The Norman Northstars wrapped up the Manitoba Midget AAA hockey season this past weekend with a pair of losses to the Parkland Rangers.
Parkland beat Norman 5-2 Saturday and followed that up with a 7-2 win on Sunday.
Norman will finish the season at 7-36-0-0-1 and end up 11th overall.
Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless finished second in team scoring with 33 points (17 goals and 16 assists).
Tristan Galarneau was third with 24 points (6 goals and 18 assists).
The SR Hapnot Queens basketball team were in Russell this weekend where they ended up going undefeated and won the tournament.
The Queens beat Killarney 51-32, Roblin 55-31 and beat Russell in the final 45-32.
The Senior Queens will be in Roblin this weekend and the Kings travel to Swan River, while the JV teams are in The Pas for Zones.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers had another solid performance in Swan River this past weekend.
The Bombers beat Preeceville 3-0, Dauphin 7-2 and the Pas 4-3 in the semis.
Flin Flon lost a close game to Killarney 5-4 in the final to finish second.
This was a good tune-up for Provincials which will take place in La Broquerie March the 3rd to the 5th.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, Eastman, Dauphin, Stonewall, Pembina Valley, Brandon, Southeast and The Pas.
Greyson Reitmeier's 24th of the season was all the offense the Bombers needed as they bounced back from a 7-3 loss at the Whitney Forum Tuesday, to rally for a 4-0 win at the Cage in Nipawin last night.
Zimmer (19), Lavallee (24) and Lesko (21) all added insurance goals in the third period as the Bombers beat the Hawks for the 6th time in 7 meetings this season.
Zac Robidoux only had to make 18 saves for his 5th shutout of the year and 10th of his career.
Flin Flon managed to beat Kristian Stead 4 times on 32 shots and are once again in sole possession of first place in the Sherwood Division and second overall. Nipawin still has a game in hand.
The Bombers improve to 35-13-2-3 while the Hawks fall to 35-14-2-1 and winners of 14 out of their last 16 games.
Flin Flon made adjustments after their 7-3 loss to Nipawin on Tuesday and did an excellent job not allowing Nipawin to get a lot of good offensive chances in tight on Robidoux.
Mike Reagan had this to say on last night's CFAR Post Game Show. " I was very happy with our response tonight, to be able to come into this building which is a tough place to play just like the Whitney Forum. To not only win but get a shutout and only give up 18 shots was impressive. We played great defensively, not giving up one odd man rush and I thought that was key to the victory. A big part of the games was to kill off all those powerplays in the second period , kudos to our penalty kill and Robidoux was very good. Your best penalty killer has got to be your goalie and Robidoux was tonight."
Flin Flon went 1 for 4 on the PP, while Nipawin was 0 for 7.
A great crowd in Nipawin with 736 announced and many of the fans wearing Maroon and White. This game definately had a playoff feel and you get the sense that these two teams are on a collision course to meet some where in the post season and would make one great league final.
This game speaks volumes about the Bombers character in not only winning the game, but how they won it.
The Bombers have 5 games remaining in the regular season and 4 of those will be played at the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon will host Humboldt and Melfort this weekend, before a home and home with Laronge March the 3rd and 4th before closing out the season with the Hawks at the Whitney Forum March the 7th.
The outdoor classic which was supposed to be played on Ross Lake today has been postboned til next weekend. Our next broadcast of Bomber hockey will be next Saturday's game against Melfort with Jamie Smalley on the call.
It all starts with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars will close out their Manitoba Midget AAA League season this weekend when they host the Parkland Rangers.
The two teams split the first two meetings in Parkland back in December.
Parkland sits 8th overall at 16-22-0-1-3 while Norman is 7-34-0-0-1 and is in 11th spot.
The two games will go Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30.
The SR Hapnot Queens basketball team is off to Russell for a tournament this weekend.
Hapnot will play two round robin games on Friday against Killarney at 5:45 and Russell at 9:15.
Playoffs start Saturday at 2.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will get one more tune- up tournament before Provincials in March as they will head to Swan River this weekend.
The Bombers are in a pool with Dauphin, Preeceville and Killarney.
Flin Flon will play Preeceville Friday at 6:30 in Minitonas, and Dauphin Saturday at 2.
Playoffs start Saturday at 4, with the Gold medal game Sunday at 3.
Well if you got to last night's game late, chances are you might of been a little surprised walking into the building and seeing the Bombers down 5-1 before the game was even 10 minutes old.
That is exactly what happened as the red hot Nipawin Hawks picked up their 14th win in their last 15 games with a solid 7-3 win last night at the Whitney Forum.
The Hawks scored two quick goals from Bly and Grant to chase Zac Robidoux just 6 minutes into the opening period. That seemed to spark the Bombers who cut the deficit to 2-1 on Eric Sinclair's 16th of the year short handed.
Unfortunately that is as close as Flin Flon would get all night as Nipawin reeled off 3 more from Milligan, Baetsen and Harasymuk to take a 5-1 lead after 1. Brenden Newton came in to relieve Robidoux and stopped 2 out of 5 in the first period.
Flin Flon played much better in the second and made it a little more respectible scoring a pair of goals to make it 5-3 after 2. St.Onge picked up his 21st on the powerplay and Nyman broke in all alone and tucked a puck under the right pad of Stead for his 6th of the season.
Nipawin would get a couple of insurance goals in the third from Bly, who scored his second of the night and 17th of the season, while Milligan also scored his second of the game on the pp to seal it with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Final powerplay chances were Nipawin 3 for 6 and Flin Flon 1 for 5.
Mike Reagan Head Coach and GM of the Bombers had this to say after the game. "I am pretty frustrated with the start of the game, it seemed like everything went against us. We shouldn't be down 5-1 when you outshoot a team 12-11 after the first period. We lose 7-3 and we give up 25 shots , that just shouldn't happen. I don't think we played bad but we really shot our selves in the foot."
The Bombers lose at home for just the second time in regulation this season despite out shooting the Hawks 43-25. Flin Flon still holds on to top spot in the Sherwood at 34-13-2-3, while Nipawin improves to 34-13-2-1 and are now just 2 points behind the Bombers with 2 games in hand.
The re-match is set for this Saturday in Nipawin and the Bombers have taken all 3 meetings at the Cage so far this year and will need to be on top of their game if they are going to win this weekend.
You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Don Holmes Rink is off to Winnipeg to compete in the Senior Provincial Curling Bonspiel starting next Wednesday February the 22nd at the Deer Lodge Curling Club.
The Don Holmes rink consists of Grant McLuckie, Russ Kennedy and Dave Salahub.
They would like to thank their sponsors the Victoria Inn and FF Credit Union.
RD Parker out of Thompson hosted curling zones this past weekend.
Hapnot had 3 girls rinks compete with Nawrocki going 2-2, Kittle was 1-2 and Faktor 0-3.
Armstrong from MBCI went 4-0 and beat Hapnot's Nawrocki in the final.
Catcher out of MBCI beat Rd Parker in the boys final.
This past Saturday was a historic night for Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless who suited up for his 100th game in a Norman Northstars uniform.
Unfortunately the Central Plains Capitals rolled into Thompson and beat the Northstars 10-1 Saturday and followed that up with a 7-1 win on Sunday.
Stuckless who is an assistant captain this year is having a very productive season with 33 points, that is 17 goals and 16 assists in 38 games which is second on the team.
After the weekend Norman will slip to 7-34-0-0-1 and close out their season this weekend against Parkland at home.
Hapnot hosted a JV Basketball tournament this past weekend at both Hapnot and McIsaac.
In the girls bracket Thompson finished first going 3-0 including a 64-28 win over Swan River in the final.
Norway House beat Hapnot in a close game 50-47 for third.
In the boys Swan River went undefeated and beat The Pas 56-47 in the final.
Creighton came third beating Hapnot 56-40.
One night after shallacking the Laronge Ice Wolves 11-0 at the Whitney Forum, for Hockey Night In Flin Flon, the same two teams were at it in Laronge for the rematch Saturday night.
This time it was a lot tighter affair with the Bombers pulling out a 4-3 win. It looked like the Bombers might blow the doors off for the secondt straight night building up a 3-0 lead after one on goals from St.Onge (20), Beebe (4) and Etter (7).
Laronge responded with a good second period and cut the deficit to 3-2 after 2 on goals from Hanson(1) and Peck(8).
