The 23rd Annual Hudbay hockey tournament wrapped up yesterday at the Whitney Forum.
Triple 777 beat the Main Office 12-10
Powerhouse beat the Carpenters 9-6
Electricians beat Snow Lake 9-8
Zinc Plant beat the Boilermakers 7-0
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be handing out the hardware at the Flin Flon Community Hall on Wednesday April the 9th, presented by Triad Realty.
The night will start with dinner for the player's and coach's at 5:30, prepared by Chicken Chef.
The Awards will start at 6:30, which are open to the entire public, and raised seating will be in place.
Awards will be handed out in the Novice, Atom and Pee Wee Divisions.
Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball registration will be taking place Monday April the 18th from 5-7, and again Saturday May the 3rd from 3-5, with all the registration taking place at the Creighton Sportex.
This will be a big season for Flin Flon - Creighton Minor Ball, who will be making the switch from fast ball to hard ball.
One last hurrah for the Whitney Forum this season, as the 23rd annual Hudbay hockey tournament will kick off Friday.
All eight teams will be guaranteed three games and will be in action Friday night.
5PM- Carpenters VS Boilermakers
6:30PM- Powerhouse VS Main Office
8PM- Electrical VS Zinc Plant
9:30PM- 777 VS Snow Lake/ Reed Lake
The playoffs start Sunday at 10AM, with the A Final at 2:30.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey wrapped up their season Thursday, with the House League finals.
Novice- McKeens Trucking beat the Reliance Rhinos 7 to 5.
Atom- Shriners beat Pharmasave Sabres 7 to 6
Pee Wee- Petro Can Canadiens beat the Gateway Jets 5-4 in double ot.
It was a great weekend for the Hapnot Wrestling team that went down to Winnipeg for Provincials.
Christina McKay and Cody Quinn both won Gold medals, Hunter Lee won Silver, Kade Walker a Bronze and Darwin Wasylciw placed fourth.
Hapnot came in third for Provincial standings, which is sensational for a team of only five members.
Congratulations to all the students and coach's, Murray and JO-Anne Skeavington, and Derek Abrahamson.
The Hapnot Senior Boys basketball team were in Provincials this past weekend in Swan River.
The Kings got hit hard by injuries and lost both their games to Neelin out of Winnipeg, and Swan River. It was still a very successful season , where the Kings were able to pick up their third straight Zone title, something that had never been done in the school's history in boy's basketball.
The Kings put up a 27-4 record, and were ranked fifth in the Province, Hapnot's highest ranking ever. Congrats to the coach's Don Dyke, Neil Campbell and rest of the Kings, who have five players returning for next season.
Good luck to Hapnot Collegiate's five wrestlers who are off to Provincials in Winnipeg this weekend.
The Wrestling team consists of : Cody Quinn who is in grade 12, Christina McKay, Darwin Wasylciw, Kade Walker who are grade 11's and Hunter Lee who is in grade 9.
The coach's are : Murray and Jo- Anne Skeavington and Derek Abrahamson.
The Norman Wild Bantam AAA Girl's team competed in Provincials this past weekend in Carmen.
The Wild beat Interlake in the Consolation final 4-3 in over time.
There are two girls from Flin Flon McKenzie McIntire and Indra Wood who both play defense.
Indra was fourth in the tournament with 3 assists.
Flin Flon's Bob Wood is an assistant coach.
Good luck to head coach Don Dyke and the rest of the Hapnot Kings Senior Boy's basketball team who are off to Provincials in Swan River this weekend.
The Kings who wrapped up their third straight Zone title in The Pas, go in to Provincials as the number 5 ranked team.
Hapnot will play Neelin out of Winnipeg in their first game Thursday at 1:30.
Listen to 102.9 CFAR for complete weekend updates.
The Flin Flon Bombers saw their season come to an end, despite out -shooting and out chancing the Estevan Bruins on Thursday.
SJHL scoring champion Austin Daae scored his second of the night into the empty net with only 14 seconds left to give the Bruins the victory and the series in a hard fought 5 games.
Lynden Pastachak opened up the scoring at the 12:39 mark of the opening period. The Bombers would answer right away as they had all series with Paul Soubry tying the game 2 minutes later at 14:28.
That was the only puck to beat Matt Gibney, as he would close the door the rest of the way stopping 43 out of 44 Flin Flon shots, and was the difference maker all series long. Estevan was outshot in all 5 games, but found a way to win.
