot dogs and enjoyed some friendly competition. They  held their  annual hit, run and throw competition with the following results:


Tball Division: (5-6)

1st- Roderick Caribou

2nd-Alec McKay

3rd- Cache Bentley

Rookie Division: (7-8)

1st- Hailey Biberdorf

2nd- Drew Patterson

3rd- Braden Thompson

 

Mosquito Division: (9-10)

1st- Jake Brown

2nd- Jonah Poochay

3rd- Josh Trumbley

Pee Wee Division: (11-13)

1st- Marcus Kennedy

2nd- Carter Kosmenko

3rd- Jordyn Steuart


A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE  SPONSONRS!

Town of Creighton

Eddies

Hud Bay

Big Dipper

Candy Bar

Creighton Pizza

Mike’s

Dave Gunn

Arctic Beverages

Chicken Chef


HAVE A GREAT SUMMER EVERYONE AND HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!


FFCR Minor Ball Board:

Darcy Poochay-President/Equipment

Laura-Lee Brown- Vice President/Registrar                       

Members at Large: Courtney Biberdorf, Linda Lowe and Katie Kawerski

Kim Sattelberger-Fundraising


 

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Congratulations to Darcy Salamondra who fired a sizzling 67 to take this year's Homecoming Golf Championship this past weekend at the Phantom Lake Golf Club.

 

Ray Shirran was second while Jeff Woods came third and Shawn Goodman 4th to round out the Championship Flight.

 

Here are the rest of  the results:

 

First Flight- Shawn Fraser

 

Second Flight- Ken Brough

 

Third Flight- Kriss Lee

 

Fourth Flight- Hugo Sandherr

 

Fifth Flight- Terry Anderson

 

Sixth Flight- Terry Anderchuk

 

Ladies Championship Flight

First- Lori Salahub

Second- Karen Martin

 

First Flight- Beatrice Floch 1st, Amanda Bilquist 2nd.

 

Second Flight- Maxine Long 1st, Charney Jones 2nd.

 

Junior Championship- Chris Reynolds

 

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Caiden Willey a 9 year old from Flin Flon has been racing a stock car for the past two years and is the youngest driver competing in the Bandolero Stock Car races.

 

This past weekend at the Saskatoon Wyatt Group Racing Association, Caiden won his heat beating out 10 other cars, before placing third in the qualifier and earning a spot in the final.

 

In the final feature race Caiden was leading til he spun out on lap 4, which  put him at the back of the pack.

 

Caiden only 9 has a very bright future and will be fun to watch as he continues to get more experience in the years to come. He has 4 more races in Saskatoon this year including 2 more in July, 1 in August and 1 in September.

 

A big thanks to Caiden's sponsors Northland Ford, Flin Flon the Pas Denture Clinic, Sound Innovations, Frontier Industries, A Few Good Words and Beaver Lake Choppers.

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The Flin Flon Nordic Race team will be hosting a summer ski and paddle conditioning camp July the 14th to the 16th.

 

The camp will take place at the ski chalet and Phantom lake and will focus in on learning more about canoe racing and how to train for ski-ing in the off season.

 

Instructors are Rick Hall who is a noted paddle builder who brings a lot of experience about the technical aspects of canoe racing. Bob Jarvis and Brett Unrau will teach the skiing part and both are long time members of the Nordic team and have trained for cross country skiing for many years.

 

Special instructor will be Andrew Brisbin who is entering his second year as Saskatchewan's high performance ski coach and has competed at the highest levels nationally.

 

Registration forms are available on the flinflon ski club website and deadline to register is July the 12th with a $30.00 entry fee.

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The Phantom Lake Soccer Club wrapped up their season with their year end tournament this past weekend.

 

Division 2 games were played at Foster Park and team Green beat the Credit Union 2-1 for the Gold Medal. The Gold Legion came third.

 

Division 3 games were played in Creighton and it was the Credit Union beating the Kinnettes 7-2 for the Gold. Rotary came third.

 

Division 4 games were at Phantom and Blue beat M.A. Ironworks 6-1 to win the Gold while the Victoria Inn came third.

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On Sunday, July 2nd the Flin Flon Bombers will be hosting a meet and greet at the Victoria Inn from 4-7PM.

 

Ticket cost is $20 which will include a burger, side dish, and a beverage. Contact Leanna at 204-687-4404 to get your tickets.

 

Members of the 1957 team including, Harvey Fleming, Cliff Lennartz, Carl Forster,  Ted Hampson and  Hockey Hall of Famer - Bobby Clarke will be in attendance.

 

The Film produced by the New York crew is in the final stages, but the organization  can not promise that it will be ready for this event, but this event will still be a great fundraiser. Please watch the Flin Flon Bomber Facebook page for updates..

 

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Congratulations to Flin Flon's Brad Cromarty and Jennifer Milton who both had a great weekend at the Special Olympics in Brandon representing the Flin Flon Flyers Swim Club.

 

Brad won two Gold and two Silver medals while Jennifer came home with two Silver and two Bronze.

 

Congratulations as well to their coach Heather Chrupalo who has been a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years in the Norman region.

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Saskatoon hosted one of the biggest soccer tournaments in Saskatchewan  this past weekend and a number of Flin Flon teams took part.

 

Here is how the Flin Flon teams fared:

 

Fury under 20 Girls- 2 losses and 1 win

 

Fusion under 16 Girls- lost all 3

 

Mutants under 14 Boys Div 3- 1 win, loss and a tie and lost in Semis

 

Storm under 14 Boys Div 2- 2 wins and a loss. Lost Final in a shoot out

 

Storm under 10 Boys lost all 3

 

Lightning under 12 Girls- 2 wins and a tie. Lost in Semis.

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Congratulations to Flin Flon Bomber Assistant Coach Gary Childerhose for winning this year's Dwight McMillan Award for the SJHL'S top Assistant Coach voted on by his peers.

 

Childerhose has been with the Bombers for three seasons after his playing days in Melfort with the Mustangs and attending Geneseo College in the NCAA Div 3 for four years before landing in Flin Flon.

 

Under the guidance of Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan the Bombers have had a lot of success the past three seasons including a trip to the SJHL Final in back to back years.

 

Childerhose is excited to make his way back to Flin Flon for his fourth season in the fall and this is what he had to say about winning the Dwight McMillan Award.

 

"I am honored and humbled to receive the award, being with the Bombers has been a great opportunity for me with the amount of trust and opportunity the organization has given me. Being able to take over for the months when Mike has been away with Canada West has been huge for me as a person and a coach and has really helped with my development. I can't say enough good things about the organization and the community, I am very excited and happy to receive the award."

 

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The Flin Flon Ski Club was awarded a third place banner for small ski clubs with the highest percentage of improvement in high performance racing results in 2017.

 

Nick Martin accepted the award on behalf of the Flin Flon Ski Club at the Cross Country Canada Annual General Meeting in Canmore Alberta this past weekend.

 

The Flin Flon Ski Club is honored to receive this award and say a lot of credit has to go to the coach's from the Nordic Race team including Bob Jarvis, Brett Unrau and the parents who have helped the athletes develop over the years.

 

The Flin Flon team improved 516% in their racing results from the past year.

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A big congratulations to all the Hapnot track athletes who competed at Provincials at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg last week.

 

Hapnot had 4 medalists including Ben Funk who got Gold in the Senior Boy Discuss, Myles Quick who got Bronze in Discuss, Branson Powell took  Silver in the Senior Boys 100 meter dash and Jordan Pfoh got Bronze in the JV Boys High Jump.

 

Daley Shaw just finished off the podium throwing the Shot Put, off by 1 cm to finish fourth.

