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Bombers Set To Close Out Xmas Break

The Flin Flon Bombers have three more games to play before the players will all go their separate ways for the Christmas break.


The Bombers hit the road starting tonight in Laronge against the Ice Wolves. Once again, this will be a different looking Ice Wolf club who moved two of their best offensive players before Dec 1st, including Kolby Johnson and Mitch Zambon.


Johnson was dealt to Dauphin of the MJHL and Zambon is now in Humboldt. The trades seemed to make a difference as Laronge snapped a 14 game losing streak last weekend against Battleford, taking 3 out of a possible 4 points.


The Wolves do remain dead last in the league at : 7-25-1 and have lost all 4 games against Flin Flon so far this season.


The Bombers remain third in the Sherwood Division at 18-9-0-2 and haven't been able to make any ground on the top two teams in the division, Melfort and Nipawin. Flin Flon trails second place Melfort by 6 points and first place Nipawin by 9 points.


The Maroon and White do have games in hand including 2 on Melfort and 5 on Nipawin.


If the Bombers are going to be able to catch the two top teams in the division they are going to start winning more games at home. Flin Flon is 11-6-0-1 at the Whitney Forum so far this year and are very happy with their road record at 7-3-1.


In the 4 head to head match-ups with Laronge,  the games have been a lot tighter at the Forum with the Bombers winning 4-2 and  8-5, with the two games at the Mel Hegland, 9-2 and 8-5 in favour of Flin Flon.


Bomber captain Nate Hooper has been their best offensive player the past few weeks picking up 9 points in the last 6 games. Brandson Hein did break through with a couple of goals against the Bronco's on Friday to give him 27 on the season.


That is good enough for second overall, behind the Mustangs Justin Ball who has 31. Tyler Higgins has been very solid since coming over from the QMJHL, picking up 2 goals in 3 games played.


After tonight Flin Flon will be in Kindersley for a pair of games tomorrow at 7:30 and a special 2 PM start on Sunday. All 3 games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and


Don't forget we hit the air tonight from Laronge  with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10  and drop of the puck at 7:30.


Bill McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament

The Pas is getting ready to host the 6th annual Bill McDonald Memorial basketball tournament this weekend with lots of teams competing from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


In the Girls bracket MBCI from the Pas will battle Cranberry 1:30 on Friday at Scott Batemen.


Hapnot takes on Neepawa at 3:30 at MBCI. The Championship final is set to go Saturday at 3 at UCN.


In the Boy's, MBCI plays Hapnot at 1:30 at MBCI. Creighton takes on Cranberry at the Wellness Centre at 1:30.


The Championship Final is on Saturday at the Wellness Centre at 5.


Pee Wee Bombers Off To Swan River

The Kinsmen Pee Wee AA Bombers are off to a tournament in Swan River this weekend along with teams from Dauphin, Thompson, The Pas and host Stampeders.


Flin Flon will play The Pas at 2:15 and Swan Valley at 5:45 on Friday. Saturday they play Dauphin at 9:30 and Thompson at 2:45.


The Bronze medal game is at 10 am on Sunday followed by the Gold medal game at noon.


Midget Bombers Climb To Over 500


The CO-OP Midget AA Bombers swept a pair of games against the Cross Lake Islanders at the Whitney Forum this past weekend.


Flin Flon took both games by scores of 8-4 on Saturday and 8-3 yesterday.


Goal scorers from Saturday were: Ron Campbell(2), Nathan Stevens (2), Cree Nicholas, Sean Yaworski, Thunder Ballantyne and Chayce Busby.


Yesterday the goals were scored by : Blake Alexander (3), Aidan Collard. Evan Madarash,Chayce Busby,Cree Nicholas and Damon Constant.


The Bombers are hitting their stride and have climbed over .500 at 7-6-0-1 and are third overall with 15 points.


Flin Flon travel to the Pas next weekend to battle Norway House in their final two games before Christmas.


MBCI Wins Border Bash


The high school basketball season kicked off this past Friday with the annual  Boy's Border Bash Tournament in Creighton.


