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The Hapnot JV Queens basketball team put together a solid effort in Gimli and were able to win the Consolation after a slow start on Friday.

 

After a tough 20-16  loss to Warren, the Queens rebounded with a big win over Carmen 32-29 and made it to the Consolation Final where they faced Niverville.

 

In a game that went back and forth the Queens had a great fourth quarter and pulled out the 32-29 win.

 

The Senior Kings were in Sanfod and lost both their games to the U of W and Linden Christian.

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The Norman Wolves dropped a pair of games against Pembina Valley over the weekend in Thompson.

 

The Hawks took it to the Wolves Saturday 8-1 and Sunday 5-2. Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored all the goals to give him 35 on the season. Norman will fall to 6-26-0-0-2 on the season.

 

Norman won't play again til they host the Parkland Rangers February the 3rd and 4th in Thompson.

 

The Norman Nothstars had another tough weekend down south losing to Brandon 12-3, Southwest 8-0 and Parkland 7-2.

 

It was a decent weekend for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who was in on 3 of the 5 goals Norman scored including two goals and one assist.

 

Norman will host the league leading Winnipeg Wild this Friday and Saturday.

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers hosted a bantam tournament at the Sportex this past weekend with the Bombers getting revenge against Swan River in the final 3-0.

 

Swan beat Flin Flon in the round robin, but the Bombers put together a solid effort yesterday afternoon in the re-match.

 

Flin Flon goal scorers were: Ashton Paul, Blake Alexander and Austin McLean. Shayne Price was great in goal picking up the shut-out.

 

Thompson beat OCN 6-4 in the Bronze Medal game. Final standings were Flin Flon 4-1, Swan River 4-1, OCN 1-3 and Thompson 1-3.

 

Next tournament for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will be February the 17th in Swan River.

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After a 6 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will be back at the Whitney Forum tonight, getting ready for a familiar foe from the Sherwood Division in the Laronge Ice Wolves.

 

Flin Flon leads the season series 4-2 including the two back to back wins to close out 2017, 4-1 on December the 30th and 7-3 in Laronge New Years Eve.

 

The Bombers haven't played since last Saturday, but a number of Bombers were involved in the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase Event in Regina this past Monday and Tuesday.

 

Crystopher Collin, Calvon Boots, Caleb Moretz, Nate Hooper and Brenden Newton all had good performances and all indications from Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan, the first Showcase was a big success.

 

Flin Flon is coming off a great wekend where they took 3 out of a possible 4 points from the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars and seem to be hitting their stride at the right time of the year. The Bombers are 6-1-1 in their last 7 and have put a lot of room between them and the teams chasing them.

 

Entering play this weekend Flin Flon lead Melville by 7 points, Yorkton by 16 and Laronge by 19. The Bombers are battling Kindersley for 8th spot and home ice for the Survivor Series. The Klippers lead the Bombers by 2 points with two games in hand.

 

Laronge looked like they were ready to turn the corner before Christmas when they beat the Bombers twice, but have dropped 7 in a row and shipped their 20 year old's out to contenders.

 

I don't want to say Laronge won't make the playoffs, but they would have to go on an incredible run with only 20 games left and the Wolves 12 points behind Melville. Laronge does have a game in hand and they will meet two more times this season.

 

This will be the Bombers last home game of January as they will hit the road for three starting next Thursday in Melville, Friday in Yorkton and Saturday in Humboldt. All three broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

We will not broadcast tonight's game.

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It was another good day for members of the Flin Flon Bombers at the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina.

 

The SJHL managed to take two out of three against the MJHL, to finish the two day event at 5-1.

 

It all started with Team MJHL Garbutt picking up their only win , 5-2  over Team Schwartz to earn a split in the two games betwen the two squads.

 

The SJHL barely hung on to win the second game of the day with Team Mitchell over Team Belfour 4-3 in OT.

 

Team Mitchell was up 3-0, before getting into penalty trouble and allowed the MJHL to mount the comeback with a couple goals late in the third period.

 

The Bombers Brenden Newton picked up the win stopping 20 out of 23 shots and was chosen the SJHL game star. Caleb Moretz also added an assist. Melfort's Kalem Zary scored the OT winner.

 

In the final game of the day, the SJHL Team Kunitz built up a 4-0 lead and hung on for a 5-2 win over Team Zajac. Humboldt's Logan Schatz scored a goal and added two assists.

 

All indications are that the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase was a success and SJHL President Bill Chow has confirmed the event will be back in Regina next year.

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Good luck to the Hapnot Senior Kings and Hapnot JV Queens who will both be travelling to tournaments this weekend.

 

The Kings will be in Sanford for the first ever Wintercat tournament. Hapnot will play the U of W in their first game Friday afternnon. If they win that game they will play later Friday night. If they lose, they will drop to the B-side and play Saturday.

 

The Queens are in Gimli and they play Warren to start the tournament Friday.

 

You can follow all the results at mhsaa.ca/tournaments.

 

 

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will host a tournament this weekend at the Sportex with the games starting Friday.

 

Teams will be competing from Thompson, Norway House, OCN, Swan River and Flin Flon.

 

Here is the complete schedule.

 

Friday - January 19, 2018

 

4:30  Flin Flon Bombers  OCN Blizzard Sportex

6:15  Thompson King Miners Norway House Northstars Sportex

8:00  OCN Blizzard  Swan River Stampeders Sportex

 

Saturday - January 20, 2018

 

10:30  Thompson King Miners 3 Swan River Stampeders Sportex

12:15  Flin Flon Bombers 2 Norway House Northstars Sportex

2:00  OCN Blizzard 1 Thompson King Miners Sportex

3:45  Swan River Stampeders 4 Flin Flon Bombers Sportex

5:30  Norway House Northstars 3 OCN Blizzard Sportex

 

Sunday - January 21, 2018

 

9:00  Norway House Northstars 3 Swan River Stampeders Sportex

10:45  Thompson King Miners 4 Flin Flon Bombers Sportex

B Final

1:45 TBA 3rd Place TBA 4th Place Sportex

A Final

3:30 TBA 1st Place TBA 2nd Place Sportex

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It was a clean sweep for the SJHL on day one of the SJHL/MJHL Showcase at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.

 

A number of Flin Flon Bombers made their presence felt. In the first game for players born bewtween 99 and 2001 team Schwartz knocked off team Garbutt 5-1.

 

Crystopher Collin led the way with a pair of goals including a break away goal after stepping out of the penalty box in the second period. Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan was the coach for this game.

 

Team Mitchell doubled up on team Zajac 4-2 for players born between 97-98. Once again a number of Bombers were involved in the scoring,  with former Bomber Nick Shumlanski converting a beautiful pass from Caleb Moretz to open things up in the first period. Calvon Boots also scored a goal with Estevan's Michael McChesney adding a pair.

 

In the third game of the day, team Kunitz defeated team Belfor 4-2 on the strength of two goals from Notre Dame's Chance Longjohn.

 

Here is today's schedule.

 

Game 1- Team Schwartz (SJHL) vs Team Gurbutt (MJHL) 99/00’s.  Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Game 2-Team Mitchell (SJHL) vs Team Belfour MJHL 97/98’s.  Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Game 3-Team Kunitz (SJHL) vs Team Zajac MJHL 97/98’s.  Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves wrapped up another road trip yesterday with an 8-3 loss to the Southwest Cougars .

 

Goals came from Flin Flon's Justin Lies, Chase Bertholet  from the Pas, and Clark Scadden from Thompson.

 

The Wolves also dropped a 7-2 game to Parkland and lost 8-2 to Pembina Valley, with their one win coming against the Winnipeg Sharks 6-2.

 

It was a very good weekend for Justin Lies who picked up 4 goals and leads the Wolves with 32 in 30 games and sits fifth overall in points with 51. Chase Bertholet sits third with 60.

 

Norman's record will slip to 6-24-0-0-2 and return to Thompson this weekend to face Pembina Valley.

 

The Norman Northstars were also on the road and picked up their first road win of the season when they beat Eastman 5-4 on Friday in OT.

 

Mikey Baron had the OT winner. Norman lost their two other games to the Winnipeg Bruins 13-3 and Interlake Lightning 7-3.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid and Jordan Pfoh both had a goal and an assist over the weekend with Freddie Ledoux also adding a goal.

 

The Northstars sit at 3-30-0-0-1 and hit the road for another three games starting Friday in Brandon.

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The Flin Flon Bombers continued their fine play in 2018 and managed to grab 3 out of a possible 4 points against the defending league champs from Battleford.

 

The Bombers dropped a 4-3 game in OT Friday and thought they deserved a better fate, and were very motivated for Saturday night.

 

For the second straight night, the Bombers spotted the Stars a 2-0 lead. Urbanski and Kleiboer scored to put Battleford up 2-0 after 1.

 

After a shaky start in the second, Bomber rookie d- man Calvon Boots went to work scoring a pair of goals, seven seconds apart to quickly tie the game at two. I am going over Bomber stats and rosters throughout the years and I am convinced this is a Bomber record for two fastest goals for a defenseman.

 

I will post more on this blog once I find out for sure. Boots's two goals deifinately changed the complection of the game and gave the Bombers a lot of momentum.

 

Vaughan Bamford who played forward this night, would put the Bombers up 3-2 late in the second period for their first lead of the weekend.

 

The Stars would tie the game early in the third when Chaseton Braid snuck across the Bomber blue line and fooled Brenden Newton with a low snap shot for his 11th of the year.

