The Nipawin Hawks were able to come into Flin Flon Saturday and came back from a 1 goal deficit on 3 differant occasions to beat the Bombers 4-3.
Brody Robinson opened the scoring at 8:41 of the first period before Nipawin would tie it at 17:52 on a goal by newcomer James Sorrey. The Bombers would once again take the lead when Genier would one time a pretty pass from Cam Blair in the top corner on Jordan Liem.
That was the Bombers first power play goal of the season and Flin Flon would take a 2-1 lead to the locker room after the opening period.
It wouldn't take the Hawks long to tie things in the second, veteran Taylor Balog would score 1:36 in on a nice pass from behind the Bombers net from Danzig. Cam Blair would give the Bombers their third lead of the night as he would deflect a Brock Hounsell shot on the power play and the Bombers went up 3-2.
Tad Kozan scored his 5th of the season to tie the game at 15:22 and it was all even at 3 after 2 periods.
James Sorrey would score his second of the night 4:39 into the third period and that would stand up as the game winner.
The Bombers pressed the rest of the way but could not get the equalizer and the Hawks would hang on for their second win of the season.
Final shots Nipawin 36 - Flin Flon 26, making it the third game in a row the Bombers have been outshot.
The Bombers drop to 1-2 and I picked some positives out of the game despite the loss.
The Bomber power play looked good, real good, going 2 for 6. Brett Boehm who made his season debut, makes a big differance and added a lot of spark every time he was on the ice.
New comers Jean Kristoff Grenier and Justin Rasmussen both looked better and I think are going to be real forces in this league once they start to get more games under their belt. Grenier did score his first SJ goal in the loss.
The Bombers will turn their focus to the Kindersley Klippers this weekend , who come to town for games Friday and Saturday. Kindersley is off to a great start at 3-0 after a come from behind win over Melville on Saturday.
The Flin Flon Curling Club will be holding their final registration on Wednesday October the 2nd 6:30 at the FF Curling Club. Registration is for men's, ladie's, mixed and any junior's who are interested. A meeting will follow.
Men's Curling will be Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Ladie's will curl Monday and Wednesday
Hot Stove Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
There is also a new ladie's league Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
For more information call Cindy at: 204-687-8677 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flin Flon Bombers will be back in action after a 7 day break as they prepare for a Sherwood Division foe in the Nipawin Hawks.
The Bombers are 1-1 after splitting the opening weekend with Melfort. The Hawks are 0-2 after dropping a pair to Laronge.
Nipawin will be in action tonight when they take on Weyburn at home. The Bombers should be well rested and look forward to getting back on the ice tomorrow.
Mike Reagan had this to say about Saturday's matchup with Nipawin: "We have a pretty good idea of what Nipawin has right now. Doug is making changes there as well and trying to make his team better so there might be a few players there we are not familliar with. But we had a good look at them in the preseason and are excited about the matchup."
The one thing that jumps out at me is the number of penalties that Nipawin has taken in the first 2 games of the season. The Hawks 81 minutes in 2 games leads the league by a pretty wide margin. Yorkton is second with 58.
Flin Flon, who were one of the highest scoring teams last season try to get their offense in gear with only 2 goals so far in the first 2 games. Brett Boehm - last year's SJHL rookie of the year who scored 25 goals is still on the mend and his status for this weekend is still unknown.
Game time is 7:30 and will be the first regular season meeting since last spring's emotional playoff series when the Bombers beat the Hawks in 6 games. Both teams will look a little different, but I doubt that will hurt this rivalry very much.
Both coach's suited up for their respective clubs back in the day and are very firey competitors who hate to lose.
The 2 teams split their pre season games with the Hawks winning 4-3 in their building and the Bombers returned the favour 7-3 at the Whitney Forum.
Don't forget to bring your radios as CFAR and flinflononline.com will hit the air at 7:10.
The Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs split their home and home affair to begin the SJHL regular season this past weekend.
The Mustangs came out to play Friday and were able to keep the Bomber offense at bay with a 3-0 victory.
