Hapnot Collegiate is enjoying their holiday break, and are preparing for a very busy 2014.
All of Hapnot's basketball teams will be in action, here is the breakdown of their schedules:
Senior Boys and Girls
Jan 25th- Pre-Zone The Pas
Feb 8-9 Transcona- Winnipeg
Mar1-2 Zones- Thompson
Mar 14-16- Provincials- Winnipeg
Feb 15-16- Nelson Macintire- Winnipeg
Jan 18-19- Creighton
JV Boys and Girls
Jan 18-19- Thompson
Feb 8-9- The Pas
Feb 23-24- Zones- Flin Flon
Mar 7-9- Provincials- Sanford/Winkler
The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up 2013 with a 5-2 set back in Kindersley last night. After a good start to the road trip, the Bombers dropped both games in Kindersley and sit second in the Sherwood Division with a record of: 15-17-0-2.
The Bombers have played the most games in the division, and trail the front running Nipawin Hawks by one point, but Nipawin does have four games in hand. Flin Flon leads Laronge by one point, and Melfort by two, but both the Ice Wolves and Mustangs have one game in hand.
The Bombers got both their goals on the power play last night, with Cam Blair scoring his team leading tenth of the year, and Peter Poulin Roy scoring his first.
One has to wonder, with the Bombers entering their Christmas break, will Mike Reagan be selling or adding at the deadline? I would have to think, that there will be teams who have interest in Flon's twenty year olds.
I don't think there is a team any where that would not want Cam Blair. The twenty year old vet from Drake Saskatchewan can do it all. He is a great competiter, who can score, fight, penalty kill and is super in the room. He will make any roster he is added to better.
Another name that constantly comes up is veteran goal - tender Devin Buffalo, who is considered by many to be the best in the league this year. The SJHL rookie of the year from a couple of years back has put up some very impressive numbers so far this season.
His .941 save % is second in the league, and his goals against of 2.18 has him ranked sixth. The only stat that is not remarkable for Buffalo is wins with 11, due to the fact the Bombers simply do not score enough.
Flin Flon sits second last in goals for with 83. The only team that scores less is Notre Dame, and they have played three less games. This is why I believe that Mike Reagan may look toward the future.
Besides Buffalo and Blair, Reagan has many other trade options including veteran d-man Brock Hounsell, newly acquired Sam Williams, who has a ton of junior experience and you could possibly throw rugged Brody Robinson into the mix.
No question, you should be able to get some very good prospects for these veteran players which could set the Bombers up pretty good for the next couple of seasons.
The other school of thought is, with the league being super tight again, maybe you add a couple veteran players and throw your hat in the ring and see what happens.
Last year's SJHL champion Yorkton Terriers seem to be the favorite, but I would not call them a lock to even win their division.
While the rest of us are enjoying turkey, and getting together with family, Mike Reagan will no doubt be contemplating his next move. It could be very tough to make any moves within the league, with the parity and with six legitimate contenders.
Reagan will not have a lot of time to think about what he will do in the new year. The Bombers are back on the ice Saturday January the fourth, and the trade deadline will be six days later.
One thing is for sure Mike Reagan will do what he feels is best for the organization, and will certainly be one busy guy on the phone in either direction he decides to go.
I think this will be one very interesting January tenth deadline that could possibly make or break some teams. A number of clubs are very close and it will be interesting to see what (if any- one) will be willing to give up to get a clear advantage to try and win it this season. Some will say the best trades are the one's you don't make. Yorkton and Melville made splashes already, so it will be interesting to see what Humboldt,Battleford, Kindersley and Nipawin end up doing.
I want to take this oppurtunity to wish all SJHL fans and teams from across this great league, A Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous 2014.
Look forward to seeing you at rinks across the province in the new year.
The Norman Northstars wrapped up 2013 with a three game road trip this past weekend.
Norman lost their first game on Friday to Kenora 4-2, but did rebound to beat Kenora 3-2 on Saturday, for their first victory on the road this season.
Eastman beat Norman 7-2 yesterday, in the Northstars final game of 2013.
Norman's record stands at : 3-24-0-1, heading into the Christmas break.