 

Flin Flon kept battling,  and were rewarded with a bit of a fluky goal when Dylan Burton fought hard along the wall and got a bouncing puck to go past Taryn Kotchorek for the eventual game winner to make the final 4-3.

 

I have been mentioning Burton a lot in our broadcasts lately and I am impressed with his work ethic and how he is bringing a physical presence to his game. I am not surprised he scored the game winning goal.

 

Brenden Newton continues to play well and was one of the best Bombers on the weekend stopping 31 out of 34 shots, while Kotchorek stopped 21 out of 25. Neither team could strike on the PP, with the Bombers 0 for 5 and the Stars 0 for 6.

 

What a start to 2018 with the Bombers improving to 3-1-1 and they have won 6 of their last 8 games and sit 15-19-2-3 which is 9th overall. The Bombers are just two points behind Kindersley but the Klippers have two games in hand.

 

Flin Flon conitinues to put more room between them and the clubs trying to chase down the last playoff spots. The Bombers are 7 up on Melville, 16 up on Yorkton and 19 ahead of Laronge.

 

The league will take a break til Friday as they prepare for the first ever SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina starting tomorrow.

 

Good luck to Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan, Crystopher Collin, Brenden Newton, Nate Hooper, Calvon Boots and Caleb Moretz who will all be taking part.

 

Next game for the Bombers is Friday January the 19th against Laronge, our next broadcast is Thursday January the 25th in Melville.

 

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Creighton hosted the 11th annual Kit Classic Senior Girls Basketball tournament this past weekend with teams from all over Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan taking part.

 

Hapnot went undefeated and ended up beating Creighton in the final 52-39. Nipawin finished third beating MBCI out of the Pas.

 

Hats off to both the Hapnot JV'S and Creighton B team who both entered the tournament late to take the place of some teams that couldn't make it.

 

The Hapnot JV'S went 1-2 while Creighton finished 0-2 but competed vey hard in both games.

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The Norman Northstars will try to put a disappointing weekend against Pembina Valley behind them when they start a three game road trip tonight against Eastman.

 

Tomorrow they play the Winnipeg Bruins before wrapping up the trip on Sunday against Interlake.

 

The Northstars have just two wins in their first 31 games.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid continues to lead the team in goals with 12 and sits fourth in points with 20.

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The January trade deadline has come and gone and the Flin Flon Bombers did make a couple of moves, which included trading their leading scorer.

 

Nick Shumlanski is now a Humboldt Bronco. Shumlanski has been with Flin Flon the better part of 4 seasons and had 39 points in 35 games including 15 in the last 12.

 

The Bombers will get future considerations and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan talks about the trade.

 

" First of all we want to thank Nick for all his contributions to the hockey club. He has been with us since he was 15 years old and helped get us to the finals the last two years. He plays the way we want our players to be Bombers. It was tough to trade him, but at the end of the day Nick wanted a chance to go to a team that is making a push. We also wanted to look after the future of our club and in return we will get two players and good compensation for Nick. We are happy with the deal, there were a lot of teams interested in him and we thought the deal with Humboldt made the most sense."

 

Flin Flon also got some good news yesterday as 98 forward Branson Hein has been re-assigned from Everett of the WHL and will join the Bombers for the rest of the season.

 

Hein should fit in well as he is already familliar with a number of Bomber players including Nate Hooper, Dawson McKenzie, Mason Martin and Dylan Burton who he played triple a midget with in Winnipeg.

 

Hein had 12 points in 78 games with Everitt the past two seasons.

 

The SJHL also announced the rosters for the SJHL/MJHL Showcase in Regina next Monday and Tuesday.

 

The Bombers will have 5 players taking part.

 

Cystopher Collin will suit up for team Schwartz (players born between 99 and 2000). This team will also be coached by Mike Reagan.

 

Flin Flon will have 4 players on team Mitchell (players born between 97 and 98.)

Goalie Brenden Newton, Defenseman Calvon Boots and forwards Caleb Moretz and Nate Hooper.

 

Next action for the Maroon and White will be this weekend when they welcome the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars to town on Friday and Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.

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The Senior Men's and Ladies Curling Bonspiels are set to go the weekend of January the 27th and 28th at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

It is open to anyone 50 and over and it will cost you $40.00 which includes curling, prizes and a banquet.

 

Sign up sheets are at the Uptown Curling Club and deadline is Monday January the 22nd.

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The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves who are 1-3 to start 2018 will kick off another long road trip starting tomorrow in Parkland.

 

Friday they play Pembina Valley, Saturday the Winnipeg Sharks, before wrapping things up on Sunday against Southwest.

 

Norman have already picked up more wins than they had all last season, at 6-19-0-1 and sit 10th overall out of 13 teams.

 

The Wolves are led offensively by Chase Bertholet out of the Pas  who leads the team in scoring with 56 points, while Flin Flon's Justin Lies sits second in points with 48 and first in goals with 29.

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers were in Winnipeg to compete in the Jets AA Showdown and held their own against some very tough competition.

 

The Bombers lost to the Winnipeg East Railcats 3-2 in OT, to open the tournament but did rebound against the Estevan Bruins  to win 3-2 in the shoot out.

 

The Bombers also lost to ST.James 7-5 and 13-1 to a club out of Sweden to finish fourth in the round robin.

 

Flin Flon ended the tournament on a positive note beating the Regina Buffalos 4-3 to win the Consolation.

 

The Pas hosted the A&W , Funky Threads Novice tournament at both the GLMC and Roy H Johnston arena .

 

The Hudson Bay Hunters beat the Reliance Rhinos in the A Final, the Swan Valley Mustangs beat the Flin Flon Fireman in the B-Final and the Flin Flon Oldtimers beat the Pas Huskies Red to capture the E-Final.

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The Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament took place at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum over the weekend. The organizers did a wonderful job and congratulations to all the volunteers who helped out with the first minor hockey tournament of 2018.

 

When it was all said and done the Thompson King Miners defeated the AA Bombers 5-1 in the AA Final yesterday afternoon.

 

In the A Division Final Swan River beat The Pas 4-0.

 

In the A Division B Final, Flin Flon beat the Pas 7-1

 

In the B Division A Final Swan over the Pas 10-0

 

B Division B Final Flin Flon beat Snow Lake 4-3 in the shoot out.

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers put together another solid weekend and swept a pair of games against the Yorkton Terriers.

 

The Bombers blasted Yorkton 8-2 on Friday night after giving up two first period goals. The Maroon and White managed to tie the game at two after two before opening the flood gates in the third.

 

Flin Flon took advantage of a nine minute power play to open the final period and scored three goals to put the game out of reach. They would also add three more even strength for the convincing 8-2 win.

 

Crystopher Collin did a lot of the damage with a 5 point night. Isaac Jackson chipped in with two goals with the other offense coming from Hooper, Marchi, Houle and Funk.

 

Brenden Newton did the job when called upon making 25 out of 27 saves. The Bomber power play was red hot going 3 for 5 while holding Yorkton at bay 0 for 2.

 

Saturday, the Bombers scored first when Jordan McCausland scored his first of the season on a short handed break away. McCausland has battled injuries this season but is making the most of his return to the lineup and is one of the grittiest and toughest players to play against in the league.

 

Ethan Daniels scored the only goal in the second, when he broke in alone on Ben Laidlaw and pocketed his 10th of the year on the power play.

 

Rob Johnson scored early in the third in what turned out to be a very big goal for the Bombers. With a 3-0 lead it looked like Flin Flon may coast to another easy victory.

 

Give Yorkton credit, they never stopped competing and would mount a come back. Cody Bruchkowski scored his team leading 14th of the season, when he fooled Brenden Newton with a shot just inside the blue line.

 

This gave the Terriers life and they would draw within one , when Keenleyside scored a late power play goal. With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, the Terriers got a late pp and pulled their goalie to go 6 on 4.

 

The Bombers won some key faceoffs and were able to hold Yorkton off the score sheet the rest of the way and held on for a 3-2 win for their 5th straight win.

 

Final shots were in the Bombers favour big time at 60-39. Yorkton goalie Ben Laidlaw was the game's first star and was the biggest reason the Terriers were able to stay in the game,  and almost stole this one with a lot of big saves, including several in the third period.

 

What a difference a couple weeks make as Flin Flon has been able to rattle off 5 straight wins and are starting to get a lot more breathing room for a playoff spot. The Bomber record now stands at 14-18-1-3.

 

After last night the Bombers lead Laronge by 16 points, Yorkton by 13 and Melville by 4. The Bombers also have a game in hand on both Yorkton and Melville and prepare for a very challenging week.

 

Flin Flon will travel to Melfort on Tuesday before hosting the defending Canalta Cup Champion Battleford Stars on Friday and Saturday. It will be a very interesting January 10th deadline for the Bombers who  just a few weeks ago looked like they would be big sellers, but who knows what happens now.

 

Mike Reagan did indicate on last night's Great North GM Coach's Show that he would be listening to offers. You can catch Tuesday's game from Melfort on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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After a 4 point weekend against Laronge to close out 2017, the Flin Flon Bombers are ready for the Yorkton Terriers and 2018.

 

The Bombers will see their first action of the new year, as they welcome the Terriers to the Whitney Forum for the first time this season.

 

Yorkton trails Flin Flon by 9 points for the last overall playoff spot, and the Bombers do have a game in hand.

