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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here are all the award winners

 

Novice

 

Most Improved- Brody Flynn

Most Sportsmanlike- Hailey Biberdorf

Best Defenseman- Brody Grant

Top Goalie- Bailey Schwartz

Most Inspirational- Owen Qui

MVP- Logan Simon and Brayden Church

 

Atom

 

Most Improved- Tyson Krieger

Most Sportsmanlike- Nikoli Tetoff

Best Defenseman- Grayson Laderoute and Jake Brown

Top Goalie- Logan Grenier

Most Inspirational- Braden O'Hare

MVP- Jake Brown

 

Pee Wee

 

Most Improved- Carson Straile

Most Sportsmanlike- Paxton Dareichuk

Best Defenseman- Austin Weseen

Top Goalie- Lia Yaworski

Most Inspirational- Nolan Rideout and Wyatt Stinton

MVP- Magnus Pearson

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Saturday

10:30  Carpenters VS Snow Lake

 

12 noon Electrical VS 777

 

1:30 Power House VS Zinc Plant

 

3pm  Boilermakers VS Snow Lake

 

Playoffs

 

5:30  6th VS 7TH

 

7PM  4TH VS 5TH

 

8:30  2ND VS 3RD

 

Sunday

 

11:30- C-Final

 

1pm- B-Final

 

2:30- A-Final

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Fastest actual times by category

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here is the complete schedule

 

Fri Mar 17  Flin Flon 7:30

Sat Mar 18  Flin Flon 7:30

Tues Mar 21-  Notre Dame 8:30

Wed Mar 22- Notre Dame 8:30

if neccessary

Fri Mar 24- Flin Flon 7:30

Sun Mar 26- Notre Dame 8:30

Tues Mar 28 Flin Flon 7:30

 

 

 

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The SJHL Quarter Final Series will kick off tonight with Notre Dame in Flin Flon, Humboldt at Nipawin, Weyburn travelling to Battleford and Yorkton visiting Estevan.

 

This has been a tradition the last few years where Mike Stackhouse and myself get together to break down each series and give our predictions on who will be moving on.

 

You can hear that interview here.

 

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts/sjhl-playoff-preview-w-mike-stackhouse-rob-hart

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The Creighton Kodiak SR Girls basketball season will continue as they move on to Regionals in Wynyard this weekend.

 

16 teams will be vying for a Provincial title including Creighton who play their first game against Osler Friday at 8.

 

If Creighton win they will play Saturday at noon.

 

The top teams will qualify for Hoopla the following weekend.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey will officially wrap up their season with their awards night  on Wednesday March the 22nd starting at 6 at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

The format will include cake and drinks and league awards will be handed out in  Novice through Pee-Wee including MVP, Most Inspirational,Most Sportsmanlike,Most Improved, Best Defenseman and Top Goaltender.

 

Team awards will also be presented and their will be door prizes for players and coach's. You must be in attendance to win.

 

This year's guest speaker will be Dennis Zboril.

 

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The Creighton Kodiak Senior Girls were in Norquay this past weekend for Saskatchewan Basketball Conferences.

 

The Kodiaks split a pair of games beating Norquay 83-76 on the strength of Kenzie Grant's 47 points. Creighton then dropped a close one to Canora by 4 points, after clawing back from 22 down in the second half to finish the weekend 1-1.

 

Creighton gets one of the top two seeds and will now move on to Regionals at a location yet to be determined.

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Flin Flon hosted the Rural 1 Provincial Pee Wee Championships this past weekend in what turned out to be some very competitive and entertaining hockey.

 

The host Pee Wee Eddies Family Foods Bombers dropped all 3 games they played to Thompson, Morden and Portage and did not make the playoff round.

 

Consolation Final

Brandon 3  Portage 2

 

Bronze

Stonewall 6  Thompson 4

 

Gold

Macdonald 6   Morden 2.

 

Congratulations to the host committee who did a great job organizing and hosting this Provincial event.

 

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The 86th annual men's and Ladie's Bonspiels both wrapped up earlier today at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

There were 26 rinks total with 13 men's and 13 ladie's teams. Here are the results.

 

 

Ladies

 

Main Event

Reierson over Evans

 

Second Event

Jonhnson beat Chrisp in an extra end

 

Third Event

Anderson over Kostuchuk

 

 

 

Men's Results

 

Main Event

Schellenberg defeated Levers

 

Second Event

Watt beat Tetreault

 

Third Event

Nawrocki upset McCluckie

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers made it official at a press conference earlier today at the Whitney Forum that they have given Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan a two year contract extension.

