Mike Reagan said it was the most difficult loss in his Bomber tenure as coach.The Flin Flon Bombers looked poised to snap their five game losing streak Saturday night against the red hot Battleford North Stars.
Flin Flon who lost 3-0 on Friday quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals by Chartrand and Soubry, before the game was even three minutes old. It looked like the Bombers were going to chase Battleford goaltender Darren Martin from the game, but he settled down and the North Stars got on track.
Battleford led it 3-2 in the third before Austin Calladine would score a five on three powerplay goal to tie the game with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
The Northstars had other ideas and retook the lead when McColgen grabbed the puck and danced around three Bombers before firing a low wrist shot past Simon Hofley low blocker side to put the Stars up 4-3.
Flin Flon kept pressing but could not get the equalizer and dropped their sixth straight game, and certainly deserved a lot better than what they got. It is the Battleford's 11th straight win.
Mike Reagan joined me on the Murray GM Post Game Report and had a hard time keeping the tears away in an absolute heartbreaker that shook the whole building.
" I don't know what it is going to take to get a win, I thought we would at least get this game to ot, I am absolutely speechless right now." " These guys are absolutely heart broken and I don't know if I have ever experianced a loss that has affected me like this."
The Bombers will have to try and shake this off and don't have a lot of time to prepare for their next game as they hit the road for four games in five night's starting tomorrow in Yorkton.
The Terriers are the defending league champs and are playing a little better going 6-3-1 in their last ten. They have beat the Bombers in both meetings this season including a 5-2 win in Flin Flon January the 17th.
Flin Flon needs wins and are starting to fade in the playoff race. Entering play tomorrow the Bombers are five points behind Laronge, Weyburn and Notre Dame for the final playoff spots. Remember the top ten overall get in. so Flin Flon will have to surpass two of these three teams.
The Bombers will play both the Wings and Hounds on this trip and pretty much need to win both those games to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Brock Hounsell is seeing a doctor Monday and Mike Reagan is really hoping he will be back in the lineup Tuesday. Flin Flon has been playing with five defensemen and will not have Cole Nichols in the lineup, who is out with a lower back injury.
No matter what happens 102.9 CFAR will have all four games from this road trip from Notre Dame Wednesday, Weyburn Friday and Estevan Saturday. It all starts in Yorkton tomorrow with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
Mike Stackhouse will be joining me with his word of wisdom on colour commentary as we turn things up a notch from the Farrell Agencies Arena. It is always a lot of fun calling games with Mike and i Don't expect tomorrow night to be any differant, so hopefully you will be able to listen in.
The Uptown Curling Club hosted the Senior Curling Bonspiel this past weekend.
Results for the men
Main Event- Flin Flon Credit Union
Jim Meyer over Jon Munson
Second Event- Don Holmes Trucking
Don Holmes over Derald Groff
Third Event- Flin Flon Insurance
Don Hume over John Vielgut
Results for the ladies
Main Event- Flin Flon Credit Union
Julie Black over JO-Anne Palmer
Second Event- Arctic Beverages
Dianne Burwash over Donna Streitle
Evelyn Meyer over Sue Chrisp
The Norman Northstars were able to rebound after a tough 11-1 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.
Norman beat the Yellowhead cheifs 4-3 in a shoot out Saturday, and followed that up with a 4-3 win over Parkland Sunday.
It was a great weekend for Cross Lake's Brady Keeper who scored the shoot out winner on Saturday and the game winning goal Sunday.
Norman's record now stands at: 9-29-0-1 and have moved to within three points of Parkland for tenth overall.
The Northstars will play their final two home games of the regular season when they host the Winnipeg Thrashers this Saturday and Sunday.
The Atom AA Bombers were in Prince Albert this past weekend competing in a Tier 1 tournament.
The AA'S had a very good showing finishing third with a record of: 1-1-2.
Lost in the B-side semi final 7-5 to the PA Canadiens.