 

This is another team the Bombers need to beat to not only move up the standings , but to  make a statement against. Mike Reagan feels very good about the way his team has played lately, but doesn't want to get to far ahead of themselves especially with the majority of their wins against teams under 500.

 

Yorkton has also played better of late going 4-5-0-1 in their last 10, which is pretty signifigant when you factor in they only have 8 wins on the season. The Terriers have battled a lot of adversity this year including a coaching change back in late October when Matt Hehr took over for Casey O'Brien.

 

Hehr has the Terriers playing better including a big New Years day victory against their arch rival Melville Millionaires 4-3 on Monday.

 

There is little room for error heading down the stretch, so I expect this to be another playoff atmosphere this weekend, with both teams needing good showings. If Flin Flon want to move up the standings they will need all 4 points, and Yorkton can't afford to fall any further back so they need both wins.

 

The Bombers took 7 out of a possible 8 points in last years 4 meetings.

 

It will also be interesting to see how players on these two teams respond this weekend with the January 10th trade deadline just around the corner. The results of these two games could determine which direction these two teams decide to go in.

 

No matter what go's down, once again you will have the best seat in the house with Saturday's game broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament starts this weekend at the Sportex and Whitney Forum. Here is the complete schedule.

 

Friday January 5, 2018
12:00
B
Flin Flon Bombers
Swan Valley Stampeders
Whitney Forum
1:30
A
Flin Flon Bombers
OCN Blizzard
Whitney Forum

3:00
AA
Flin Flon Bombers
The Pas Huskies
Whitney Forum

4:30
B
Thompson Carrol Areos
Snow Lake Spartans
Whitney Forum

6:00
A
Thompson King Miners
The Pas Huskies
Sportex

7:30
AA
Thompson King Miners
Swan Valley Stampeders
Sportex

Saturday January 6, 2018
8:30
B
Swan Valley Stampeders
Thompson Carrol Areos
Whitney Forum

10:00
B
Snow Lake Spartans
Flin Flon Bombers
Whitney Forum

11:30
AA
The Pas Huskies
Thompson King Miners
Sportex

11:30
AA
Swan Valley Stampeders
Flin Flon Bombers
Whitney Forum

1:00
A
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson King Miners
Sportex

1:00
A
The Pas Huskies
OCN Blizzard
Whitney Forum

2:30
B
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson Carrol Areos
Sportex

2:30
B
Snow Lake Spartans
Swan Valley Stampeders
Whitney Forum

4:00
AA
Flin Flon Bombers
Thompson King Miners
Sportex

4:00
A
The Pas Huskies
Flin Flon Bombers
Whitney Forum

5:30
AA
The Pas Huskies
Swan Valley Stampeders
Sportex

7:00
A
OCN Blizzard
Thompson King Miners
Sportex

 

Sunday January 7, 2018
B Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
9:00
Whitney Forum

A Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
9:00
Sportex

AA Division – B Final – 3rd Place vs 4th Place
10:30
Whitney Forum


B Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
10:30
Sportex

A Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
12:00
Whitney Forum

AA Division – A Final – 1st Place vs 2nd Place
1:30
Whitney Forum     
 

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Winnipeg to compete in the Winnipeg Jets AA Showdown which will start at the MTS Ice Plex on Friday.

 

Here are the AA Bombers schedule.

 

Friday at 11:05 VS the Winnipeg East Railcats and 6:35 VS Estevan Bruins

 

Saturday 8:15 AM VS ST.James Canadiens and 8:30 VS Tullinge TP-HC from Sweden.

 

Playoff rounds start Sunday at 9:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers couldn't of closed out 2017 any better after sweeping the Laronge Ice Wolves on the final weekend of the year.

 

Flin Flon took Saturday's game at the Whitney Forum 4-1 with the offense coming from Johnson, Shumlanski, Moretz and Funk with Brenden Newton making 28 saves for the victory.

 

Mike Reagan called it a complete team victory and praised all his players for their effort on the CFAR Post Game Show, Saturday night.

 

The Bombers looked to keep the momentum going the next night, when the home and home switched venues to the Mel Hegland Uniplex in Laronge. The Ice Wolves seemed to have the Bombers number after a pair of 5-2 victories in their last two contests.

 

This looked like a different Bomber team than what we have seen for most of December. Once again the Maroon and White came out and had a very effective first period and were up 2-0 after 1.

 

Crustopher Collin scored his team leading 15th of the year when he was left alone in the slot and buried a nice low shot past Merek Pipes to open the scoring. Ethan Daniels got credit for his 9th when he deflected a shot from Ben Lanfermann from the point with just over a minute remaining in the first period.

 

Flin Flon never looked back and they piled on the offense with 5 more goals to win the re-match handillly 7-3. Other goals came from Johnson, Marchi, Shumlanski, Hooper and Boots.

 

Laronge got their goals from Brewster, Smith and Lane.

 

Brenden Newton once again was great making a lot of timely saves,  especially early in the game. He stopped 26 out of 29, while the tandem of Pipes and Frey stopped 43 out of 50. Special teams were also in the Bombers favour going 2 for 7 on the PP, while the Wolves were 0 for 3.

 

The Bombers take the weekend set out scoring Laronge 11-4 and also have a modest three game winning streak heading into 2018. Flin Flon also have back to back road wins for the first time this season.

 

Most importantly, this will give Flin Flon a little more breathing room for the final playoff spot overall as they lead Laronge by 12 points and Yorkton by 9. Speaking of the Terriers they come to town for a pair of games this weekend, Friday and Saturday. 102 .9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.

 

Like Mike Reagan pointed out,  they really need to beat the teams lower than them in the standings and seem to be getting more confidence with each win. This will be the first meeting of the season this weekend.

 

A couple more wins could change Reagan's mind as to what direction he wants to go January the 10th, and is very pleased that the team is getting more healthy and playing well.

 

A Happy New Year to Bomber fans everywhere and look forward to seeing you at the rink in 2018.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves will put the Christmas break and first half of the season behind them as they wrap up 2017 with a home and home series Saturday and Sunday.

 

Saturday's game will be at the Whitney Forum, and hopefully kids that are home from College and University that don't get a chance to watch the Bombers very often will come out in full force.

 

These are two huge games that have big playoff implications. Flin Flon occupy the last SJHL playoff spot with 24 points, which is 8 more than Laronge. Both teams have played 32 games.

 

The Ice Wolves have played the Bombers tough lately, beating them the last two times out, and with a weekend sweep could make the standings and playoff picture very interesting.

 

The Bombers did get a much needed road win in Kindersley just before the Christmas break and hopefully that will give them momentum heading into this weekend.

 

Flin Flon will also have Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan back behind the bench after his Gold medal performance in Truro at the World JR A Challenge that wrapped up December the 16th.

 

Crystopher Collin who was also on the Gold medal squad returns as well and continues to lead the team in goals with 14 and sits third in points with 23.

 

The Ice Wolves continue to tinker with their lineup and added 20 year old forward Daniel Chartrand from the OCN Blizzard in early December and he has been able to chip in offensively on a team that has really struggled to score. Chartrand has picked up 2 goals in 5 games since coming over from the MJHL.

 

I am sure that both coach's will be watching both these games very closely and deciding who will be around for the stretch drive as we are getting closer to January the 10th. If you can't get up for these games than chances are we will see players being moved.

 

Mike Reagan mentioned in our interview just after the World JR A Challenge, that there were some changes he wanted to make on his team.

 

No matter what go's down, you will have the best seat in the house as we will have both games here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 Saturday followed by drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

Don't forget Sunday's New Years Eve battle from Laronge will start at 6, which means we will have the Great North GM Coach's Show at 5:45.

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Creighton school will host the first basketball tournament of 2018, the weekend of January the 12th and 13th.

 

The Kit Classic Senior Girls's tournament will consist of teams from Creighton, Hapnot, Cross Lake,Sandy Bay,The Pas, Nipawin, Hudson Bay and Beauval.

 

Round Robin will take place all day Friday and Saturday morning, with playoffs Saturday afternoon.

 

 

 

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Flin Flon will host the Jason Morran Memorial Atom hockey tournament Jan the 5th - 7th at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.

 

Teams competing in the AA Division are The Pas, Thompson, Swan River and Flin Flon.

 

The A Division- Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN and Thompson

 

The B Division- Thompson, Snow Lake, Swan River and Flin Flon.

 

We will post the complete schedule next week.

 

 

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It is becoming a big tradition in Flin Flon during the Christmas holidays, as the 13th annual Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey tournament will be played at Creekside bunk this Saturday.

 

This event normally takes place on Boxing day, but they moved it up this year and anybody can enter.

 

You can enter on their facebook page or call or text Brad at 306- 381-8080. You are guaranteed 3 games and teams can have up to 7 players.

 

So come ouit this Saturday to celebrate hockey, outdoor fun and Shayne.

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It looked like the Flin Flon Bombers were on their way to losing their 7th straight hockey game last night, but they found a way to get back in the win column against the Kindersley Klippers.

 

Kindersley jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one on goals from Cyr, Page and Thompson and seemed to be in control, but the Bombers got it together.

 

Nick Shumlanski gave the Bombers some hope when he potted his 9th of the season early in the second period, to get the deficit to 3-1 after 2.

 

What a third period, Flin Flon would add 4 more from Nate Hooper his 8th and 9th, Ethan Daniels (8) and Shumlanski added his second of the game and 10th of the year to finish the game with 4 points.

