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Just three games remaining on the Flin Flon Bombers season, with two of them at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Yorkton Terriers and former team- mate Brett Boehm make their way to the Forum Friday night for the final time. The Terriers have beaten the Bombers all three meetings this season including a 6-1 win in Yorkton January the 28th.

 

The Terriers have clinched first place in the very first Viterra Division and are on the verge of clinching the league pennant. Yorkton leads Kindersley by three points for first overall and both teams have two games remaining.

 

A Yorkton win in Flin Flon Friday would clinch the pennant, so the Terriers have lots to play for. The Bombers have had a great February to get back in the playoff hunt, with a record of 5-3.

 

The Bombers all of a sudden are just one point behind Weyburn for the final playoff spot, with three games to go. The Wings only have two, so if the Bombers win all three they are guaranteed to get in. Weyburn will play a home and home with Estevan, who interestingly enough could be the Bomber's opponent in the Survivor series.

 

Seventh will play tenth, and right now the Bruins occupy seventh spot, but could move up to sixth and surpass Humboldt with a couple wins this weekend, and help Flin Flon make the playoffs in the process. The Bonco's play two more against Yorkton and Humboldt.

 

The interesting matchup for Flin Flon this weekend will be Laronge who are in town Saturday. The Ice Wolves have had a disasterous second half and are the only team eliminated from the playoffs. Laronge has only won one of their last ten and that came against the Bombers by the tune of 8-3 back on February the 12th, which snapped a three game Bomber winning streak.

 

Laronge will have no pressure on them, and will have nothing to lose and I am sure they would love to end the Bomber's season if they get the chance. I am sure their remaining players from last year's squad remember that Flin Flon ended Laronge's playoff hopes in the last game of the year, which was also the final game with Bob Beatty behind the bench.

 

Remember this is a special 6:30 start, and will also be Hockey Beats Cancer Night at the Whitney Forum. We want to Pink The Rink and the Bombers will be donning a special pink jersey for Saturday's game, which will be auctioned off after the game.

 

Hockey Fights Cancer T-Shirts will also be sold for $10 each and proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

 

Don't forget to make your way to the Creighton Community Hall after the game for the Bomber's Awards ceremony with tickets available at the Bomber office by calling 687-4404.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Saturday's game with a special Murray GM Coach's Show at 6:10, play by play at 6:30.

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Flin Flon will be hosting a senior basketball tournament this weekend at both Hapnot and McIsaac.

 

The Kings are in a pool with The Pas, Thompson and Swan River. The Kings first game is Friday at 5:30 against Swan River. The championship final is Saturday at 4PM at Hapnot.

 

The Queens are in a pool with The Pas, Sandy Bay, Swan River and Dauphin. The Queens first game is Friday at 4 against The Pas. It will be round robin for the girls with the last game Saturday at 4 at McIsaac.

 

The Creighton Kodiak Senior boys and girls will be in Conferences this weekend.

 

The girls will be in Carrot River and are in a pool with the host team, Hudson Bay, Naicam and Porcupine Plain. The girls are ranked first going in.

 

The boys will be in Hudson Bay, and are in a pool with the host team, Carrot River and ST.Briuex. The boys are ranked second going in.

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The third annual Saskman Cup took place this weekend in Flin Flon, for the second time in three years.

 

Lots of skiers from Flin Flon had outstanding weekends.

 

Classic Category

 

Junior Boys- Nicholas Martin- Silver, Isaac Dufour Jarvis- fourth

 

Master Mens- Dean Grove-Gold

 

Junior Girls- Mackenzie Grove- Gold

 

Midget Boys- Nathan Whitbread- Gold

 

Midget Girls- Paige Pomarenski- Gold, Hanna Baynton-Silver

 

Pee Wee Boys- Caleb Baynton- ninth, Elijah Plamondon tenth

 

Pee Wee Girls- Gracie Baynton Gold, Tara Whitbread Bronze, Sarah Faktor fifth

 

Atom Girls- Brooke Baynton- Gold, Isabel Plamondon- Silver

 

Free Technique

 

Senior Men- Brett Unrau- Gold

 

Junior Boys- Nicholas Martin- Silver, Isaac Dufour Jarvis- fourth

 

Master Men- Dean Grove- Gold

 

Junior Girls- Mackenzie Grove- Silver

 

Midget Girls- Hanna Baynton- Gold

 

Pee Wee Boys- Elijah Plamondon- fifth, Caleb Baynton tenth

 

Pee Wee Girls- Gracie Baynton- Gold, Tara Whitbread- Bronze, Sarah Faktor- sixth

 

Atom Girls- Brooke Baynton- Gold, Isabel Plamondon Silver

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Rural Bantam Hockey Provincials took place in the Pas this weekend.