Rylee Zimmer who just nicely got back in the lineup scored a big insurance goal early in the third, on the power play to put the B'S back on top 4-2. It was Zimmer's 18th of the season and stood up as the game winner, because Laronge would once again make it a 1 goal game when recently acquired Austin Shumlanski scored his second of the year with less than 6 minutes remaing in the third period.
Down 4-3 late, Laronge pressed but could not get the equalizer past Gunnar Neilson who stopped 35 out of 38 shots for his second win of the year in a Bomber uniform.
Laronge goaltender Luke Lush was spectacular stopping 57 out of 61 Bomber shots including 24 out of 27 in the first period.
Lush was hung out to dry many times the night before, but shook that off and really came out and competed hard for his team on Saturday and was the biggest reason they stayed in the game. He really should get some recognition for Goalie Of The Week for his gutsy performance.
After the weekend the Bomber record will improve to 34-12-2-3 good for 73 points, which is 4 up on Nipawin for tops in the Sherwood with the Hawks still enjoying 2 games in hand.
Battleford did the Bombers a favour beating Nipawin 4-2 on Saturday to snap the Hawks 13 game winning streak and give Flin Flon a little more breathing room atop the division.
The matchup that everyone has been waiting for is just a couple days away with the Hawks and Bombers colliding at the Whitney Forum this Tuesday. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since December the 3rd and Nipawin has a much different look to their lineup now.
The Bombers own the season series winning all 5 matchups and will have the tie breaker if these two teams are some how tied at the end of the year.
Hope to see you for what should be the most anticipated matchup so far of 2017 this Tuesday at the Whitney Forum, with puck drop at 7:30. No broadcast of this game but 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the rematch in Nipawin on Saturday night.
Hapnot Collegiate is hosting a JV Invitational basketball tournament this weekend.
Boys games will be played at Hapnot and the teams in Pool A include Hapnot, The Pas and Dauphin. Pool B - Creighton, Thompson and Swan River.
Girls games will be played at McIsaac. Teams in Pool A- Hapnot, The Pas and Thompson. Pool B- Creighton, Norway House and Swan River.
Action starts Friday afternoon with the Hapnot Kings against the Pas at 4, and the Queens will also play the Pas at 4.
Games will continue all day Saturday with the finals at 6:30.
The Senior Hapnot Kings will be in Winnipeg for the 12th annual Nelson McIntire Mac Attack with their first game against the host team Friday at 3PM.
If the Kings win they play Saturday at 11:40, if they lose they play Friday at 8:30.
The Flin Flon Skating Club attended the 2017 Norman Regional Starskate Championships and Funskate held in Thompson, February 3-5, 2017.
Six figure-skaters from our club competed well and placed in the following events:
Star 3 FreeSkate - Bronze
Star 3 Spins - Bronze
Star 3 Elements - Bronze
Star 2 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 2 Spins - Silver
Star 2 Elements - Silver
Star 2 Improv - Bronze
Star 4 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 4 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Gold
Silver Interpretive - Bronze
Star 3 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 3 Elements - Silver
Star 4 FreeSkate - Gold
Star 3 Spins - Gold
Star 3 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Bronze
Bronze Interpretive - Silver
Star 2 FreeSkate - Bronze
Star 2 Spins - Bronze
Star 2 Elements - Silver
Star 2 Improv - Silver
Events with Single Entry (no medals given as only one competitor entered)
Star 3 Showcase - Victoria Pedwell
Star 4 Team - Danielle and Suzanne Nelson
Hapnot Collegiate took part in a big high school wrestling tournament this past weekend in Edmonton.
The Lee brothers Carson and Hunter put on another great performance and both came home with medals.
Hunter was 4-0 and brought home Gold. Carson finished 4-1 and won Silver.
Other Hapnot athletes were Keelan Salamondra 3 wins, 2 losses, Mathew Laliberty 1 win , 2 losses and Rayne Petryk, lost one match and got injured.
Great job and congratulations to all the athletes.
Great news for the North as Flin Flon has been chosen to host Hockey Provincials for both Atom and Pee-Wee in March.
Atom Provincials will be played the wekend of March the 3rd to the 5th with teams competing from Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas. All games will be played at the Sportex.
Pee Wee Provincials are scheduled for the weekend of March the 10th of the 12th with teams competing from Flin Flon, Thompson, Brandon, Portage, Morden, Stonewall and MacDonald.
Complete schedules will be posted closer to the event.
For the first time in 2017, the Flin Flon Bombers have dropped two games in a row. After falling 3-2 to Notre Dame Saturday, the Bombers lost to Estevan 4-2 yesterday.
Flin Flon got into penalty trouble in the first period, going short handed 7 times but managed to fight through that and were dead locked at 1 after 1.
Jake Fletcher opened things up for the Bruins on the power play just 1:29 in before Connor Beebe tied the game re-directing a puck past Nathan Alalouf for his third of the season at 9:45.
No scoring in the second period, but the Bombers did take their first lead of the game when Greyson Reitmeier collected his 27th of the season on the powerplay at 2:59 to start the third period.
It looked like that might hold up as the game winner, but the Bruins turned it up a notch and scored three unanswered to steal this one at Affinity Place.
Josh Rieger scored a pair of goals at 14:27 and 18:21, before Matt McNeil would seal the deal with an empty netter with only ten seconds remaining.
Zac Robidoux suffered his first loss since December the 16th stopping 29 out of 32 shots.
After the first period power play's evened up with both teams going 1 for 7 with the extra attacker.
Flin Flon comes back off the long road trip at 2-2 and sit at 32-12-2-3, first in the Sherwood and second overalll, but the Nipawin Hawks are quickly closing the gap.
Nipawin is just 4 points back with three games in hand. They play three more times this year including their next meeting Valentines Day at the Whitney Forum.
Next up for the Bombers will be a home and home with Laronge this wekend. Don't forget Friday's home game will be absolutely free as it is going to be " Hockey Night In Flin Flon" sponsored by Hudbay, The City Of Flin Flon, Town Of Creighton and Village Of Denare Beach.
Spread the word, is all you have to do is show up and you will be admitted absolutely free. Other highlights include a documentary being filmed about Flin Flon and the Bombers. A group out of New York will be filming and interviewing people with stories to tell.
A 50/50 will also start at $1,000.00 courtesy of Twin Motors and last year someone took home over 6 grand. So make sure you buy a ticket and game time is 7:30.
The Teagan Quinn Memorial Pee Wee tournament wrapped up earlier today at the Creighton Sportex and Whitney Forum.
Here are the results from the AA Division.
Gold Medal game - Thompson beat Swan River 8-1
Bronze- Swan 5 The Pas 3
Consolation- Dauphin 6 Flin Flon 3. Flin Flon goals - Jacob Kuzmiak, Harland Jacobsen and Magnus Pearson.
Gold Medal- Nipawin 7 Thompson 0
Bronze- Laronge 9 Norway House 2
Consolation- Flin Flon 7 Norway House 4. Flin Flon goals Tye Buke (3), Lukas Nabess (2), Evan Reid and Carson Straile.
The Teagan Quinn Memorial Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Swan Valley, Norway House, Thompson, Dauphin, Nipawin and Laronge.
Flin Flon Bombers VS Pas Huskies 1PM Whitney Forum
Swan Valley VS Norway House 1PM Sportex.
Swan Valley VS Thompson 2:45 Whitney Forum
Flin Flon Bombers VS OCN 2:45 Sportex
Dauphin VS The Pas 4:30 Whitney Forum
Norway House VS Nipawin 4:30 Sportex
Flin Flon VS Swan Valley 6:15 Whitney Forum
Thompson VS Norway House 6:15 Sportex
Thompson VS Dauphin 8PM Whiney Forum
Laronge VS Swan Valley 8PM Sportex
Action continues throughout the weekend with the playoffs starting Sunday at 10.
The Masters Men's Curling Bonspiel for men 60 and over will take place February the 11th and 12th at the Uptown Curling Club.
Sign up sheet is at the Uptown Curling Club and registration deadline is February the 8th.
There are 2 events and it is $20.00 per curler.
Another tough road trip for the Norman Northstars who dropped all 3 games this past weekend.
Norman lost both games in Kenora 4-2 Friday and 6-2 on Saturday, then dropped a 9-3 decision to Winnipeg on Sunday.
It was a good weekend for Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless and Tristan Galarneau who combined for 7 points between them. Stuckless had a goal and 2 assists while Galarneau added 4 assists.