 

This would have to be described as the Bombers best road period of the season and showed how much character this young team has, who could have easilly mailed it in with the team's last game before Christmas.

 

This is just the Bomber's second road win of the season and it couldn't of come at a better time as they shook off a nasty 7 game losing streak and gave themselves a big boost heading into the holidays.

 

Maybe this will be the win that turns the Bombers season around. It is funny what one win can do.

 

Brenden Newton is starting to get comfortable back between the pipes and picked up his first win in almost 2 months. Newton stopped 26 out of 29 and held the fort allowing his team to get back in the game.

 

Justen Close was back in goal for Kindersley and he stopped 39 out of 44.

 

Flin Flon improves to 10-18-1-3 and hold onto the 10th and final playoff spot, 7 points up on Yorkton and 8 up on Laronge.

 

The Bombers will now get an  11 day break before closing out 2017 with two games against the Laronge Ice Wolves in what has to be described as two must wins.

 

Laronge has beaten Flin Flon in their last two meetings including a 5-2 win this past Friday.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts from Flin Flon Dec 30th and back in Laronge for the re-match Dec 31st.

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The Flin Flon Bombers played their hearts out but came up a little bit short in Kindersley and dropped their 6th straight game 5-4 to the Klippers.

 

Mike Wong got the Bombers off to a good start with his second of his the season just 2:08 into the opening period.

 

Kindersley then struck for three quick goals from Peck, Ryberg and Thompson. Mason Martin would get one back for Flin Flon to make it 3-2 in favour of Kindersley after 1.

 

Rob Johnson continues to be one of Flin Flon's better offensive players since ariving from the AJHL as he would tie the game on the PP early in the second. This was Johnson's 6th goal in 11 games with the Bombers.

 

The Klippers would once again respond with Thompson and Ryberg picking up their second of the night to put Kindersley up 5-3 after 2.

 

Caleb Moretz would score late in the third period for the Bombers, but that is as close as they would get and the Klippers held on for a 5-4 win.

 

This was the third straight start for Brenden Newton who stopped 25 out of 30 shots while Billy Girard got the call for the Klippers and he stopped 25 out of 29.

 

Both teams were able to strike on the power play with the Bombers going 1 for 6 and the Klippers 2 for 6.

 

Kindersley lead the season series 2-1 and these two teams will meet for the fourth and final time tonight, 7:30 at the West Central Events Centre.

 

The Bombers need something good to happen to give them a lift heading into the holidays and have dropped 18 of their last 23 games. A big win tonight would give them a nice confidence booster especially on the road where they have just one victory this season.

 

The Bombers really miss Crystopher Collin and his 23 points, as they are missing that game breaker who can score a big goal when they really need it. Collin not only picked up  a Gold medal at the World JR A Challenge in Truro, but has also been selected to play in the CJHL Prospects game Jan 23rd in Mississauga Ontario.

 

Collin leads all rookies in the SJHL in goals with 14 and sits 6th in points with 23.

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The Flin Flon Bombers will play their final two games before the Christmas break when they hit the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley tonight and tomorrow.

 

To say the Bombers are reeling would be an under statement. Not only have the Maroon and White dropped both games on this current road trip being out scored 10-3 in the two games, but they have lost 17 of their last 22.

 

If Flin Flon is going to get in the mix for a playoff position, they will have to find some answers on the road as they continue to struggle with just 1 win in 13 games.

 

Goals have been a problem lately for this young group as they have only scored 88 in 30 games which has them ranked 8th overall, but it is their play in the last 10 games that is concerning.

 

The Bomber record is 2-8 and they have been out scored 55-23. Hopefully their day off in Saskatoon will help them re-charge their batteries and they can put together a couple of solid games.

 

Acting Head Coach Gary Childerhose says mental mistakes are killing them right now and any time they make a mistake it winds up in the back of their net.

 

Some good news for the Bombers as starting goaltender Brenden Newton is back between the pipes and has played well despite two losses to Laronge 5-2 and Battleford 5-1 on Friday and Saturday.

 

Kindersley have put together a pretty decent season at 13-13-2-2 and are one of those teams that nobody is talking about. They have knocked off all the top clubs this year and their starting goalie Justen Close is one of the best in the league.

 

Flin Flon will have to play a full 60 with little or no mistakes to beat them.

 

Congratulations to Bomber Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan who coached Canada West to a Gold medal at the World JR A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia on Saturday with a 5-1 win over the United States. Flin Flon's Crystopher Collin and Battleford's Levi Kleiboer also represented the SJHL.

 

I caught up with Mike yesterday afternoon and you can hear that interview both today and tomorrow on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting at 3:30.

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Congratulations to the Don Holmes rink on capturing the Senior Norman over 50 bonspiel at the Uptown Curling Club on Saturday.

 

Holmes beat Sam Antilla out of Thompson in both games 7-1 in 6 ends and 9-2 in 3 ends.

 

Holmes is now off to Provincials in Winnipeg February the 22nd and 23rd.

 

Congratulations to the whole team, Doug Salahub(third), Lyle Kennedy (second), Dave Salahub (Lead) and Don Holmes (skip).

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After suffering a 10-1 setback against the Kenora Thistles on Friday night, it was gut check time for the Norman Northstars on Saturday.

 

Norman responded with a 5-4 shoot out win in the rematch on Saturday. Thompson's Keistin Saunders scored the shoot out winner on Norman's first shot.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid had one assist in the game and Keian Weseen made 44 saves including all three in the shootout to preserve the win.

 

This is the Northstars second win of the season and Norman will get a three week break before their next game, January the 5th and 6th against Pembina Valley.

 

 

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The Pas hosted the Bill McDonald Classic basketball tournament this past weekend at MBCI.

 

Both The Creighton Kodiak Girls and Hapnot Kopper Queens had good weekends.

 

The Queens beat ST.James Ravencourt 45-33 to open things up and followed that with a win over MBCI 47-41.

 

Hapnot would face RD Parker out of Thompson in the final and lost 52-32 to finish second.

 

The Kodiaks lost to Westgate 65-52, but rebounded to beat Nipawin 88-31 to finish the round robin 1-1. They would face St. John's Ravencourt in the Consolation and lost a close one  62-52.

 

The Kodiak boys dropped all three of their games to MBCI, Helen Betty Osbourne and Moose Lake.

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Both the Norman Wolves and Norman Northstars play two more home games before the Christmas break.

 

The Bantam AAA Wolves are headed to the Pas to play the Yellowhead Cheifs Saturday at 6 and Sunday at noon.

 

The Norman Northstars will play Kenora in Thompson tonight at tomorrow at 7:30.

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After winning the Dylan Cripps Memorial trophy in Thompson last weekend, The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Morris for a tournament starting Friday.

 

The Bombers play one game Friday against the Rebels at 7. They play twice Saturday against the Southwest Jets at 10 and Pembina Central Flyers at 1.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 9.

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It is a busy weekend of high school basketball for three of the four Flin Flon, Creighton senior teams. The Pas will host the biggest tournament in the North this year The Bill Mcdonald Classic.

 

Teams will be competing from all over the province and games start Friday afternoon.

 

The Hapnot Senior Queens will play ST.John's Ravencourt in their first game and the Senior Kodiak girls will play Westgate.

 

The Creighton Kodiak boys face MBCI out of the Pas.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have results throughout the weekend.

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The Don Holmes rink were in Thompson over the weekend competing in the over 60 Credit Union Masters  curling bonspiel.

 

Holmes would face Sam Antilla out of Thompson twice, winning both games 6-4 and 6-3.

 

Holmes will now qualify for Provincials which are taking place in Gimli March the 6th to the 8th.

 

The Uptown Curling Club  will host the over 50 Senior Zone 1 Bonspiel this weekend. Holmes will face off against Sam Antilla once again with two games on Saturday at 10 and 2.

 

The winner will move on to Provincials in Winnipeg in February.

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It wasn't the result the Flin Flon Bombers were hoping for when they hosted the Humboldt Broncos in the final two home games before Christmas. Humboldt rolled into town and took both games 4-3 and 7-1.

 

Flin Flon played well on Friday and looked like they might get the game to OT, when they peppered the Bronco net-minder Jacob Wasserman, but they couldn't get the equalizer.

 

Bomber captain Ben Lanfermann was back in the lineup and he scored a power play goal. The other two goals came from Rob Johnson, who continues to impress every game out, especially in the faceoff circle.

 

The Bombers were disappointed with the result but not the effort and felt they had a good chance to take Saturday's rematch.

 

A bad start put Flin Flon behind the eight ball and they found themselves down 2-0 on Humboldt's first two shots of the game. Wack and Joseph found the back of the net before the game was seven minutes old.

 

Daylin Marchi would give the Bombers life when he re-directed a shot over the shoulder of Parker Tobin to make the score 2-1 Broncos.

 

It was all Humboldt after that when they erupted for 5 unanswered from Thomas, Boulet, Camrud, Patter and Schatz.

 

Colten Lancaster made his third straight start and fought the puck giving up 5 goals on 25 shots, including 4 in the first period. Nik Anderson came in relief in the second and stopped 15 out of 17.

 

Special teams were also a big part of this game with the Broncos going 2 for 8 on the PP, and they also scored two short handed goals. Flin Flon was 0 for 5.

 

Humboldt looks very solid and have their sights on the Global Agrisk Solution Division with a record of 18-9-3-2. They trail the first place Battleford Stars by 4 points.