 

7 teams took part from across Manitoba including Flin Flon.

 

The Bombers lost to Swan River 8-1, and Gimli 8-6 in round robin.

 

Flin Flon then lost to Mitchell 4-1 in the Consolation final.

 

Virden won the Gold Medal beating Swan 4-1 in the final.

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The Melfort Mustangs grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period and looked like they were on their way, to finally winning a game at the Whitney Forum. The Mustangs are winless in their last fourteen visits to Flin Flon after another Bomber come back last night.

 

Hermary and Pickering scored in the first thirteen minutes, before the Bombers responded with goals from Calladine and Empey to make it 2-2 after one. Calladine picked up his team leading 16th of the season.

 

It looked like we were going to get an offensive explosion, the way the two teams were going back and forth with lots of great chances at both ends of the ice. The score would hold up right until the shoot out. Both Hofley and Romanuik were very good throughout the game, so I had no idea how long the shoot out would take.

 

Austin Evans who has been money, would shoot first and he did not dissapoint the 600 plus in attendance with a dazzling move to beat Mustang netminder Jack Romanuik to open the scoring. Austin Calladine would shoot next for the Bombers and he fired one off the post.

 

Flin Flon net minder Simon Hofley stopped both Pickering and Hermary before Adam Fauchox blew one by him to tie it. So it would come down to Parker Evans Campbell who would be the third Bomber shooter  and if he scored the Bombers would take the shoot out and the all important two points.

 

Campbell would take his time crossing the blue line slowly before beating Romanuik five hole to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy. You can chalk up another come from behind win for the come back kids, this time 3-2 in the shoot out. This is Flin Flon's second shoot out win over Melfort this season, and they lead the season series 4-3.

 

Once again the Bombers were able to shake off a tough loss to Nipawin on Tuesday, and have moved to one point out of the playoffs. Battleford did Flin Flon a big favour by beating Weyburn 4-1, which means the Bombers are now in control of their own destiny.

The Bombers have three games remaining against Yorkton, Laronge and Melfort, and if they win all three they are guaranteed to get in. The Wings only have two games remaining a home and home with Estevan and even if they win them both, they would finish one point behind Flin Flon.

 

Once again a huge victory for the SJHL as it is going right down to the final weekend to decide things. Flin Flon will get a tough test Friday when the defending champs from Yorkton come to town fresh off clinching the Viterra Division with a convincing 11-1 win over Nipawin. Yorkton has beat the Bombers in all three matchups this season and former team mate Brett Boehm comes back to the Forum for a second time as a visitor. Boehm has been red hot and can possibly dash their playoff hopes with a strong game Friday.

 

Don't forget Saturday's game is a special 6:30 start as the Bombers will be spearheading a fundraiser to beat cancer. Flin Flon will be wearing pink jerseys that you will be able to bid on, plus lots of other great draws and raffles throughout the evening. It would be a great night to pack in over 1000 fans for this great fundraising event.

 

These young Bombers also deserve the support, who have to be admired for their exceptional will to keep winning and never say die attitudes. This is one of the best runs with a dedicated young group I have ever witnessed in 20 years covering this club.

 

The playoffs are close and this group can taste it. No broadcast Friday, but we are back on the air Saturday with a special Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10, play by play at 7:30.

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Good luck to Head Coach Dan Hotel and the rest of the Bantam AA Bombers who will be in the Pas for Provincials starting today.

 

Flin Flon will play Swan Valley at 2PM and Gimli at 6PM.

 

Playoffs will start Saturday at 5. The Bronze medal game is Sunday 1PM, with the Gold medal game at 3PM.

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60 skiers from across Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be in Flin Flon this weekend for the third annual Saskman Cup and the Saskatchewan Provincial Championships.

 

Dave Price Vice President of the ski club says the trails are in excellent condition.

 

Mass start will be Saturday at 11 and Sunday at 10 AM.