Norman will close out the season with 6 straight home games including a double header against Southwest this weekend.
The Northstar record sits at 6-31-0-0-1.
The Lyle Lavis Memorial Senior Men's and Ladies Curling Bonspiels wrapped up earlier today at the Uptown Curling Club.
Here are the results:
Main Event for McMunn and Yates
McLuckie beat Giesbrecht
2nd Event- Don Holmes Trucking
Derald Groff beat Dale Connolly
3rd Event- FF Insurance
Dennis Anderson beat Dave Blatherwick.
Sue Chrisp beat Judy Black
Sheila Adams beat Denise Davis
Anne Hardy beat Dianne Burwash
It was just another night at the office for the Flin Flon Bombers who knocked off the struggling Laronge Ice Wolves 6-2 at the Whitney Forum Saturday night.
Flin Flon has hit 30 wins on the season and have also won their last 15 in a row on home ice.
Greyson Reitmeier continues to be one of the best players in the league night in and night out and picked up 4 points to move to within just 2 points of Notre Dame's Ben Duperreault for the overall scoring lead.
Reitmeier has 60 points in 45 games including 22 goals.
Hooper, Lavallee, Etter and new comer Teal Sobkowicz also scored. For Sobkowics this is his second in a Bomber uniform since being picked up January the 10th from Estevan.
It was a big night for third string goalie Gunnar Neilson who picked up his first win in a Bomber uniform stopping 29 out of 31 Laronge shots and looked pretty sharp and composed for his first start since December the 17th.
Neilson has been patient waiting his turn and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan has desribed him as the perfect team mate. He never complains about not playing and has fit in very well with the locker room and displays a very positive attitude.
It was great to witness his first Bomber win and nobody on the squad deserved this more than he did, as he got mobbed by his team mates after the win on Saturday.
Flin Flon will improve to 30-10-2-3 on the season and remain first in the Sherwood, 8 points up on a red hot Nipawin Hawk squad who have won 7 in a row and are not letting the Bombers get to comfortable atop the division.
The Bombers and Hawks will square off three more times this season including the final regular season game March the 7th at the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon also remain second overall, 10 points behind Battleford with 13 games left. Mike Reagan says their goal is to catch Battleford, but will be more than happy to grab one of the top three seeds.
Next up will be a 4 game in 5 night road trip which starts Wednesday in Melfort where the Bombers have dropped their last two meetings. Then it is off to Melville Thursday, Notre Dame Saturday and Estevan Sunday afternoon.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all 4 broadcasts with Raphael Saray making the trip to bring the action to all of Northern Manitoba and the world.
Remember we hit the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show 15 minutes before the opening face off.
The Lyle Lavis Memorial Senior Ladies and Men's Bonspiel take place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.
Here is the opening draw for Saturday morning at 9:30.
Sheila Adams VS Dianne Burwash
Anne Hardy VS Judy Black
Dale Connolly VS Menno Giesbrecht
John Munson VS Dennis Anderson
The Creighton Kodiak Basketball teams will both be in action this weekend.
The Kodiak Girls will be in Kinistino and play their first game against Birch Hills Friday at 5:30.
Playoffs start Saturday at 4, with the Gold medal game set to go at 7:30.
The Kodiak Boys are in Prince Albert and play their first game against Meath Park Friday at 5.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the Gold Medal game at 7:30.
The Bombers were able to rebound with a solid 4-1 win at the Farrell Agencies Arena Saturday afternoon after dropping a 5-4 decision in a shoot out to Yorkton Friday night.
Flin Flon tasted defeat for the first time in 2017 and also had their 6 game win streak snapped, but did what good teams do and that is respond after a loss.
Nick Shumlanski opened up the scoring in the second period when he picked up his 12th of the year on the powerplay at 3:05.
Jordan McCausland followed that up with a pair of goals against his former team his 7th and 8th of the year. McCausland had 1 goal in 26 games with Yorkton and now has 7 goals in 15 games with the Bombers.
Flin Flon would get an insurance goal from Greyson Reitmeier in the third period as he would pick up his 20th of the season on a nice feed from Hooper. Reitmeier had a great weekend picking up 4 points in the weekend set in Yorkton and has moved into second spot for the league scoring race with 55 points in 43 games.
Reitmeier trails Notre Dame's Ben Duperreault by 5 points for first overall.
This was as good a game as goaltender Brenden Newton has played all season stopping 36 out of 37 Yorkton shots and Mike Reagan mentioned on the CFAR Post Game Report that it looked like the Brenden Newton of last season.
After the weekend the Bomber record will stand at 28-10-2-3 good for 61 points which gives them a 10 point lead on Nipawin for first in the Sherwood and the Hawks holding 4 games in hand.
Flin Flon also continues to hold down second overall 6 points up on Estevan, but the Bruins also have 2 games in hand.
Not much rest time as the Bombers will now prepare for the Melfort Mustangs who make their way to the Whitney Forum for just the second time this season Tuesday night. Melfort hasn't been at the Whitney Forum since November the 1st.
The Mustangs have played the Bombers well winning both games at the Palace and are responsible for two of the Bombers 5 losses since the beginning of November.
No broadcast of this game, we hit the air waves on Saturday as the Bombers prepare for the Laronge Ice Wolves with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
Hapnot competed in Pre- Zone Basketball this past weekend in The Pas.
The Queens had another productive weekend going 3-1 in the round robin before losing to a very good Thompson team 66-53 in the final.
The Kings finished 1-3 and did not make the playoffs.
Thompson won the final beating the Pas 77-58.
Next up for the Queens will be the Transcona Optimast Feb 3-4, and the Kings will play in the Mac Attack in Winnipeg Feb 10-11th.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers capped a perfect weekend defeating The Pas 7-3 in the Gold Medal game played earlier today at the Whitney Forum.
Goal scorers for the AA Bombers were: Blake Lanonen with a pair, Morgan Beauchamp, Jordan Pfoh, Owen Slugoski and Aiden Collard.
Flin Flon also beat the Pas, Thompson and Cross Lake in the round robin and now qualify for Provincials in Labroquerie March the 10th to the 12th.
Cross Lake beat Thompson 9-2 in the Bronze Medal game.
The Ped's Threads Atom AA Bombers were in the Pas and they beat Thompson earlier today to capture the Gold Medal and also qualify for Provincials in Stonwall March the 3rd to the 5th.
They finished regualtion with two wins and a tie.
Hapnot is off to the Pas to compete in Pre- Zone High School basketball this weekend with action starting this afternoon.
The Kings and Queens will have identical schedules and will play the Pas at 2 and Cross Lake at 6:30. Tomorrow they face Thompson at 10 and Norway House at 2:30.
The finals will go at 4.
The Flin Flon Bombers will put their 6 game winning streak on the line as they hit the Farrell Agencies Arena in Yorkton this weekend for a pair of games.
The two teams will face off tonight at 7:30 and a rare Saturday afternoon contest at 3.
Flin Flon lead the season series two games to none including a 4-2 win at the Whitney Forum last Friday.
The Bombers are flying high with a record of : 27-10-2-2 and have 58 points which has them leading the Sherwood Division and the second best record overall behind only Battleford.
Matter of fact the Bombers have only lost 4 times since the beginning of November reeling off an amazing record of 19-4.
There are lots of reasons for the success including solid goaltending, a veteran d-core and lots of different players stepping up each night.
Offensively the Bombers have also found their groove with Rylee Zimmer, Jason Lavallee, Greyson Reitmeier, Brandon Lesko , Kristian St.Onge and Nick Shumlanski filling the back of the net every night.
Flin Flon have scored 158 goals in 41 games which has them third overall and their 111 against also has them ranked third.
New comers Troy Williams and former Terrier Jordan McCausland have also fit in very nicely and have added 10 goals between them.
Yorkton has a record of 18-20-3-0 and sit third in the Viterra Division and are 7th overall and could be a dangerous team to play in the playoffs.
They have a very good goalie in Nathan Hargrave and just got Dakota Odgers back from the Western league and the Welke brothers are always dangerous.
It should be a very interesting weekend and you can catch both games here on the Bomber originater 102.9 CFAR and flin flon online.com.
Craig Stein will have the call both games with the Murray GM Coach's Show hitting the air 15 minutes before puck drop.
Flin Flon will be hosting a Double A Bantam Tournament this weekend at the Whitney Forum. Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Cross Lake.
The top two teams will end up getting a spot in Provincials March the 10th to the 12th in Labroquerie.