The Nortstars are playing much better since Doug Korman has taken over the coaching ranks, with a record of: 2-4-0-1.
The Northstars will host Pembina Valley in the new year January 4th and 5th at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.
Sam Antilla from Thompson, won the senior Curling zone this past weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.
Antilla beat Don Holmes from Flin Flon 8-5 in the final.
Antilla will now represent the North at the Provincial Playdowns coming up in Brandon February the 21st to the 23rd.
Three rinks will be competing in Senior Zones this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.
Sam Antilla from Thompson and two rinks from Flin Flon, Grant Mcluckie and Don Holmes.
Draws are Saturday at 10, 2 and 6. Playoffs start Sunday at 10.
The winner will get entry into Provincial Playdowns.
The Flin Flon Ski Club has 28 KM of fantastic groomed trails, and are preparing for an exciting 2014.
The ski club's programs will start on Saturday January the 11th, and will continue every weekend till March the 15th.
The 2014 ski programs on Saturday are: Bunny Rabbits at 10AM, Jack Rabbits at 10:30 AM and Track Attack/Adult Beginners at 11:30 AM.
The Flin Flon Ski Club will also be hosting The Saskman Cup on February the 22-23, and the 39th annual Centaloppet on March the 9th.
The Norman Northstars could not get any offense going and dropped both games to the Yellowhead Cheifs this weekend, by scores of 3-0 and 5-1.
Thompson's Bryce Horning scored the only goal for Norman this weekend, who see their record drop to: 2-22-0-1.
Norman will play three games on the road before they get ready for their Christmas break.
They will play in Kenora Friday and Saturday, and wrap things up in Eastman on Sunday.
The Hapnot Senior Kings were in Brandon for one of the biggest high school basketball tournaments in western Canada this past weekend.
The Kings had an exceptional weekend beating Nelson McIntire out of Winnipeg, Stonewall and Minnedosa in round robin play.
Their only blemish was a loss to St John's Ravencourt out of Winnipeg in the semis.
The Kings rebounded to beat Lloydminster 87-67 to place third out of 34 teams
The Annual Border Bash took place in Creighton and the Kodiaks went 0-3.
Cranberry finished first, Beauval second and MBCI out of The Pas came third.
The Kodiak girls were in Birch Hills over the weekend and lost to Meath Park in the B-side final.
The Bombers were able to avenge a 1-0 loss in the shootout to Kindersley on Friday, with a solid 4-2 over Weyburn Saturday.
Flin Flon was able to pick up three out of a possible four points in the last home stand of 2013. The Bomber captain Cam Blair suited up this weekend for the first time since November the 8th and made his presence felt.
Bottom line - the Bombers are simply better when Blair is in the lineup. Every time he is on the ice, you can see his compete level which is second to no-one in this league. Just ask Dillan McCombie who hasn't been the same since Blair was injured.
Blair picked up a pair of assists in the win , including a nice set up for McCombie, who scored the game winner 54 seconds into the third period. McCombie took the pass, and walked out of the corner and fired a beautiful wrist shot top right corner on Rylan Parenteau.
Other goal scorers for Flin Flon were: Desrosier(1), Chartrand(5) and Menke who scored his seventh, and first as a Bomber. Menke was the player who came to Flin Flon for Brett Boehm earlier in the week.
Weyburn goal scorers : Farkas and Sheschuk.
The Bombers have vaulted into second place with a record of: 14-15-0-1, in a very tight Sherwood Division. Flin Flon remains four points behind Division leaders Nipawin, are tied with Laronge and are one point up on Melfort.
To say this four game in five night road trip for the Bombers is big, is a huge under statement. This could very well be the road trip which determines if the Bombers are buyers or sellers on the Jan 10th deadline.
Mike Reagan has some big decisions to make, whether he puts his hat in the ring for this season, or really loads up for next year. No question the Bombers have some twenty year olds that a lot of clubs would be interested in.
Mike will really get a good feel for his team , and the compete level of his players with some very tough competition this week. Flin Flon will close out 2013 with games in Humboldt Tuesday, Battleford Wednesday and Kindersley Friday and Saturday.
