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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

You can hear those interviews by clicking the link below.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here is last night's award winners:

 

Royal Bank 3 Star Award Winners

1. Zac Robidoux

2. Eric Sinclair

3. Greyson Reitmeier

 

George Leel Memorial- Most Points- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Flin Flon Bomber- Most Popular Player- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Coach's Award- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Darcy Bancroft- Best Defenseman- Eric Sinclair

 

CFAR Most Valuable Player- Eric Sinclair

 

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

 

Patty Ginnell- Most Improved- Connor Beebe

 

Nick Oklobdzija Award- Rookie Of The Year- Nate Hooper

 

Pat Spiller Memorial- Leading Goal Scorer- Jason Lavallee

 

Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Tyler Nyman

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial- Most Dedicated- Brandon Masson

 

Howard Fox Courier- MR.Hustle- Nick Shumlanski

 

Chicken Chef- Unsung Hero- Kristian St.Onge

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

These are MB times

 

Friday April 14th in Battleford 8:30

Saturday April 15th in Battleford 8:30

 

Tuesday April 17th in Flin Flon 7:30

Wednesday April 18th in Flin Flon 7:30

 

if needed

Friday April 21 in Battleford 8:30

Sunday April 23rd in Flin Flon 7:30

Tuesday April 25th in Battleford 8:30

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Here is the complete schedule with MB times.

 

Friday March 31st- 7:30 Flin Flon

Saturday April 1st- 8:30 Nipawin

Tuesday April 4th- 7:30 Flin Flon

Wednesday April 5th-8:30 Nipawin

 

if necessary

Friday April 7th-7:30 Flin Flon

Sunday April 9th- 7pm Nipawin

Tuesday April 11th-830 Flin Flon

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here are all the award winners

 

Novice

 

Most Improved- Brody Flynn

Most Sportsmanlike- Hailey Biberdorf

Best Defenseman- Brody Grant

Top Goalie- Bailey Schwartz

Most Inspirational- Owen Qui

MVP- Logan Simon and Brayden Church

 

Atom

 

Most Improved- Tyson Krieger

Most Sportsmanlike- Nikoli Tetoff

Best Defenseman- Grayson Laderoute and Jake Brown

Top Goalie- Logan Grenier

Most Inspirational- Braden O'Hare

MVP- Jake Brown

 

Pee Wee

 

Most Improved- Carson Straile

Most Sportsmanlike- Paxton Dareichuk

Best Defenseman- Austin Weseen

Top Goalie- Lia Yaworski

Most Inspirational- Nolan Rideout and Wyatt Stinton

MVP- Magnus Pearson

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Saturday

10:30  Carpenters VS Snow Lake

 

12 noon Electrical VS 777

 

1:30 Power House VS Zinc Plant

 

3pm  Boilermakers VS Snow Lake

 

Playoffs

 

5:30  6th VS 7TH

 

7PM  4TH VS 5TH

 

8:30  2ND VS 3RD

 

Sunday

 

11:30- C-Final

 

1pm- B-Final

 

2:30- A-Final

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Fastest actual times by category

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Here is the complete schedule

 

Fri Mar 17  Flin Flon 7:30

Sat Mar 18  Flin Flon 7:30

Tues Mar 21-  Notre Dame 8:30

Wed Mar 22- Notre Dame 8:30

if neccessary

Fri Mar 24- Flin Flon 7:30

Sun Mar 26- Notre Dame 8:30

Tues Mar 28 Flin Flon 7:30

 

 

 

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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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