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The Flin Flon Bombers are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1998 born forward Will Middleton (Beausejour, MB) from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL for future considerations.

 

Middleton played in 48 games with the Bobcats last season finishing with 7 points (5g, 2a) and 12 penalty minutes in his rookie campaign.

 

“We’re really happy to get Will from Lloyminster,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan.  “He’s a big body that put up good numbers in AAA midget.  We lost some size and scoring which he could potentially help in both areas.”

 

Middleton suited up for the Eastman Selects of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League where he 70 points (32g, 28a) in 78 games over two seasons including 52 points (23g, 29a) in 44 games in his final AAA Midget season.

 

“Sometimes a change of scenery and a fresh start is all someone needs” added Reagan.  “After the numbers he put up in midget, we think that’s all Will needs.”

 

The Bombers have also started their Season Ticket Blitz for the 2017/18 season.  To purchase your tickets you can contact Leanna Cambpell at the Bombers office at 204-687-4404 and check out our Facebook page for the info on the Blitz.

 

story courtesy of bombers.ca

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The Phantom Lake Golf is getting ready to host their next big tournament, the Homecoming Open which will take place on the nations 150th birthday on Saturday July the 1st.

 

There will be two shotgun starts including 8 AM or 1PM and eveyone is welcome including Ladies, Men and Juniors.

 

18 holes of golf, great prizes and a buffet dinner to follow for $65.00. It will be $60.00 for wrist band holders and club members.

 

Call 306-688-5555 to sign up or for more information.

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The Flin Flon Bombers have started their season ticket blitz, with savings for every single age group.

 

If you pick up your season tickets before July the 10th you will save $25.00 on Adult, Senior, Student and Child tickets.

 

Also available is a major savings with the purchase of an Adult ticket (Adult or Senior)and a Child ticket (Student or Child.) 1 Adult/Senior ticket + 1 Student/Child ticket =$100.00 savings.

 

The hockey club has also announced a Steps program that will run til September the 1st.

 

For every 400 Season Tickets sold, every season ticket holder receives a Bomber T-Shirt.

 

For every 500 Season Tickets sold, every season ticket holder receives a Bomber Hat.

 

For every 600 Season Tickets sold, every season ticket holder receives a Bomber Hoodie.

 

For every 1000 Season Tickets sold, All Adult/Senior tickets are reduced $200.00.

 

For more information go to the Bomber web-site at Bombers.ca or stop by their office at the Flin Flon Community Hall-204-687-4414.

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The SJHL Bantam Draft took place this past Friday for all players in Saskatchewan who have finished their Bantam eligibility.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are happy with their selections deciding on D-man Hendrik De Klerk out of Swift Current with their first round selection and 23rd overall.

 

The Bombers also selected D-man Noah Kuntz from Regina in the second round and 33rd overall, forward Brandon Von Hagen from Saskatoon in the third round and forward Mackenzie Carson from Carrot River with their final selection.

 

Carson played last season for former Bomber Captain Dennis Kubat.

 

These four players will now be added to the Flin Flon Bombers 50 man protected list.

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Hapnot Collegiate hosted their awards night and banquet at the Hapnot gym this past Thursday night.

 

Hapnot handed out 8 minor awards, 7 major awards and 1 double major.

 

Congratulations to the Senior Female Athlete Of The Year Hosanna Church and the Senior Male was shared by Hunter Lee and Branson Powell.

 

Junior Female Athlete Of The Year was won by Alyssa Patterson and the Junior Male had two winners including Carson Lee and Jordan Pfoh.

 

Hapnot also thanked two long time coach's Dean Grove and Tony Ticson who are both retiring at the end of the year.

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64 golfers took part in the Opening Day Tournament this past Saturday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club.

 

Congratulations to Sue Murray who won the Championship flight for the Ladies with an 89. Pat Bilquist was second.

 

Sheila Sproxton took the second flight.

 

Chris Reynolds and Lauren Fox won the Juniors.

 

Trevor Fox fired a 70 to win the Men's Championship Flight with Neil Goodman coming second and Darcy Sal third.

 

First Flight- Ryan Bortis

 

Second Flight- Hugh Devlin

 

Third Flight- Jim Ledoux

 

Fourth Flight- Len Gulka

 

Fifth Flight- Brad Hancock.

 

Ladies Long Drive- Suzie Reid and Pat Bilquist. Junior Long Drive- Mitchell Reid and Blake Lahonen.

 

Men's Long Drive- Darcy Sal and Closest To The Pin- Todd Simms.

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The Flin Flon Bombers held their annual AGM last night at the Northern room at the Victoria Inn. Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan gave his coach's report and said  there are lots of things to be excited about.

 

Reagan mentioned they had a very successful spring camp in Saskatoon with well over 100 kids attending. Reagan also just got back from a scouting trip in Quebec and Colorado and have verbal commitments from 9 kids who they hope to sign to cards June the 1st.

 

The trade with the Melville Millionaires for Eric Sinclair will be completed by the end of June with the Bombers able to protect two players from the current roster. Melville will get to pick two players left unprotected and will also receive a first round pick from this year's Bantam draft.

 

Brandon Lesko has decided to not return for his 20 year old season and has decided to go to the U of S starting this fall. Bomber trainor Tanner Arnold has also accepted a position with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL and the Bombers will be looking for a replacement a.s.a.p.

 

Flin Flon expect to have between 13 and 14 new players in thie lineup when they start the season in September.

 

Hank Kozar who has been with the organization for the past 15 years will be stepping down as President and thanked all the board members, fans, billets, corporate sponsors and coach's for all  their contributions the past sevearl years.

 

Kozar mentioned that the Bombers have the highest corporate sponsorship in the league and they are the lifeblood of the club.

 

Dave Brooks has also stepped down as Treasurer and has been replaced by Bunny Burke. The club is in good financial shape and have officially paid off their bus and outstanding loan to Greenstone.

 

Tanya Benoit is the new President for a two year term and Noelle and Randi Lindsay are directors for two year terms.

 

Directors for one year terms include: Lisa Tower, Damian Dominey, Danny Haley and Glenn Rideout.

 

 

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey is accepting applications for the following coach's positions Atom AA, Pee Wee AA,Bantam AA and Midget AA.

 

Applications can be found on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website and can be e-mailed to flinflonminorhockey@gmail.com or call 271-1916 for more information.

 

Deadline for applications is June the 2nd.

 

Minor Hockey has also filled the two empty positions on their board of directors with Scott Eastman coming back as President and Darin Mansell will be the new Vice President.

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The Flin Flon Bombers will be holding their AGM on Tuesday May the 30th , 7pm at the Northern room at the Victoria Inn.

 

The agenda will include a Coach's report, President's report , Treasurer's report as well as questions from the floor and election's for various board positions.

 

For more information contact the Bomber office at 204-687- 4404.

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The Northern Saskatchewan Football league has released their schedule for 2017. There are some changes this year including all teams playing an extra two games.

 

All teams will play 5 regular season games and one guaranteed seeding game. The top two teams in the regular season will play for the Ralph Pilz Trophy and advance to Provincial play.

 

This will also be the first season in which teams will cross over to the other division for regular season games.

 

The Kodiaks will kick off the year in Laronge on Wednesday Sept the 6th against Senator Myles.

 

Here is their complete schedule:

 

Weds Sept 6th at Laronge.

Thursday Sept 14th VS Sandy Bay

Thursday Sept 21st VS Pinehouse

Thursday Sept 28th at Cumberland House

Wednesday Oct 4th VS Beauval

 

All games start at 4pm and playoffs begin October the 12th.

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The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be hosting their AGM on Thursday May the 25th, 7 pm at the clubhouse.