 

Spectators are welcome to come out and watch all the action from the chalet.

 

This is the second time in the three years of this event it has taken place here in Flin Flon.

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After a slow opening seven minutes, it looked like the Bombers were poised to grab a share of the final overall SJHL playoff spot.

 

Doell opened up the scoring for the Hawks at 5:56, before the Bombers took over the rest of the first period. Austin Evans would score his tenth and eleventh of the season both on the power play. It looked like the Bombers were in control when Parker Evans Campbell scored his ninth of the year early in the second to put the Bombers up 3-1. Campbell took a beautiful feed from Hounsell, raced in on O'brien beating him top shelf glove side.

 

The Hawks would get back in the game when the Bomber defense started to cough up the puck on a regular basis. Nipawin scored four straight goals all on Bomber turn overs including a short handed goal by Tad Kozun which stood up as the game winner at the 4:22 mark of the third period. Flin Flon had done a good job the last three games

containig Kozun, who finally made his presence felt. The Hawks avenged the loss to Flin Flon on Saturday by coming from behind Tuesday 5-3.

 

This is a costly loss for the Bombers who now trail Weyburn by three points and Nipawin by four for the final playoff spot. The Bombers and Wings have both played 52 games while the Hawks have played 51. The good news for the Bombers is three of their last four games are at home including Melfort this Saturday, Yorkton on Friday February the 28th and Laronge Saturday March the 1st. The Bomber's lone road game is in Melfort to close out the season Tuesday March the fourth.

 

The Wings and Hawks do have tougher schedules with Weyburn closing out the season with two games against Estevan, Yorkton and Battleford. Nipawin still has to play Melfort twice, Laronge, Battleford and Kindersley.

 

One thing for sure it will be very interesting and every game will count. The new look playoff structure for the league looks like a big win especially for the fans, with every game meaning so much.

 

Flin Flon will focus their attention on the Melfort Mustangs who come to town Saturday. The season series is even at three games apiece with Flin Flon winning the most recent meeting 6-4 on February the seventh. The Mustangs have been the hottest team in the Sherwood and have been able to pull away from the pack by going 7-3 in their last ten.

Melfort sits in top spot with 52 points, four more than Nipawin with a game in hand. They still play a home and home before the season wraps up. The Mustangs are the only team over .500 in the Sherwood in the last ten games, so the division title seems very likely, unless they totally collapse.

 

The head to head matchups with Flin Flon could determine whether Melfort gets the division title and a third place seeding for the playoffs. They will be huge for Flin Flon who need both games just to get in the playoffs. You gotta love this time of year, when every game seems to be the biggest of the season. The Bombers sit third in the Sherwood (21-29-0-2) and eleventh overall, and if the playoffs were to start tomorrow, they would be on the outside looking in.

 

Once again your Bomber connection 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will be there with the call and the usual Murray GM Coach's Show hitting the air waves at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30, as Flin Flon gets set to host Melfort at the one and only Whitney Forum this Saturday.

 

It would be nice to have 1000 plus for the real extra man, as this young group continues to work extremely hard and even with the loss last night have not given up. One thing for sure in the final four games the Bombers will not be out worked what ever the out come.

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After a 3-1 win over the Hawks at the Whitney Saturday, the young Bombers are just two points away from the playoffs.

 

A two point effort from both Austin Evans and Eric Pederson has put Flin Flon in a very good position, and I think there is a lot more pressure on Nipawin then there is on Flin Flon.

 

The Bombers made huge moves at the deadline to plan for the future, while the Hawks stayed pat. Flin Flon has two twenty year olds while Nipawin has seven and way more expectations.

 

As I stated on this blog before, I think everyone thought Flin Flon would fold up the tents after all the moves. The total opposite has happened, with the Bombers winning four of their last five games, and the  the thing that impresses me the most is the way they have been able to rebound after losses of late.

 

We saw that with the way the Bombers bounced back after a tough loss in Estevan the beginning of the month, and again this past Saturday after a tough loss in Laronge.

 

Besides the two points separating the two clubs, their stats are very comparible.

Nipawin has scored 130 goals, while the Bombers have 126. Flin Flon has give up 157 while Nipawin has allowed 149.

 

A lot of people thought that Nipawin would run away with the division, but they have never been able to get on track and have the worst record in the division in their last ten at: 2-8.