MBCI out of the Pas finished first beating Cranberry 60 to 46 to win the tournament.


The Hapnot Kings went 1-1 in the round robin and beat Nipawin in a nail biter 49-48 to take the B-side.


The host Kodiaks were 1-1 in the round robin and ended up losing 79-62 to Sandy Bay in the third place game.


Broncos Trim Bombers


The Humboldt Broncos scored with just over 1 minute remaining in regulation last night and were able to pull out a 2-1 win over the Flin Flon Bombers at the Whitney Forum.


Drew Warkentine was able to lead a two on one down the ice and fired a nice low wrist shot past Pierce Diamond for hIs 8th goal in 8 games since coming over from the AJHL.


The Bombers got Diamond out for the extra attacker but couldn't get the equalizer despite swarming the Humboldt net in the dieing seconds.


Flin Flon got their lone goal from Dawson McKenzie when he placed a shot just underneath the cross bar to open the game 2:15 early in the first period.


The Bronco's countered on a short handed goal from Brayden Camrud when he collected a loose puck behind the Bomber net and scored on a wrap around. That would be all the offense til late in the third period.


I thought the Bombers carried the play in the first period and had some chances to put the Bronco's away but couldn't capitalize on their chances and let Humboldt stay in it.


Back up goalie Rayce Ramsay was solid in making 34 saves on 35 shots while Pierce Diamond suffered just his fourth loss giving up 2 goals on 30 shots.


With the win,  Humboldt will leap frog Kindersley for first place in the Global Ag Risk Solution Division with 45 points , which is also good enough for a share of first overall with Nipawin.


Flin Flon remains in third in the Sherwood Division at 18-9-0-2 and sit 5 points behind Melfort and 7 behind Nipawin. The Bombers do have a game in hand on the Mustangs and two on the Hawks.


The Bombers are 6-4 in their last ten and will play three more games before their Christmas break with a trip to Laronge Friday and Kindersley, Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and



Midget AA Hockey In Town This Weekend

The CO-OP Midget AA Bombers are back in town this weekend as they will host the first place Cross Lake Islanders.


Games are this Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 11 at the Whitney Forum.


Cross Lake is tied with Thompson for first overall at 9-3 while Flin Flon is third at 5-6-0-1. These will be the final two home games before Christmas.


The Bombers will travel to the Pas to battle Norway House next weekend.


Goaltending Clinic

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting a mid-season goaltending clinic December the 28th and 29th at the Creighton Sportex.


It is open to any kids 8-13 and it will start at 8:45 both days. There will be two ice sessions both days and will be a geat refersher course for the stretch run after Christmas.


You can register on the Flin Flon Minor Hockry web-site and you can call 204-489- 7465 for more information.


Creighton Hosts Border Bash

The High School Basketball season will begin this weekend with the Creighton Kodiaks hosting the Boys Senior Border Bash Tournament.


Teams will be competing from Creighton, Hapnot, Laronge, Cranberry,Nipawin, Sandy Bay, The Pas and La Loche.


Action starts Friday at 2:30 with Creighton playing Laronge. Hapnot's first game is Friday at 4 VS Sandy Bay.


Playoffs start Saturday at 10:30, with the A-side final at 7:30.


Midget Bombers Drop Pair In Thompson

The Midget AA CO-OP Bombers were in Thompson for a pair of games this weekend in  the Norman Midget AA League.


Thompson took both games by scores of 5-2 and 2-1.


Austin McLean, Damon Constant and Aidan Collard scored the goals.


The Bombers record will fall to 5-6-0-1 and they return to the Whitney Forum to host Cross Lake this weekend.


The Norman Northstars were also in action and dropped three games on the road. They squared off with Pembina Valley losing 7-2 on Friday and 6-5 in Ot on Saturday.


The Northstars scored with just 23 seconds left in the third period to force OT and would gain a point. Flin Flon's Blake Lahonen scored one of the goals.


Sunday Norman fell to the Winnipeg Bruins 8-4 to fall to 2-22-0-1 on the season.


Norman will host Eastman this weekend.