 

Reagan has been the Head Coach since 2007 and has won well over 300 games and is the winningest coach in the Bomber  modern era and the longest serving.

 

The Bombers have never missed the playoffs since Reagan has been their Head Coach and the team is coming off a Sherwood Division banner and a second overall finish at 39-14-2-3

 

Flin Flon feel they have unfinshed business after coming so close to winning their first championship since 1993 losing to Melfort in the Canalta Cup Final last spring.

 

There are 14 players remaining from last year's squad who know  what it takes and the trades Reagan has made to bolster the club have all been very positive including the addition of Eric Sinclair who received the SJHL Best Defenseman Award.

 

Bomber President Hank Kozar had this to say at today's press conference. " Our biggest thing we have preached is  consistency and familliarity since Mike came on board. Sure we have had different assistant coach's and trainers come here that is part of the process. With Mike here that has been constant and so has our scouting staff and we believe  that this is huge way to show our fans that we are committed to keeping this organization strong."

 

Reagan's contract will have him with Flin Flon through 2018-19 and he is the longest serving SJHL coach at this time.

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The 86th annual Men's and Ladie's Curling Bonspiels will hit the Uptown Curling Club starting tonight.

 

There are 29 rinks total and here are tonight's two draws.

 

Men

 

6:30

 

Nawrocki VS Kennedy

Eagle VS Watt

Munson VS Tetreault

 

9PM

Peake VS Shellenberg

Levers VS N.Ford the Pas

McCluckie VS Terry Anderson

 

Ladies

 

6:30

T. Kennedy VS L.Nawrocki

Johnson VS Evans

Chrisp VS Kostochuk

 

9PM

Bryson VS Fehr

Reierson VS Limoges

Hardy VS Tiffany Anderson

 

All 6 finals will be played Sunday at 1:30.

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In front of a very spirited crowd of 700 plus at the Whitney Forum, the Flin Flon Bombers beat the Nipawin Hawks last night  4-0 to pick up first place in the Sherwood Division and grab the second seed overall.

 

The night started with a tribute to the Werbicki Trucking Bantan AA Bombers who captured a Povincial Championship in Labroquerie this past weekend.

 

All the coach's and players were introduced right before the game and that got a great response from

everyone in attendance.

 

The Bombers got the game winner just 2:25 into the opening period when Greyson Reitmeier scored his 28th of the year on the PP flipping a nice backhand past Kristian Stead.

 

Other Bomber goals came from Shumlanski(17), Lesko (23) and St.Onge (24) with Flin Flon out shooting Nipawin 38-22.

 

Special teams were a big factor with the Bombers going 3 for 4 on the PP and the Hawks wound up 0 for 4.

 

How about Zac Robidoux, he picked up his 6th shut out of the year and 11th over his career stopping all 22 Nipawin shots. Robidoux wasn't tested lots in the first couple of periods but was good when he had to be especially early in the third.

 

Stead was a lot more busy and I thought he fought the puck early in the game and didn't really look cofortable stopping 34 out of 38.

 

After last night's win the Bombers will finish the regular  season at 39-14-2-3- 83 points and actually tied with the Hawks for first, but Flin Flon gets the tie breaker because they took 7 out of the 8 meetings.

 

This is the first time I can remember the Bombers winning all 4 games at the Cage and could be very interesting if they meet in the playoffs.

 

 

It was a good night for Greyson Reitmeier who picked up 2 more points and that will give him a share of the SJHL scoring title along with Notre Dame's Ben Duppereault.

 

Reitmeier finish's the season with 79 points including 28 goals and 51 assists while Duppereault ended up with 37 goals and 42 assists.

 

Since Reitmeier became a Bomber he has been to a league final, committed to Michigan Tech and has a scoring title. The only thing missing is a Championship and you know the Bombers will be working hard on accomplishing that too.

 

Right from the opening face-off Flin Flon was in control and I thought they wanted it more than the Hawks. This is a veteran group that have a lot of hold overs from last year's run and they look very solid winning 7 out of their last 10 games rolling into the post season.

 

Flin Flon will get the weekend off and prepare for the winner of Notre Dame and Melfort who begin their Survivor Series on Friday. The Bombers will have home ice for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs and will most likely open up their post season a week from this Friday.

 

Nipawin will fiinish 4th overall and open up the playoffs facing Humboldt.