 

They do lead the season series with the Bombers 3-2 and have won both games at the cage this year. Flin Flon has outscored the Hawks in the last three meetings 10-6, with the majority of the offense coming in a convincing 6-1 win for the Bombers January the 8th.

 

Flin Flon is also playing with lots of confidence right now, and there isn't a single player in the locker room who doesn't believe they will make the playoffs.  Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan was on the CFAR Post Game Show after the win Saturday and reinterated how they have built the team for the next two seasons, but would love to see this young group get some experience in the playoffs this year.

 

If Flin Flon can shut down Balog and Kozan, they have a great oppurtunity to win this game. Kozan has 57 points, while Balog has 42 ,and have a combined 14 points against the Bombers in five meetings. The Hawks will only go as far as these two players will carry them.

 

Eric Pederson is the new offensive catalist for Flin Flon as he has scored five goals in Flin Flon's last five games and has moved to second in team scoring with 27 points, five behind team leader Austin Calladine.

 

Don't forget to join me for all the action in the sixth and final matchup between these two clubs with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

 

The one and only Lorne Hill will be joining me for colour, so you know it is going to be fun.

I expect this to be the most intense and exciting matchup of the year, with plenty of momentum shifts and a strong physical affair. We saw what these two teams brought to the table in their playoff series last year, with memories still fresh on all the returning players minds.

 

Doug Johnson Head Coach and GM of the Hawks told me a lot of his players took the playoff loss to the Bombers personally, so you know they will be ready. These young Bombers are focussed and know what is at stake, so you know they will be too.

 

Enjoy the game!!!

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Flin Flon hosted a JV basketball tournament at both Hapnot Collegiate and McIsaac.

 

The Hapnot Queens were 4-0 and ended up winning the girls side.

 

The Hapnot Kings finished third beating Norway House 40-38.

 

Sandy Bay won the tournament beating Cranberry 47-32.

 

JV'S get ready for Zones coming up two weeks in Thompson.

 

The Hapnot Senior Kings had another perfect weekend in Winnipeg, winning all three of their games including a 65-63 win over the U Of W in the final.

 

The Senior Kings are 20-2 so far this year and are ranked no.5 in the province.

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The Munn Cup wrapped up in Thompson Sunday afternoon.

 

Flin Flon was well represented with three different teams competing

 

The Flin Flon B'S were 4-0 and beat the Carroll Aeros 8-2 in McMunn and Yates Cup

 

The Flin Flon A'S were 2-1-1 and lost the Minitenko Cup to Norway House 4-3.

 

The Flin Flon AA'S were 1-2 and lost the Lamontagne Cup to Thompson 9-6.

 

In the Munn Cup Final the Pas beat Thompson 7-3.

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The Flin Flon Bomber playoff hopes hinge in the balance of their head to head matchups with the Nipawin Hawks tonight and Tuesday.

 

The Hawks did themselves a huge favour in beating Melfort 4-1 at the cage last night.

 

Not only is Nipawin four points up on Flin Flon for the final playoff spot with a game in hand, but they have also closed the gap on Melfort for top spot in the division.

 

Nipawin is only two points behind Melfort, but the Mustangs do have a game in hand. Talk about timely wins, this was only the Hawks second win in their last ten games. Nipawin could out right win the division and grab the third overall seed, or miss the playoffs all together.

 

The Bombers will have a say in that, as they need to beat Nipawin in both games to have a chance at the post season. The first meeting is at the Whitney Forum tonight, where the Bombers beat the Hawks 6-1 on January the 8th. That was the last game with McCombie, Blair and Buffalo in the lineup.

 

Nipawin responded with a 4-1 win at the cage January the 21st. I thought the Bombers deserved a better fate that night, as they outskated and outshot the Hawks but simply could not score.

 

The Hawks have taken three out of the four meetings and will have a chance to end the Bomber season, and return the favour after Flin Flon knocked Nipawin out of the playoffs last year. The Bombers will try to shake off a 8-3 loss to Laronge on Wednesday.

 

Hopefully there will be a big crowd on hand to cheer the Bombers on, who have won three of their last four and have worked very hard to get back in the playoff race. Flin Flon is strting to get offense from everybody with four of their last five goals coming from defensemen.