 

The Bombers slip to 9-15-1-3 and will try to get it going on the road with four games in 5 nights to head into the Christmas break starting Friday in Laronge.

 

Laronge and Flin Flon are battling for one of the last two playoff spots, and the Ice Wolves are anything but push overs and beat the Bombers in their last meeting back on October the 20th.

 

In my opinion the head to head matchups betwen these two teams will determine that last playoff spot as they will meet 7 more times, 3 before the end of the month.

 

We won't be broadcasting this last trip before Christmas, we will be taking a break before the home and home with Laronge the 30th and 31st to close out 2017.

 

After Friday in Laronge the Bombers travel to Battleford Saturday, and Kindersley Monday and Tuesday.

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It was a good end to the road trip for the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves who salvaged a win yesterday with a 6-5 win over Central Plains.

 

The Pas's Keilan Holland led the way with the hat-trick, with singles coming from Justin Lies, Chase Bertholet and Conroy Halcrow.

 

The Wolves played 4 games over the weekend and lost in a shoot out 9-8 to Interlake and also lost 7-0 to the Winnipeg Sharks and 9-3 to Central Plains.

 

Norman's record will slip to 5-16-0-0-1. Congratulations to Keilan Holland, Justin Lies, Chase Berttholet and Carter Anderson who all got invited to play for team North at the Manitoba Winter Games coming up in March in Thompson.

 

Norman will host Yellowhead this weekend in the Pas.

 

 

The Norman Northstars dropped all three games on their road trip including two games to Yellowhead 8-2 and 9-2. They also lost to Southwest on Friday 4-2.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored three of the team's 6 goals on the weekend and he leads the club with 12 and sits third in points with 18. Jordan Pfoh had an assist on Sunday.

 

The Northstars are back at home and will host Kenora Friday and Saturday.

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It was another impressive weekend for the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers who captured the first ever Dylan Cripps Memorial Trophy in Thompson.

 

The Bombers beat Thompson 6-5, crushed Norway House 11-0 and tied Cross Lake 5-5 to go unbeaten in the round robin.

 

This would put the Bombers in the final once again against Thompson and they ended up winning the final and the tournament 7-4.

 

Morgan Daneliuk led the way with a pair of goals with singles coming from Magnus Pearson, Colten Tetoff, Austin McLean, Colby Hnidy and Blake Alexander.

 

Congratulations to the coach's Greg Kritzer, Brett Muench and Rylan Veitch and the rest of the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA'S who are off to Morris this weekend for one more tournament before Christmas.

 

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Creighton school hosted the first high school basketball tournament this past weekend with some very entertaining games.

 

When it was all said and done, Sandy Bay beat MBCI out of the Pas in the final 77-65 to finish 3-0.

 

Hapnot won the B-side beating Laronge 71-39 and Norway House finished third beating Creighton 51-28.

 

Charlebois beat Nipawin 54-34 in the 7 VS 8 game.

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Thompson for their second tournament of the season starting later today.

 

The Bombers will play Thompson today at 3, Norway House tomorrow at 8 and Cross Lake at 1:30.

 

The Gold Medal game is Sunday at 10 am.

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The Creighton Kodiaks held their year end banquet and awards last night at Creighton school. The night started with a video presentation of the past season and recognition of coach's, parents and sponsors.

 

Chicken Chef did a wonderful job once again catering the affair. Here are the award winners.

 

Top Offensive Player- Shawn Francois

 

Top Defensive Player- Noah Dickens

 

Top Special Teams- Blake Alexander

 

Offensive Warrior- Jaron McDermott

 

Defensive Warrior- Brandon Nepitabo

 

Most Improved Offense- Linden Moore

 

Most Improved Defense- Corbin Collier

 

Leadership Award- Bailey Eastman

 

Offensive Rookie- Blake Alexander

 

Defensive Rookie- Keenan Campbell

 

Most Dedicated- Linden Moore and Keenan Campbell

 

The Kodiaks also want to thank Defensive Coach John Clark for all his efforts the past four seasons as he will be moving on next year. Good luck to the 5 graduating players, Dimitri Morin, Bailey Eastman, Shawn Francois, Linden Moore and Brandon Nepitabo.

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers were hoping to carry their momentum from Saturday's dramatic overtime win against Nipawin into last night's rematch at the Cage.

 

The Nipawin Hawks had other ideas and struck twice before the game was even four minutes old. Daven Smith and Jake Tremblay were able to get to Bomber netminder Colten Lancaster early and controlled the game from beginning to end.

 

With a 2-0 lead in the second,  the Hawks struck twice more on a pair of goals from vetern forward Michael Grant and put the Bombers in a big hole 4-0 after two.

 

Nipawin put the icing on the cake and made it 5-0 early in the third, when newly acquired Christian Bosa scored right off the faceoff for his first in a Hawk uniform.

 

The Bombers did get one to spoil Jake Anthony's shut out bid when Calvon Boots would score his second in as many games,  firing a nice shot from the high slot for his 7th of the year mid-way through the final period.

 

Nipawin rolled to the 5-1 win and remain very good at home with their 11th win in 13 games. The Bomber road woes continue and are now 1-9-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

Final shots were 34-24 in favour of Nipawin and the two teams were a combined 0 for 13 on the PP.

 

The Bombers go back to work this weekend when they host the Humboldt Broncos in a pair of games Friday and Saturday. The Broncos will be a good test with their 37 points so far this season as they are battling with Battleford and Notre Dame in a very tough Olympic Buildings Division.

 

Humboldt won the only encounter 6-5 back on October the 11th in Humboldt. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have Saturday's broadcast.

 

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Crystopher Collin on being selected one of two SJHL'ers  to make Canada West for the upcoming World JR.A Challenge coached by Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan.

 

Collin is having a great season with 23 points in 24 games including 14 goals. Battlefords defenseman Levi Kleiboer was the other player selected.

 

The weekend set will be the Bombers final two home games before Christmas, so let's have some big crowds out before Flin Flon go's on their big road trip to hit the Christmas break.

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High school basketball season is here and Creighton will be the sight for the annual Border Bash bringing teams together from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan starting Friday.

 

8 boys teams will be competing from Creighton, Hapnot, Laronge, The Pas, Charlebois, Norway House, Sandy Bay and Nipawin.

 

Games start Friday with Creighton playing Laronge at 2:30 and Hapnot playing Norway House at 4.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the final at 4:30.

 

There will also be a Friday nights skill competition which will include a three point shoot out, Free throw competition, team lay up and dunk competition. This will start at 8:30.

 

The Kodiak girls will be in Birch Hills this weekend.

 

 

 

 

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Some new faces seemed to be the spark the Bombers needed to end a two game losing streak against the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum on Saturday.

 

Colten Lancaster who was just picked up from Port Alberni of the BCHL, was solid in his SJHL debut stopping  40 out of 43 Nipawin shots including 19 in a busy second period as the Bombers picked up a much needed win in OT,  4-3.

 

Daylan Marchi opened the scoring for the Bombers when he scored just 1:52 into the opening period on Northland Ford Teddy Bear toss night. Teddy bears and lots of other stuffed animals littered the ice in one of the most successful promotions that Northland Ford has seen in the last 5 years after the first period goal.

 

After all the toys got cleaned up, Flin Flon kept the momentum going when Nate Hooper pocketed his 6th of the year on the powerplay to put the Bombers up early 2-0.

 

Nipawin answered before the first was done when Kenzie Arnold found the back of the net on a strange angle in front of the Bomber net.

 

Flin Flon carried a 2-1 lead into the second period but it didn't hold up for long as Brandon Arnold picked up his league leading 20th of the year, when the Bombers couldn't get the puck out of their zone.

 

All even in the third, the youg Bomber squad never stopped working and got rewarded with the lead one more time when Ethan Daniels beat a screened Jake Anthony to put the Maroon and White up 3-2.

 

Nipawin tied it once again when veteran Chad McCartney converted a nice feed from Lenchyshyn and Arnold. This was Lenchyshyn's third assist of the game.

 

The Bombers had a lot of good chances to win it in regulation but Jake Anthony who looked shaky early, was tough to beat the second and third periods and made a lot of good saves.

 

So Flin Flon would have to try and do something they haven't been able to do all season and that is win a game in extra time. The Bombers killed a Hawk powerplay early in overtime and seemed to match up well 3 on 3.

 

Nate Hooper made a perfect drop pass along the boards and Calvon Boots grabbed the loose puck and went in alone on Jake Allen and shot the puck right off the post in the top left corner for the win.

 

Defenseman Alex Lindstrom made his Bomber debut and he looked very good at both ends of the ice and lookes like he could be the quarterback they were looking for to run the powerplay.

 

A much needed win for the Bombers who snap a 2 game losing streak and beat the Hawks for the first time this season. Flin Flon will improve to 9-12-1-3 on the year and give themselves some more breathing room over Laronge for the final playoff spot by 8 points.

 

It won't take long for the rivalry to resume as these two teams will collide once more at the Cage in Nipawin tomorrow. We hit the air with the Great North GM  Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30. Another new face, Jordan Funk, who the Bombers got from Kindersley in a trade on December the 1st will make his debut tomorrow. Gary Childerhose will continue to manage the bench with Mike Reagan in Calgary for Canada West.

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The Hapnot Queens Senior Volleyball team was the last northern volleyball team still in action this past weekend at Provincials.