Here is the complete schedule:
Friday 5pm- Flin Flon VS The Pas
7PM- Thompson VS Cross Lake.
Saturday-10AM- Thompson VS Flin Flon
12PM- Cross Lake VS The Pas
4PM- Flin Flon VS Cross Lake
6PM- The Pas VS Thompson
10AM Third VS Fourth
Noon- First VS Second
The Lyle Lavis Memorial Senior Mens and Ladies Curling Bonspiel will take place at the Uptown Curling Club the weekend of January the 28th and 29th.
Sign up sheets are at the rink and they would like you to sign up at the rink by this Wednesday the 23rd.
It will cost $40.00 and that will include a meal and prizes.
Finals will start Sunday at 1PM.
The Creighton Kodiaks hosted the 10th annual Kit Classic Girls Basketball Tournament this past weekend.
The home town Kodiaks did not dissapoint going undefeated winning all four of their games including a 43-35 win over Hapnot in the final.
The Queens also had a good weekend going 3-1 followed by Naicam and Stobert who were 2-2.
The Flin Flon Bombers remain perfect in 2017 thanks to a 4-0 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night at the Whitney Forum .
Fresh off doubling Yorkton 4-2 on Friday, the Bombers came out hitting everything in sight and had one of their most physical games I have seen i recent memory. Big hits were coming from everywhere including Ben Lanferman, Jason Lavallee, Nick Shumlanski and Jordan McCausland.
After a bit of a slow first period, the Bombers started to pull away in the second , when Rylee Zimmer opened things up with his 16th of the season scoring short handed.
Zimmer flew down the ice and grabbed a loose puck in the left corner and fooled Hound netminder Benjamin Patt with a quick shot through his legs, which stood up as the game winner.
Zimmer remains one of the hottest players in the league and now has 14 points in his last 10 games and sits 5th overall in league scoring with 48 points in 41 games.
Other goals in the second period came from Lavallee his team leading 20th of the year and Williams added his 5th on the power play.
Flin Flon would put the icing on the cake with a power play goal from Jordan McCausland early in the third period.
Brenden Newton did his job stopping all 22 shots fired in his direction for his second shut out of the year. The Bombers lead the league in shut outs with 6.
The Bombers improve to 4-0 in 2017 and have won 6 in a row dating back to the final weekend of 2016.
With their two wins Saturday they sit at 27-10-2-2 and are 9 points up on Nipawin with the Hawks still enjoying three games in hand. Flin Flon is also second overall, 11 points back of Battleford.
Flin Flon won't have to wait to long to see Yorkton again as they head to the Farrell Agencies Arena to face the Terriers in a pair of games this weekend.
They will play Friday at 7:30 and a special 3PM start on Saturday to accomodate the Terriers Sportsman's Dinner.
Both games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, with the Murray GM Coach's Show 15 minutes before the opening faceoff.
Flin Flon will host the Little Prospects Cup welcoming Hockey D players from all over Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan this weekend.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Snow Lake and Laronge.
Here is the complete schedule.
9:00-9:51 A Flin Flon 1 1 vs La Ronge 2
9:25 – 10:21 B OCN 3 vs The Pas White 4
10:00 – 10:46 A Snow Lake 1 vs Thompson Habs 2
10:20 – 11:16 B Flin Flon 2 3 vs Thompson Wings 4
10:55 – 11:41 A Flin Flon 1 1 vs The Pas Red 2
1:00 – 1:51 A Thompson Habs 1 vs La Ronge 2
1:25 – 2:21 B Flin Flon 2 3 vs The Pas White 4
1:55 – 2:46 A OCN 1 vs Thompson Wings 2
2:25 – 3:16 B Snow Lake 3 vs The Pas Red 4
2:55 – 3:41 A The Pas White 1 vs Flin Flon 1 2
4:15 – 5:02 A OCN 1 vs La Ronge 2 B The Pas Red 3 vs Thompson Habs 4
5:55 – 6:43 A Flin Flon 1 1 vs Thompson Wings 2 B Flin Flon 2 3 vs Snow Lake 4
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The SJHL trade deadline came to a close last night at 10 PM local time and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan was busy as usual up until then.
Sitting first in the Sherwood Division, Reagan was looking to add depth and character to the existing roster, building for a long playoff run, and he thinks he did just that.
The club added sought after veteran forward Teal Sobkowicz (Outlook, SK) from the Estevan Bruins and 18 year old forward Daylan Marchi (Lethbridge, AB) from the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL.
“Teal brings leadership and championship experience which is a very valuable asset to us,” commented Reagan.
Sobkowicz was a member of the back to back Champion Melfort Mustangs where the 6’1, 180 pounder totaled 44 points (21g, 23a) in 107 games. He was acquired by the Melville Millionaires at the beginning of the season as futures in the Kirk Bear/Carter Hansen trade last season and in 17 games had 11 points (7g, 4a).
After being acquired earlier in the week from Melville, the Bombers were able to get Sobkowicz and a 2017 3rd pick from the Bruins for 1999 born prospect Matthew Lenz (Calgary, AB) and a 2017 1st rounder.
Along with his two SJHL Championships, Sobkowicz was a member of the 2014 Telus Cup winning Prince Albert Mintos.
“He’s won league titles, a Telus Cup, he’s a winner and there is something to be said about character,” added Reagan. “From day one of this season, he’s a guy that we targeted.”
In their second trade of the day, the Bombers shipped 1996 born Dondre Watson (Calgary, AB) and a Player Development Fee to the Eagles in exchange for 1998 born Marchi (Lethbridge, AB).
“I watched Daylan at the AJHL Showcase this season and really liked the way he played,” said Reagan. “We did our homework on him and heard nothing but great things about him as a player and a person.”
In his second season with Canmore, Marchi had 10 points (6g, 4a) in 31 games after an 8 point (2g, 6a) in 44 game rookie campaign.
“We value character real high and that what this deadline was about,” added Reagan. “Getting kids that can play and have great character is what building a championship team is all about.”
The team also sent 1999 born Brett Pickler (Villa Park, CA) to the Fort Francis Lakers of the SIJHL for future considerations.
“Entering the deadline we had three things on our list, we got two of them,” said Reagan. “Adding Teal and Daylan was big, and the third was out of our control in Hein,” commenting on 1998 born prospect Brandson Hein (Winnipeg, MB) who stuck around with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.
“We feel good about what we got accomplished.”
Creighton school will host the 10th annual Kit Classic Girls basketball tournament this weekend with teams competing from Creighton, Flin Flon, Cranberry, Naicam, The Pas, Nipawin, Sandy Bay and Stobert.
Action starts Friday with Creighton facing Cranberry at 2:30. Hapnot's first game is against Nipawin at 4.
There will be a Friday night skills competition and the Championship final is set to go Saturday at 7PM.
Flin Flon hosted the Vitterra Regional Curling Champonship this past weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.
The Parsons and Graham rinks from Thompson grabbed the top two spots to qualify for provincials in Portage coming up in February.
Grant McLuckie and Jason Levers from Flin Flon went 1-2.
The Bantam AA Bombers had a perfect weekend in Morden winning their third tournament of the year.
The Bombers beat Altona 7-2, Varsity 6-0 and Mcdonald 7-1 to finish first in their pool.
In the A-side final they beat Boissevain 7-2.
Flin Flon will host a bantam tournament the weekend of January the 20th to the 22nd.
Flin Flon hosted the Jason Morran Memorial hockey tournament this past weekend at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum.
The Flin Flon AA Bombers took the AA Division, The PA Gladiaters came second followed by Thompson in third.
Thompson took the A Division with the Flin Flon A's coming second and OCN third.
The Flin Flon B Bombers won the B Division with Swan River coming second and Snow Lake/Gillam third.
The Vitterra Norman Regional Curling Playoff will take place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club with 6 teams taking part.
There are 4 rinks from Thompson and 2 from Flin Flon including Grant McCluckie and Jason Levers.
Curling starts Saturday morning at 9 and the Final is Sunday at 10am.
Two spots are up for grabs for the Provincial Playdowns in Portage in February.
The Jason Morran Memorial Atom Hockey tournament will take place at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum this weekend with teams competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Norway House, Swan River,Thompson and Gillam /Snow Lake.
Action starts Friday at the Whitney Forum with the AA Bombers facing the AA Pas Huskies at 1 PM.
First game at the Sportex is Swan River against the Pas A at 2:30.