Mel Pearson Novice Results


The fIrst Flin Flon Minor Hockey Tournament  of the year wrapped up yesterday at the Whitney Forum and Sportex. 11 teams took part and FFMH did an excellent job organizing and the kids had lots of fun playing the game for all the right reasons.


Here are the complete results:


A- Final ( Mel Pearson Event) Norway House 14- The Pas Grey 4


B-Final ( Jack Turner Event) Thompson Kings 11- Snow Lake 8


C-Final ( Scott Davidson Event) Thompson Flyers 8- The Pas Red 7


D- Final ( Paddy Ginnell Event) The Pas Black 12- Laronge 4


E- Final ( Cementation Event) McKeens 12- Firemen 4


F- Final ( Shayne Pearson Event) Thompson Wild 15- FF Steelworkers 9


Senior Queens Season Comes To An End

The High school volleyball season has come to an end for another year. The Hapnot Senior Queens were the last team still in action at Provincials in MacGregor.


It was a gutzy effort from the Queens who had a good weekend beating MacGregor 2 sets to 0 and Springs Christian 2 sets to 1.


They lost to Green Valley 2 sets to 1 and Gabrielle Roy 2 sets to 0 to finish second in their pool.


In the playoff round they got beat by one of the best teams in the province Major Pratt out of Russell, 2 sets to 0 by scores of 18-25 and 11-25.


Warren ended up winning the Provincial title.


Bombers Win One For Jonhy

One goal was all it took for the Flin Flon Bombers to pick up their 17th win of the season as they blanked the Estevan Bruins 1-0 Friday night at the Whitney Forum.


Tyler Higgins who was just picked up from the QMJHL made his presence felt in his Bomber debut, snapping a shot from the point low blocker side on Grant Boldt for the only goal of the night.


Higgins,  who is a very impressive physical specimen at 6 ft 5 should be fun to watch in a Bomber uniform for the rest of the season. I interviewed Higgins in the first intermission and he told me he is thrilled to be in Flin Flon and appreciates the team's rich history.


The two best players on the ice were the two goaltenders who put on a show for their respective clubs.


Grant Boldt made a lot of highlight reel saves for the Bruins and ended up making 30 saves on 31 shots. Not to be out done, Pierce Diamond was rock solid in making 24 saves for his second career SJHL shut out.


This was an important win for Flin Flon who improve to 17-8-0-2 and are within 5 points of second place Melfort with 2 games in hand. The Mustangs have dropped two in a row to Yorkton and Estevan.


Nipawin has climbed into first place with 43 points and the Bombers will travel to the Cage Tuesday night looking for their first win of the year against the Hawks.


The Bombers are 7 points behind with 3 games in hand.


Estevan surprised Melfort 4-3 on Saturday and end up going 2-1 on their Northern road trip. They are 15-17-1 and are 2 points behind Yorkton for first in the Viterra Division.


It was a very special night for the entire Bomber organization as long time fan and supporter Jonathan Dougall was honored before the game.


Jonhy was presented with an autographed Bobby Clarke Bomber jersey and a plaque from the RCMP for his contributions in the community.


Jonhy also got to be a guest coach on the Bomber bench and dropped the puck before a standing ovation.


It was first class all the way on behalf of the Flin Flon Bomber organization.


Besides acquiring Higgins from the QMJHL, Flin Flon did make another move in dealing 20 year old d-man Doug Johnson to Steinbach of the MJHL.


The Bombers were maxed at 20 year old's which made Johnson available. Mike Reagan commented that it was difficult to see Doug go who was very committed to being a Bomber.


This is a big week for the Maroon and White, who head to the Cage tomorrow to face the first place team in the Sherwood Division, the Nipawin Hawks. Nipawin has taken all 3 meetings this year.


We will have the broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30. It doesn't get any easier with the second place overall Humboldt Broncos coming to town for a pair of games this weekend, Friday and Saturday.


Northstars And Midget Bombers Weekend Action

The Norman Northstars will be in search of their third win of the year as they will hit the road for three games starting tonight.


They will take on Pembina Valley tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 2:30. They will wrap up the trip Sunday in Winnipeg against the Bruins at 12:45.