The game winner was scored by Austin Daae late in the second period, as the number one line came through with a goal at the 18:00 mark. Flin Flon came out and really pressed in the third, but did not get rewarded for all their hard work.
The Bombers have no reason what so ever to hang their heads, as they had one heck of a February, where they were able to win 8 out of their last 11 games just to make the playoffs. Not a lot of people held stock that they would even get into the playoffs, let alone outplay Estevan in the Wildcard Series.
The future looks bright with 18 out of a possible 20 able to return for next season. Flin Flon is also owed futures from Battleford, Yorkton, Dauphin and Drumheller.
Mike Reagan says his team will be in very good shape the next couple of seasons and look to be a solid contender for the start of next year.
Good luck to the graduating 20 year old's, Brock Hounsell and Brody Robinson, who were very good down the stretch and into the playoff's and will certainly be missed.
A big congratulations to the entire Bomber organization, who made some gutsy moves at the deadline and did everything but throw in the towel for the rest of the season. It did not look good for the Bombers who lost seven in a row after the January 10th deadline, but they stayed positive and never quit.
Talking to Mike and the players, they thought the defineing moment that turned around their season was their 2-0 victory in Battleford February the 11th. Not only was this a huge road win, but it also ended a 17 game unbeaten streak for the Stars. Flin Flon went on to win four out of their last seven games and that win really gave them a lot of confidence.
I think the thing that really impressed me was how the Bombers were getting contributions from everybody, and never ever seemed to be out of a game. This was one of the best comeback teams I have seen in recent memory and were the talk of the league the past several weeks.
Mike Reagan is excited about the future and needs to be given credit, for his boldness to make some tough deals at the deadline and how he was able to turn around the season, with one of the youngest groups in the entire league.
He rolled four lines and gave everybody a chance to contribute and it really paid off. This was a playoff run that Dean Allison and Eric Pedersen will never forget, as they were terrific offensively combineing for 13 points. Both Pedersen and Allison were brought in mid season on out of province trades. Tyson Empey also had a very good playoff run scoring 3 goals in 5 games.
All three players should be back next season. Good luck to the Estevan Bruins who move on to play the Battleford's in the SJHL Quarter Finals.
The 82nd Annual Flin Flon Men's Bonspiel wrapped up yesterday at the Uptown Curling Club.
Here are the final results:
Main Event- Hudbay and Flin Flon Insurance
Holmes over McLuckie
Second Event- KFC and Ginnell, Bauman and Watt Law Corporation
Connelly over Melien
Third Event- Stittco and McMunn and Yates
Fernandes over Boydell
The Flin Flon Bombers not only staved off elimination, but they also took it to the Bruins 4-1 Tuesday night at the Whitney Forum, to even the best of five SJHL Wildcard Series at 2-2 with Estevan. Mike Reagan was adament on the CFAR Post Game show Monday that his team had to play with the lead. They trailed in all three previous games of this series.
The Bombers made sure of that and came out and scored the first two goals of the game in the first period. Dean Allison scored his third of the series when he deflected AJ Kapcheck's wrist shot from the blue line to open the scoring at the 12:35 mark of the first period.
Austin Evans and Eric Pedersen went to work on the penalty kill, when Pedersen made a perfect pass from behind the Bruin net to set up Evans who was alone in front of Matt Gibney. This was Evans first goal of the series and stood up as the game winner.
Estevan was at their blue line, looking to go on a rush the other way and neglected their own zone.
Estevan would score early in the second period when Ben Johnstone took a nice pass from Lynden Pastachak and roofed it over the right shoulder of Simon Hofley, who had his easiest night of the series. The Bombers outshot the Bruins for the fourth straight game 45-28 and 15-9 in the third period.
Flin Flon got insurance goals from Eric Pedersen, his series leading fourth goal just 44 seconds into the third period and Brody Robinson found the empty net for his first playoff goal with only 50 seconds remaining.
The other three games were pretty tight, but there was no contest Tuesday night, Flin Flon was a lot better. I thought Estevan looked beat up and tired and this fired up young Bomber squad will take the momentum into Estevan for game 5 tomorrow.
Estevan threw the body pretty effectively on Monday, but it was the Bombers who were pounding the Bruins on Tuesday. Brody Robinson in particular throwing a number of big hits. One that jumps out at me, was his big hit on Bruin d-man Nolan Nicholas in the second period.