Justin Lies had a hat trick, with the other two goals coming from, Austin Maclean and Morgan Daneliuk.
Mike Reagan made it quite clear, on the CFAR Post Game Show from Melfort on Wednesday, that he was pleased with the effort but they need to start getting results.
The Bombers dropped both games on the road to Nipawin and Melfort by scores of 4-1 and 6-3.
The good news, someone other than Austn Calladine scored a goal. Empey, Soubry and Allison all broke out with some much needed offense, all be it in a losing cause.
It was a gutsy performance from Flin Flon who fought back from a 4-1 deficit to make it 4-3 early in the third period. New Melfort bench boss Trevor Blevins called a time out and was able to settle down his team and kill the Bomber momentum at the same time.
The Mustangs came back with a couple of goals from Fauchox and Frei and pretty much took the wind out of the Bomber's sails with those two goals.
BOTTOM LINE if Flin Flon wants to make the playoffs they need to start winning hockey games. If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, the Bombers would be on the outside looking in.
The top ten overall get in, and Flin Flon has 34 points, which is one point behind Weyburn and three points behind Notre Dame. The good news is the Bombers have two games in hand on the Wings and one game in hand on the Hounds.
Flin Flon could still win their division, but will need to get on a roll. The Bombers are starting to fade and are eight points back of Nipawin, six behind Melfort and four behind Laronge. Flin Flon has games in hand on both the Stangs and Ice Wolves.
The Bombers will be a factor in the division no matter what with eight of their last sixteen games against Sherwood teams. Not only can the Bombers improve their fates, but could also end up being a thorn in the side of some other teams.
It will not get any easier, with the hottest team in the SJHL coming to town for a pair of games this weekend. The Battleford North Stars hit the Whitney Forum tonight with wins in nine of their last ten games.
It should be an electric atmosphere with former captain Cam Blair making his first appearance in a Star's uniform. Cam was traded to the Stars January the tenth for forward Austin Evans and a player to be named later.
Cam in my opinion is the best overall player in the league and has been great for the Stars picking up a pair of goals in their last win over Humboldt. We will try to catch up with Cam for an interview in our broadcast Saturday night in the second intermission.
The Bomber effort has certainly been there the last four games and hopefully they can get a bounce or two, and pick up a much needed victory tonight. Both teams are very good defensively with the Stars only giving up 116 goals in 44 games. Flin Flon has given up 112 in 40 games played.
Offense remains the problem for the maroon and white, who have only been able to muster 99 goals in 40 games. The Bombers are the only team in the SJHL that have not hit the 100 goal mark this year.
This may look like a mis-match on paper, but this is the SJHL and anyone can beat any one on a given night. I have talked to a lot of the Bomber players in the last week and they feel very confident they can make the playoffs.
Make sure you join us for the broadcast tomorrow on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, with the Murray GM Coach's Show hitting the air waves at 7:15. We will also have all four games from the southern road trip starting next Tuesday in Yorkton.
The Uptown Curling Club will play host to the Senior Curling Bonspiel this weekend.
Here are the opening draws:
9 AM Saturday- Men's Draw
Holmes VS Vielgut
Munson VS Connelly
Anderson VS Meyer
Groff VS Hume
Ladies Draw- 9AM
Streitle VS Palmer
Black VS Meyer
Chrisp VS Burwash
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens will be in Thompson this weekend for basketball Pre-Zones.
Here are the lineup of games for both teams:
Hapnot Kings play The Pas Friday AT 8:15 pm, Cross Lake Saturday at 8:30 AM and Thompson Saturday at noon.
The Hapnot Queens play The Pas Saturday at 8:30, Cross Lake at at 10:15 and Thompson at 1:45.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host the Little Prospects Cup this Saturday at the Creighton Sportex.
Teams will be competing from: Flin Flon, Laronge, The Pas, OCN and Norway House.