 

The meeting will include election of officers, two notices of motion including life memberships and a change to a bylaw. Questions will also be answered from the floor.

 

If you need more information you can contact Chris at the golf club by calling 306-688-5555.

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Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball kicks off another season starting next week.

 

Blastball will take place at Centoba 4, Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Mosquito at Centoba 1 Monday and Wednesday.

 

Pee Wee at Centoba 1 Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Rookie at Centoba 4 Tuesday and Thursday.

 

T-Ball at Centoba 3 Monday and Wednesday.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey held their AGM last night in the Northern room at the Victoria Inn. Among the highlights last night included out going President Scott Eastman announcing that he would be sending someone to Winnipeg to become a facilitator to teach Hockey Canada Coaching Clinics locally.

 

This is important because Flin Flon Minor Hockey would have someone available at all times and they would not have to rely on Hockey Manitoba.

 

Flin Flon Minor Hockey is financially sound for the season and numbers continue to grow with projected numbers showing 4-5 teams in Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and 2-3 in Bantam. There also could be a possibility of a team in Midget this season.

 

There were some bylaw changes including who can vote at the AGM, which is now limited to just 1 vote per household. There was also some changes to the way the Disciplinary Committee comes up with decisions on matters.

 

Current President Scott Eastman also announced that he would be stepping down.

 

Here is the board as it stands now:

 

President - Vacant
Vice President - Vacant
Past President - Scott Eastman
Treasurer - Susie Playford
Secretary - Tammy Slugoski
Special Events - Brandi Moore
Fundraising - Kayla Reeves
Volunteer - Carrie Stinton
Ice Scheduler - Travis Rideout
Referee in Chief - Harvey Bolton, Todd Simms
Communications Director - Tauvia Alexander
Coach Coordinator - Tyler Stinton
Hockey D Coordinator - Ryan Bibberdorff
Novice Coordinator - Corey Thompson
Atom Coordinator - Chad Schwartz
Pee Wee Coordinator - Tim Smith
Bantam Coordinator - Pat McKenzie
Midget Coordinator - Vacant
Female Coordinator - Michelle Schwartz
Equipment Manager - Brandi Moore
 
At the Norman meetings three members of FFMHA received recognition.
 
Brandi Moore received Board Member of the Year, Corey Thompson received Coach of the Year and Harvey Bolton received Offical of the Year.

 

 

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Theo Fleury is in Flin Flon today to promote his latest book "Conversation With A Rattlesnake" with a special book signing at the library.  He will also be talking to students at Hapnot Collegiate this afternoon and will speak to the rest of the community tonight at 7 at the Hapnot Gym.

 

Theo took some time out of his busy schedule to come by 102.9 CFAR earlier today and we had a chance to talk about his legendary career and what he will  be sharing with the citizens of Flin Flon tonight.

 

You can hear that interview right here.

 

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

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Congratulations to Creighton's Jordan Schanowski who is the first player ever  from the Northern Saskatchewan Football League to get the opportunity to play in the Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

 

Jordan went down and competed in the Saskatchewan Senior Camp which featured the top high school football players from  across Saskatchewan this past weekend.

 

Jordan was the captain of the Kodiaks 6 man football team this past season and was awarded their Defensive Player Of The Year and Defensive Warrior. He also got a chance to play with his brother Logan who also had a great career with the Kodiaks.

 

Logan played three seasons while Jordan played two as he travelled to Germany for a student exchange program.

 

Both brothers plan to head off to Royal Military College in Kingston this fall.

 

The Senior Bowl will take place in Saskatoon Monday  may the 22nd.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their AGM on Wednesday May the 3rd, 7 PM at the Northern room at the Victoria Inn.

 

The agenda will include updates on program changes from Hockey Manitoba and elections for the executive plus questions from the floor.

 

For more information you can go to the FFMHA website or facebook page. You can also send an e-mail to flinflonminorhockey@gmail.com.

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The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up their season with their annual awards and banquet this past Sunday at the Victoria Inn. I had the chance to sit down and chat with SJHL Defenseman Of The Year Eric Sinclair and Bomber captain Braden Lacoursiere about their  careers in the league and what it means to be a Bomber.

 

You can hear those interviews by clicking the link below.

 

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers officially wrapped up their season last night at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn with their year end awards.

 

A big thanks to Dave and the crew at the Vic for hosting the event and a big thanks to Dan and his staff at the Chicken Chef for a delicious meal.

 

The Bombers also want to recognise their corporite sponsors, volunteers, parents, billets and board members for all their contributions from  the past season.

 

Here is last night's award winners:

 

Royal Bank 3 Star Award Winners

1. Zac Robidoux

2. Eric Sinclair

3. Greyson Reitmeier

 

George Leel Memorial- Most Points- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Flin Flon Bomber- Most Popular Player- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Coach's Award- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Darcy Bancroft- Best Defenseman- Eric Sinclair

 

CFAR Most Valuable Player- Eric Sinclair

 

Burkees Sports Lounge Playoff MVP- Eric Sinclair and Kristian St.Onge

 

Patty Ginnell- Most Improved- Connor Beebe

 

Nick Oklobdzija Award- Rookie Of The Year- Nate Hooper

 

Pat Spiller Memorial- Leading Goal Scorer- Jason Lavallee

 

Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Tyler Nyman

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial- Most Dedicated- Brandon Masson

 

Howard Fox Courier- MR.Hustle- Nick Shumlanski

 

Chicken Chef- Unsung Hero- Kristian St.Onge

 

Creighton Furniture &Appliance Centre- Defensive Player Of The Year- Kristian St.Onge and Braden Lacoursiere.

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Hapnot Collegiate hosted its annual Bird Bash badminton tournament this past weekend. 85 athletes from Swan River, Thompson,The Pas, Grand Rapid, Cranberry Portage and Flin Flon played 780 games of badminton over the two day event,which was run in all four Flin Flon School Division schools. The tournament winners were as follows:

 

Jr. Varsity Boys
Singles- 1st Josh Luce MBCI, 2nd Lucas Mack MBCI  Grady Bedford from HCI was fourth.
Doubles - 1st Josh Luce and Cliff Salisbury MBCI, 2nd Jani Hlady and Jeremy Katcher
 
Jr. Varsity Girls
Singles- First Erica Anderson RDPC, Second Jemedie Morris HCI
Doubles First- Kyla Spruyt and Tessa Sass Snow Lake, Second Erica Anderson and Charita Bighetty-RDPC
 
Mixed- First- Kyla Spruyt and Gregory Carswell-Snow Lake, second Josh Luce and Ally Finnerty MBCI
 
Sr. Varsity Boys
Singles-First Kristen Bender-SVSD, Second Gavin Alcock-RDPC
Doubles-David Muller/Miles Adamchuk-SVSD, second Justin Francis JHK with Brenden Bighetty GR
Sr. Varsity Girls
Singles-First Alyssa Campbell-RDPC, second Coral Zamzow SVSD
Doubles-First -Charissa Ferland/Ashelle Dick-GR, second- Kali Cummings/Alyssa Campbell RDPC
 
Mixed
First-Ashelle Dick/Brenden Bighetty GR, second Coral Zamzow/Kristen Bender SVSD
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who put in many hours organizing and thank you to the coaches and athletes for a great weekend of competition.

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After one of the craziest playoff games I can ever remember the Flin Flon Bombers came out on the short end of a 6-5 score at the Whitney Forum and the Battleford North Stars are the 2017 Canalta Cup Champions.

 

The Stars sweep the best of 7 league final 4 straight and went undefeated in their playoff run reeling off 12 straight wins. The 1982 Prince Albert Raiders were the last team to do this.

 

I thought this would be Flin Flon's night after chasing starting goalie Joel Grzybowski after the first period.