Keiss and Sloan scored power play goals in the first and second period and Fauchox scored into the empty net with less than a minute remaining as the Mustangs were able to win their home opener in front of 1,740 fans.
Devin Buffalo was the Bombers best player stopping 33 out of 36 shots and was very good early as the Mustangs outshot Flin Flon 13-5 in the first period. If Buffalo was not on his game it could of been much worse.
The Whitney Forum was the stage for the next night in Flin Flon and the Bombers did not dissapoint the home crowd. Dillan McCombie scored just 42 seconds into the game when he took a Brock Hounsell deflection off a skate and wired a booming slapshot past Austin Rediron to open the scoring.
That would stand up as the game winner as Devin Buffalo had another impressive night stopping all 39 Melfort shots for the shutout.
Cam Blair added a insurance goal mid-way through the third period to give Flin Flon a little more beathing room.
The Mustangs outshot Flin Flon in both contests 75-61 and ended up going 2 for 7 on the power play. The Bombers went 0 for 5.
It was a perfect night with the Bomber Alumni consisting of ( Gerry Hart, Tom Gilmore, Jack Turner, Cal Hammond among others) presenting Bomber Coach Mike Reagan with a cheque for 15,000.00 to go towards the new Bomber bus before the game with a nice ceremony at ice level.
The Bombers also donned their new third jersey which is the uniform they wore when they came back into the SJHL in 1983. It is very sharp and seemed to go over very well with the fans in attendance which was 1,250.
Mike Reagan was happy with the effort on Saturday and had this to say on the CFAR post game show.
" I was extremely happy with the effort on Saturday and thought all 4 lines came to play. I thought our 4th line was spectacular Paul Soubry, Ram Brar and Evan Akkerman they were awesome tonight and I know they feel really good with their performance." Tyson Empey came to play again tonight and has been our most consistant player the first 2 games and is going to be a heck of a player for us."
The Bombers will get a week off between games and prepare for Doug Johnston and a new look Nipawin Hawk team who come to town on Saturday. Nipawin will look a lot differant than the team the Bombers faced in last year's playoffs with 8 players that have graduated or been moved since their playoff loss to the Bombers last March.
All the action on CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com. we are on the air at 7:10.
The SJHL regular season kicked off last night in Melville with the Estevan Bruins taking down the home town Millionares 4-2.
5 games highlight the schedule tonight including the Flin Flon Bombers in Melfort to face the Mustangs in the first part of a home and home series at the Northern Lights Palace.
The Bombers took 4 out of 6 games against the Mustangs last season including the first 2 games to start the year.
Mike Reagan is very much looking forward to the season:
"We have recruited very hard here to get ready for this season, and we feel we have brought in the players that will give us an opportunity to compete for a championship.I like our team and we are looking forward to puck drop tonight."
Both clubs have familiar faces returning and both have been very busy retooling. The Bombers upgraded up front bringing in Jean- Kristoff Grenier from Swan Valley for futures and Justin Rasmussen from Summerside who should be very good in the faceoff circle.
The Bombers also helped out their blueline by picking up former Kindersley Klipper Sean Whelan from OCN for veteran d-man Tanner Clark and prospect Keifer Schaufler.
The Mustangs have also been busy reacquireing defenseman Preston Eshenko from OCN for forward Cody McKinnon. Eshenko rejoins the Mustangs after an off season trade sent him to Alberta for goalie Mitch Maraschiello.
Melfort has also picked up '94 born forward Lane Harbor from Weyburn who picked up 21 points in 34 games last season.
The Mustangs finished the season with an impresive sweep of the Battleford Stars in the Survivor Series before bowing out to the Humboldt Broncos in 5 games. Flin Flon also had their season come to an end against the Broncos in 5 - after a very emotional 6 game series win against the Nipawin Hawks.
The Mustangs are supposed to be better and Flin Flon wants to show that they remain an upper echelon team. Puck drop is 8:30 tonight with all the action on CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com. We will be on the air at 8:10 with the Murray GM Coach's Show .