 

The Queens travelled down to Warren and lost their first game to Garden Valley, split with MacGregor,lost to Goose Lake, then split with Minnedosa. They finish the round robin at 2-8.

 

They did not qualify for Provincials but congratulations to the coach's,  Sharon Beck, Rob Abbot and all the Queens on a fine season including a Zone title.

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Well it was a reason to celebrate as the Norman Northstars finally got that first elusive win of the season on Saturday.

 

After dropping an 8-5 game to Central Plains on Friday, Norman built up a quick 3-0 lead on Saturday and never looked back with the 6-5 win.

 

It was a great weekend for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who had a 4 point weekend including two goals. Jordan Pfoh also played well adding 3 points, 1 goal and 2 assists. AP Sean Yaworski added an assist.

 

Norman will try to build on their first win of the year when they hit the road for three on the weekend, including a game against Southwest Friday and two against Yellowhead Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Norman Bantam  Wolves split a pair of games with the Southwest Cougars on the weekend winning 4-3 on Saturday, but took a tough loss 12-1 on Sunday. Flin Flon's Justin Lies led the way with 3 goals in the two games and Oden Church picked up the win in goal Saturday.

 

The Wolves hit the road this weekend with two games against East End and Portage.

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The first Flin Flon/Creighton minor hockey tournament took place this past weekend at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex. It was the Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Event

 

Here are all the final scores from yesterday.

 

A- Final (Mel Pearson Event)- Norway House Northstars beat the Pas Huskies White 10-1

 

B-Final- (Jack Turner Event)- Reliance Rhinos beat the Pas Red 7-4

 

C-Final- (Scott Davidson Event)- Thompson Flyers 6, FF Bomber Oldtimers 5

 

D-Final- (Paddy Ginnell Event)- Thompson Kings 3, McKeens Trucking 1

 

E-Final- (Cementation Event)- Fireman beat the Thompson Coyotes 8-6

 

F-Final- (Shayne Pearson Event)- Snow Lake Spartans beat the Thompson Stars 10-6.

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Mike Reagan is in Calgary this weekend for the selection camp for Canada West as they put together the roster for the World JR A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia December the 10th to the 16th.

 

The selection camp starts today and runs through Tuesday.

 

I caught up with Mike Reagan before he left for his third stint with Canada West, this time as the Head Coach and GM.

 

You can hear Mike's comments about his opportunity and the event itself right here https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

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Fresh off a pair of wins against Central Plains, the Norman AAA Bantam Wolves return to action this weekend.

 

The Wolves who won back to back games for the first time in their history return to Thompson to host the Southwest Cougars Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 11.

 

Norman is 3-13-1 on the season and have two players from Flin Flon including Justin Lies and Oden Church. They also have three players from Pelican Narrows, Gaberick Dorian, Hayden Linklater and Tyler Bird.

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The first ten minutes of last night's game looked like the Flin Flon Bombers might get back on the winning track. After Rob Johnson and Nate Hooper gave the Bombers an early 2-0 lead, the wheels would start to come off.

 

Weyburn would score two goals, ten seconds apart at 14:26 and 14:34 and never looked back. Wyatt Arndt and Jeremy Valazquez both were able to get shots through from the blue line to beat Bomber netminder Niklas Anderson.

 

With the game tied at two after one, the Wings would go on to score five more and take the game convincingly 7-2 in front of 500 plus at the Whitney Forum.

 

Other Weyburn goals came from Eric Olson who netted the hattrick with his 11th, 12th and 13th of the season. Tyran Brown added a pair with his 6th and 7th.

 

It was quite the turn around for Weyburn who got beat 10-1 in Nipawin the night before. This was the second straight game that Flin Flon used both goaltenders with Nik Anderson starting and getting yanked after giving up 5 goals on 25 shots.

 

Reese Jones came in relief and stopped 8 out of 10.

 

All losses sting,but this one especially tough for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be leaving the team to head out to Calgary for Canada West try-outs starting on Saturday.

 

Reagan had this to say after last night's loss. " We had full control of the game and there was a point where we had the powerplay , and I told the boys this is where we have to step on them. They just came off losing 10-1 and if we get that third goal then we probably win the hockey game. We didn't and had two breakdowns in our own end,  and all of a sudden it is 2-2. That is extemely frustrating and we give up 7 unanswered goals and that is unacceptable."

 

Flin Flon will have a different look to their lineup on Saturday when recently acquired Alex Lindstrom makes his debut in a Bomber sweater. Lindstrom was picked up in a trade with Grand Prairie on Wednesday for veteran dman Kurtis Rutledge. The Bombers have also picked up a new goaltender, Colten Lancaster from Port Alberni of the BCHL.

 

Lancaster has lots of experience with three years of junior hockey under his belt including two years with the Merrit Centennials. So far this year Lancaster is 1-8-2 with a gaa of 3.87 and save percentage of .887.

 

It doesn't get any easier for the Maroon and White who have given up 14 goals in their last two games,and will host another power house team in the Nipawin Hawks who are 2-0 against Flin Flon this season.

 

You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this Saturday from the Whitney Forum with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

 

 

 

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After a month and a half of trying to get a deal done, the Flin Flon Bombers have finally traded 20 year old defenseman Kurtis Rutledge.

 

Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan made the announcement yesterday that Rutledge was traded to Grand Prairie of the AJHL for 19 year old defenseman Alex Lindstrom and future considerations.

 

Lindstrom has 8 points in 20 games this season, and Reagan describes him as a guy that is very offensive and a tremendous skater. Reagan feels he will step in and help his blue line out immediately.

 

Reagan is relieved  to finally get the deal done, as he wanted to beat the December 1st deadline, plus be able to move on and address other needs of the hockey team.

 

Lindstrom is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Bombers host the Weyburn Red Wings. It was an up and down weekend for Flin Flon who beat Estevan 7-4 on Friday, then lost 7-3 to Melfort on Sunday.

 

This deal couldn't of come at a better time as the Bombers are banged up and won't have Doug Johnson, Tyler Nyman or Brenden Newton in their  lineup tonight.

 

Weyburn will come into the Whitney Forum reeling as the got crushed 10-1 in Nipawin last night. The Bombers may have caught the Wings at a good time as they have lost three in a row and six of their last ten.

 

This will be their last head to head meeting of the year with Weyburn winning the first three meetings including a 4-2 win in Flin Flon on October 27th.

 

This will also be Mike Reagan's last game behind the bench for a while as he is off to Calgary tomorrow for  the selection camp for Canada West,  as they determine the roster for the World JR AChallenge coming up in Truro Nova Scotia December the 10th to the 16th.

 

Flin Flon forward Crystopher Collin is one of 9 SJHL players who will be hoping to land a spot. Collin leads the Bombers in goals with 14 and second in points with 22.

 

The Bomber record stands at 8-11-1-3, with the majority of those wins coming at home at 7-3-1-2. Puck drop is 7:30 tonight, with no broadcast. We will have the Bombers/ Hawks game from the Whitney Forum this Saturday with the usual Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host their first tournament of the year this weekend. The Whitney Forum and Sportex will play host to the Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Tournament starting Friday.

 

Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Norway House and Snow Lake.

 

Action starts Friday with the Flin Flon Fireman taking on the Pas Huskies Red, 1:30 at the Whitney Forum. Mckeens Trucking will play The Pas Huskies White, 1:45 at the Sportex.

 

Games will happen right through the weekend with the Medal games starting Sunday at 8:30. Championship Final is at 2:30.

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The High School Volleyball season will come to a close this weekend with the Senior Queens off to Warren for Provincials.

 

The Queens go in to the weekend with lots of momentum after going undefeated in Zones a couple of weeks ago.

 

Hapnot will kick things off Thursday against Green Valley at 2 and MacGregor at 5. Friday they play Goose Lake at 11 and Minnedosa at 2.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9.

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The Pas/OCN hosted the first big minor hockey tournament for the North, the Wescana Cup at both the GLMC and Roy H Johnston Arena.

 

Flin Flon was well represented with both the AA'S and A'S taking part.

 

The AA'S beat the Pas 5-0, tied Swan River at 4,then lost to the Pas in a shoot out in the Semi's. Flin Flon rebounded with an 8-5 win over Thompson in the B-side final.

 

The A'S lost to the Pas 4-2, tied Thompson at 4, then beat Swan River 4-3 to finish round robin at 1-1-1. They would beat Wabowden 10-0 in the C-final.

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It was a good start to the weekend with the Flin Flon Bombers taking down the high flying Estevan Bruins 7-4 Friday night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Veteran forward Nick Shumlanski led the way with four points including two goals, his 7th and 8th of the season. Rookie goaltender Reese Jones picked up his first SJHL win, stopping 24 out of 28 shots and the Bomber power play did the job going 3 for 9 on the night.

 

This was as good as the Flin Flon power play has looked all season, and if it wasn't for some huge saves from the Estevan goaltender Matt Lukacs, the score could have been higher.

 

Full marks for a great effort and like I mentioned to Mike Reagan in the CFAR Post Game Report, there wasn't a single Bomber who didn't play well.

 

Flin Flon looked to carry the momentum into Sunday's contest with the first place Melfort Mustangs. The game started well with Daylan Marchi scoring just two minutes into the game, but  Melfort responded with two goals later in the period from Morrison and Hergott to jump up 2-1 after 1.