 

Battleford scored the first goal for the fourth straight game when Gerein picked up his fourth of the playoffs just 5:31 into the opening period.

 

Flin Flon came right back when St.Onge scored his 6th, putting a shot through Grzybowski's legs when he got open in the slot. The Stars took back the lead when Hall got in alone on Robidoux and picked up his second of the playoffs.

 

The Bombers got a big break when Tyler Nyman shot a puck just outside the Battleford blue line that hand cuffed Grzybowski and made it's way over his left shoulder with only 3 seconds left in the first period.

 

Nate Bedford wasn't happy with the goal and made the switch with Taryn Kotchorek coming out to play the second period. Kotchorek was the story in game 3 and I was quite surprised that he didn't start game 4 in the first place.

 

The Bombers greeted Kotchorek with a goal from center ice just 50 seconds into the second period and took their first lead of the series 3-2 when Troy  Williams scored his first career playoff goal. All kinds of momentum was going the Bombers way and they capitalized on a 5 on 3 powerplay when Nick Shumlanski buried a slap shot for his second of the post season.

 

Flin Flon was all of a sudden up 4 to 2 and it looked like their fortunes were going to change and they would get the series back to Battleford for game 5 Friday.

 

The Stars then decided to get serious and a couple of their veterans stepped up in Delainey and Young who both picked up late second period goals to tie the game at 4 after 2.

 

Any time Battleford has needed a big goal in this series they have been able to get it done and they kept their foot on the pedal and came out flying in the third.

 

The big guns Young and Downs scored quickly and all of a sudden the Stars were up 6-4. Mike Reagan made a goal tending switch to spark his team and lifted Robidoux in favour of Brenden Newton.

 

The Bombers would make it a 1 goal game when St.Onge would score his second of the night  and 7th of the playoffs on the powerplay with just over half a period to go.

 

Flin Flon couldn't get any closer as Kotchorek would close the door the rest of the way and the Stars would hold on for a crazy 6-5 win en route to their second championship in franchise history.

 

Final shots were 48-36 in favour of Battleford, with the Bombers going 2 for 5 on the PP and the Stars wound up 0 for 4. Robidoux stopped 34 out of 39 while Newton stopped 8 out of 9.

 

Battleford goalies saw Grzybowski stop 8 out of 10 and Kotchorek was 23 out of 26.

 

Mike Reagan, Gary Childerhose, Chris Bortis and the rest of the players and organization should hold their heads high after giving us another great year of quality hockey. This is the first time since the early 70's that a Flin Flon team has made it to the league final in back to back years (not counting the Norman league.)

 

There are many reasons to celebrate this year including a second place finish, 39 wins and only 3 regulation losses at home in the regular season. The Bombers also had 6 players with 50 points or more including Greyson Reitmeier who won the SJHL scoring race with 79 points.

 

Eric Siclair picked up his second straight Best Defenseman of the year award and 4 Bombers received NCAA scholoships including Reitmeier, Sinclair, Lavallee and Corey Thomas.

 

Good luck to the graduating 20 year old's , Zac Robidoux, Greyson Reitmeier, Jason Lavallee, Eric Sinclair, Kristian St.Onge, Mason Etter,Teal Sobkowicz, Brandon Masson and team captain Braden Lacoursiere.

 

These young men have done an outstanding job representing the team, league and community and deserve a big pat on the back for their contributions to the organization the last few seasons.

 

A big thanks to the board, volunteers, fans and sponsors who continue to make this the model franchise of the SJHL and all the work you do does not go un-noticed and your efforts continue to keep junior hockey in Flin Flon.

 

Thanks for another great year of memories and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

 

 

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It was by far their best effort of the series but the Flin Flon Bombers still came up short losing a heart breaker 2-1 in OT last night at the Whitney Forum to go down 3 games to none in the Canalta Cup Final.

 

After a bit of a shaky start, the Bombers skated very well and I thought had the Stars back on their heels for a good chunk of the game especially in the second and third period.

 

Battleford did score  first for the third straight game when Holinaty capitalized on a Bomber turn over in their own zone when Layne Young intercepted a pass and found Holinaty alone in front of Zac Robidoux who was back between the pipes  for game 3.

 

This was Holinaty's 10th of the playoffs which opened up the scoring early in the second period and looked like it may be enough offense the way that Taryn Kotchorek was stopping everything thrown in his path.

 

Kotchorek put on a goaltending performance for the ages stopping 42 out of 43 Bomber shots including point blank chances from Reitmeier, Zimmer, Sobkowics and a break away from Lesko in Ot. Who ever said that Battleford's goal tending was their weak spot must be watching different games than me,nothing could be further from the truith.

 

Jordan McCausland was the only Bomber to score as he re-directed a Mason Etter shot from the point that just sqeaked past Kotchorek mid way through the third period. This was McCausland's first game of the finals and he was certainly one of the best Bombers on the ice bringing lots of energy and winning lots of face offs at key times.

 

The Whitney Forum crowd was electric and did everything they could to spur the home team on. The Bombers pressed and kept going at the Stars and were constantly in their faces but could not get another puck past Kotchorek who was the best player on the ice.

 

The teams ended up 1-1 after regulation and both played their first over time game of the playoffs. Lesko had the best chance for the Bombers in OT when he got sent in alone on Kotchorek and fired a shot into his abdomen.

 

Battleford pretty much capitalized on their first really good chance when Connor Logan took a nice pass back of the Bomber net and scored high glove on Zac Robidoux for the Stars 11th straight playoff win.

 

The Stars are now just one win away from their first league title since 1999,and second in franchise history.

 

No more room for error for Flin Flon who now have the task of having to reel off 4 straight wins if they want to win the series. The ironic thing is the Stars only league championship from 1999, saw the Stars come back from 3 down to shock Weyburn, so it can be done.

 

The Bombers just have to take it game by game and it all starts tonight at the Whitney Forum. A solid performance from Zac Robidoux who saw his first action of the finals last night stopping 36 out of 38 Stars shots through OT.

 

Special teams were much better for Flin Flon as well as they ended an 0 for 12 slump on the powerplay with McCausland's goal in the third period. The Bomber penalty kill was solid shutting the door on both Star opportunities.

 

It was a great atmosphere at the Whitney last night and what a difference from the first two games on the weekend. You can just feel the passion as soon as you walk through the doors and that is what playoff hockey should feel like.

 

Hope to see you there again tonight as the Bombers will be playing for their season and will try to get the series back to the Civic Centre for game 5 Friday. We hit the air at 7:15 for the Murray GM Coach's Show and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

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The Battleford Stars have taken the first two games of the SJHL Canalta Cup Final by scores of 3-0 and 5-1 at the Battleford Civic Centre this past weekend.

 

You could tell that both these teams hadn't seen each other since December as there was a real feeling out process in the first period Friday and was one heck of a slow game for a league final.

 

Saying that the Stars did what they had to do scoring a goal in each period including the game winner from captain Kendall Fransoo who suited up for his first playoff game of the year on Friday night.

 

Coby Downs won a face off directly back to Fransoo and he let a wrist shot go from the point that fooled Brenden Newton and made it's way into the back of the net to give the Stars a 1-0 lead after 1.

 

Insurance goals came from Holinaty and Sych, and that was way more than enough insurance for Taryn Kotchorek who only had to make 19 saves for the win. Most of those shots came from the perimeter and I thought the Bombers only managed a couple of good scoring oppurtunities in close all game.

 

Mike Reagan said on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show that his team looked tired and would be much better for game 2 Saturday.

 

Flin Flon did come out and had a much better first period in game 2 and looked like they were going to strike at any time before a piece of plexi glass broke which led to a delay late in the first period.