Laronge no.1 plays Flin Flon no.1 Saturday at 9:15 to kick off the tournament.
Full schedule at flinflonmonorhockey.com
The Senior Hapnot Kings and Queens basketball teams travel down to Thompson for Pre-Zones the weekend of Jan 31st and Feb 1st.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Cross Lake. Games will start Friday afternoon, with the Final Saturday afternoon.
The Hapnot Kings are the favorite going into the weekend and right now are ranked no.6 in the province.
The Creighton Kodiak Senior B girls are in Meath Park this weekend, with both Senior A teams off this weekend.
The Kodiak Senior girls are ranked no.8 in Saskatchewan.
The Norman Northstars picked up their first weekend sweep of the 2013-14 season this past weekend beating the Central Plains Capitals 6-4 Saturday and 4-2 yesterday.
Norman improves to 7-28-1, and are just one point behind Central Plains for 11th place, and 7 points behind Parkland for the final playoff spot.
Norman continues to get better under the guidance of Doug Korman, and a playoff possibility is noy out of the question.
The Northstars hit the road this weekend, playing Brandon Friday, Yellowhead Saturday and Parkland Sunday afternoon.
Creighton School hosted the 7th annual Kit Classic Girls Basketball tournament this past weekend.
Birch Hills beat Nipawin.
Duck Lake beat Creighton for third place.
Flin Flon beat Sandy Bay
Flin Flon hosted a bantam tournament this past weekend at the Sportex and Whitney forum.
Here are the results:
A-Side Final- The Pas Huskies-8 Parker Denture Clinic Bombers- 7 in a shoot out
B-Final- Thompson Black- 3 Thompson Orange-2
C-Final- Laronge-6 Gillam- 1
The Flin Flon Bombers found out that there is a lot more to the Yorkton Terriers than Brett Boehm. The Terriers opened up the scoring at 4:43 of the opening period and never looked back.
Yorkton scored three more times in the second to build a 4-0 lead after two. Austin Calladine scored his 12th and 13th in the third to make a game of it, but that is as close as the Bombers would get. The Terriers replied with a goal in the third to pick up their 24th win of the season in the 5-2 victory.
Terrier goal scorers were: Giebel(7), Gatzke(5)and (6), Ellis(7) and McMullen(8). With the win Yorkton moves to within four points of Melville for first place in the Viterra Division, with three games in hand.
The Bombers remain in fourth spot in the Sherwood division with a record of: 16-20-0-2, two points behind Laronge with a game in hand, and four points behind Melfort and Nipawin. The Bombers have two games in hand on Melfort and Nipawin has a game in hand on the Bombers.
Flin Flon has 18 games left with ten against Sherwood opponents. Flin Flon prepares for Nipawin and Melfort this Tuesday and Wednesday, as they hit the road for the first time in 2014.
The Bombers are 1-2 against the Hawks this season with their one victory coming on Jan 8th, when Flin Flon won 6-1 at the Whitney Forum. That was the last game in a Bomber uniform for Cam Blair, Devin Buffalo, Sam Williams and Dillan McCombie who were all dealt after that game.
Flin Flon is 2-2 against the Mustangs and they haven't played each other since November the 27th. Both teams have changed a lot since then, including a new coach behind the Melfort bench. Former player and assistant coach Trevor Blevins was brought in for the rest of the season to replace Gavin Holcomb who was let go in early December to the surprise of many.
All the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this Tuesday and Wednesday with the Murray GM Coach's Show starting things at 7:15.
Creighton school will be hosting the 7th annual Kit Classic girl's basketball tournament this weekend.
The tournament starts Friday with Creighton playing Laronge at 2:30, and Flin Flon playing Nipawin at 4:00.
There will be a Friday night shoot out at 8:30, and the A - side final will be played Saturday at 7:30.
Flin Flon gets set to host the second minor hockey tournament of the year this weekend.