If Flin Flon has a good trip they could go into the new year first place in the Sherwood, and may look to add a few players and go for it. Yorkton are the defending champs, and seem to be the favorite to win the league, but half lost three in a row and are fighting for first in their division with Melville. Nothing is guaranteed and their are a lot of teams who feel they are be right there.
I have talked to a lot of coach's in the league, and they all feel that deals within the league Jan the 10th will be very tough, because there is so much parity. Even if Mike Reagan decides to deal some more twenty year olds, he may have to deal outside the league to get back equal value.
This will be a very interesting road trip, which will no doubt allow Reagan to decide what direction he will be going.
Reagan was on the CFAR post game show on Saturday and talked about his current situation. " we have looked at a lot of statitistics lately and we are not that far off." " If you take a look at out goals for and against for plus minus, the only teams better than us are Humboldt, Kindersley, Melville and Yorkton." We are fifth in that category, and those are big stats as far as I am concerned." " Both our goalies have save percentages at .930, we just don't score enough." " We have lost a lot of tough games that don't make sense to us." "Our team is better than our record indicates."
CFAR will not broadcast this upcoming road trip, due to other duties I have at the radio station, but we look forward to getting back on the air in 2014. Our first broadcast will be Saturday January the fourth when Notre Dame comes to town.
To Bomber fans every where a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope to see all you great fans right through out 2014.
The Hapnot Senior Kings boys basketball team are off to a great start at the BSSI Invitational in Brandon.
The Kings have picked up back to back wins over Nelson McIntire of Winnipeg 57-37, and Minnedosa 87-37.
Hapnot will play Stonewall today at 4PM for first in the division.
playoffs start tomorrow.
Mike Reagan has pulled off some big trades before, but I think it is safe to say, this may be one of the more shocking deals.
The Coach and GM was in the CFAR studio to make the big announcement earlier this afternoon. Reagan announced that Brett Boehm had been dealt to Yorkton for 18 year old forward Dalton Menke and future considerations, which will be a player for next season.
Reagan said this is very similar to the Andrew Johnston trade with Humboldt a few years ago which turned out very well for Flin Flon.
" We are excited about this trade for lots of different reasons, in Menke we get a player that will be with our club for three seasons." " He is also a very good centreman who is excellent in draws, something we are lacking right now." We gave up a lot in Brett who was our most skilled player, he won the SJHL rookie of the year , and was leading our team offensively this season." "We had different ideas in what direction the team was heading and decided to make this deal."
Boehm was leading Flin Flon in goals with 10 and points with 23. Menke has 10 points including 6 goals, and will be in uniform when the Bombers play their final two home games of 2013 this weekend.
Reagan also announced that they have dealt 19 year old defenseman Connor Bass to Way Way of the MJHL for future considerations.
The Bombers have nine defensemen right now, so Bass became part of the numbers game.
The Creighton Kodiak Senior boys basketball team will kick off their season this weekend, when they host the annual Border Bash.
Action kicks off Friday when Creighton plays Cranberry at 2, followed by MBCI out of The Pas playing Sandy Bay at 3:30, Star City against Beauval at 5 and Norway House against Buffalo Narrows at 6:30.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9 AM.
The Hapnot Senior Kings will be in Brandon for the BSSI Invitational this weekend. This is the biggest boys high school basketball tournament in the province and head coach Don Dyke says he is looking forward to seeing how his team competes.
" Not only will we doing a lot of playing, but watching the teams as well." " We will use this as a gauge to see where we are and where we need to get to." "We have a completely new starting line up, and we are looking to be successful and be competitive again this year." " I believe we have the group that can get it done."
34 teams will be competing and Hapnot will play Nelson Mcintire out of Winnipeg, Thursday at 4 and Minnedosa and Stonewall Friday. Playoffs are Saturday.
The Norman Northstars have come off their best weekend of the season, taking three out of a possible four points against the Kenora Thistles.
Doug Korman , the long time coach who was informed he would not be coming back for his 20th season behind the bench three seasons ago has mysteriously appeared again.
John McNevin the Northstars President, who took over coaching the team this season decided to step down over a week ago , and the team once again will have Korman in charge.