The AA Midget CO-OP Bombers are in Thompson for a pair of games this weekend tonight and tomorrow at 7:30.


The Bombers are 5-4 while the King Miners are 7-1. Flin Flon is the only team to beat Thompson this year.


Bounce Back Win


The Flin Flon Bombers snapped a two game losing streak at the Whitney Forum last night with a convincing 6-1 win over the Weyburn Red Wings.


Most of the damage was done in the first period when the Bombers connected 4 times on just 12 shots.


Crystopher Collin scored his 9th of the season to open the scoring at 3:56 and Flin Flon never looked back. Other first period goals came from Moretz (12), Hooper (13) and Houle (7).


Weyburn would get their only goal early in the second ,  when Hiltz scored his 13th , sneaking a puck under Pierce Diamond's left pad. The Bombers would add a couple more insurance goals when Houle picked up his second of the night late in the second period.


Caleb Franklin scored the only goal early in the third to seal the deal at 6-1.


Pierce Diamond played well especially in the third period and never gave Weyburn a chance to get back in the game and ended up with 36 saves on 37 shots.


Riley Lamb went the distance for the Wings and looked shaky in the first period winding up with 41 saves on 47 shots.


This is a big win for the Bombers who improve to 16-8-0-2 and have crept as little closer to the division leaders. Flin Flon is now 7 points behind the first place Mustangs and 5 behind second place Nipawin.


The Bombers travel to the Cage on Tuesday.


Weyburn continues to struggle and fall to 9-16-2 and have been out scored 15-2 in their last two games.  They will try to get back on the winning track tomorrow in Laronge.


Flin Flon is back on the ice tomorrow when Estevan comes to town. The Bombers lead the season series two games to none. Don't forget it will be a very special night at the Whitney Forum as the Maroon and White will honor one of their most dedicated fans.


It will be Johny Dougall night with a nice ceremony planned before the game, so get their early.


You will also be able to catch the game on 102.9 CFAR and beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.


Bombers Host Wings

The Flin Flon Bombers will try to snap a two game losing streak on home ice tonight, when they welcome the Weyburn Red Wings to town.


Weyburn come reeling into town after getting blown out 9-1 last night in Melfort and are really struggling, barely hanging on to the last overall playoff spot.


The Wings are tied with Melville with 20 points, but do have two games in hand. Their 73 goals for,  are also the fourth worst in the league.


Flin Flon leads the season series 2 games to none including a 7-4 win at the Forum on October the 26th. You don't want to say this is a must win game, but you need to beat the teams lower than you in the standings.


The Bombers are starting to lose ground in the very competitive Sherwood Division and find themselves 9 points behind the Melfort Mustangs and 7 behind second place Nipawin.


The Maroon and White continue to have the league's most potent offense with 112 goals in 25 games, along with Melfort who also have 112 in 27 games.


Brandson Hein and Nate Hooper continue to lead the charge offensively, sitting second and 5th in overall scoring. Hein has 43 points in 25 games and Hooper has 40 points in 25 games.


Hooper also leads the league in assists with 28. A healty Caleb Moretz should help out offensively as well,  as he missed over a month with a lower body injury. He was one of the top point getters across the league before getting hurt in October.


Game time tonight is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast, but we are back on the air this Friday against Estevan.


Don't forget it is a special game with a  tribute to long time supporter and " SUPER FAN Johny Dougall". Get there early for a ceremony before the game.




Senior Queens Off To Macgregor

There is still one tournament remaining in the volleyball season for Hapnot Collegiate, as the Senior Queens will head off to Macgregor this weekend for Senior Provincials.


Hapnot will be in a pool with the Green Valley Pirates, Macgregor Mustangs, Gabrielle Roy and Springs Christian Eagles.


The Queens will play two games Thursday against Macgregor at 9 and Gabrielle Roy at 11. They will wrap up the round robin Friday VS Green Valley at 3 and Springs Christian at 6.


Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the Championship final at 5.


Mel Pearson Novice Tournament

Flin Flon Minor Hockey is hosting their first tournament of the season this weekend with the annual Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Tournament.