Seven teams will be competing in a Bantam tournament including the Flin Flon Bombers, Thompson Orange Miners, Gillam Chargers, OCN Blues, Laronge Ice Wolves, Thompson Black Miners and Pas Huskies.
The action starts this friday with Laronge playing the OCN Blues at 4PM at the Whitney, and The Flin Flon Bombers playing the Thompson Orange Miners at the Sportex.
Playoffs start Sunday at 8:15 AM.
The Flin Flon Bombers hit the ice for the first time Saturday without the services of Cam Blair, Devin Buffalo and Dillon McCombie in a very big game against Laronge.
The Bombers came out with a very good effort, but could not beat Tyler Fuhr the Ice Wolve starting net minder. Fuhr was sensational stopping 40 out of 41 Bomber shots, including 20 in the first period alone and was awarded the game's first star.
Flin Flon did not get on the board until the 18:15 mark of the third period, when Parker Evans Campbell scored his sixth of the season, shovelling a loose puck under Fuhr who was laying on the ice.
The Ice Wolves got goals from: Owen Laclare who scored a pair his 17th and 18th of the season, and Macoretta (6) and Beauregard his 23rd.
Flin Flon and Laronge are now tied in the standings with 34 points, two points behind Melfort and Nipawin for first place.
The Bombers have 19 games remaining with 10 games against teams in their own division. If the Bombers are going to finish first in their division and make a playoff push, they are going to have to play better within the division where they are 5-5 so far.
I thought one of the new pickups Austin Evans, who came over in the Cam Blair deal from Battleford, had an exceptional game and was a force all night.
This guy can skate and has a tremendous work ethic, and will be a lot's of fun to watch in maroon and white the next couple of seasons.
Next up for the Bombers will be the defending champs from Yorkton who are struggling a little bit in 2014. The Terriers are 4-4-1-1 in their last 10. This will also be the first time that Brett Boehm will suit up against his former club, since the surprising trade on December the 11th.
Boehm has been on fire since his trade to Yorkton and has scored in all but one game for the Terriers since he was dealt there in early December. Boehm is second in team scoring with 38 points including 19 goals.
The Whitney crowd will no doubt be excited about his return. I spoke to Dalton Menke on Saturday, the player who came over from the Terriers for Boehm and he is much looking forward to facing off against his old team this Friday.
Both of Menke's brothers played and won championships with Yorkton and was caught off guard when Trent Cassan told him he had been traded. Menke loves it in Flin Flon and looks forward to a great career in Northern Manitoba.
Unfortunately no broadcast of the game Friday, but we will have both Sherwood battles from Nipawin and Melfort next Tuesday and Wednesday on 102.0 CFAR and flinflononline.com. Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, with play by play at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars wrapped up a long road trip yesterday.
Norman opened things up on Thursday losing to the Southwest Cougars 5-4, but did rebound to beat Pembina Valley 5-4 in a shoot out Friday. Gillam's Layne Anderson got the shootout winner.
Norman wrapped up the trip with a couple of very good efforts in Central Plains losing 5-3 Saturday, and a very respectable 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers on Sunday. The Thrashers have only lost six games all season.
Norman's record stands at 5-28-0-1 after the weekend and will host Central Plains this Saturday and Sunday in Thompson.
The Hapnot Senior Kings were in the St. Brieux Invitational and lost to the host team 67-51 in the final. The Hapnot Queens had the weekend off and will play in Creighton this weekend.
The Kodiak Senior Girls were in Langham and beat Martensville in Consolation 57-26.
The Kodiak Senior Boys were in Canora and beat Humboldt in Consolation 45-21.
Creighton will host the 7th annual Girls Kit Classic this weekend
The Senior Boys will be in Middle Lake.
Hapnot Senior Kings will be in the Pas for Pre Zones Jan 25th and 26th.
The Masters Curling Event, for 60 and over wrapped up yesterday at the Uptown Curling Club.