Playoffs start Sunday morning at 9.
No rust after the Christmas break for the Flin Flon Bombers as they dominated the Laronge Ice Wolves, out scoring them 11-2 in the home and home to close out 2016.
Flin Flon went into Laronge Friday and scored 4 first period goals enroute to the 6-1 win.
Troy Williams led the way with a pair of goals his third and fourth of the season with other goals coming from McCausland(5), Zimmer(12),Watson(15) and Lavallee(18).
The lone Laronge goal came from Pejkovic his 6th short handed.
Zac Robidoux picked up his 12th win of the season stopping 22 out of 23 shots. Laronge played both goalies Mackay and Lush who stopped 47 out of 53 Bomber shots.
The Bombers carried the momentum into the Whitney Forum on New Years eve and once again a dominant first period led to the victory. Flin Flon scored three times on goals from Lesko (14), Zimmer (13) and Hooper (6).
St.Onge (15) and Shumlanski (11) added powerplay goals in the second as the Bombers won another decisive game 5-1.
The only Ice Wolf goal came from Reynolds who score Laronge's second short handed goal in as many nights.
Brenden Newton was back between the pipes stopping 27 out of 28 shots. Flin Flon saw both Laronge goalies again who combined to stop 46 out of 51 shots.
It was a great weekend for Russell Manitoba's Rylee Zimmer who picked up 5 points in the weekend set to give him 18 points in his last 10 games. Watson, Sinclair, Lavalle and Shumlanski also had multiple point weekends.
After the weekend the Bombers are: 23-10-2-2 and are just the third team in the league to hit 50 points, and are 14-1-2-2 at home.
Laronge continues to struggle at 6-25-1-4 and are now 16 points out of a playoff spot. These two teams will play 5 more times this season.
Next up for the Bombers will be a trip to Kindersley this weekend to battle the Klippers who handed Flin Flon their last loss December the 17th 8-5.
We will have both games on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, Friday and Saturday night.
After a 12 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will wrap up 2016 with a home and home with the Laronge Ice Wolves.
It all starts tomorrow at the Mel Hegland Uniplex with a 7 PM start.
Flin Flon is 13-4 since the beginning of November and have taken 5 out of 6 points against Laronge this season including a 4-1 win in Laronge Dec 13th.
The Bombers also strung together 6 straight wins in December before losing their final two games before Christmas to Battleford and Kindersley.
The Maroon and White are in a good spot to make a run in the second half sitting at 21-10-2-2 with 46 points which has them in first place in the Sherwood Division and third overall.
Laronge will have some work to do as they are dead last at 6-23-1-4 and could be in danger of missing the playoffs if they don't start to win soon.
It has been a trying season for the Wolves who made a coaching change earlier this season dumping Shawn Martin in late October and hiring former player Evan Vossen.
It has been a revolving door with many of the Wolves skilled players requesting trades and they have had a hard time finding a consistent lineup.
Laronge is competitive most nights but just seem to come up short in a lot of their games. They are 2-6-1-1 in their last 10 but are always tough to beat at the Mel.
We will have to see how the Christmas break affected the likes of Reitmeier, Lavallee , Zimmer and Watson who were all red hot heading into the break , as the Bombers are piling up the goals with 129 in 35 games which as them third overall behind Battleford and Estevan.
Don't forget Friday night's game is a 7 PM start time with the return affair back at the Whitney Forum on Saturday New Years Eve at 7:30.
This will be the first time anyone can remember a game New Years Eve at the Whitney Forum and fans are encouraged to come out and win some prizes, have fun and hopefully cheer the Bombers onto victory in their final game of 2016.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast both games including the Murray GM Coach's Show 15 minutes before the opening faceoff.
Boxing day will mark the 12th annual Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey tournament at Creekside bunk.
Shayne's name lives on and a lot of people look forward to paying tribute to him every year with this tournament.
The money raised will continue to go to the bursary in Shayne's name and 16 teams are already confirmed.
The format will remain the same again this year with every team guaranteed 3 games and most teams will qualify for playoffs.
$10.00 per player with 7 players per team and it will be a 3 on 3 format.
Here are this year's teams and as soon as the schedule is confirmed it will be posted here:
1. Can't Be Touched
2. Duck Hunters
3. Shootin Blanks
4. The Luongo Shot
5. Dump Bears
6. Cowboys and Indians
7. Liquor Box
8. Everyday I'm Byfuglien
9. Camel Toews
10. The Trump Era All-Stars
11. Big Red
14. Backdoor Bangers
15. Stick Magnets
16. Dadson Boys
The Don Holmes rink picked up the Senior Zone Curling Championship in Thompson this past weekend.
Holmes beat Sam Antilla out of Thompson in the final in a best of 3.
Holmes is now off to Winnipeg for the Senior Provincial February the 22nd.
The winning rink consists of Don Holmes- skip, Grant McCluckie- third, Russell Kennedy second and Dave Salahub lead.
The Holmes rink also won the Manitoba Credit Union Master Men's Norman Regional which was played at the Uptown Curling Club on Dec 9th and 10th in Flin Flon.
Holmes also beat Antilla out of Thompson in the final.
The Pee Wee AA Bombers were in Swan River this past weekend and dropped a 6-4 game against Dauphin and Thompson 8-1 on Friday.
They also lost both games Saturday to Swan River 3-1 and the Pas 7-1 and did not make the playoff round.
The Norman Northstars head into the Christmas break after a pair of losses at home this past weekend against Pembina Valley.
The Hawks took Saturday's game 6-2 and yesterday's matchup 4-1.
Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless had 2 assists on the weekend with 1 assist also coming from Tristan Galarneau.
After 30 games Norman sits with a record of 5-24-0-0-1 and will play their next game in the new year when they kick off a 3 game road trip in Winnipeg against the Wild January the 13th.
The Creighton Kodiaks SR Boys basketball team hosted the 7th annual Border Bash this past weekend with teams competing from Creighton, Hapnot, The Pas, Porcupine Plain, Sandy Bay and Laronge.
In the A- Final MBCI out of the Pas beat Hapnot 63-34.
The B- Final Porcupine Plain beat Creighton 64-37.
Congratulations to Hapnot's Pearce Pardowski and Branson Powell on making the all star team.
The Kodiak SR Girls will host the Kit Classic January the 13th and 14th and the SR Boys will be in Cranberry January the 20th and 21st.
The Kindersley Klippers erupted for 6 straight goals and never looked back in picking up an 8-5 win over the Flin Flon Bombers last night at the West Central Events Centre.
Kindersley led 4-0 after 1 on a pair of goals from Pickett, Plotnikoff and Gerbner. They scored two quick goals in the second from Sargent and McCann to blow the game open at 6-0.
Flin Flon would finally respond when Brandon Lesko who just got back into the lineup from the World JR A Challenge potted his 13th of the season on the powerplay at 9:54.
Daley came right back for the Klippers before Watson (14) and Sinclair(6) replied for the Bombers to make the score 7-3 after 2.
The Bombers came out and had a decent third period firing 12 shots at Justen Close beating him twice, when Sinclair would get his second of the game and 7th of the season on the powerplay. The red hot Jason Lavalle scored his 17th late in the game also on the PP.
The lone Klipper goal was also a powerplay marker from Gerbner who collected his second of the night.
It was a rough night for former Klipper goalie Gunnar Nielson who let in 4 goals on 10 shots in the first period for his first official start in a Bomber uniform. Brenden Newton replaced him in the second and didn't fare much better stopping 18 out of 22 shots.
Special teams were big with both teams combining for 8 powerplay goals on 16 chances.
After winning 6 straight games in December, the Bombers dropped their last two games on the road trip and are now on their Christmas break.
Flin Flon has strung together an incredible November and December going 13-4 and are a solid 21-10-2-2 on the season, with a 9 point lead on Nipawin for first in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks have 5 games in hand.
The Bombers are also battling with Estevan for second overall , 3 points behind the Bruins with a game in hand.
More importantly the Bombers are getting scoring from all 4 lines and Dondre Watson has appeared to have broken out of his slump with 4 goals in his last 5 games and Greyson Reitmeier is second in overall scoring with 45 points in 35 games.
Lavallee is red hot and his picked up 14 points in his last 10 games and leads the team in goals with 17. Shumlanski and Zimmer have also picked up the pace offensively and I can hardly wait to watch this team heading into 2017 as they are very fun to watch.