 

The Bomber record stands at: 20-28-0-2 and they are 11-12-0-1 at the Whitney Forum. Niawin is 21-24-1-3 and are: 6-15-1-1 on the road.

 

Don't forget to bring your radios to the game tonight as you can hear all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflonnline.com with the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 7:10 with the play by play at 7:30.

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The Hapnot JV Boys and Girls basketball teams will be hosting a basketball tournament this weekend.

 

The boys games will be played at McIsaac, with Hapnot playing The Pas at 4PM and Sandy Bay at 7.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 12:30.

 

The girls games will be played at Hapnot.

 

Hapnot plays Creighton at 2:30 and Thompson at 7 Friday. They will play Cranberry at 10:30 and Norway House at 3 PM Saturday.

 

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One of the longest running minor hockey tournaments in Manitoba, takes place this weekend in Thompson. It is the 44th annual Munn Cup.

 

Three teams from Flin Flon will be taking part, the Flin Flon AA'S, the Flin Flon A'S and the Flin Flon B'S.

 

Flin Flon B'S play Rankin Inlut at 8:45 AM and the Aeros at 3:30 PM Friday.

 

Flin Flon A'S play Norway House at 1:45 and Split Lake at 8:15 PM Friday

 

Flin Flon AA'S play The Pas Friday at 8:00 PM.

 

Opening Ceremonies are Saturday at 12:45PM.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 8AM, with the Munn Cup final at 3:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers went from playing one of their best games to laying an egg in their two game road trip Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Flin Flon ended Battleford's 15 game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 win on Tuesday. Ottawa Ontario's Simon Hofley stopped all 36 shots in his direction for his second career SJHL shut out.

 

Both Bomber goals came in the first period by defensemen Cole Nichols and Simon Desrosier. It was Nichol's first ever SJHL goal, and he told me he was scared it would never come. I don't know if you can play a perfect game, but the Bombers were darn close.

 

They kept the Battleford chances to a minimum, finished their checks and created lots of quality chances with their speed. It was a real pleasure to call on the radio as the Bombers moved to within 2 points of division rival Nipawin for the final playoff spot.

 

Flin Flon made their way to Laronge to battle the Ice Wolves at the Mel Hegland Uniplex on Wednesday, fresh offf beating Laronge in their building 4-3 Saturday. It was the Bombers first win this season when trailing after two periods. Matter of fact Flin Flon had beat Laronge three out of four games this year including both meetings at the Mel.

 

A tough start in this one with the Ice Wolves scoring just 36 seconds into the game. Jared Iron took a pass off the faceoff and beat Hofley low blocker side for a quick 1-0 lead.

 

The Bombers answered with a late first period goal by Parker Evans Campbell, his 8th on a long slap shot just inside the Laronge blue line to tie the game with only 20 seconds left in the first period.

 

Flin Flon would enjoy their only lead of the game when Dalton Menke would score his 8th of the season 28 seconds into the second period. Seamus Maguire the SJ rookie of the week made a great pass from behind the Laronge net to set Menke up.

 

It was all Ice Wolves after that point as they would score five unanswered goals in the second to take a 6-2 lead into the third. Simon Desrosiers would score his third of the year and second in as many nights to get the Bombers a little closer at 6-3 on the power play early in the period.

 

Flin Flon then ran into penalty trouble later in the third and played three on five for almost a full seven minutes, where Laronge were able to score a couple more with the extra attacker to win the game 8-3.

 

The big difference in this game, just too many defensive turn overs. Every time the Bombers made a mistake it wound up in the back of their net. Don't let Laronge's record fool you, they have some very dangerous weapons including Dalton Siwak, who is a four year veteran of the WHL. Siwak was a force all night for the Wolves and has been their best player since coming over from Dauphin of the MJHL Jan the 10th for Hudson Morrison.

 

The Bombers still lead the Ice Wolves by one point for third in the Sherwood Division with a record of: 20-28-0-2. Laronge does have a game in hand.

 

Flin Flon will once again be in a must win situation, when they host Nipawin at the Whitney Forum Saturday. The Hawks lead the Bombers by two points for the final playoff spot. That could change with Nipawin hosting Melfort Friday. This continues to be a fierce rivalry, and who could forget the great series between these two teams last spring. The Bombers won it in six, and no doubt this is still fresh on the minds of the Hawks.