7 rinks took part with the following results:
Main Event- Sponsored by Creighton Furniture
Dennis Anderson over Russ Kennedy
Second Event- Sponsored by CIBC
John Vielgut over Barry Smith
Next up will be the Senior's Bonspeil the weekend of January 25th and 26th.
The Jason Morran Memorial Tournament wrapped up yesterday, here are the results:
The Pas Huskies-5
Third place game
Flin Flon Peds Threads Bombers-5
Flin Flon Atom Northland Ford Bombers- 6
It was a very interesting night at the Whitney Forum last night to say the least.
The Flin Flon Bombers had an offensive explosion against the Sherwood leaders from Nipawin in a convincing 6-1 win last night. To say the Bombers needed this one would be a huge under statement. With the win Flin Flon vaults up the standings to second place, tied with Melfort with 34 points and the Bombers have a game in hand on the Stangs.
They will play each other four more times.
Both are just two points behind Nipawin, and lead Laronge by only two points. This should be a great race for fans of all four teams right down the wire, which was the league's intent when they went to the new playoff format and new division realignment.
Goal scorers last night for Flin Flon: Calladine with a pair his 10th and 11th, Blair(11), Robinson(3),Hounsell(5) and Chartrand his 7th.
Tad Kozun had the only Nipawin goal, his league leading 28th of the season.
Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan did not wait for tomorrow's trade deadline, to make a huge trade announcement.
Local product Dillan McCombie who has been with the Bombers since he was 16, has been trade to the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL for future considerations. McCombie's rights will also be flipped back to Flin Flon for the start of next season.
I caught up to Dillan after the game last night and this is what he had to say about the trade.
"It has been unreal playing here in Flin Flon, Mike and all the coaching staff has been very fair to me, by giving me an oppurtunity when I was 16." " They have been very fair to me throughout my entire career over the last three and a half years." " I cannot say enough about the Bombers organization and the community, it has been unreal playing here." "It hit a cross roads here, with lots building up, so I asked Mike if I could go somewhere and try and get refreshed here and see what happens next year."
This a great oppurtunity for McCombie, who is guaranteed to play in the Western Canadian Championship with Dauphin hosting this year's event.
Mike Reagan said even though he gets McCombie back next season this is still one of the most difficult trades he has ever made.
" This is something that has gone on for a long time, which has been difficult for both Dillan and myself." " We made a promise to Dillan that if things got to be to much of a pressure situation, that we would move him and give him a chance to play some where else." " We want him to be able to concentrate on just playing hockey."
McCombie's numbers through three and a half seasons with the Bombers are: 127 points (60 goals and 67 assists) through 193 games to go along with 367 penalty minutes.
Mike Reagan indicated to me that he will be entertaining more offers and expects to complete more deals by tomorrow's trade deadline, so the team could have a complete different look for Saturday's game against Laronge.
Keep on listening to 102.9 CFAR and reading this blog at flinflononline.com for any developments.
The Hapnot Senior Kings kick off the 2014 part of their schedule this weekend at the ST. Brieux invitational. Their First game is Friday night against Beaval at 5:30.
The Senior Queens will be in Creighton next weekend for Kodiak Invitational.
The Senior Kodiak Boys will be in Canora this weekend, and the Senior Kodiak Girls are in Langham.
The biggest game of the season for the Bombers, who host the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum tonight and absolutely need to win this game.
The Bombers are barely hanging on to their playoff lives, tied with Laronge for the final playoff spot with 32 points, but are certainly not out of things with the new SJ playoff format.
If the Bombers finish first in the Sherwood Division, would be guaranteed a top three seed.
Flin Flon trails the front running Hawks by four points, but Nipawin does have two games in hand and have beaten Flin Flon in both their meetings so far this season.