Flin Flon will have a shorter Christmas break than normal and will be back in action when they face Laronge in a home and home December the 30th and 31st.
The New Years Eve game at the Whitney Forum will be a first for the Bomber organization and they are hoping lots of people will come out to kick off the new year with one of the hottest teams in junior hockey.
There will be lots of give aways and surprises throughout the night and game time will be 7:30.
The Pee Wee AA Bombers will be in Swan River for a tournament starting this afternoon with teams competing from Swan Valley, The Pas, Dauphin and Thompson.
Flin Flon will play Dauphin today at 2:45 and Thompson tonight at 8. They will also play Saturday against Swan Valley at 11:45 and the Pas at 3:15.
The B-Final is Sunday at 10, followed by the A-Final at 11:45.
Well the Flin Flon Bombers have done it again picking up their 6th straight win in December with a come from behind 4-2 win in the Battlefords last night.
Flin Flon found themselves down 2-0 early in the second before reeling off 4 straight goals from Hooper(2), Zimmer(11) and 2 more goals from Watson who now has 13.
Watson was a house on fire to start the season scoring 9 goals in his first 7 games before falling into a terrible slump that saw him go 17 games without scoring a single goal. Watson has caught fire again with 3 goals and 5 points in his last 5 games.
This was a game that had a lot of hype heading into it for good reason. Battlefords is first overall and the Bombers are third and these two teams have been on incredible hot streaks with both teams 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Not to mention this was the first meeting at the Civic Centre since Rylee Zimmer scored in double OT to knock the Stars out of last year's playoffs.
It was a slow start for the Bombers in the first period getting outshot 17-9 but Zac Robidoux was on his game and he made 16 saves to keep his team in it. Flin Flon played much better in the second and third and chased Battleford starter Joel Grzybowski early in the third.
Final shots were 43-37 Battleford and Robidoux won for the 11th time this season. Robidoux has been SJHL Goalie Of The Week twice already this season, and is making a case for his third weekly award with two huge performances on this road trip.
With last night's win in Battleford the Bombers have now beaten every team in the league and the head to head series between these two teams is now 1-1-0-1 with the next meeting at the Civic Centre Friday night.
Flin Flon's overall record is now 21-8-2-2 and have built a 13 point lead over Nipawin for first in the Sherwood Division and have moved to within 1 point of Estevan for second overall. The Bombers are also over .500 on the road at 8-7.
A big thanks to CJNB in the Battlefords for allowing us to pick up their feed for last night's game and we look forward to joining them again on Friday night.
It will be interesting to see if Head Coach Mike Reagan, Brandon Lesko and Corey Thomas rejoin the team in Battleford Friday as Canada West was eliminated from the World JR.A Challenge last night losing to the
Czech Republic 4-3 in Ot in Bonnyville.
Make sure you listen in again Friday night as we will join the CJNB Pre- Game Show at 7:15 with play by play at 7:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers remain undefeated in December and kicked off their road trip with a nice 4-1 win in Laronge last night at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.
Bomber goals came from Shumlanski (9), Lavallee (16), Etter(3) and McCausland(4) into the empty net. McCausland scored one goal in 26 games with Yorkton and already has 3 in Flin Flon in only 6 games.
You can see why Mike Reagan was big on him as he has fit into the Bomber lineup nicely.
Zac Robidoux continues to be steller stopping 33 out of 34 shots to pick up his 10th win of the season.
With the win the Bombers improve to 20-8-2-2 and now move 11 points up on Nipawin for top spot in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks still have 4 games in hand.
Flin Flon will improve to 7-7 on the road and are 8-2-1 against teams in their own division.
Gary Childerhose continues to do a nice job manning the Head Coaching duties with Mike Reagan at the World JR.A Challenge in Bonnyville as the Bombers won for the 5th straight time with Childerhose behind the bench.
Childerhose mentioned after last night's game that they are very happy with how the trip started.
"That first one is huge on a big road trip like this, and Laronge is always a tough place to win and they always give us their best and beat us at home earlier in the season. We were really hungry to return the favour last night and we put a lot of shots on net and I thought we could of put more traffic and got to the paint more but we will be ready to go tonight."
The Bombers will turn their focus to the Battleford Stars as the trip continues at the Civic Centre tonight and Flin Flon's much awaited return after they eliminated the Stars in the playoffs last spring.
These two teams are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack and look to be on a collision course come playoff time once again. Battleford took both games in Flin Flon October the 7th and 8th which seems like a lifetime ago.
Battleford owns the league's best record at 27-6-0-0-3 and have only lost 3 games at home all season, but the Bombers always play well at the Civic Centre.
You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com as we will take the feed from CJNB in North Battleford tonight starting at 7:15.
The Creighton SR Kodiak boys high school basketball team will host the 7th annual Border Bash this weekend.
Teams will be competing from Creighton, Hapnot, The Pas, Cranberry, Norway House, Laronge, Porcupine Plain and Sandy Bay.
Action starts Friday afternoon with Cranberry playing Creighton at 2:30, and Laronge playing Hapnot at 4.
There will also be a Friday Night Shoot Out and the A-side final is Saturday at 6.
The Norman Northstars picked up their 5th win of the season and second on the road as they knocked off Parkland in Swan River yesterday 3-2 in OT.
Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau scored the winner 1:31 into the extra frame for his third point on the road trip. He had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Parkland the day before. Norman began the trip with a 5-3 loss on Friday against Southwest.
The Northstars continue to battle and have been a much better team the last month or so and will finish up this weekend against Pembina Valley before their Christmas break.
Norman's record stands at : 5-22-0-0-1
The SR Hapnot Queens were perfect in their first basketball tournament of the year in the Pas.
The Queens were 4-0 with wins over MBCI out of the Pas, Dauphin twice and beat RD Parker out of Thompson in the final 40-36.
Congratulations to Hosanna Church who made the all star team and to Destiny Lahonen who was the tournament mvp.
The Creighton SR Kodiaks were in Birch Hills and also had a very good weekend beating Naicam and Birch Hills in round robin.
Played a very good team from Kinistino and lost by 10 in the final to finish second. The Kodiaks are 4-2 to start the season.
The Creighton SR Boys will host a tournament this weekend.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers were perfect at the Don Maclean tournament in Thompson this past weekend.
They beat Thompson 11-3, Split Lake 21-1 and Cross Lake 5-0 to put themselves in the final against The Pas.
Derek Koivisto led the way with a hat-trick including an empty netter to seal the win at 5-3. Other goals were scored by Blake Lahonen and Carson Frederick.
Haydon Linklater stopped 20 out of 23 shots.
The Pee Wee AA Bombers were in Russell and they split their two round robin games beating Hamiota 6-0 and losing to Russell 12-3 and lost the Consolation final to Shoal Lake 7-3.
The Pee Wee AA'S will be in Swan River this weekend before wrapping things up for the Christmas break.
December continues to be good to the Flin Flon Bombers, who picked up their fourth straight win in the month including a complete dismantling of one of the best teams in the league Estevan 8-3 on Friday.
The Bombers scored four times in the first period including Williams collecting his first ever SJHL goal when he fired a nice shot under the right arm of starting goalie Nathan Alalouf.
Shumlanski added his 8th of the year short handed, Nyman scored his 2nd and St.Onge picked up his 14th to put the Bombers up 4-1 after 1 which chased Nathan Alalouf from the net in favour of Curtis Meger.
Lacoursiere scored his 4th of the season on the powerplay in the second with Zimmer (10) and Watson (11) also scoreing on the power play in the third. Watson's goal was a long time coming as he snapped a 17 game goalless drought when he broke in alone on Meger and fired a quick shot top left hand corner under the bar.
Matter of fact it was Estevan he scored his last goal against on October the 13th. There was a nice ovation from the guys on the ice and from his bench as Watson sported a big smile and finally got the monkey off his back.
The other Bomber goal came from McCausland who scored his third of the year and second with the Bombers in back to back games. He also scored against Weyburn on Wednesday.
Estevan's goals came from Barnstable, McChesney and Holt.
Flin Flon fired 51 shots at the tandem of Alalouf and Meger and were great on special teams going 3 for 7 on the powerplay and also scored a short handed goal.
This was the Bombers first win of the season over the Bruins who improve their head to head record at 1-0-0-1 and now Battleford is the only team in the league that Flin Flon has not beaten. The Maroon and White will get two chances to do that next week.