 

All Bomber playoff games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

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For the second straight weekend Flin Flon is going to get the opportunity to host a Provincial hockey Tournament.

 

Pee-Wee Rural A teams will make their way up North this weekend.

 

There will be two pools With Flin Flon, Thompson and Morden in one pool with Brandon, Stonewall, Portage and Macdonald in the other.

 

Games will be played at the Whitney Forum and start Friday with Thompson playing Flin Flon at 2, followed by Brandon against Stonewall at 3:45, Portage against Macdonald at 5:30 and Flin Flon taking on Morden at 7:15.

 

Opening Ceremonies will take place before the Flin Flon, Morden game.

 

Round robin continues Saturday and the playoffs start Sunday at 9 with the Championship Final Sunday at 4:30.

 

 

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The 86th annual Men's and Ladie's Curling Bonspiels will both take place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

This will be the second year that both events will take place on the same weekend.

 

Deadline to register is today and you can stop by Kick It Sports or mail your entry to Box 492, Flin Flon MB,R8A-1N3 or e-mail andy.burbidge@mts.net.

 

Junior Curlers can enter for free and draws will begin Friday afternoon.

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RD Parker out of Thompson swept both the Boys and Girls Senior Basketball Zones this past weekend on home turf.

 

The Queens battled hard going 3-1 in round robin before losing final to Thompson 54-42. Hapnot was able to get to within 1 point after 3, before Thompson pulled away.

 

The Kings went 2-2 in round robin before losing to the Pas in the semis.

 

Thompson took the final over the Pas in a thriller 80-77.

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers capped an unbelievable  season winning a Provincial Championship with an OT victory last night in La Broquerie.

 

The Bombers beat Pembina Valley 6-5 with Carson Ledoux scoring the OT winner.

 

Flin Flon went through the weekend undefeated at 4-0 out scoring their opposition 26- 13.

 

This is very impressive when you consider Flin Flon Didn't even have a Bantam program last year.

 

Congratulations to the coach's Greg Kritzer, Rylan Veitch, Brett Muench and Jace Anderson and the rest of the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA  Bombers for bringing a Provincial Hockey Championship back to Northern Manitoba.

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Flin Flon hosted Atom A Provincials at the Creighton Sportex this past weekend. All three seeds came from the north including Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas.

 

Thompson rolled over the competition going 4-0 in the round robin and beat the Northland Ford A Bombers 6-0 in the final to finish first and collect the Provincial banner.

 

Flin Flon finished second going 2-2 in the round robin and picked up the Silver medal in the loss to Thompson in the final.

 

The Pas finshed 0-4.

 

Congratulations to the organizing committee and Flin Flon Minor Hockey including all the volunteers who donated their time on organizing a great Provincial tournament.

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The Flin Flon Bombers have first place in the Sherwood Division in  their sights after two more convincing wins against the Laronge Ice Wolves this past weekend.

 

The Maroon and White express rolled into Laronge Friday  and took it to the Wolves 11-4. Jason Lavallee led the way with the hat-trick collecting his 26th,27th and 28th of the year.

 

Greyson Reitmeier had a good night scoring his 26th of the year and adding 3 assists with other goals coming from Sinclair, Hooper, Williams, Shumlanski, McCausland and Marchi who picked up his first ever SJHL goal.

 

Zac Robidoux stopped 21 out of 25 shots for his 18th win of the season.

 

It was a bit slower start for the Bombers in the rematch at the Whitney Forum Saturday, but when it was all said and done Flin Flon rolled to the 7-1 win.

 

Marchi scored his second of the year to open things up in the first period and the Bombers got their offense rolling in the second period on goals from St.Onge, Reitmeier and Lavallee to put the B'S up 4-1 after 2.

 

Insurance goals in the third period came from Lesko, Lavallee and Beebe which gave Flin Flon a lot more breathing room than what they needed picking up their 38th win.

 

Lavallee's two goals give him 30 on the season which makes him the first Bomber to hit 30  and just the 5th player in the league to do it.

 

Reitmeier has 27 and has one more game to hit 30 and is just 2 points behind Notre Dame's Ben Duperreault for the overall scoring lead.

 

Brenden Newton was back between the pipes and wasn't tested much stopping 21 out of 22 shots.

 

Nipawin swept the home and home with Melfort this weekend, so they remain two points up on the Bombers for first in the Sherwood Division with the much awaited showdown set to hit the Whitney Forum on Tuesday to close out the regular season.