The Northstars responded by losing to Kenora, 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday, and winning 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday.
Flin Flon's Aaron Beauchamp, and Riley Mcdonald both had 1 assist over the weekend.
Norman's record improves to 2-20-0-1, and will host Yellowhead this weekend.
The Hapnot Senior Kings kicked off the high school basketball season this past weekend in The Pas, at the annual Bill McDonald Invitational Tournament.
The Kings went undefeated beating Sandy Bay, Norway House and OCN.
Hapnot would play Norway House for the second time in the tournament, beating them in the finals 47-37.
This is the third straight year Hapnot has won this event.
Creighton school gets set to host the Border Bash this weekend, with teams competing from The Pas, Sandy Bay, Star City, Beaval, Cranberry, Norway House, Buffalo Narrows and Creighton.
The Annual Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Hockey Tournament took place this past weekend at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
Here are the results:
The Mel Pearson Event- A Final
Jack Turner Event- B Final
Swan River White- 4
The Pas Red-2
Scott Davidson Event- C Final
The Pas White-7
Swan River Black-3
Paddy Ginnell Event
Cementation Event- E Final
Thompson Jets- 4
Thompson Wings- 3
Shayne Pearson Event- F Final
Flin Flon Bomber Event- G Final
A big thank you to Scott Eastman for all his help in getting all the results , and his co-operation through out the weekend.
The weekend started well for the Bombers,who played one of their best games in the last few weeks taking down the Melville Millionaires 3-0 on Friday.
Devin Buffalo was steller as per usual stopping all 34 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season, matching a career high.
Austin Calladine continues to show why he is a bonified star in this league, picking up three points, two goals and an assist to lead the way offensively. Brock Hounsell scored the other goal on the power play.
Mike Reagan said this was one of the best games he has seen his team play and it was extra special, since it came against Melville one of the best teams in the league. This was sweet revenge against the Mills who beat the Bombers a week before 5-3.
The Bombers were hoping to carry this over against the Estevan Bruins who were at the Whitney Forum on Saturday. The Bruins beat the Bombers in Flin Flon earlier in the season 2-0.
The night started well as Danis Chartrand picked up an Estevan turn over just outside the slot and fired it past Matt Gibney to give the Bombers an early 1-0 lead.
It was all Estevan after that point, as they reeled off four straight goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead after two.
Brody Robinson was able to convert a beautiful feed from Brett Boehm short handed, to give the Bombers some life early in the third, but Flin Flon could not put another puck past Matt Gibney. The Bruins added a late goal to seel the deal 5-2.
Gibney was sensational and was the game's first star stopping 48 out of 50 shots. Gibney was especially sharp in the second stopping all 21 shots fired in his direction.
I thought the Bombers deserved a better fate this night, but they ran into a really hot goalie. Flin Flon generated lots of shots, and had a pretty good tempo, but never got on track offensively. Brett Boehm was back in the lineup after serving a three game suspension and had a few splashes of brilliance, but could not put the puck in the net despite some very good oppurtunities.
The Bombers also had some defensive breakdowns which led to three Estevan goals in the second period. Mike Reagan decided to pull Devin Buffalo after the second , and put in Hofley hoping to get a boost from the rest of the team.
During our radio broadcast Saturday, I was trying to remember if I have ever seen Buffalo lifted from a game before. I may be wrong, but I do not remember it happening in any of the games that I have broadcasted.
Estevan goal scorers: Rosselein, Daae, Froese, Duret and Garagan. Jason Duret who was recently picked up from Laronge was one of the best players on the ice, and was rewared with a three point night.
The Bombers find themselves in third place in the Sherwood Division with a record of : 13-15, 26 points which is one point back of Laronge for second, and four behind Nipawin for first . The Bombers are only two points ahead of Melfort, and the Mustangs have a game in hand. It remains very tight, and things can pretty much change night to night.
Flin Flon will enjoy a five day break before they play their final two home games of 2013. Kindersley and Weyburn come to town for games Friday and Saturday. Cfar will broadcast the game with Weyburn on Saturday on our brand new FM frequency at 102.9 and of course flinflononline.com. This will be our final broadcast of 2013.