This is a house league tournament and 11 teams are confirmed from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Norway House, Snow Lake and Laronge.


Action will take place at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex starting Friday afternoon with the FF Firemen taking on the Pas Grey at 1:45 at the Whitney Forum and McKeens VS the Pas Red at the Sportex.


The full schedule can be seen at


Kodiak Awards Banquet


The Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team held their year end awards earlier tonight at the Creighton school gym.


Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk addressed the crowd and mentioned they had a decent season finishing 3-2 and they are technically a 1A school playing in a 2A league. They have the third smallest population base right across the province.


He did say they were dissapointed in not making the playoffs and really missed not playing in the Northern final. " We had a good season and we finished over 500, but at the end of the day we didn't make our goal of getting into the playoffs. I still believe we were one of the best teams in the North, but football doesn't work that way and we lost two important games, but overall I am happy with a young team that didn't have a lot of seniors."


There was a special salute to the 5 graduating players including Kaylab Ranks, Jaron McDermott, Bailey Noonan, Corbin Collier and Noah Dickens.


Here is the complete list of tonight's award winners.


Top Special Teams Award- Blake Alexander


Offensive and Defensive Warriors- Brady Carmichael and Keenan Campbell


Most Improved- Austin McLean


Rookie Of The Year- Myles Patterson


Most Dedicated- Brennan Haley and Davin Eastman


Leadership- Hayden Kanto


Top Defensive- Noah Dickens


Top Offensive- Blake Alexander





Perfect Weekend For Midget Bombers

It was a great weekend for the CO-OP Midget AA Bombers who hit the road for a pair of games.


Saturday the Bombers took it to the winless Norway House Northstars 9-1. Blake Alexander led the way with 3 points.


On Sunday the Bombers knocked off the first place Cross Lake Islanders 8-5 with Damon Constant scoring a pair of goals. Other goals came from Blake Alexander, Thunder Ballantyne, Chayce Busby, Jeritt Cowley, Cree Nicholas and Sean Yaworski.


The Bombers continue to move up the standings at 5-4 and are only 3 points behind Cross Lake for first place overall. Flin Flon will travel to Thompson this weekend.


Another tough weekend for the Norman Northstars who dropped a pair of games to the first place Winnipeg Wild by scores of 7-1 and 10-1, Saturday and Sunday.


The Northstars slip to 2-20 and are back on the road this weekend starting, Friday in Pembina Valley.




JV Volleyball Provincials Wrap Up In Flin Flon


It was a busy weekend at Hapnot Collegiate as the best 12 JV Volleyball teams from across Manitoba were in town to compete in Provincials.


The JV Hapnot Kings played three round robin games, losing to Hamiota 2 sets to 1, Major Pratt 2 sets to none and St.Paul's 2 sets to 1.


The Kings looked good early in the playoff round beating Treherne in the first set, but couldn't keep the momentum going and dropped the next two sets and were eliminated.


Gabrielle Roy finished first beating Rosenort in the final 2-0.


The JV Queens were in Morris and they dropped all three round robin games to MacGregor, Carberry and Killarney.


They lost early in the playoff round to St.pauls and Boissevain ended up taking the Girl's Provincial title.


Wescana Cup Results

The Pas hosted the annual Wescana Cup this past weekend and both the Flin Flon Pee Wee AA Kinsmen Bombers and Pee Wee A Eddies Bombers competed in the tournament.


The Pee Wee AA Bombers went undefeated in the round robin with a tie against Swan River and wins over Thompson and The Pas.


Thompson would get revenge in the Gold Medal game winning 9-2. The AA Bombers would finish second.


The Pee Wee A Bombers went 1-1-1 in the round robin and ended up losing a close one,  4-3 to Swan River in the Bronze Medal game to finish fourth.


Hounds 8 Bombers 5

It was a tough night at the rink for the Flin Flon Bombers on Friday as they couldn't  keep the puck out of the back of their net.


The Notre Dame Hounds rolled into town and had no trouble scoring goals with an impressive 8-5 win in front of over 900 spectators.