 

The Stars were able to rebound after the break and once again scored the first goal when Delainey re-directed a puck past Newton with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first period. The Stars were not done there as Layne Young would bat a puck out of the air with only 2 seconds remaining in the opening frame when he was left all alone in front of the Bomber net.

 

Battleford would take a 2-0 lead to the locker room and after a couple squandered 5 on 3 opportunities for the Bombers including a goal post for Sinclair and a cross bar for Lavallee, the Stars scored again in the second when Nachtegaele completed the nice pass from Jensen to make it 3-0 Stars.

 

The Bombers continued to battle hard and got rewarded with their first goal of the final when Daylan Marchi converted a nice feed from Brandon Lesko for his first ever SJHL playoff goal late in the second period.

 

It looked exactly like the break the Bombers needed, but they couldn't get any more pucks past Joel Grzybowski who started game 2 making 31 saves picking up his third win of the playoffs.

 

Battleford got a couple more insurance goals in the third from Downs and Holinaty to win game two 5-1.

 

Overall a much better effort from the Bombers in the second game but still find themselvers down 2 games to none with the series switching back to the Whitney Forum for games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Brenden Newton started both games and played very well stopping 63 out of 71 shots and I would think would start game 3. The Bomber powerplay will have to get better they are 0 for 9 in the two games including a couple of 5 on 3's.

 

Mike Reagan and the Bomber players have hardly given up and like their chances back at the Whitney where they only lost 3 games all season. Flin Flon also lost the opening two games to Nipawin in the Semi- Final and were able to fight their way back to win the series.

 

We have talked about it lots, the character and leadership of this group and I can tell you right now the Bombers are confident they can still win this thing and realize a win Tuesday gets them right back in the series.

 

Full marks to the Stars who didn't get to the final by accident. They are a very deep team that has won 10 straight in the post season and been very opportunistic and don't make many mistakes.

 

The loud and proud Whitney Forum will be a good challenge for them and let's face it there is no louder building in junior hockey. I can hardly wait to see the passionate  Bomber fans again this Tuesday and if they can get behind their team early look out.

 

Once again 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

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The SJHL announced the dates for this year's Canalta Cup Championship Series between the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars which will start this weekend.

 

These are MB times

 

Friday April 14th in Battleford 8:30

Saturday April 15th in Battleford 8:30

 

Tuesday April 17th in Flin Flon 7:30

Wednesday April 18th in Flin Flon 7:30

 

if needed

Friday April 21 in Battleford 8:30

Sunday April 23rd in Flin Flon 7:30

Tuesday April 25th in Battleford 8:30

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A 36 save performance from Brenden Newton led the Bombers to a 3-0 win last night at the Whitney Forum and a 4-3 series win over the Nipawin Hawks in what turned out to be a very entertaining SJHL Semi Final.

 

Newton was sensational once again between the pipes and only gave up 2 goals in 11 periods of work after taking over the crease in the second period of game 4. He has patiently been waiting for his opportunity and is seizing it.

 

It was a very loud energized crowd at the Whitney Forum, as Flin Flon played host to a game 7 for the first time since 1974 back when they were still in the Western Hockey league.

 

It only took 4:20 into the opening period before Nate Hooper capitalized on a Hawk turn over back of their net and flipped a puck over a helpless Kristian Stead to put the Bombers up 1-0 early.

 

Jason Lavallee would score a beautiful goal in the second when Brayden Lacoursiere fired a puck into the Nipawin zone and Lavallee jumped on the rebound to put a back hand into the top of the net to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy.

 

Lavallee leads the team with 6 goals in the playoffs and I swear they have all been highlight reel goals.

 

Nipawin threw everything they could on net, but just  couldn't get a puck past Newton and Hooper would seal the deal with an empty netter with just over a minute to go.

 

This was a series for the ages as the Bombers were able to rally from a 3-1 deficit against a very good Nipawin Hawk team that have been on a tremendous run since January. Mike Reagan was confident all series long and knew his locker room had what it took to come back even with a 3-1 deficit.

 

15 players remain from their run last year and I remember talking to Lacoursiere and Zimmer specifically before game 6 in Nipawin and they made it quite clear they wern't done playing hockey yet.

 

This will be a very fitting Canalta Cup Final with the top two seeds facing each other, not to mention the rematch from last year's SJHL Semi-Final when the Bombers stunned the Stars in 5 games.

 

They haven't seen each other since December and the Stars did take 3 out of 4 from the Bombers in the regular season. Flin Flon did manage a win at the Civic Centre in Battleford where the Stars only lost 4 games all season.

 

I think this is a series a lot of people wanted to see and is even more interesting with the Bombers success against the Stars in the playoffs last year.

 

The entire community is rallying around this team and it is great to hear from former players,players parents and former and current Flonners all over the world. This run is bringing everyone together and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will be there every step of the way.

 

As soon as we get the schedule for the league final we will post here.

 

I would like to thank the Nipawin Hawks for a great series and congratulate Doug Johnson and their entire organization on an incredible run in the second half of the season and appreciate their co-operation very much.

 

I have been going to Nipawin for over 20 years and they have always treated me and the radio station very well and certainly appreciate their organization very much. First class all the way.

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Flin Flon will be hosting an invitational  badminton tournament April the 21st and 22nd at all 4 gyms including McIsaac, Ruth Betts, Hapnot and Many Faces.

 

Athletes  will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Grand Rapids and Moose Lake.

 

There will be between 500 and 600 games with action starting at 5 Friday and wrapping up around 4 on Saturday.

 

Some of the top players from the province will be coming in with well over 100 students expected to take part.

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The Phantom Lake Soccer Club  AGM was held last night at the Northern Room at the Victoria Inn. The 2017 executive is Tauvia Alexander President, Keely Patterson Vice, Colleen Tower Secretary and Heather Fleming Treasurer.

 

Due to the length of the Flin Flon Bomber season they will not be having an indoor tournament this year, and still plan to start the regular season the first week of May weather permitting.

 

You can still register on line at phantomlakesoccer.com and if you register after this Thursday you will have to pay a $25.00 late fee.

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Yes the Flin Flon Bombers are just one win away from going back to the Canalta Cup Final for the second straight year.

 

The Maroon and White Express tied up the best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final with the Nipawin Hawks after a solid 5-1 win at the Cage last night.

 

Flin Flon came out flying and scored 3 first period goals from Sinclair(4), Lavallee(5) and Reitmeier(5) to put the Hawks back on their heels after the opening 20 minutes.

 

Eric Bolden would get a puck past Brenden Newton early in the second, but that is as close as Nipawin would get as Newton closed the door the rest of the way stopping 33 out of 34 shots.

 

Sinclair would answer that with his second of the contest and fourth of the series, before Kristian St.Onge would seal the deal with an empty netter late in the third period.

 

The Bombers look like they may have solved Kristian Stead beating him 5 times on 31 shots, with one being an empty netter. Special teams were a big factor with Flin Flon going 3 for 6 on the pp and the Hawks going 0 for 6 including 5 straight man advantages in the second.

 

Momentum is everything and the Bombers have plenty of that after staving off elimination the past couple of games and will now get a chance to host a game 7 for the first time since their re-entry into the league.

 

The Bombers have played in 3 game 7's all on the road including  the Championship final in 93, Melfort in the Survivor Series in 2006 and Notre Dame in 2015

 

It looked like the Bombers were about to bow out after falling down 3 to 1 in this  series, but this veteran group is pulling it together and are getting contibutions from everyone and seem to be getting better every game.

 

They are doing a lot of the little things well, whether it is Rylee Zimmer winning faceoffs, Nick Shumlanski making an incredible rush down the ice or SJHL Scoring Champion Greyson Reitmeier blocking shots, this team is showing incredible character.