 

The Bombers have six games remaing, here is the break down:

 

Sat Feb the 16th VS Nipawin

Tues Feb the 18th AT Nipawin

Sat Feb the 22nd VS Melfort

Fri Feb the 28th VS Yorkton

Sat March the 1st VS Laronge

Tues March the 4th AT Melfort.

 

Don't forget to join us for all the action this Saturday from the Whitney Forum with the one and only SJHL Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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It was supposed to be simple, the consensus was the Flin Flon Bombers had thrown in the towel and would simply coast the rest of the season. Somebody forgot to tell the 23 young men that put that jersey on night to night, who have done everything but that.

 

I have said it right from the time the Bombers pulled the trigger January the 10th, when they unloaded McCombie, Blair, Buffalo and Boehm, this is a team that just doesn't give up.

 

Even on the last road trip when Flin Flon lost to Weyburn and Estevan by scores of 6-0 and 7-1, I did not see a team that did not have the desire to win.

 

Now we are starting to see the Bombers get rewarded for their hard work with back to back wins for the first time in 2014.

 

Flin Flon scored six goals en route to a huge 6-4 home win against Melfort on Friday. Seamus Maguire led the way with his first two goals of the season, with a pair from Eric Pedersen and singles coming from Parker Evans Campbell and Connor Bucsis. Flin Flon got strong goaltending from Simon Hofley as the Bombers got out shot 52-31.

 

The Bombers took that momentum into Laronge on Saturday and fell behind 2-0 early in the first period, before Eric Pedersen scored his seventh at 13:04 to get his team back in the game. Laronge would answer early in the second retaking their two goal lead when new comer Daulton Siwak scored a power play goal to make it 3-1. That lead would hold till the second intermission.

 

Flin Flon did not panic and chipped away at the lead in the third period, when the hottest Bomber forward Eric Pedersen scored his second of the night and eighth of the season to get the Bombers within one at 3-2.

 

That would spark the young club who would tie the game at 6:13 when 16 year old Dustin Perrilat scored his second of the year in his last game this season. Perrilat is a call up from triple a, and can only dress in so many games.

 

This would set the stage for Tyson Empey who scored a beautiful goal at 10:57 of the final frame , when d-man Robbie Cameron rushed the puck down the ice on a two on one and fed a nice pass in the slot and Empey lifted the back hand over the shoulder of Ice Wolve net minder Dasan Sydora.

 

It was Empey's fifth of the season and maybe the biggest goal of his SJ career, as this stood up as the winning goal. It was the first time the Bombers had won a game this year, when trailing after two periods. Flin Flon was 0 and 20, this season when trailing after two.

 

With the victory the Bombers leap frog the Ice Wolves for third in the Sherwood Division and are only four points behind Nipawin for the final playoff spot in the league. They play two more times this season. The Bomber record is now :19-27-0-2, with eight games remaining in the season. Six of those are against Sherwood Division teams.

 

With a nothing to lose approach, the Bombers make their way to the Battleford's Tuesday and back to Laronge on Wednesday. Flin Flon almost beat Battleford at the Whitney Forum back on January the 25th and look forward to the challenge. It won't be easy with the Stars unbeaten in their last 15 games.

 

Once again you can count on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com for all the action both nights with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

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The Creighton Senior Kodiak Girls Basketball team were in Stobart for the 2nd annual Rebel Tournament.

 

The Kodiak Girls finished 1-2 and came in fifth.

 

The Kodiak Senior Boys were in Swan River and lost all three of their games.

 

Both teams are preparing for Conferences coming up in two weeks.

 

The boys will be in Hudson Bay and the girls will be in Carrot River.

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The Norman Northstars wrapped up the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League regular season this past weekend, with three games in three nights.

 

The Northstars took it to Eastman 8-1 on Friday, and followed that up with a couple of respectable showings against the Winnipeg Thrashers and Wild, losing 8 to 3 and 7 to 4.

 

Norman finishes the regular season at: 10-33-0-1, 21 points and eleventh overall and will not qualify foir the playoffs.

 

The Northstars did improve drastically when former coach Doug Korman took over the coaching reins in early December. Norman only had one victory at that point and were getting blown out in most of their games.

 

Korman also did a good job with the team away from the rink, including getting the players together to shovel snow at a senior's housing complex.

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The Hapnot Senior Kings Basketball team had another perfect weekend going undefeated in Swan River.