These 2 teams will be back at the Whitney Forum tomorrow with puck drop at 7:30 for the Bomber home opener.
The Flin Flon Bombers dropped a 3-1 decision to the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard on Friday night.
The game was quite chippy in the beginning with both teams making regular visits to the penalty box. Things seemed to settle down after an early second period tilt between Cameron Blair and Wilson Dumais who were both ejected from the game. Dumais had already been in the penalty box 4 times before the fight early in the second.
TJ Constant opened up the scoring with a power play goal 34 seconds into the second period. Local product Dillian McCombie answered with a power play goal of his own early in the third to tie the game at 1. That was McCombie's fifth goal of the pre season.
That is the only puck that would beat Alex Henry who would close the door the rest of the way stopping 20 out of 21 Bomber shots in the third period. Keeper and Valiquette would score insurance goals for the Blizzard in the third to pick up their first pre season victory.
Final shots favoured Flin Flon 41-27. Henry was the difference and was the game's first star. Power plays finished up Flin Flon 1 for 10 and OCN 1 for 8.
The Bombers were busy after the game completing a number of deals.
The big trade was veteran blueliner Tanner Clark and rookie defenseman Keifer Schaufler to OCN for former Kindersley Klipper Sean Whelan. Whelan was dealt to OCN a few days earlier but did not want to report.
Whelan dressed for Kindersley 32 games last year where he picked up 3 assists. He also has Western Hockey League experience with the Regina Pats where he dressed for 11 games.
The Bombers also dealt rookie forward Evan Patrick to Dauphin of the MJHL for futures.
Rookie Brent Aiken was dealt to Winkler for futures.
Veteran forward Greg Wiwcharuk traded to North Bay of the NOJHL for futures.
Local product Zach Garrett was released and is expected to be picked up by a Junior B team.
Flin Flon finishes the pre season at 3-3 where they scored 29 goals and gave up 15 and will open up the SJ regular season this weekend with a home and home with Melfort.
The first game is in Melfort Friday with the home opener at the Whitney Saturday. Both games on CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com. Don't forget Fridays game is an 8: 30 MB start time. We will be on the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:10.
It may have been only pre season, but the Laronge Ice Wolves under new coach Shawn Martin were all buisiness last night at the Whitney Forum.
The Ice Wolves came out and hit everything in sight, winning all the battles for loose pucks and took it to the Bombers for the majority of the evening.
Newcomer Tyson Vollette scored twice in the first 3 min of the game and Laronge never looked back. Chandler Bruykere got the Bombers on the board with a powerplay goal later in the first, but that is all the offense Flin Flon could muster.
The Ice Wolves would get an insurance goal from Evan Zdunich early in the second to make 3-1 and that would hold up for the rest of the game.
Final shots 31-18 for Laronge.
Power-Plays Laronge 1 for 5 while Flin Flon was 1 for 2. Both teams used 2 goalies with rookie Simon Hofley starting for Flin Flon who stopped 7 of 9 shots in the first. Buffalo played the second and third and stopping 21 out of 22. Dasan Sydora stopped 10 out of 11 shots and Tyler Fuhr stopped all 7 shots he faced in the Laronge goal.
Mike Reagan was not happy with his team's effort and had this to say after last night's game.
" Laronge looked like a team that does not want to finish in the basement this year. We had a bunch of guys that just put on the equipment tonight and went for a skate."
" I think we are going to process this loss here tonight. I thought it was a pretty bad effort by our guys, there are probabaley some guys in there that by the way they played tonight may not be a part of this team. Obviously we are emotional after a loss like that, we have to cool our jets here and do some realistic thinking."
The Bombers will have a chance to correct things as they will be right back on the ice tonight when they get ready to host the OCN Blizzard.
The Bombers are expected to ice pretty much there A team with McCombie, Blair and Brett Boehm all expected to play. Mike said they may need to take a look at a few more rookies as well.
Don't forget all the action on CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com tonight with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30. This will be our first of 34 Flin Flon Bomber broadcasts this season.