 

 

Flin Flon needs to beat Nipawin in regulation to capture first place as they own the tie breaker winning 6 out of the 7 head to head meetings.

 

If the Bombers win in regulation they will get first in the Sherwood and second overall. All the Hawks need is a single point to capture first place and the second seed.

 

Flin Flon's record stands at 38-14-2-3 good for 81 points while Nipawin is 40-14-2-1, 83 points.

 

This past Saturday was the end to a long year for the Laronge Ice Wolves who finshed with a record of 6-47-1-4 that  included 29 straight losses to close out the season.

 

I have to hand it to Laronge,  they never hung their heads and battled right to the end and I wish Head Coach and GM Evan Vossen and the entire organization nothing but  the best with their re-build.

 

I am also hoping fror a very big crowd at the Forum Tuesday, and let's face it this is a playoff game. The Hawks came in and beat the Bombers on the last game of the season last year to steal third place and let's hope it doesn't happen again.

 

Flin Flon did end up making out pretty well but could make their road a lot easier this year with a win on Tuesday. So no matter what you got going, drop it and come out to the Whitney Forum  and let's do what Bomber fans do best MAKE LOTS OF NOISE!!!!

 

 

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Hard to believe but the SJHL regular season is just about to come to an end with most clubs just having a couple more games before getting ready for the post season.

 

Flin Flon and Laronge will play a home and home this weekend with 2 must wins for the Bombers if they want to finish first in the Sherwood Division.

 

Laronge is playing for pride and next year as they play their final home game Friday. The Ice Wolves are marred in a terrible losing streak dropping their last 27 games.

 

They looked like they might snap the streak on Tuesday building an early 2-0 lead on the Mustangs, but couldn't hang on and ended up losing 4-2.

 

The Bombers have taken 15 out of a possible 16 points in the head to head matchups with Laronge, but the Ice Wolves battled the Maroon and White hard their last matchup at the Mel with Flin Flon coming out on  top 4-3 February the 11th.

 

These are the games that scare you to death as a coach because you know sooner or later they have to win a game as the law of averages will catch up with you. Mike Reagan is hoping Friday is not Laronge's night.

 

You can bet the Ice Wolves are going to come out fired up and they know how important this weekend series is to the Bombers. I expect Friday's game to be very close and Laronge wanting to wrap up their season with a win especially on home ice.

 

Flin Flon will have to stay disiplined and play their game and dictate the pace and not get caught up in any shenanigans after the whistle.

 

The Bombers remain two points behind Nipawin for first in the Sherwood and need both wins against Laronge on the weekend,  and will also have to beat the Hawks in regulation Tuesday if they are going to finish on top.

 

Congratulations to Bomber defenseman Eric Sinclair on being chosen SJHL Defenseman Of The Year for the second straight season. Sinclair won the award with Melfort last year and may be the only player to ever win this award for two different teams in back to back seasons. Talk about exclusive company.

 

Congratulations to Greyson Reitmeier as well on being chosen RBC Sherwood Division Player Of The Year. Reitmeier has had a tremendous season putting up 70 points in 55 games which has him second in SJHL scoring only behind Notre Dame's Ben Duperreault who has 77 points.

 

The Bombers will be counting on both these players to hopefully lead them to their first league title since 1993.

 

You can catch both Bomber matchups against Laronge this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including tonight's game from the Mel Hegland Uniplex starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 6:45.

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The Flin Flon Figure Skating Club will be hosting a year end ice show this weekend at the Whitney Forum.

 

The show is called Skate A Story and features great local skaters from the Pre- Canskate, Canskate, Junior Starskate and Senior Starskate programs.

 

There is also going to be a bake sale and penny parade and it all starts this Sunday at 2:30.

 

Admission is adults $5.00 and kids under 12-$3.00

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The biggest weekend in Northern Manitoba high school basketball  will take place with Senior Zones in Thompson starting Friday.

 

The Queens who are 5-1 the last two weekends will face RD Parker out of Thompson Friday at 3:30, Norway House Saturday at 8, The Pas at 11 and Cross Lake at 2.

 

The Kings play Cross Lake Friday at 2 , Norway House at 5 and The Pas at 8. They will play Thompson Saturday at 12:30.

 

Boys Final is Saturday at 3:30 followed by the Girls Final at 5.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host Atom A Provincials this weekend with all the games set to go at the Creighton  Sportex.

 

It will be an all Northern affair with Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson competing.