 

More Melfort offense in the second from Ball and Tosh, 25 seconds apart to put the Stangs up 4-1 before Flin Flon got back on the board late in the frame. Calvin Boots would close the gap to 4-2 with 40 seconds remaining in the second period.

 

The Mustangs were two much on this night as they out scored the Bombers 3-1 in the third for the 7-3 win. Tosh added his second of the night with other Melfort goals coming from Elder and Schmidt. Dawson McKenzie added his third of the year for the only Bomber goal.

 

Reese Jones started the game for Flin Flon, but was pulled early in the second after giving up 4 goals on 12 shots. Nik Anderson replaced him and he played well stopping 26 out of 29.

 

Melfort went with veteran Evan Plotnik who seems to have the Bombers number stopping 36 out of 39 shots. Plotnick has only lost four times to Flin Flon in the last three seasons. The Mustangs finished up 0 for 2 on the PP, while something you don't see very often, the Bombers didn't get a single power play chance.

 

After the weekend the Bomber's record stands at 8-11-1-3 and after last night they trail second place Nipawin by 15 points and first place Melfort by 20 points.

 

Flin Flon will continue their home stand with two more games this week including the Weyburn Red Wings in town Wednesday and Nipawin here on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday.

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens JV teams were both down south representing the north in Provincial volleyball over the weekend.

 

The Queens were in Killarney and went 6-5 in the round robin, splitting with Major Pratt,Warren and Boissevain. They beat Morris 2-0 in their last round robin game. Hapnot did qualify for the playoffs and lost two sets to none to Gabrielle Roy.

 

The Kings were in Steinbach and they struggled going 1-8 in the round robin losing to Goose Lake, Rivers and Riverton. They split with Rosenort and did not make the playoffs.

 

Good luck to the Senior Queens who are in Warren for Senior Provincials this weekend.

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The Flin Flon Bombers will be back in action tomorrow night, when they will once again welcome the Estevan Bruins to the Whitney Forum.

 

The Bruins were just in Flin Flon back on November the 9th, and beat the Bombers 4-3 in OT .  The game did end in a little bit of controversy with how Estevan celebrated the OT goal.

 

Arthur Miller who the Bruins just picked up from the Western league, scored the OT  goal then went to centre ice to celebrate on the Bomber logo.

 

Let's just say the Bombers were less than impressed and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan commented on the incident. " I don't think anybody should be going to an opposing team's centre ice and logo and try to stamp their mark on their logo. I think it is insulting to our organization, and it is something I don't think they would appreciate it if we did the same thing in their building. There is no question our guys took note of it and we are pretty fired up to play."

 

Incident aside,  the Bombers need to win a hockey game and are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 and are fresh off a 5-1 loss in Nipawin on Friday. Flin Flon is a much better team at home though and own a respectable 6-2-1-2 record at the Whitney Forum.

 

If Flin Flon has any hope of trying to move up the standings in the division they will need to start stringing wins together soon,  and are currently 13 points behind second place Nipawin and 18 points behind front running Melfort.

 

The Bruins are one of the top teams in the league at 16-8-2 and sit first in the Viterra Division,  and second overall with 34 points.

 

Estevan is on a current Northern road trip where they are one and one with a 2-1 loss to Nipawin and a 5-3 win in Laronge last night. They lead the season series with the Bombers two  games to none.

 

Mike Reagan also commented today , with the December 1st deadline coming up, he would like to add a puck moving defenseman before he heads off to Calgary for Team West try-outs. He is also hoping to complete the Kurtis Rutledge deal.

 

Congratulations to the Bomber's rookie Crystopher Collin who is one of 9 players from the SJHL who will get a tryout for Team West next wek in Calgary. Collin is the SJHL Rookie leader with goals (13) and second in points (21).

 

We will broadcast tomorrow night's game against the Bruin's and I always look forward to these matchups with the great rivalry that has developed over the years. Every time these two teams go head to head it is special.

 

We are on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30. Don't forget the Bomber/Melfort Mustang game that was postponed back on November the 1st will be made up this Sunday November the 26th at 7:30.

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The JV Hapnot Kings and Queens, fresh off winning the volleyball Zones a couple weekends ago are headed down south to compete against the best teams in the province starting Thursday.

 

The Queens are in Killarney for Provincials and open up against Major Pratt Thursday at 3, and Warren at 6. They will play Morris on Friday at 11 and Boissevain at 2.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9, with the Championship Final at 5.

 

The Kings are in Steinbach and play two games Thursday against Goose Lake at 3 and Rivers at 6.

 

They will play Rosenort at 11 and Riverton at 2  on Friday. Playoffs are at 9 and the Championship Final is at 5 on Saturday.

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This past Friday night, during the Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks game, a very special guest made his way to the Centennial Arena.

 

7 time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier who was in Nipawin for a sports gala the next night, took in the SJHL contest on Friday and took time to join me on our Flin Flon Bomber broadcast.

 

Trottier talked about his visits to Flin Flon in junior as a member of the Swift Current Broncos,  and also his illustrious NHL career that included 6 Stanley Cups as a player and one as an assistant coach with Colorado.

 

Here is the interview from Friday's second intermission.

 

 

 

 

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It was tough sledding for a young Bomber squad who dropped a 5-1 decision to a veteran Nipawin Hawks team on Friday night at the Centennial Arena.

 

The Bombers looked pretty good for the first 5 minutes before Tyler Nyman took a 5 minute major boarding penalty which changed the complection of the game.

 

It took the Hawks only 29 seconds to strike on the mad advantage when Chad McCartney opened up the scoring when he took a nice pass from Brandon Arnold.

 

Arnold and Grant would both score break away goals  to put Nipawin in control 3-0 after 1.

 

Nik Anderson started in goal for Flin Flon and was pulled after the first when he gave up 3 goals on 9 shots, although I didn't think any of the goals were his fault.

 

Reese Jones came in to the game in the second and looked very good for limited action this season and only gave up 2 goals on 25 shots.

 

Grant Baetsen would score an early third period goal for his second of the year to put the Hawks up 4-0 before the Bombers would finally answer.

 

Rookie sensation Ethan Daniels banked a puck off the back of Declan Hobbs's skate for the Bomber's only goal of the game to make it a bit closer at 4-1.

 

The Hawks kept coming and Michael Grant scored his second of the game to seel the deal at 5-1.

 

Shots were very much in the Nipawin's favor at 34-17, and the Bombers really didn't test Hobbs much, with most of their shots coming from the perimeter.

 

Flin Flon's road woes continue and are now just 1-8-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum. Overall they slip to 7-10-1-3 and now trail the Hawks by 11 points for second in the division. Nipawin is 13-5-1-2. The Bombers will face the Hawks two more times before Christmas.

 

Some good news as Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan expects three regulars back in the lineup with McCausland, Newton and Jackson all expected to play Friday against Estevan.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call of this game with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

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This would have to go down as the best weekend in the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves history.

 

Norman hosted the Central Plains Capitals in a pair of games in OCN at the GLMC on Saturday and the Roy H Johnston Arena in the Pas this afternoon.

 

The Wolves had one win on the entire season entering the weekend but picked up back to back wins including an 11-8 victory earlier today.

 

Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored the first two goals of the game to pave the way to victory.

 

Lies had a hattrick on Saturday, and Chase Bertholet from the Pas picked up 7 points. Odin Church out of Flin Flon and Hayden Linklater from Peilican Narrows split the goaltending duties.

 

The Wolves improve to 3-13 on the season and will host the Southwest Cougars in Thompson December the second and third.

 

The Norman Northstars struggles continued on the weekend dropping a pair of games to Southwest 6-1 and 5-1.

 

Thompson's Jamie Valentino and Hunter Rambow from the Pas scored the goals. Flin Flon's Keian Weseen played goal on Saturday stopping 42 out of 47 shots.

 

The Northstars fall to 0-18-0-0-1 and hit the road for three starting Friday against Eastman.

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The Senior Hapnot Queens went undefeated and rolled over the competition in picking up Hapnot's third volleyball banner this year, and now will represent the north at Provincials.

 

The Queens went 4-0 in the round robin before beating Oxford House in the semi's, two sets to none.

 

Hapnot put the icing on the cake dominating Cranberry in the final 25-11 and 25 -12. The Queens will get a two week break before heading to Warren for Provincials on December the 1st and 2nd.

 

It looked like Hapnot may sweep the weekend as the Kings went 2-2 in the round robin, but got hot in the playoffs. The Kings beat Moose Lake in the quarters then Oxford House in the semi's to get to the final.

 

It was another Flin Flon, Cranberry final and this time FCI  pulled out the win two sets to none. Cranberry will represent the north for Provincials also in Warren in December.

 

A big thanks to the organizers and all the teams for a great weekend of volleyball.

 

      

 

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The Norman Northstars will get a chance to get their first win of the season when they host the Southwest Cougars tonight at the CA Nesbitt Arena.

 

Southwest has a record of 5-10 and this will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams tonight. Game time is 7:30 , and they will also play tomorrow at 7:30.

 

Norman remains in the basement in the Manitoba Midget AAA League with a record of: 0-16-0-0-1.

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If it seems like it's been a while since the Flin Flon Bombers have played a game it is. With this past Tuesday's game against Melfort postponed due to the weather, the last time the Bombers were on the ice was 7 days ago against Estevan.

 

Flin Flon will suit up Friday in Nipawin for just the second meeting of the season with their arch rivals the  Hawks, who are one of the top teams in the league. Nipawin won the first game in Flin Flon 5-2 back on September the 22nd.