After the weekend the Bombers will close out the year with four games in five nights, starting in Humboldt Tuesday December the 17th, Battleford on the 18th, and Kindersley December the 21st and 22nd.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey is getting set to host their first big event of the season, with the annual Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Tournament hitting the Sportex and Whitney Forum this weekend.
Scott Eastman the Novice co-ordinater has confirmed 14 teams from: Flin Flon, The Pas,OCN, Swan River, Thompson, Norway House and Gillam.
All the action starts this Friday at 1:00 when the Flin Flon Mckeens battle The Pas Red at the Sportex. The first game at the Whitney Forum is this Friday 1:30 between Flin Flon Reliance and The Pas White.
A complete schedule is available at flinflonminorhockey.com.
The Melville Millionaires showed the Flin Flon Bombers why they are one of the best teams in the SJHL.
The Mils came into the Whitney Forum on Saturday and picked up a 5-3 victory, to beat the Bombers for the second time this season and cap a perfect road trip.
Melville beat Nipawin 5-0 the night before.
Melville took it to Flin Flon in the first period out scoring them 2-0 and out shooting them 16-1.
The Bombers played a much better second period, but it was the Millionaires with the only goal as they led 3-0 after two.
The Bombers fianally got on the board in the third, when new comer 16 year old Dustin Perilat found the back of the net when his point shot was deflected past Isaiah Plett.
Melville answered with two more goals before Flin Flon would get a late surge and get a couple of goals from McCombie and Soubry.
Flin Flon would get a late power play, and pulled Devin Buffalo to get a 6 on 4 advantage but could not get any more pucks past Plett.
Melville goal scorers were: Bareth, Brandrup, Mospanchuk, Murray and Walz.
A scary moment for the Millionaires on Saturday when their captain Mospanchuk collided with Brody Robinson and fell awkwardly into the boards. Word is he is going to be ok, and it appears he just got a stinger down his neck and back.
Jamie Feisel told me earlier today that he gave himself a bit of a scare because he was feeling pain in his neck, but is feeling much better today and is expected to get right back on the ice.
The Bombers slip to 12-14 after the weekend and remain second in the Sherwood Division, tied with Laronge. The Ice Wolves do have a game in hand. Both teams are four points behind the Nipawin Hawks who continue to lead the division.
The Dec 1st deadline has come and gone and it appears the Bombers have picked up another d-man. More details to come on that hopefully later today. There were plenty of deals around the league including former Bomber Tanner Clark being moved to Laronge
along with Hudson Morrison for 95 F Jason Duret and the rights to his brother 96 F Ryan Duret. This is Clark's fourth team this year.
The Bombers will enjoy 5 days off before getting back on the ice this weekend, when Melville comes back to Flin Flon for the final time on Friday, and Estevan is here on Saturday.
CFAR-590 and flinflononline.com will have all the action on Saturday including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10, with drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars continue to struggle this season, going 0 for 3 on their most recent road trip this past weekend.
Norman dropped a pair of games to the Interlake Lightning 7-2 and 3-1, and put up a pretty decent effort losing to the best team in the league the Winnipeg Wild 5-0.
Norman was out scored 15-3 and have dropped to a record of 1-20, which is dead last in the league.
Norman will look to get back in the win column when they host the Kenora Thistles this weekend in Thompson. Kenora has a record of 10-10. Games are Saturday and Sunday.
It was a valiant effort, but the Hapnot Kings ran out of gas in Provincials this past weekend in Winnipeg.
Hapnot who were ranked seventh, were in a pool with all Winnipeg teams.
The Kings beat the no. 3 ranked team the Springs Christian Eagles 25-22, 20-25, 15-10 to start the tournament.
Hapnot would move on to play the no.1 ranked team from Calvin Christian and played very well dropping both sets 25-17 and 25-22. Hapnot rebounded to beat ST. James 22-25, 25-23 and 15-13.
In their last round robin game, Hapnot lost to Louis Riel 25-22, 23-25, 13-15.
Hapnot placed second in their pool and played Berlin school in the quarters and ended up losing 25-15,23-15 and 13-15.
It was another successful season for the Kings who showed everyone at Provincials that they can play with any one.