 

Brenden Newton has been amazing,  only giving up 2 goals in the last 8 periods of work and seems to be in the zone.

 

Mike Reagan has been  preaching all series that they only had to win one game at the Cage and they  got that accomplished and have earned the right to host game 7 Tomorrow in what should be a capacity crowd at the Whitney Forum.

 

15 players remain from last year's remarkable run and I really get the impression they don't want to quit playing hockey yet.

 

No question, tomorrow night will be an electric atmosphere and the Bombers are hoping for 1500 strong to be a part of history as they will host their first ever game 7.

 

Bring your radios and tell anyone who can't be there to listen to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com as we get set for the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

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Congratulations to Hunter and Carson Lee who both won Gold medals at Cadet/Juvenile Wrestling Nationals in Windsor Ontario this past weekend.

 

Hunter won Gold in the 100KG and Carson won Gold in the 76KG.

 

Carson also secured a spot for team Canada for the under 17 team at United World Wrestling Trials , while Hunter was selected Outstanding Juvenile Wrestler for Nationals.

 

We hope to have an interview with the Lee brothers Tuesday on our Norman Sportsline program. I will keep you posted.

 

 

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After a tough 4-1 loss at the Cage on Wednesday , the Flin Flon Bombers are now one strike away from being eliminated in their best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final against the Nipawin Hawks.

 

Nipawin make their way to the Whitney Forum tonight up 3 games to 1 and all the momentum as they used a strong first period in game 4 to take a strangle hold in the series.

 

The Hawks scored all 4 goals in the first period and chased Zac Robidoux in the process as the Bomber netminder was hung out to dry many times.

 

Medicine Hat's Brenden Newton took over late in the first and played quite well stopping all 22 shots he faced, but the damage was done. It will be interesting to see who Mike Reagan starts  in goal tonight.

 

You take away the first 12 minutes from Wednesday night and I think the Bombers played pretty well but are struggling to score goals. Only 5 players have found the back of the net in this series with Sinclair and Reitmeier leading the way with a pair . St.Onge, Hooper and Sobkowicz have also scored.

 

Flin Flon needs a lot better start and stop spotting the Hawks big leads. Nipawin has scored the first goal in all 4 games and were up 3-0 in game 2 and 4-0 in game 4. The way that Stead is playing right now has been more than enough offense and the Hawks have been able to sit back and trap.

 

The Bombers were one of the best teams at home all season and like their chances at the Whitney Forum tonight and are hoping for a big Flin Flon welcome for game 5.

 

I expect the Maroon and White express to come out flying and I  am going to predict that this will be their best effort of the series.

 

Flin Flon could be down a couple of bodies as Corey Thomas received a match penalty at the end of game 4 and could receive as much as a 3 game suspension. Mike Reagan said they would send in the video and appeal, so we will find out the verdict tonight.

 

Brandon Masson also left the game with an upper body injury and his staus is unknown.

 

Don't forget to join us for all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com tonight with the Murray GM Coach's Show hitting the airwaves at 7:15.

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Greyson Reitmeier's second goal of the game on the power-play early in the third period stood up as the game winner as the Bombers held off Nipawin 3-2 last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon is now back in the series trailing the best of 7 SJHL Semi Final 2 games to 1. The other Bomber goal came from Nate Hooper who batted a puck out of the air for his second of the playoffs in the second period.

 

This was the first time the Bombers had the lead in the series and would not relinquish it. The Hawks got goals from Bolden and Arnold.

 

One of the big stories from game 3 was Declan Hobbs getting the start in goal for Nipawin. He started his first game of the playoffs and stopped 31 out of 34 shots and I thought played pretty well for the situation he was put in.

 

No explanation was given from Doug Johnson about the status of the SJHL Goalie Of The Year Kristian Stead and it will be interesting to see if he gets back between the pipes tonight.

 

Zac Robidoux started his 8th straight playoff game and turned back 25 out of 27 Nipawin shots including a penalty shot from Grant Baetsen in the second period.

 

Baetsen has already been a big story in the series with 2 game winning goals. Robidoux was terrific last night and made a lot of quality timely saves and was a big factor in the win.

 

The Bomber powerplay scored for the second straight game and ended up being the game winning goal early in the third period.

 

These two teams will square off again tonight at the Cage in Nipawin and 102.9 CFAR will be there with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and drop of the puck at 8:30.

 

With the Bomber win last night, there is a guaranteed game 5 Friday at the Whitney Forum.

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It is just about time for another Flin Flon/Creighton Minor Ball season.

 

Registration is taking place this Saturday April the 8th 11-4 at the Creighton Sportex and again Saturday April the 22nd from 11-4 at the Sportex.

 

There is also going to be an intro night for any kids who have never played baseball before to come give it a try on Tuesday April the 18th from 6 to 8pm.

 

Last year was a very positive season with over 100 kids registered and there were also 3 travel teams. You can find out more by going to the web-site ffcrminorball.com.

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The Nipawin Hawks are up two games to none in their SJHL Semi- Final with the Flin Flon Bombers after a pair of one goal victories on the weekend.

 

The Hawks rolled into the Whitney Forum Friday and won a nail biter 2-1 on a late third period goal from Grant Baetsen. Baetsen grabbed a loose puck at center ice and raced down the right side cutting into the Bombers zone and beat Zac Robidoux with a nice low shot stick side with just over 2 minutes remaining.

 

I thought we were headed to OT, especially the way both goalies were playing. Robidoux stopped 40 out of 42 shots while Stead stopped 37 out of 38.

 

Eric Sinclair scored the lone Bomber goal and Keegan Kjargaard had the other goal for  Nipawin.

 

The two teams headed to the Cage in Nipawin for game 2 on  Saturday. The Hawks would open up the scoring for the second straight game when Brandon Arnold flipped a back hand over Robidoux's right shoulder midway through the first period.

 

The Hawks kept coming in the second period and scored two more goals courtesy of Josh Bly and the second in as many games from Grant Baetsen to make it 3-0 Nipawin after 2.

 

Flin Flon just couldn't seem to get any breaks and I was wondering if they would be able to put a puck past Stead who was stopping pucks he wasn't even seeing.

 

The Bombers finally got their powerplay working when Eric Sinclair blasted a laser beam past Stead 6:10 into the final period. This really got the Maroon and White going and they went on to dominate the rest of the game.

 

Flin Flon kept attacking and got rewarded late when Kristian St.Onge scored his fourth of the playoffs lifting a nice snapshot just underneath the bar to make it 3-2 with 1:34 remaining in regulation.

 

With Robidoux on the bench for the extra attacker, the Bombers kept pressing and were buzzing all over the Hawks zone looking for the tieing goal. I thought the way they were pressing they were going to get the equalizer, but some how the puck stayed out and Nipawin barely hung on for the 3-2 win.

 

A couple things that jumped out at me from game two was Eric Sinclair hitting the post in the opening minute. You can't help but wonder if he scores there maybe it sets a different tone for the game. I also thought the Bombers carried the play for most of the game and if they even had a extra couple minutes might of been able to pull out the win.

 

The Hawks came out in the third looking pretty comfortable with the 3-0 lead and almost let it slip away as the Bombers never quit and may have sent a message that this series is a long way from being done.

 

Flin Flon outshot Nipawin 36 to 20 and 17-3 in the third period. Mike Reagan was happy with what he saw in the third period and is looking forward to getting back to the Whitney Forum for game three on Tuesday.

 

It will be interesting to see if the Bombers can get the lead and how the Hawks respond, as they have not trailed once in the opening two games. Nipawin is a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs while Flin Flon is 4-3.