 

Here is the complete schedule

 

Friday

 

Flin Flon VS The Pas 10AM

Thompson VS Flin Flon 2PM

The Pas VS Thompson 6PM

 

Saturday

 

The Pas VS Flin Flon 10AM

Flin Flon VS Thompson  2PM

Thompson VS The Pas 6PM

 

Sunday

 

Gold Medal Game

1st VS 2nd 10AM

 

Good luck to the Werbicki Bantam AA Bombers who are off to La Broquerie for Provincials this weekend.

 

The Bombers face Eastman Friday at 7:30 and Stonewall Saturday at noon. Playoffs start Saturday at 3 with the Championship final Sunday at 5.

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The Hapnot Queens Senior Queens basketball team were in Roblin this past weekend and had a good tuneup before Zones this weekend in Thompson.

 

The Queens beat Roseau Valley 46-27, then beat Roblin 50-26 then lost to Grandview in the final 58-44.

 

The Pas hosted JV Zones this past weekend and the Queens were 2-2 and finshed third while the Kings were 1-3 and finished fourth.

 

Thompson won the girls beating Norway House in the final and The Pas won the boys beating Thompson in the finals.

 

 

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The Norman Bantam AAA Wolves wrapped up the regular season with a pair of losses to the Eastman Selects on the weekend by scores of 9-0 and 11-0 with their only stop in Flin Flon.

 

The Wolves finish the regular season at 4-36 and now get ready for Provincials in Stonewall March the 12th.

 

Head Coach Rob Bilawks says they are going to take some positives out of the season including their first ever win at the Showcase and a win over Winnipeg earlier in the season.

 

Flin Flon's Rylan Potkonjak was outstanding on the weekend stopping over 100 shots in the two games and is expected to selected in the MJHL Bantam Draft in April.

 

Two other kids from Flin Flon were called up including Owen Slogoski and Justin Lies and both players will also head to Provincials in Stonewall in March.

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One night after a heart breaking defeat to the Humboldt Broncos the Flin Flon Bombers rebounded with a 4-2 win over the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum Saturday night.

 

Things appeared to be going good on Bobby Clarke Night Friday when the Bombers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Zimmer and St.Onge.

 

Humboldt would rebound and beat Zac Robidoux three times on five shots on goals from Swystun, Posch and Korol who got the game winner with less than 4 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

 

All the scoring came in the first period as Humboldt picked up a much needed win to hold on to 5th spot in the overall standings and are 4 points up on both Weyburn and Notre Dame.

 

A costly loss for the Bombers who dropped their second straight on home ice after only losing once in regulation in their previous 24 home games.

 

Flin Flon did recover and came out with a solid effort against another desperate team in Melfort on Saturday.

 

The Bombers built up a 3-0 lead midway through the second period on goals from Lavallee(25), Reitmeier(25) and Etter(8). Mathew Hermary put the Mustangs on the board with a short handed goal late in the second and the Bombers took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 2.

 

Tosh gave the Mustangs some life with a goal early in the third but Rylee Zimmer delivered the knockout punch just a couple minutes later and Flin Flon  went on to win 4-2 collecting their 36th win of the season.

 

Brenden Newton was solid in goal stopping 28 out of 30 shots. A decent performance from Derrick Hucul who got the start in place of Evan Plotnick who didn't even make the trip. Hucul stopped 34 out of 38 Bomber shots.

 

Nipawin is back in sole possesion of first place in the Sherwood Division after wins over Battleford and Estevan on the wekend and lead the Bombers by 2 points.

 

Both teams have 3 games remaing and the Bombers still control their own destiny if they beat Laronge in the home and home this weekend and beat Nipawin in regulation next Tuesday as they own the tie breaker.

 

The last game of the regular season between Flin Flon and Nipawin meant a lot last year and it looks like it may come down to the final game once again.

 

The Bomber record stands at: 36-14-2-3 while Nipawin is 38-14-2-1. The Bombers are 6-1 against the Hawks in head to head games which has given them the chance to still finish first.

 

Nipawin will finish up with a home and home against Melfort this weekend before heading to Flin Flon next Tuesday March the 7th.

 

You can hear both Bomber games against Laronge this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show this Friday from Laronge starting at 6:45.

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The Flin Flon Bombers have 5 games remaining in the regular season as they try to clinch first place in the Sherwood Division and second overall.

 

A couple of desperate teams make their way to the Whitney Forum this weekend including Humboldt tonight and Melfort tomorrow.