 

Head Coach and GM Doug Johnson has done a nice job with a few additions from the WHL to go along with a strong nucleus of players returning from last season.

 

Brandan Arnold, Declan Hobbs are back from the WHL, and Grant Baetsen has come come back from the Northern American Hockey league to make Nipawin a very dangerous team.

 

The Hawks are 12-5-1-2 and sit second in the Sherwood Division, just 5 points behind front running Melfort with two games in hand. Nipawin is always good at the Cage and are 6-1-0-1 so far this year.

 

Nipawin has had no problem scoring this season firing 74 into the net in only 20 games,  and have only given up 51 for a +23 differential.

 

The young Bombers are at the other end of the spectrum giving up 70 goals and only scoring 63 times for a - 7. The big challenge for Flin Flon is winning on the road, who are 1-7-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon is 7-9-1-3 and have played a lot better lately,  due large in part to great goaltending. Rookie Nik Anderson filled in admirably for Brenden Newton who was out for a month with an upper body injury. Newton made his return last Thursday and didn't miss a beat in turning aside 44 out of 48 Estevan shots.

 

The Bombers will need him to be very good again tomorrow if they are going to get the two points at the Cage. We are back on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

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After winning both JV Volleyball  Zone banners last weekend, Hapnot will get a chance to keep the momentum going with another full weekend of action.

 

Senior Zones will be played at both Hapnot and McIsaac  with action starting Friday.

 

The Queens will start things off Friday against Cranberry at 12:30 and Wasagamack at 5:30.

 

The Kings play three games Friday including Cranberry at 12:30, Wasagamack at 4:30 and Split Lake at 8:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 11:30.

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Last Year's Midget Provincial Champions, the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Beausejour  for their first tournament of the season.

 

It all starts Friday with the Bantam AA Bombers playing Pembina Valley at 6:45. They will also play the SE Blizzard on Saturday at 10, and the Pembina Central Flyers at 5:15.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 10, with the Gold medal game at 4.

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Hapnot Collegiate hosted JV Volleyball Zones this past weekend and both the Kings and Queens came through on home soil.

 

The Queens went undefeated going 6-0 in the round robin before winning their semi final against Grand Rapids 2 sets to none. The Queens then knocked off OCN in the final 25-9 and 25-20.

 

The Kings were 6-2 in the round robin and beat St. Theresa 2 sets to none in the Semi's. The Kings also played OCN in the final and came out on top 25-20 and 25-17.

 

Both teams move on to Provincials the weekend of November the 24th and 25th. The Queens will head to Killarney and the Kings to Steinbach.

 

Hapnot will also host Senior Zones this weekend and we should have the schedule by Wednesday.

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It was a gutsy effort from the Norman Northstars who played 3 games in 3 days, which ended in a tough 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers yesterday afternoon.

 

The road trip started with back to back games against Pembina Valley, Friday and Saturday. The Hawks won Friday 5-2 and Saturday 4-3. Saturday's loss really stings as Norman had a 3-1 lead in the second period.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid was back in the lineup and he picked up a goal and an assist in the three games. Keian Weseen played net in two of the three games and he played very well stopping 71 out of 80 shots.

 

It was nice to see that even without a win on the season the Northstars played hard and have not given up.

 

They will get a chance to grab their first win of the season when they welcome the 5-10 Southwest Cougars to town this weekend.

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Creighton school hosted Boy's Regional Volley ball action this past Friday and Saturday.

 

Congratulations to Birch Hills who finished first with a record of 6-1, and will now host Regionals this upcoming weekend,

 

Meath Park came second and finished 5-1 and they will also qualify for Regionals, followed by Creighton at 2-4 and Senator Allen at 0-6.

 

With it being Rememberance Day on Saturday, Legion member Debbie McNeil presented Birch Hills with their medals in a nice ceremony after the game.

 

There were lots of spectators for all 4 teams and this will bring to a close the Kodiak volleyball season.

 

Basketball will start November the 20th.

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The Norman Northstars are back out on the road this weekend with a pair of games tonight and tomorrow in Pembina Valley.

 

The Hawks are 7-4 on the season while the Northstars are still in search of their first victory.

 

Norman will get a boost this weekend  as Mitchell Reid who leads the team in goals with 8 makes his return to the lineup. He was out last weekend with an illness.

 

The Northstars will wrap up the road trip on Sunday in Winnipeg against the Thrashers.

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Brenden Newton was back between the pipes after a 7 game absence and looked as good as I have ever seen him in last night's game against the Estevan Bruins.

 

Newton kept his team in it  and did everything he could to steal the game, but the Bruins would not be denied in a 4-3 OT victory.

 

Nick Shumlanski also made his return to the lineup last night and opened up the scoring when he re-directed a puck over the shoulder of Maxim Sidelnik for his 6th of the season.

 

Witzke and Miller both responded  and put the Bruins up 2-1 after 1.

 

The Bombers came out in the second and played their best period of the night and scored two quick goals before the period was 6 minutes old. 

 

Lanfermann scored his 5th of the year on the power play when he converted a nice pass from Caleb Moretz, and Isaac Jackson scored his first of the season when he snuck a low shot through traffic from the point to put the Bombers up 3-2.

 

Estevan repsonded late in the period when Jake Fletcher pounced on a rebound in front of the Bomber net to even things at 3.

 

The Bruins poured it on in the third period out shooting the Bombers 22-11, but they could not get a puck past Newton who made several big saves and was able to get the game to extra time.

 

It looked like we were headed to the shoot out but with 26 seconds left in OT, Arthur Miller was left all alone in front of the Bomber net and he scored his second of the game with a nice shot just underneath the bar.

 

A great effort from the Bombers and their goaltender Brenden Newton who was the best player on the ice this night, as they would get rewarded with 1 point.

 

Final shots were 48-43 in favour of the Bruins.

 

A big win for Estevan who leap frogged Weyburn with the victory and now have 27 points on the season to lead the Viterra Division. The Bruins got some help from Kindersley last night who downed the Wings 3-2.

 

The Bombers will slip to 7-9-1-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 18 points. Flin Flon won't play again til Tuesday when they will host the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum.

 

This will be the third meeting of the year and the Bombers have played the league leaders well with a win at home and a 1 goal loss on the road. Game time is 7:30 and no broadcast of this game.

 

Our next broadcast is a week from today in Nipawin, when Flin Flon will make their first trip to the Cage this season with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers will tackle the Estevan Bruins tonight at the Whitney Forum after a 7 day break.

 

Flin Flon hasn't played since last Thursday when they dropped a 4-3 decision in Melfort. Estevan is on a Northern road trip and they lost in Melfort 4-3 last night.

 

This will be the second meeting of the season between the two former WCHL rivals  with Estevan beating the Bombers at Affinity Place back on October the 15th 7-3.

 

The Bruins are 12-6-1 and are second in the Viterra Division, 1 point behind Weyburn. Estevan loves to score and have found the back of the net 87 times in 19 games to lead the league. They are led by Zach Goberis and Michael McChesney who have 58 points between them. Goberis had a hat trick against the Bombers in their last meeting.

 

Flin Flon are 7-9-0-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 17 points. They trail Nipawin by 8 points for second and Melfort by 12 points for the division lead.

 

Good news for the Bombers, Mike Reagan commented after practice today that goal tender Brenden Newton and veteran forward Nick Shumlanski would both be back in the lineup tonight.

 

Despite going 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Bombers are playing much better since that long road trip in October and are a respectable 6-2-0-2 at the Whitney Forum.

 

No question the high flying Bruins will be a big challenge for the Bomber's young d-core who feel they have something to prove after giving up 7 goals to Estevan  back in October.

 

Congratulations to the Bombers Crystopher Collin on being selected SJHL Rookie Of The Month for both September and October. Collin leads all rookies in the league with 20 points in 19 games including 13 goals.

 

Game time tonight is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast. We are back on the air from Nipawin next Friday from the Cage  with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

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Creighton school will be hosting Senior Boy's  Volleyball Conferences this Friday and Saturday.

 

4 teams will battle for the top two spots and a birth in Regionals the following weekend.

 

The Kodiaks are in a pool with Sen. Allan Bird, Birch Hills and Meath Park.

 

There will be a fee of $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students in grades 7-12 and grade 6 and under are free.

 

Here is the complete schedule:

 

Friday, November 10

 

G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status

5 7:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Creighton

2 8:00p Creighton Birch Hills Meath Park

 

Saturday, November 11

 

G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status

3 1:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Meath Park

4 2:00p Creighton Birch Hills Creighton

6 3:30p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Birch Hills

1 4:30p Creighton Creighton Meath Park

 

 

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The Flin Flon Ski Club is preparing for another season and their trail brushing is coming along nicely.

 

The open house is scheduled for Sunday November the 19th from 11-4 at the Chalet. PA Fresh Experience will be coming in with all the latest gear and information on Disk Golf.

 

Members of the Flin Flon Nordic team will also be on hand to answer any questions if you would like to try skiing on a competitive level.

 

You can register for any of the programs including Jackrabbits/Bunnyrabbits, Mom's and Tot's program, Adult Learn To Ski, After School Ski program and Wine and Cheese nights.

 

Memberships will be available for the upcoming year and the Ski Club is also looking for coach's for the Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit programs. They are also looking for new people to join the executive.

 

You can get more information by going to the website at flinflonskiclub.com.

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