Zac Robidoux was back between the pipes and he stopped 32 out of 35 shots for his 9th win of the year.
The Bombers improve to 19-8-2-2 and they remain 9 points up on Nipawin for tops in the Sherwood after the Hawks beat Estevan 2-1 on Saturday. Nipawin has three games in hand.
Flin Flon also pulled to within 5 points of Estevan for second overall and the Bombers have 3 games in hand.
This was the Bombers last home game before Christmas and will now play 4 in 5 nights heading into the break all on the road.
It all starts Tuesday in Laronge, with the much awaited return to the Civic Centre in Battleford Wednesday and Friday and wrapping up in Kindersley Saturday.
Wednesday's game will be the first time the Bombers return to Battleford since eliminating them from the playoffs last spring.
We will take CJNB'S radio feed for both games Wednesday and Friday.
102.9 CFAR'S next broadcast will be the home and home with Laronge Dec 30th and 31st.
The Flin Flon Bombers remain red hot winning their third straight game in December taking down the Weyburn Red Wings 5-3 last night at the Whitney Forum.
Rylee Zimmer and Greyson Reitmeier led the way with a pair of goals each. Reitmeier has taken over the team lead in goals with 16, and Zimmer now has 9. The other Bomber goal came from Jordan McCausland his first in a Bomber uniform.
It is just his second of the season as he had one goal with Yorkton in 26 games.
The Weyburn goals came from Metheral, Rotherburger and Parker.
Flin Flon continues to roll with 9 wins in their last 10 games and once again lead Nipawin by 9 points for first in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks have 3 games in hand.
The Bombers overall record will go to 18-8-2-2 and are third overall with 40 points and split the season series with Weyburn at two wins a piece.
It was a banner day in Bomber land as 20 year old defenseman Eric Sinclair landed a scholarship to Alaska-Anchorage starting next season.
Another big announcement came out of Alberta from Team Canada West's evaluation camp that both Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko had made Canada West for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.
Mike Reagan who is serving as an assistant coach for the second straight year was thrilled with the announcement especially with no players from the SJHL making the team last season.
Canada West will play a pre-tournament game against Russia on Friday when they play in ST.Albert and open up the tournament on Sunday against the Czech Republic.
I will have an interview with Reagan, Lesko and Thomas during our second intermission in tomorrow's broadcast against Estevan.
Don't forget tomorrow night's game against Estevan will be the last home game before Christmas and hopefully we can get a nice big crowd as the Bombers remain one of the hottest teams in the league.
You might remember it was this time last year when the Bombers got really hot and started to string a lot of wins together. They won 7 out of 8 to hit the Christmas break and are on pace to make some noise heading into 2017 .
Don't forget to tell your friends and family to listen in out of town to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, play by play at 7:30.
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It is a week that Eric Sinclair won't forget. After being selected the SJHL top defenseman award for his play in the last 7 days, Eric received some other good news today.
The Flin Flon Bombers are very excited to announce that 1996 born Eric Sinclair (Kenora, ON), has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey program for the 2016-17 season.
“We’re really happy for Eric,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan on the commitment. “Eric has only been with us for a short period of time, but there has been a lot of interest from schools and at the end of the day, I believe it was the commitment of Alaska to come to Flin Flon to watch Eric that helped in his decision.”
Sinclair has appeared in 15 games with the Bombers since being dealt to the club earlier this season, and has 16 points (3g, 13a). Overall he has 21 points (5g, 16a) in 17 games this season.
“Anchorage showed a lot of interest making the trip to come to see me,” added Sinclair. “They made an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
After 10 points (3g, 7a) in his rookie season, Sinclair had 45 points (13g, 32a) in 58 games last season, helping him pick up the IBAS Top Defenseman of the year honors.
“I’m excited to play for Alaska. It’s kinda like home with the scenery, the outdoors feel, and it’s an experience I can’t wait to start.”
A number of FF Minor Hockey teams will head out of town for tournaments this weekend.
The Pee Wee AA Bombers will be in Russell and will kick things off against Hamiota Saturday at 9:30. If they win they will play Saturday at 2:45.
A-Side Final is Sunday at 2:45.
The Atom A Ped's Threads Bombers and AA Northland Ford Bombers will be in Dauphin.
The A Bombers will play Swan River Friday at 4:45 and the Pas Huskies Saturday at 10:15. The AA'S play Thompson Friday at 7:30, The Pas at 8:30 and Dauphin at 12:15.
Playoffs will start at 2.
The high school basketball season is underway in Saskatchewan and the SR Creighton Kodiak girls will be in Birch Hills this weekend.
The Kodiaks were in Nipawin last weekend and went 2-1 before losing to PA in the final.
They will play one of the top ranked teams in the province Carronport to kick things off on Friday.
After going 7-2 in November, the Flin Flon Bombers have started December with a bang picking up two straight wins at the expense of the Nipawin Hawks.
Flin Flon swept the home and home on the weekend winning 4-1 on Friday and a 3-2 win at the Cage on Saturday.
The usual suspects led the way with the offense as Reitmeier picked up his 14th, Lavallee his team leading 15th, and Mason Etter scored his second of the season with a nice shot from the point on the powerplay.
Thompson and Kjargaard replied for the Hawks.
This is the Bombers fifth win of the year over the Hawks and no matter what happens in the next three meetings Flin Flon will take the season series.
It looks like Brenden Newton has bounced back and looked very solid between the pipes stopping a total of 57 out of 60 shots in the two wins and looked as composed and confidfent as I have seen him all season.
The Bombers will get a little more breathing room atop the Sherwood Division as they now lead Nipawin by 9 points for first , but the Hawks do have three games in hand. These head to head matchups have been huge and will likely decide first place in the division.
Flin Flon improves to 17-8-2-2 and are just one of four teams in the league to score more than 100 goals so far this year. The Bombers are inching closer to 500 on the road and are 6-7 away from the Whitney Forum.
Congratulations to Greyson Reitmeier and Zac Robidoux who have both been recognized for their great play in November.
Reitmeier has been chosen the player of the month for picking up points in all 9 games played including 8 goals and 10 assists. Robidoux was chosen goalie of the month winning 4 out of his 5 starts including back to back shutouts over Kindersley and Melville.
Robidoux also set the all time record for shutouts for the Bombers since re-entry into the SJHL, by beating Devin Buffalo's career mark of 7.
The Bombers will play their last two home games before the Christmas break when they host Weyburn Wednesday and Estevan Friday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Friday's game.
The Norman Northstars came out on the wrong end of both games at the C.A Nesbitt Arena in Thompson this past weekend.
Norman hosted the second place Yellowhead Chiefs and lost both games 5-1 and 7-5.
The Northstars battled hard in the second game and were able to come back from a 5-1 deficit to get within a goal at 5-4 in the third period.
Ethan Stuckless led the way with 3 assists, and former Northstar, Flin Flon's Jeremy Dutcawich stopped 23 out of 28 shots to pick up the win against his former team.
Norman will now hit the road for three games this weekend starting against Southwest Friday and a pair of games against Parkland Saturday and Sunday.
After the weekend Norman's record falls to 4-20-0-0-1.
The SR Hapnot Kings and Queens were in Winnipeg this past weekend representing the north in provincial volleyball.
The Queens went 3-6 in the round robin and made the playoffs where they would play powerhouse Dauphin losing two sets to none 9-25 and 10-25.
Louis Riel beat Dauphin in the final to finish first in the province.
The Kings went 1-8 in the round robin and did not make the playoffs.
Neelin out of Brandon came first.
The Mel Pearson Novice hockey tournament wrapped up Sunday at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum.
Here are all the results
A-Event- Mel Pearson Event
Swan River Colts 9 - FF Canadiens 1
B-Event- Jack Turner Event
Thompson Wild 9- Pas Huskies Red 4
C-Event- Scott Davidson Event
Thompson Jets 5- Swan River Broncos 4
D-Event- Paddy Ginnell Event
Pas Huskies Black 7- Thompson Flyers 1
OCN 8- FF Rhinos 1
F-Event- Shayne Pearson Event
Norway House 10- FF Oldtimers 5
G-Event- FF Bombers Event
McKeens 8 - Rhinos 4
After a tough 2-1 loss in Melfort Wednesday, the Flin Flon Bombers look to start a new streak this weekend as they will kick off December with a home and home with the Nipawin Hawks.