 

Great to see 1000 plus in both buildings for the opening two games and here's hoping we get another 1000 Tuesday as the Bombers need to get a win under their belt to get right back in this series.

 

Don't forget we will be back on the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

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Well the talking is over and now it's time to play some hockey. The Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks will kick off their best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

This is the matchup people were expecting and hoping for as it is only a 4 hour trek and one of the best rivalries in this league.

 

I remember the last two playoff meetings vividly including the 2001 matchup when the Hawks stopped the Bombers Royal Bank Cup quest in 5 games in the Division Final. Flin Flon gained revenge in 2013 when Mike Reagan's crew beat the Hawks in 6.

 

The two communities really get involved and it is pure electricity in both buildings and shows you what playoff hockey is all about. I remember having goose bumps waiting for the puck to drop in one of the most intense series I ever called in both 2001 and 2013.

 

These two teams match up very well and ended up tied for second overall with 83 points, but the Bombers took 7 out of 8 meetings and were awarded the second seed.

 

The biggest surprise for me was that Flin Flon won all 4 games at the Cage and I don't remember that ever happening before in the 20 plus years I have travelled to Nipawin.

 

Despite the Bombers success against the Hawks this year, Mike Reagan is quick to point out they are anything but over confident and remembers their regular season record against Weyburn last year and look how that turned out.

 

Depth continues to be the marker for both these teams and Flin Flon has a lot of guys who can score. Flin Flon had 5 players in the top 20 in scoring including Greyson Reitmeier who took the scoring race with  79 points including 28 goals.

 

Jason Lavallee (30-37), Rylee Zimmer (21-43), Nick Shumlanski (17-39) and Eric Sinclair (17-34) were the other Bombers to finish in the top 20.

 

Nipawin is also deep up front with Bly and Milligan finishing in the top 20 in scoring. Both these players were added in trades with Bly coming over from Kindersley and Milligan was obtained from Melville on January the 10th.

 

The Hawks also got Bolden back from College and Brandon Arnold from the WHL'S Swift Current Broncos and I don't think anyone bolstered their lineup as much as Nipawin did in the second half. Doug's crew have lost out to Melfort the past couple of seasons and were only within a goal from going to the league final last year.

 

Kristian Stead is the rock of this team and was awarded the league's best goalie and went 29-12-1 with a league best 7 shut-outs. For what ever reason he struggled against the Bombers and was just 1-5 in the head to head meetings and fought the puck in many of those games.

 

Zac Robidoux has carried the mail this post season and was in between the pipes for all 4 wins against Notre Dame and played the Hawks very well this year including back to back shut outs to close out the season. Robidoux who already has a national title under his belt knows all about playing in the big games and handles his emotions as well as anyone I have ever seen.

 

Both teams should be well rested with the Hawks enjoying a 7 day break and the Bombers have been off for the last 6.

 

This series will be a lot of fun to watch and call and I fully expect to see lots of fans travelling back and forth for what could be a deep series. Most people expect to see at least 6 games and we will start to watch it unfold tonight.

 

Remember every Bomber moment will be captured on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 tonight, drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

We are at the Cage tomorrow with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15, play by play at 8:30.

 

 

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Another proud day for the Flin Flon Bomber organization as another one of their players has received a Division 1 Scholarship. This is the 4th one awarded to Flin Flon this year.

 

Congratulations to St. Brieux's Corey Thomas who is on his way to play for Vermont starting next year.

 

Thomas suited up in 49 regular season games picking up 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists), and was one of two Bombers to represent his country in the World JR.A Challenge which took place in Bonnyville Alberta back in December.

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The Phantom Lake Soccer Club is looking for coach's for the upcoming season. No experience is required and they will provide you with courses and clinic/workshops in order  to prepare you for this season.

 

If you are interested in coaching this year you can contact them at phantomlakesoccer@gmail.com and they will forward information to you.

 

Their AGM is taking place on Monday April the 10th, 7pm at the Victoria Inn Northern room. Everyone welcome.

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The Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks will kickoff their best of 7 SJHL Semi Final this Friday.

 

Here is the complete schedule with MB times.

 

Friday March 31st- 7:30 Flin Flon

Saturday April 1st- 8:30 Nipawin

Tuesday April 4th- 7:30 Flin Flon

Wednesday April 5th-8:30 Nipawin

 

if necessary

Friday April 7th-7:30 Flin Flon

Sunday April 9th- 7pm Nipawin

Tuesday April 11th-830 Flin Flon

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There is a new Hudbay hockey champion this year as the Electricians beat the defending champs the Zinc Plant 11-4 in yesterday's A-Final at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Zinc Plant had no answer for Chris Bortis who picked up 5 points including the hat-trick in the win Sunday afternoon.

 

The Carpenters won the B-side doubling up Snow Lake 4-2 on a strong goaltending performance from Johnathon Faktor.

 

Triple 7 took the C-side with a 8-5 win over the Boiler-Makers.

 

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey handed out their league awards at their year end banquet this past Wednesday at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Here are all the award winners

 

Novice

 

Most Improved- Brody Flynn

Most Sportsmanlike- Hailey Biberdorf

Best Defenseman- Brody Grant

Top Goalie- Bailey Schwartz

Most Inspirational- Owen Qui

MVP- Logan Simon and Brayden Church

 

Atom

 

Most Improved- Tyson Krieger

Most Sportsmanlike- Nikoli Tetoff

Best Defenseman- Grayson Laderoute and Jake Brown

Top Goalie- Logan Grenier

Most Inspirational- Braden O'Hare

MVP- Jake Brown

 

Pee Wee

 

Most Improved- Carson Straile

Most Sportsmanlike- Paxton Dareichuk

Best Defenseman- Austin Weseen

Top Goalie- Lia Yaworski

Most Inspirational- Nolan Rideout and Wyatt Stinton

MVP- Magnus Pearson

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It wasn't easy but the Flin Flon Bombers are moving on to the SJHL Semi- Finals after beating Notre Dame 2-1 Friday night to take the best of 7 Quarter Final 4 games to 1.

 

The Bombers came out flying in the first period and scored two quick goals from Brody Madarash and Greyson Reitmeier on the power play, to jump out 2-0 before the game was even 9 minutes old.

 

For Madarash it was his first ever playoff goal and had to be a thrill for his  dad Tim who was in attendance and is a former Bomber who is the all time  franchise leader in games, goals and points.

 

Madarash was able to grab a rebound in front of the Hound net and tuck a back hand under a fallen Benjamin Patt to send the home town crowd into a frenzy.

 

It looked like to me the Bombers would blow the doors off the Hounds but Benjamin Patt was able to make a number of big saves and no question was the reason Notre Dame was able to stay in the game.

 

The Hounds found the back of the net late in the first period when Ben Duperreault scored his 7th of the post season with a perfect wrist shot off the post with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first to get Notre Dame back in the contest.

 

The 2-1 Bomber lead would hold up for the rest of the game as both goalies went to work and wound up being big stories from game 5.

 

Patt was incredible and did everything he could to give his team a chance to steal game 5 at the Whitney. Patt ended up stopping 39 out of 41 shots and made a number of big saves on a Bomber 5 on 3 late in the second period and also came up big a number of times in the third.

 

Zac Robidoux wasn't as busy stopping 20 out of 21 shots but came up big when he had to and had very good rebound control and looked as confident and poised as I have ever seen him look. You can tell he has played in a lot of big games.

 

I would like to congratulate Notre Dame on a hard fought series and was impressed how they came to play each game with the youngest team in the league. Flin Flon is a lot older and experienced, but the Hounds were not intimidated and gave it everything they had.