 

The Kings hammered Dauphin 61-21 to claim the title, and are 17-2 so far this season and will be heading to Winnipeg for the Nelson McIntire tournament this weekend.

 

The Hapnot Queens were in Winnipeg and had a very good showing going 2-1 to win the Consolation Final and finished fifth.

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The Kinsmen Pee Wee Cup wrapped up at the Creighton Sportex Sunday afternoon.

Scorpio Bearing Final- third vs fourth

 

Laronge beat Flin Flon 5-4.

 

Kinsmen Cup Final- first vs second

 

Thompson beat the Pas 5-2

 

The Pee Wee Bombers will travel to Laronge for a couple of exhibition games next Saturday, to get a tune up for Provincials coming up in Swan River March the 6th to the 8th.

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After a five day break the Flin Flon Bombers prepare for the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum tonight. This will be the sixth meeting of the season between the two clubs, with the Mustangs winning three of the previous five meetings.

 

Flin Flon has won both meetings at the Whitney Forum and usually play the Mustangs pretty well. Melfort won the last meeting at the Northern Lights Palace by a score of 6-3 on January the 22nd.

 

The Bombers continue to struggle in 2014 with only two wins in their last twelve games. Melfort is 7-3 in their last ten and have over taken Nipawin for top spot in the Sherwood Conference with 48 points.

 

Flin Flon remains in the basement of the league, with their playoff hopes fading fast. The Bombers are 17-27-0-2 36 points which has them at 47 points and seven points behind Notre Dame for the last playoff spot.  Both teams have played 46 games and have ten remaining in the season.

 

The Mustangs have a lot of fire season, coming to town with the league's second best offense and 147 goals for. Only Melville has scored more. Melfort is led by veteran Anthony Pickering who leads his team with 43 points, and rookie sensation Travis Mayan who leads all rookies in points with 36.

 

The Bombers continue to struggle putting the puck in the net with a league low 108 goals scored. Flin Flon was outscored 22-5 on their last road trip when they went 1-3.

 

Austin Evans has been a bright spot for the Bombers since coming over from the Battlefords January the tenth, and had his best night as a Bomber January the 29th against Notre Dame. Evans scored a pair of goals in regulation and added a third in the shoot out. He is a guy that brings it every night.

 

No broadcast tonight, but we will be in Laronge for a must win tomorrow night at the Mel Hegland Uniplex. The Ice Wolves are three points up on Flin Flon and are also struggling with only two wins in their last ten games. Scoring isn't Laronge's problem, keeping the puck out of their own net is. Laronge is a league worst 190 goals against.

 

Flin Flon leads the season series 2-1. The Ice Wolves won the most recent meeting 4-1, January the 11th at the Whitney Forum.

 

If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, these would be the two teams on the outside looking in. Make sure you join us on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15PM.

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Fresh off winning Pre- Zones in the Pas, the Hapnot Senior Kings basketball team will be in Swan River for the Kinsmen Tip Off Tournament.

 

The Kings are ranked no.5 in the province and will play their first game Friday against Dauphin at 6:30 PM. The finals are 7:30 PM on Saturday.

 

The Hapnot Queens will be in Winnipeg for the Transcona Optimist Classic. The Queen's first

game will be Friday at 4PM against Lorette. The finals are Saturday at 6 PM.

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The Kinsmen Cup Pee Wee  Tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Sportex in Creighton.

 

The action starts this Friday when Flin Flon plays Laronge at 3:30, followed by Thompson taking on The Pas at 5:30 PM.

 

The Scorpio Bearing Final is Sunday at 10AM. The Kinsmen Cup Final is Sunday at noon.

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Emery Olauson's stint as Bomber Assistant Coach did not last long, as he has taken the job as new Head Coach of the Fayetteville Fire Antz of the Southern Professional League.

 

This is a team Emery knows well, spending two years as a player with the Fire Antz between 2007 and 2009. Emery was also a front runner for the coaching job entering this season.

 

Even though Emery's stint with the Bombers was a short one, he says he will definately miss Flin Flon.

 

" Me and my girl friend moved up from Tennessee, not knowing what to expect with a little mining town as far north as either one of us has been." " What a great surprise, it is really hard to leave Flin Flon, and hopefully we will have a chance to come back one day and see everyone." " It is a great hockry community and a great town all around."