The biggest crowd of the pre season is expected tonight with OCN looking for redemption after getting hammered in their own building to the tune of 11-2 last Friday with pretty much a rookie lineup. The Blizzard are expected to have a lot more vets in their lineup tonight and it should be a very electric atmosphere.
These 2 teams don't play each other often, so make sure you don't miss it. This should be another epic chapter in this great rivalry.
It was another dominating performance offensively for the Flin Flon Bombers who put up 7 last night to take down a quick physical Nipawin Hawk team.
Offense does not look like it is going to be a problem this season as the Bombers have scored 24 goals in their last 3 games.
Mike Reagan has done a very good job recruiting some good offensive players to replace the likes of Storzuk, Roach, Balaski, Litke, and Penner. Matter of fact Reagan thinks they may score more goals this year.
Parker Evans Campbell who came over from Fort Mcmurray in the Dallen Hall trade looks like he will score some goals, along with newcomers Justin Rasmussen and Jean Kristoff Grenier.
Brody Robinson has really stept up offensively with 4 goals so far in the pre season and Mike is expecting good seasons from Tyson Empey and Landon Hiebert.
I don't think scoring will be a problem for McCombie, Blair, and Boehm either. All 3 of those players could very well finish in the top 10 in league scoring.
McCombie looks real good and is playing with a purpose. He plays hard every shift and has found the back of the net 4 times so far in the pre season.
If the Bombers need to improve in any area it may be on the back end. Flin Flon has some big holes to fill with Roach and Weldon both graduating and Hall being moved to Alberta.
The Kauk deal did not work out so Mike is still looking for a no.1 defenseman. Tanner Clark has made his way back to Flin Flon and should help out especially on the power play. Clark had 26 points last year, 11 of them on the pp.
Next up in the pre season will be in Swan River tonight and home to Laronge tomorrow and wrapping up the pre season Friday against OCN. This game will be on CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.
Bomber Goal Scorers last night.
Robinson, Blair, Campbell, Grenier, Carson Boehm and Dillon McCombie with 2.
Invsestors Group Field was everything I heard it would be and more. WOW, what a beautiful stadium. I had the oppurtunity to see it for the very first time this past weekend as I attended the annual Banjo Bowl.
The things that jumped out at me, not a bad seat in the house - very spacious walkways and a very unique roof.
Bob Irving the longtime Blue Bomber broadcaster, gave me the guided tour and pointed out the roof. It is uniquely shaped especially to combat both rain and snow.
This stadium is the envy of the entire CFL and I was told they took the blue print from the stadium in Seattle, and ran with it from there.
Parking still may be a bit of an issue, but it is coming leaps and bounds from where it was at the beginning of the season. There were lots of Winnipeg's finest making sure everyone got out of the stadium safely.
The noise that emulates from the stadium is freakin' incredible. I have been in a lot of loud buildings in my time, but I have never experianced the deafening sounds that came out of Investors Group Field on Sunday.
You can experiance this electricity yourself, as I have attached audio from the first ever Blue Bomber win in the new stadium as the Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 25-13.
The Riders may be the best team in the league, but the Bombers were the best team on this day and the fans got what they truly deserved - A WIN!!!
The stadium was decorated with all kinds of characters dressed in green and white in addition to blue and gold and truly is a special place to be able to experience it live. I love watching games on tv, but nothing beats being there. You get revved up just sitting in the stands taking in an incredible atmosphere.
Will this be the game that turns the Bomber season around? Their defense has been pretty decent all season.They were a very determined group this day and did not allow the Riders to score a single touchdown. The only team in the CFL to accomplish this so far this season.
It was interesting listening to Bomber fans as they left the stadium on Sunday. I heard from quite a few fans that they didn't care if the Bombers won another game this season, they were basking in the fact that they pulled one off over the Riders. A big win indeed, but I cannot echo what these Bomber fans were saying.
I hope there are many more wins for this team, and hopefully a few more this season.