We caught up to Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan who had this to say about tonight's game:
" I think we are playing a lot of big games lately, and if we want to finish first, we have to be able to beat the Nipawin Hawks, Melfort Mustangs and Laronge Ice Wolves." " We have to close that gap with Nipawin, we haven't had a lot of success lately, but it has been one of those seasons with lots of highs and lows and hopefully we will peak tonight."
The Bombers are 4-4 within the division and will play 12 out of their remaining 21 games against teams from the Sherwood Division. Flin Flon is winless in their last four and are: 3-5-0-2 in their last ten. Nipawin are 4-4-1-1 in their last ten, and have one of the best scoring threats in the league in Tad Kozan ,who leads the league in goals with 27 and is third in points with 40.
Don't forget ticket prices are a special $5.00 right across the board for walk ups tonight, so no excuse not to make your way to the rink and cheer the Bombers on.
No broadcast tonight, but we will broadcast the game against Laronge this Saturday 7:30 at the Whitney Forum.
The first big Flin Flon minor hockey tournament of 2014 hits the Whitney Forum and Sportex this weekend.
The Jason Morran Memorial Atom Tournament will feature three divisions with teams competing from: Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson,Swan River, Gillam and Laronge.
The first games are set to go Friday with Flin Flon Ped's Threads taking on the Swan River Stampeders, 3:30 at the Whitney Forum in the AA Division. The Thompson AA'S will play The Pas AA'S over at the Sportex at 3:30.
Playoffs start Sunday at 9 AM.
Listen to 102.9 CFAR for updates all weekend and a complete wrap up on Monday at 11:30 and 4:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers next game is this Wednesday when they host Nipawin.
The Hawks lead the Bombers by four points for first place in the Sherwood Division and, Nipawin does have two games in hand.
A special walk up price for tickets this Wednesday. All tickets for every age group will only be $5.00, for any body who purchases a ticket at the rink before this Wednesday's game at 7:30PM.
Congratulations to the Pee Wee AA Bombers who finished first place at a tournament in Thompson this past weekend.
Congratulations also going out to the Reliance Rhinos who finished second at a Novice tournament in The Pas.
Don't forget the Jason Morran Memorial Atom Tournament is taking place this weekend, starting on Friday.
The Norman Northstars split a pair of games with the Pembina Valley Hawks this past weekend in Thompson.
Brady Keeper from Cross Lake scored the winning goal on Saturday, with less than two minutes remnaining as Norman took the first game 3-2.
Pembina Valley rebounded for a 2-1 win on Sunday.
The Northstars hit the road for three in a row this weekend, Pembina Valley on Friday, Central Plains Saturday and the Winnipeg Thrashers on Sunday.
Norman sits with a record of : 4-25-0-1
The Bombers fought back from a couple of two goal deficits on Saturday, but ran out of gas in the third period and lost their opening game of 2014 6-3 to Notre Dame in front of 524 fans at the Whitney Forum.
The Hounds opened up a 2-0 lead early in the second period on goals by Antison and Aulie, before Calladine responded with his ninth for the Bombers.
Ian Williams restored the two goal lead for Notre Dame late in the second, before Kapchek grabbed a Hound turn over outside their blue line and went in to score his third of the year.
The third period started well with Eric Pederson tieing up the game just 1:18 into the final frame, with his fourth of the year. It is always nice to see Pederson score a goal as he always works very hard. Lots of games he does not get rewarded for his hard work, and he scored a nice goal behind the Hound net, because of his relentless work ethic.
Flin Flon could not get any closer, as the Hounds would reel off three more in the third period, including an empty netter by Aulie late in the game to seel the deal. It was Aulie's second of the night and 18th of the season. A three point performance gave him the first star of the game.
The Bombers were outshot 43-31 in the game and only managed 6 shots in the third period. Flin Flon sees their record drop to 15-18-0-2, and are hanging on to the last playoff spot by a hair. The Bombers have 32 points, while Laronge and Notre Dame have 31. The top ten teams in overall points make the playoffs. Flin Flon could still win their division as they are only four points behind Nipawin. The Hawks do have two games in hand.