 

Humboldt was one of the hottest teams in the league til mid November before they got dessimated with injuries,  and are desperately trying to hold on to 5th overall and avoid the Survivor Series.

 

The Broncos have 56 points and are just 1 point up on both Notre Dame and Yorkton who are both playing better hockey lately. Humboldt have 5 games remaining while the Hounds have 6 and the Terriers just 3.

 

Flin Flon lead the season series against the Broncos 2 games to 1 including a win at the Whitney Forum in their last meeting 4-1 November the 25th. This could be a possible playoff meeting if the Hawks finsh first in the Sherwood and the Broncos hold on to 5th.

 

Despite the Bronco struggles Chris VanOs- Shaw remains one of the best offensive players in the league and is 6th in points with 63 and second in goals with 34. He is the only Bronco in the top 20 in scoring while Flin Flon has 5 players including Reitmeier (67), Lavallee(57), Zimmer(53), Shumlanski(51) and Sinclair(48).

 

Melfort the defending back to back Canalta Cup Champions are on the verge of maybe not even making the playoffs. After a decent start this year the Mustangs are really struggling and have only 1 win in their last 10 games.

 

The Mustangs have 46 points and hold on to the last playoff spot , 4 up on Melville. Melfort have 5 games left while the Mills have 6.

 

Flin Flon and Nipawin both have 75 points and both have 5 games left. The Bombers own the tie breaker as they have beat the Hawks 6 out of the 7 meetings this season.

 

There should be a great playoff atmosphere in the building this weekend with all 3 teams having a lot to play for.

 

To put a little more icing on the cake, Flin Flon Bomber and Philadelphia Flyer icon Bobby Clarke will be at the game tonight as TSN is putting together a nice feature on Clarke and Flin Flon.

 

No broadcast of tonight's game but 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have tomorrow night's game against the Mustangs including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

 

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The Norman Bantam AAA Wolves will play a pair of games in Flin Flon this weekend as they will host the Eastman Selects.

 

Games are this Saturday at the Sportex at 7 and 11AM at the Whitney Forum on Sunday.

 

Rylan Potkonjak  is the starting goalie and Justin Lies and Owen Slugoski will both be ap'd for the weekend, so there will be a total of 3 Flin Flon kids in  the lineup this weekend. 

 

 

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MBCI out of the Pas will host JV Basketball Zones this weekend with teams competing out of Flin Flon, The Pas, Norway House, Cross Lake and Thompson.

 

The JV Queens will play two games on Friday against The Pas at 2 and Thompson at 5.

 

The JV Kings play The Pas at 2 and Norway House at 6:30.

 

Action continues throughout the weekend with the Finals set to go Saturday at 4.

 

The Senior Hapnot Kings will be in Swan River and are in a pool with the host team and Russell.

 

Hapnot will open up against Swan Valley Friday at 5:20, before playing Russell Saturday at 10:40. Playoffs start at 12:30 with the Championship game at 7.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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:
 
Eden Dickens
Star 3 FreeSkate - Bronze
Star 3 Spins - Bronze
Star 3 Elements - Bronze
 
Naomi Dickens
Star 2 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 2 Spins - Silver
Star 2 Elements - Silver
Star 2 Improv - Bronze
 
Danielle Nelson
Star 4 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 4 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Gold
Silver Interpretive - Bronze
 
Suzanne Nelson
Star 3 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 3 Elements - Silver
 
Victoria Pedwell
Star 4 FreeSkate - Gold
Star 3 Spins - Gold
Star 3 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Bronze
Bronze Interpretive - Silver
 
Jerilyn Wood
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
 
 
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

A Division

 

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.

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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.

 

Friday's schedule

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Lyle Lavis Memorial Senior Men's and Ladies Curling Bonspiels wrapped up earlier today at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

Here are the results:

 

Men's

 

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.

 

 

Ladies

 

Main Event

 

Sue Chrisp beat Judy Black

 

 

Second Event

 

Sheila Adams beat Denise Davis

 

Third Event

 

Anne Hardy beat Dianne Burwash

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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.

 

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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.

 

Ladies

 

Sheila Adams VS Dianne Burwash

 

Anne Hardy VS Judy Black

 

Men

 

Dale Connolly VS Menno Giesbrecht

 

John Munson VS Dennis Anderson

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

 

Sunday

10AM Third VS Fourth

Noon- First VS Second

 

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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.

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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.                                         

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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.

 

 

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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

Flood

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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courtesy of bombers.ca

 

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.”

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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