 

Emery will begin his new post with the Fire Antz this weekend, and the Flin Flon Bomber organization wish him all the best.

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It was not the way the Flin Flon Bombers wanted to end their four game in five night road trip.

 

The Estevan Bruins took it to the Bombers 7-1 Saturday night.

 

I agreed with Mike Reagan on the CFAR Post Game Show, it was not a 7-1 game.

 

The Bombers came out and played a good first period and trailed 1-0 after one, despite out skating the Bruins in the first. Unfortunately the tail of the Bomber season continued as they could not muster up any offense.

 

Flin Flon fired 22 shots at Matt Gibney, but could only muster one goal in the third, when Peter Poulin Roy took a nice pass from Eric Pederson, and fired a wrist shot in the top right corner for his second of the season.

 

The game was already decided at that point as Estevan built up a 5-1 lead, and scored two more for good measure later in the third to take the game 7-1.

 

Once again I was impressed how the Bombers never gave up and kept skating right till the end. Sooner or later you would have to think Flin Flon will get a break as long as they continue to work hard.

 

The trip was not a total disapointment, as Flin Flon did come away with a victory snapping a seven game losing streak with a 4-3 shoot out win over Notre Dame on Wednesday. Austin Evans scored his first two goals as a Bomber and also potted one in the shoot out.

 

In the other three games against Yorkton, Weyburn and Estevan Flin Flon was out scored 19-2. I felt bad for the Bomber goal tenders Simon Hofley and Casey Parker who didn't receive a lot of help in front of them.

 

Once again had the Bombers been able to capitalize on even a quater of their chances, the scores in all these games would of been quite differant. In all the years I have covered this team and the SJHL, I have never seen a team so snake bitten.

 

The Bombers have ten games remaining this year and are still alive in the playoff picture, but are losing ground fast. Flin Flon trails Laronge by three points, with both teams playing 46 games. Notre Dame has been able to build a six point gap on Flin Flon and do have a game in hand.

 

The Bombers will be in Laronge this Saturday and this is definately a must win for Flin Flon. These two teams will meet three times before the season concludes March the fourth.

 

If the Bombers can win those games and get some help from other teams that will be playing Notre Dame, the playoffs could be possible. Notre Dame has a tough schedule with games remaining against Yorkton, Melville, Kindersley and Battleford, so things could get interesting.

 

Next home game for Flin Flon is this Friday when Melfort comes to town. No broadcast of this game, but we will have the Bomber- Ice Wolf game from Laronge on Saturday. We will be on the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

The Bomber record stands at: 17-27-0-2 36 points. Flin Flon is 5-6 against teams in the Sherwood Division and are 1-9 in their last ten.

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The Norman Northstars played their final two home games of the Manitoba Midget AAA hockey season this past weekend.

 

Norman lost both games to a very good Winnipeg Thrashers team by scores of 7-3 and 5-1.

Flin Flon's Riley McDonald had the only goal in the loss Sunday.

 

Norman prepares for their final three games of the season, when they hit the road this Friday taking on Eastman. The Northstars will play the Winnipeg Wild on Saturday and finish up against the Thrashers on Sunday.

 

Norman's record stands at: 9-31-0-1, and will not qualify for the playoffs this year.

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens Senior basketball teams were in the Pas this past weekend for pre zones.

 

The Hapnot Kings won all three  of their games including an 84-61 win against Thompson in the final.

 

The Kings are ranked no.5 in the province their highest ranking ever.

 

The Hapnot Queens beat the Pas and Cross Lake before losing to a very good Thompson team in the final. The Thompson girls are ranked third in the province.

 

The Hapnot Kings will be in Swan River this weekend and the Queens will be in Winnipeg for the Transcona tournament.

 

The Creighton Kodiak girls were in Swan River and went 2-1 beating Wiliam Montgrant Collegiate and the Pas. The Kodiak's only loss came to Kamsack.

 

Kaitlan Grant was named a tournament all star.

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The Atom AA Bombers were in the Pas for the annual Grub Box Tournament this past weekend.

 

The AA'S split their four round robin games losing to the Pas 6-3, losing 3-2 to Swan River 3-2 and then rallying to beat Thompson 7-2 and Dauphin 5-2.

 

The AA Bombers qualified for the final losing to the Pas 9-4.

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