The Ice Wolves and Hounds play tonight, so one of these teams will pass the Bombers.
Some good news Tyson Empey is back in the lineup after his bought with mono, and both Bucsis and Hounsell are seeing a doctor this week and if all go's well could be back in the lineup soon.
Mike Reagan was on the CFAR post game shoiw last night and would not give a time table for their return, but is hoping for the best.
The Bombers are missing the secondary scoring that Bucsis would be giving them, and Hounsell's strong physical presence on the back end.
Flin Flon has 21 more games remaining in the season and only one more game before Friday's trade deadline. The Division leading Nipawin Hawks will be in town Wednesday and have beaten the Bombers both games this season.
Mike Reagan indicated that he will be looking to get something done as long as he can find a willing participant. There are teams that are interested in some of the Bombers players, but may not be willing to part with players of equal value.
It will be a very interesting week, with so many teams in the hunt. Flin Flon has made one deal sending 19 year old d-man Sean Whelan to Way Way of the MJHL for future considerations. Whelan joins former Bombers McCaig and Bass.
No broadcast of Wednesday's game, but we will have the broadcast Saturday when Flin Flon hosts Laronge.
The Flin Flon Bombers are ready to hit the ice for the first time in 2014, when they host Notre Dame at the Whitney Forum for the final time this season.
The Bombers took it to the Hounds 7-1 at the Forum on October the 25th.
This will be the Bombers first game since December the 21st, and are back on the ice after a 13 day layoff. The Hounds played their first game of the new year a 4-0 loss in Nipawin last night.
Flin Flon is in third spot in a very tight Sherwood Division, two points behind second place Melfort and four points behind the Hawks. Laronge is only one point behind Flin Flon.
The Bomber, Hounds matchup is a big one, with the new playoff format this year. The top ten teams overall get in, with the top two teams in each division getting a bye and the bottom four teams playing a Survivor series.
If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, Weyburn and Notre Dame would miss the playoffs and the Bombers would play Laronge in the Survivor series, so this is a big game tonight.
One thing in the Hounds favour, thay have played the least amount of games in the league with 32.
Flin Flon and Notre Dame both continue to struggle to score goals. Coming into tonight The Hounds have scored 82 in 32 games, and Flin Flon has scored 83 in 34 games. These two teams have scored the least amount of goals in the SJHL.
With the January tenth trade deadline looming, and a very tight playoff race, it will be interesting to see if these teams will be buying or selling.
I chatted with Mike Reagan yesterday, and he is keeping his cards pretty close to his chest. " This is a tough decision here, because we are .500 against the best four teams in the league." " We think we have some good pieces in place, and we think if we could add a couple key guys, it could put us in the running." "There isn't anybody who scares us in the league, but in saying that we have to be realistic about our record right now, and we are going to entertain both sides of the fence."
Both teams need a win, and this should be a jim dandy tonight with our first Bomber broadcast of 2014 on 102.9 FM CFAR and flinflononline.com.
We hit the air at 7:10 with the Murray GM Coach's Show , drop of the puck 7:30 at the fabulous Whitney Forum.
Happy New Year
The Uptown Curling Club will be a very busy place the next couple of weekends, with a couple of bonspiels coming up.
The Masters for 60 and over is taking place next weekend January the 11th and 12th.
The Seniors for 50 and over is January the 25th and 26th.
Sign up sheets for both bonspiels are posted at the rink, with registration deadlines for the Masters January the 8th and the Seniors January the 20th.
Call Jon Munson for more information at : 204-687-7075
The Norman Northstars will kick off 2014 this weekend, when they host the Pembina Valley Hawks this Saturday and Sunday.
Norman enters the weekend with the worst record in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League at 3-24-0-1.
The Northstars are playing much better since Doug Korman took over in December with a record of: 2-4-0-1