Charles Martin did a lot of the damage picking up a 4 point night including his 7th goal of the season.


The Hounds never trailed in the game leading 2-1 after 1 on goals from Wilton and Renwick. Brandson Hein scored his league leading 25th for the Bombers.


Flin Flon would tie the game early in the second when Mason Martin scored his first of the season just 2:17 in. That was short lived as Notre Dame scored two quick goals from Hamm and Tarbell to go up 4-2.


Calvon Boots made it a one goal game , firing his 6th of the season from just inside the blue line to fool Riley Kohonick. It looked like the shot hit someone in front of the net and changed direction.


Any time Flin Flon would get a goal to get back in the game, the Hounds would answer quickly. Conor Maclean scored his first of the year to put Notre Dame up 5-3.


Saying that,  the Bombers would tie it before the second period was complete on a power play goal from Marchi (17) and Caleb Moretz's  first goal since October the 11th, his 12th of the year.


Moretz missed over a month of the season with a lower body injury.


All even at 5 to start the third period, Flin Flon couldn't mount any more offense, and watched the Hounds score three unanswered to win the game 8-5 courtesy of Martin, Gould and Penner.


It was a tough night for Pierce Diamond who was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 14 shots. Jacob Delorme didn't fare much better and actually gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, when he entered the game in the second period.


He ended the night giving up 4 goals on 24 shots. The Hounds Riley Kohonick made the saves he had to and stopped 27 out of 32.


This was a big win for the Hounds who are now tied with the Kindersley Klippers for third in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division with 31 points. Notre Dame went 2-1 on their Northern road trip with a 2-1 loss in Nipawin last night.


Flin Flon dropped their second straight home game and are starting to fall behind the two top clubs in the Sherwood. The Bombers are 7 points behind first place Melfort and 5 behind second place Nipawin.


The home stand will continue against Weyburn on Wednesday and Estevan on Friday, which will also be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and







Midget CO-OP Bombers Back In Action

The CO-OP Midget AA Bombers are back in action this weekend as they hit the road for a pair of games in the Norman Midget League.


The Bombers who are 3-4 face Norway House who are still looking for their first win at 0-7, Saturday at 7:30. Flin Flon will also be in Cross Lake Sunday afternoon at 1:30.


Cross Lake have the best record in the league at 7-1.


Things don't get any easier for the Norman Northstars who are set to host the first place Winnipeg Wild, who come to Thompson with a record of 16-1.


Games are 7:30 Saturday and Sunday at 1:30.


Norman remain in the basement of the Manitoba Midget AAA League at 2-18.




Hawks Slip Past Bombers


It was one of the Bombers best efforts of the season, but they came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score against the Nipawin Hawks.


Declan Hobbs was at his stingy best stopping 44 out of 46 Bomber shots and was without question the difference in the game.


Flin Flon peppered the Nipawin net in the final few minutes but couldn't get anything by the veteran puck stopper.


It looked like it might be the Bombers night as they led 2-1half way through  the third period on goals from Marchi (13) and Houle- Villeneuve (6), before Tremblay would tie the game on the power play with just under 7 minutes remaining.


Right off the faceoff, 17 seconds later,  the Hawks would get the eventual game winner racing down the ice with Girod firing a shot top right corner on Pierce Diamond.


Diamond stopped 26 out of 29 and suffered just his third loss of the season.


Hobbs did the rest stopping a barage of Bomber shots in the last  two minutes.


Nipawin has beaten the Bombers in all three meetings this season and has over taken Flin Flon for second spot in the Sherwood Division.


The Hawks improve to 16-8-0-1, while the Bombers fall to 15-7-0-2. Nipawin trail Melfort by 1 point for the division lead, while Flin Flon are 3 points back.


Despite the loss, Mike Reagan was happy with how his team played last night. " I told the boys don't hang your heads, that might be the best game we played all year. I loved the intensity, our work ethic and will to win. It is unfortunate we didn't come out with 2 points because we deserved better."


The Bomber home stand will continue against Notre Dame this Friday, with puck drop at 7:30.




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