The Flin Flon Bombers traveled to OCN for an interleague pre-season tilt versus the MJHL’s Blizzard on Friday night. The short road trip was a successful one as the Bombers scored the first eight goals, cruising to an 11-2 victory. Goal Scorers included Jean Krsitoff Grenier (2), Brody Robinson (2), Tyson Empy (2) Justin Rasmussen, Greg Wiwcharuk, Cole McCaig, Paul Solbry, and Seamus Maguire.
Flin Flon will host Nipawin this Tuesday night at the Whitney Forum at 7:30 for more pre season action. CFAR 590’s first broadcast of the year will be Friday, September 13 featuring the rematch between the Blizzard and the Bombers.
The Flin Flon Bombers picked up a convincing 6-0 win in pre-season action last night over the Swan Valley Stampeders of the MJHL.
The Bombers did it with pretty much with an all rookie lineup dressing only 6 vets- Parker Evans Campbell who they just obtained in a trade, Dillan McCombie, Tyson Empey, Danys Chartrand, Greg Wiwcharuk and Brett Boehm.
The Bombers are definately very fast and skilled and were able to get to the Swan Valley net last night with ease.
I realize this is the pre season and Swan had a lot of rookies in their lineup but I really like what I see. I like the combination of size and talent that Mike has brought in to compliment a good core of veterans to start the season.
I caught up with Mike after last night's game and he was very happy with what he saw.
" Tonight's victory was a great effort by our guys and we liked what we saw out of most of the guys you know just responding to some of the chalk talk we had before the game. We havn' t run any practises yet to go over systems and it was really nice to see guys executing what we talked about."
16 year old Connor Ingram played the entire game and stopped all 27 Stampeder shots fired in his direction and impressed the 300 plus in attendance Tuesday night.
Connor will go back to play Triple A, but definately showed he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Scoring goals for Flin Flon:
Dillan McCombie led the way with 2, and singles came from: Evan Patrick, Brett Boehm, Seamus Maguire and Brandon Workun.
McCombie looked real good and is very excited about this season " There was lots of guys at main camp chopping at the bit to try and grab a position on this team and this was as competitive of a main camp that I have ever seen, and I think with the new additions and the guys we have coming back we will be good again this year."
The Bomber pre-season record is now 1-1 and will see another MJHL opponent on Friday with the OCN Blizzard who are expected to be one of the MJ's best teams. Game time Friday 7:00 at the GLMC.
Flin Flon Bomber main camp wrapped up Sunday with team Blue beating team Maroon 4-3.
scoring for team Maroon
Parker Evans Campbell
scoring for team Blue
Austin Larochelle with a pair
The Bombers will kick off their 7 game pre-season schedule in Nipawin Monday in an all rookie affair and back at the Whitney Forum to face the MJHL'S Swan Valley Stampeders on Tuesday.
Mike Reagan mentioned that he was very happy with the calibre of players at this year's camp and the compete level was very high. Mike also mentioned he did not know how many players he was going to keep, with his team playing 7 pre-season games they would need a lot of bodies. Lots of players are on the bubble and will need to be further evaluated.
Two players who the Bombers recently traded for Justin Rasmussen who was picked up from the Summerside Western Capitals and Jean Kristoff Grenier who was property of the Swan Valley Stampeders both arrive in Flin Flon Tuesday.
Mike would like to get them in the lineup in OCN Friday.
The trade for Tyler Kauk that the Bombers made with the Estevan Bruins back in July has hit a snag. Kauk has decided that he would like to stay in Southern Manitoba and the player that Flin Flon dealt 1996 born Connor Vermeulen doesn't look like he is going to report in Estevan either.
Reagan said the deal is not dead yet and they will try to find a way to satisfy both clubs. If a deal cannot be made Flin Flon will pursue another no.1 defenseman elsewhere.
Don't forget to get your names in for the Bomber golf tournament this Sunday September the 8th. Shotgun start at 2 PM and over 5,000.00 up for grabs in prizes. Contact the Bomber office at 687-4404.