It was a November to remember as Flin Flon finished the month 7-2, with their only 2 losses coming in Melfort. The Bombers out scored their opponents 40 to 19 over the course of the month and have claimed top spot in the Sherwood Division, a 5 point lead on Nipawin.
Both these teams were active for the first cut down day in the SJHL. The Bombers picked up forward Jordan McCausland from Yorkton for a 2nd round pick in the 2018 draft. Flin Flon has also traded 20 year old defenseman Joseph Leonidas to Steinbach of the MJHL for Troy Williams.
With an over abundunce of 20 year olds , you knew the Bombers were going to have to move someone. The Bombers are deep on the back end and felt that Leonidas was expendible and still have 9 20 year olds remaining.
Nipawin was very busy and maybe picked up the best player available in the SJHL, 20 year old Josh Bly from Kindersley. The Hawks gave up a lot in Cam Shorrock, Kyle Sargent and Jake Gerbner. Nipawin also dealt Boedy Donald to Melfort for a 2018 3rd round pick and 2019 3rd round pick and have picked up Thomas Lenchyshyn from Portage of the MJHL for a player development fee.
The Hawks are obviously going for it and will look a lot different from the last time the Bombers seen them November the 18th. Flin Flon leads the season series 3-0, but all three games have been close and it looks like these will be the top two teams in the division.
Nipawin continues to rely on defense as they continue to lead the league in goals against with 50 in 24 games. The Bombers are starting to put the puck in the net and their 94 in 27 games have them tied for fourth overall in the league with Notre Dame.
The Hawks will have redemption on their minds tonight as it appeared they had their last meeting with the Bombers sewn up with a 3-1 lead after two periods on home ice. Flin Flon erupted for 3 goals and stunned Nipawin 4-3 to take their third win over the Hawks this season.
Tonight's game will be the last for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be off to Leduc Alberta after the game to get ready for Canada West's evaluatiuon camp. 11 players for the SJHL will be vying for spots including two Bombers Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko.
Lesko and Thomas will head off to Leduc after tomorrow night's game in Nipawin.
Both games from the home and home will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this weekend with the Murray GM Coach's Show both night's at 7:15 including tonight's from the Whitney Forum.
The First Minor Hockey Tournament of the year will take place this weekend at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
It is the Mel Pearson Novice hockey tournament featuring house league teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Norway House, Gillam and Swan River.
Action starts Friday with The Bomber Oldtimers playing the Pas Red at noon at the Whitney Forum and McKeens Trucking playing the Pas Black at the Sportex at 12:15.
Here is the complete schedule for Friday
Senior Volleyball Provincials will wrap up the high school volleyball season in Winnipeg this weekend.
Hapnot Collegiate will be well represented as the Kings and Queens both won their Zone and will represent the north.
The Queens will play Neelin at 10 to open things up Thursday and also play Churchill and Sanford Friday at 3 and 5 PM.
The Kings will play two games Thursday, Louis Riel at 10 and WC. Miller at 1:45. They will also play Calvin Christian Friday at 3.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the Championship Final at 5.
Listen to 102.9 CFAR for updates all weekend.
It was a very interesting weekend for the Norman Northstars who managed to pick up their first road win of the season upsetting the Eastman Selects 7-3 on Friday.
Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless led the way with his team leading 9th and 10th goals of the season. Tristan Galarneau also added a goal and an assist.
This was Norman's first road win in two seasons and unfortunately the Northstars could not ride the momentum the rest of the trip losing to the Winnipeg Wild 18-0 and Interlake 7-2.
Norman's overall record will drop to 4-18-0-0-1, which is already one more win than they had all of last year.
The Northstars have also won 4 of their last 9 games and host Yellowhead this weekend.
The JV Hapnot Queens volleyball team wrapped up their season at provincials in Virden this past weekend.
The Queens had a very decent showing going 3-6 in the round robin before losing to the top ranked team from Virden in the playoffs 25-11 and 25-15.
It was another strong season for the JV Queens which included their second straight Zone title.
The Pee- Wee AA and A Bombers were both in The Pas for the Wescana Tournament this past weekend.
The AA'S were 0-3 in the round robin but did finish on a bright note beating Norway House 9-0 to finish third in their pool.
The A Bombers were 2-2 in the round robin and finished strong beating OCN 13-2 to grab third in their pool.
The Flin Flon Bombers are on some kind of a roll after reeling off their 6th straight win Friday over the Humboldt Broncos 4-1.
Jason Lavallee and Greyson Reitmeier continued their hot streak scoring their team leading 13th of the season, with both goals coming in the first period. Other Bomber goals came from St.Onge his 12th and Tyler Nyman picked up his first ever SJHL goal.
The lone Bronco goal came from Chris Van Os- Shaw who collected his league leading 20th of the season.
It was the second straight game where the visiting goalie kept his team in it. Cater Seminuk was peppered with 54 shots and turned away many good Bomber chances to give his team a chance to stay in it.
Flin Flon held the Broncos to only 22 shots in the game and beat Humboldt for the second time in the span of a week to take a lead in the season series 2-1. They will meet one more time in Flin Flon Friday Feb the 24th.
The Bombers are starting to find the back of the net and have scored 29 goals in their 6 game winning streak only giving up 10. You are going to have a lot of success when you are a plus 19.
I have had a chance to be around the guys for a good chunk of the month and have seen every game they have played and you really get the sense that this group is focussed and seem to be prepared to play every game.
They remind me of Great White Sharks in a feeding frenzy and never seem to stop attacking their opposition and are out shooting most of their opponents 2-1. This is a real fun group to be around and cover.
Flin Flon improves to 15-7-2-2 and now lead Nipawin by 5 points for first in the Sherwood. Nipawin continues to play well and just took 3 out of a possible 4 points from Melfort over the weekend. The Hawks have two games in hand.
This was a big win because it lifted the Bombers over the Broncos for third overall by 1 point, with Flin Flon having played 2 less games. With the new league playoff format overall standings are now a big deal.
Fresh off setting the new Bomber overall shutout record Zac Robidoux picked up his 8th win of the season and has only given up 1 goal in his last 3 games. He has the 4th best overall gaa in the league at 2.17.
The Bombers may not want November to end as they are 7-1 and close the month out in Melfort this Wednesday November the 30th. The Mustangs are the only team to beat Flin Flon in November when they held them off 5-4 back on November the 2nd at the Palace.
No matter what go's down you will have the best seat in the house as we will have the broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.
The Flin Flon Bombers cruised to their 5th straight win in shutting out the Kindersley Klippers 6-0 last night at the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have out scored their opponents 19-5 on their current 5 game win streak.
Greyson Reitmeier led the way with a hat trick scoring his 10th, 11th and 12th of the season. Jason Lavallee remains red hot pocketing his 11th and 12th of the season, and now has points in 7 out of his last 8 games.
The other Bomber goal came from Joseph Leonidas his third of the year.
It was all Bombers from the opening bell in this one and if it hadn't been for the terrific goal tending from Nick Trenciansky this one could have been a lot worse. Trenciansky stopped 59 out of 65 shots fired in his direction and did not get a lot of support from a tired Klipper group, who were playing their third game in three nights.
It was a historic night for Bomber goalie Zac Robidoux who stopped 25 shots for his second straight shut-out and third of the year. Robidoux who set a new Bomber record for shutouts in a single season last year with 5, now has the all time record of 8 since re-entry into the SJHL.
Robidoux was tied with Devin Buffalo with the all time mark of 7 heading into last night's game and was pretty humble when he heard about the feat after the game.
" I actually didn't know about the record but it feels like a great accomplishment and I have had a great team in front of me both years I have been here, and I feel I can be successful with this great group of players in front of me."
The Bombers will now get ready for the Humboldt Broncos , who Flin Flon beat 5-2 in Humboldt on Saturday night. Humboldt comes to town banged up with 5 regulars out of their lineup, but are still very dangerous with the likes of Chris Van Os- Shaw who leads the league in goals with 19.
Humboldt is also very well coached with second year bench boss Darcy Haugan who has assembled one of the best teams in the league so far this season. Game time tonight is 7:30
The Broncos are 15-10-0-1 on the season which has them second in the Finning Division, 13 points behind front running Battleford.
Flin Flon sits at 14-7-2-2, first in the Sherwood, 6 points up on Nipawin with the Hawks having 3 games in hand. The Bombers are third overall, 1 point up on Humboldt.
No broadcast of this one tonight as we will hit the road and bring you the game from Melfort on Wednesday night.