 

The Bombers will get a 6 day rest before opening up their SJHL Semi- Final with Nipawin at the Whitney Forum Friday March the 31st.

 

Flin Flon took 7 out of 8 from the Hawks in the head to head meetings including back to back shut outs to close out the regular season. We will have a preview of the Semi-Final and a complete schedule of the games later in the week.

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The 26th annual Hudbay Hockey tournament is underway and here is the schedule for this weekend.

 

Saturday

10:30  Carpenters VS Snow Lake

 

12 noon Electrical VS 777

 

1:30 Power House VS Zinc Plant

 

3pm  Boilermakers VS Snow Lake

 

Playoffs

 

5:30  6th VS 7TH

 

7PM  4TH VS 5TH

 

8:30  2ND VS 3RD

 

Sunday

 

11:30- C-Final

 

1pm- B-Final

 

2:30- A-Final

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The 26th annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend at the Whitney Forum.

 

Depending on what happens with the Bombers in Notre Dame will determine when the tournament starts.

 

If the Bombers play at the Whitney Friday, then the HB tournament will be Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

If there is no Bomber game then the tournament will go Friday through Sunday.

 

The Zinc Plant are the defending champs and we will have the complete schedule once it is released.

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The SR Creighton Kodiak Girls wrapped up their basketball season this past weekend at Regionals in Wynyard

 

Creighton lost a thriller to Osler to open things up Friday night in a game that went back and forth and ended up in Osler's favour when it was all said and done.

 

That would knock the Kodiaks down to the Consolation , where Creighton turned it up beating Stobart 83-37 to take the Regional Consolation Final to finish 9th in the province.

 

That is a very good showing when you consider Creighton was the smallest high school competing in the provincial event.

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The Flin Flon Ski Club hosted the 42nd annual Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet yesterday afternoon. There was a great turn out with lots of families and skiers of all ages.

 

When it was all said and done the prestigious Centaloppet Cup went to Fran Reibin , with Caleb Baynton finishing as the runner up and Ron Black came third.

 

Fastest actual times by category

 

Senior Male (20 plus) Callum Spencer- 10 minutes 21 seconds

Senior Female (20 plus) Lola Leclair- 18:37

Junior Men (15-19) Nathan Whitbread- 9:42

Junior Women (15-19) Hannah Baynton- 13:47

Boys (14 and under) David Richard-10:16

Girls (14 and under)Sarah Factor-12:19

 

The oldest skier was Tony Spooner and the youngest skier was 4 year old Charlotte Unrau, and the Unraus were the larges family with 5 participants.

 

A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event so much fun and the highlight of the Flin Flon ski season.

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It was the start the Flin Flon Bombers were looking for in taking game's one and two at the Whitney Forum to open up the best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final this past weekend.

 

Flin Flon took both contests Friday and Saturday by scores of 4-1.

 

St. Onge, Lesko and Lavallee are leading the way with 2 goals a piece in the opening two games. Other goals have come from Sinclair and Boyle Alberta's Rylan Tkachuk who scored his first ever SJHL playoff goal which stood up  as the game winner on Saturday night.

 

Tkachuk grabbed the puck at center ice and stormed in to beat Benjamin Patt underneath the bar and was greeted by a thunderous ovation from his team-mates and fans.

 

This couldn't of happened to a better guy as Tkachuk is loved by his team-mates and is the ultimate team player who always has a big smile on his face and loves being part of the Bombers.

 

Zac Robidoux was good when he had to be stopping 39 out of 41 shots in the two games. Benjamin Patt has been a lot more busy stopping 82 out of 90.

 

The story for me in the opening two games has been timely goals from the Bombers including Lavallee answering Nick Rein's early goal in game 1. Just 49 seconds later Lavallee tied it and the Bombers have not trailed in the series since the 11 minute mark of the first period in game one.

 

Lavallee also had a big goal in game two when he scored just 1:07 into the third to answer a late second period power play goal from the Hounds. This is big when you think Lavallee didn't have a single playoff goal in last year's run.

 

The Bombers look good and if you take away the first 10 minutes from Friday they have pretty much been in control and look forward to hitting the big ice in Wilcox.

 

Notre Dame was definately missing SJHL Rookie Of The Year Adam Dawe who didn't dress in either game. Dawe was key for the Hounds eliminating Melfort in the Wild Card scoring 6 points in 4 games. His status for game 3 in not known.

 

They say you are never in trouble in a series til you lose at home, so the Hounds are still very much alive and you can bet they will be ready for game three on Tuesday.

 

Notre Dame took both meetings with the Bombers on home ice this year and being a young club they play much better at the Duncan McNeil Arena.

 

You can hear games three and four from Wilcox Tuesday and Wednesday night with Mike Stackhouse on the call. We hit the air waves both nights at 8:15 MB time with the Murray GM Coach's Show.

 

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Well the wait is finally over as the Flin Flon Bombers will meet the Notre Dame Hounds in their best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final Series starting tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

This will be their second playoff meeting in the past three years with Notre Dame winning in OT in game 7 back in 2015.

 

Flin Flon comes into tonight's game well rested after beating Nipawin 4-0 to close out the regular season on March the 7th. The Hounds are fresh off beating the back to back Canalta Cup Champion Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL Wild-Card 3 games to 1,  with a 5-2 win  right in Melfort Tuesday night.

 

The Bombers finished the regular season 22 points ahead of the Hounds but Mike Reagan knows they will not be an easy team to beat. They split their four regular season matchups with both teams winning on home ice.

 

Flin Flon took both at the Whitney by scores of 4-0 and 6-4, while Notre Dame took both in Wilcox by scores of 4-0 and a 3-2 win in their last matchup February the 4th.

 

The Hounds have been a better team since re-acquiring goaltender Benjamin Patt January the 10th. Patt went 9-5-3-1-1 down the stretch and is known to be able to steal games. He will have to be their best player if Notre Dame is going to pull the upset.

 

We all know how good Ben Duperreault and Adam Dawe have been. Duperreault shared the scoring title and RBC player of the year with the Bomber's Greyson Reitmeier. Both players picked up 79 points with Reitmeier picking up 28 goals and 51 assists in 58 games while Duperreault led the league with goals with 37 to go along with 42 assists in 57 games.

 

Dawe was the SJHL Rookie Of The Year picking up 64 points in 54 games including 19 goals and 45 assists.

 

Both players combined for 12 points in their Wild-Card win over Melfort. As good as these two players have been, Notre Dame feel they have plenty more and will give the Bombers all they want in this series.

 

Flin Flon has a more balanced attack and ended up with 5 players in the top 20 in league scoring including Reitmeier, Lavallee,Zimmer,Sinclair and Shumlanski.

 

The Bombers were almost unbeatable at the Whitney Forum this year going 22-3-2-2 and proved they could win on the road finishing up at 17-11-0-1. The Hounds struggled on the road going 9-14-4-2 and were better at the Duncan McNeil Arena at 17-9-3-0.

 

One of Mike Reagan's goals was to be better on the road this year and they succeeded which I think will be a factor in this series.

 

Flin Flon was just 2 wins from a Canalta Cup Trophy last spring and I know they are confident they can get their again. They are anything from being cocky and have  developed  very good team chemistry  and players have stepped up to accept their different roles.

 

This will be a fun group to watch and follow again this year. All Bomber playoff games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Here is the complete schedule

 

Fri Mar 17  Flin Flon 7:30

Sat Mar 18  Flin Flon 7:30

Tues Mar 21-  Notre Dame 8:30

Wed Mar 22- Notre Dame 8:30

if neccessary

Fri Mar 24- Flin Flon 7:30

Sun Mar 26- Notre Dame 8:30

Tues Mar 28 Flin Flon 7:30

 

 

 

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