Brock Hounsell was very physical too along with Evan Akkerman and Paul Soubry. Flin Flon appeared to want this one more and once again when they needed a big win they came through. This is something that we have seen quite regularly since the beginning of February.
The Bombers look like they have solved Matt Gibney and have given themselves a chance to win the series Thursday night. Mike Reagan continues to be impressed by this group's will to win and their never say die attitude. I think all the pressure is on the Bruins and were expected to win. Don't tell that to young Bombers,who don't appear to be phased by much.
No matter what go's down this will be a lot of fun to see how it all play's out tomorrow night. It will also be a shame to see this series come to an end as this has been a tremendous matchup with two teams who have not met in the post season since Flin Flon came back to the SJHL in 1983.
Don't forget to listen to all the action tomorrow on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the pre-game show at 8:15 Manitoba time. If the Bombers win they will play Yorkton and if the Bruins win they will face Battleford. Both series will start Saturday.
For the third straight night, overtime was required in the SJHL Wildcard series between the Flin Flon Bombers and Estevan Bruins.
For the third straight game Estevan opened up the scoring when Chris Thorimbert scored his first of the playoffs at 11:49 of the first period. The Bombers would answer, when Eric Pedersen scored on a nice wrist shot over the right shoulder of goalie Matt Gibney.
The Bruins would then jump ahead 3-1, on a pair of goals from Allison and SJ scoring champion Daae. This was Daae's first of the series, and the Bruins again looked to be in good shape early in the third period.
Once again Flin Flon would come back from a 2 goal deficit. Pedersen took a sweet stretch pass from Cole Nichols and went in alone on Gibney and beat him with a beautiful back hand early in the third period.
Pedersen then went to work with Parker Evans Campbell when they swarmed the Bruin net, and Evans Campbell was able to jam in a rebound to tie it. The Whitney Forum went into a frenzy and it looked like the Bombers may win it in regulation.
Estevan was able to hang on and take it to the extra period. Flin Flon came out and got a couple of good chances early in ot but could not pot the winner.
Estevan was able to jump on a loose puck in the neautral zone area and Keegan Allison who has had one very good series, cut across the Bomber blue line and fed a beautiful pass to Lynden Pastachak who scored the winner at 1:47.
The puck actually went right through the net, but there was no question it was in as the Bruins celebrated the win in front of the Flin Flon faithful. Mike Reagan joined me on the CFAR Post Game Show, and he said he knew it was in before the light ever went on.
The Bruins find themselves in the driver's seat leading 2-1 and can wrap up the series with a win at the Forum tonight. It was a tremendous crowd last night and a real pleasure to broadcast the game with so many passionate energetic fans.
The Bomber coach's and players really appreciated it too, and would like nothing better than to beat the Bruins for their fans and take this back to Estevan for game 5 on Thursday.
What can you say about the play of Pedersen, Evans Campbell and Calladine. The Bomber's first line came to play and combined for 6 points and were in on all three goals. They were a threat to score every time they were on the ice last night, and were really able to get the crowd going.
Even though the Bombers came up a little short, they once again proved their will to win and could of easily wrapped this up 3 games to none. This has been fun to watch and great to call and may even be better than last year's series between Flin Flon and Nipawin.
I mentioned that I thought this was a great series for the SJHL to Estevan Head Coach Chris Lewgood and he agreed. I think it will be tough for any other series in the league to live up to the intensity of this one.
What ever you do - make sure you are at the Whitney Forum for game 4 tonight, as the Bombers look to even things up and take it back to Estevan for game 5. One thing this young group has been able to do is rally for a win any time they have really needed one. They really need one tonight and it would be great to do it in front of over 1,000 fans. So let's pack the Whitney.
Bring your radios and tell your friends out of town to listen to flinflononline.com. We will be on the air at our usual time of 7:10.
I don't know if you could compare it to the US Miracle On Ice from 1980, but Flin Flon are a team that is displaying a lot of the same characteristics.
The Bombers have been able to come back from a two goal deficit in both games and have tied the best of 5 Wildcard series at a game a piece with the Estevan Bruins.
Flin Flon could easily be up two games to none, but are quite happy with a split in Estevan as they prepare for game three at the Whitney Forum tonight.
The Bruins seemed poised to jump up two games to none, when they took the lead 3-1 early in the third period on Saturday. For the second straight night, the Bombers did not panic and were able to convert on their chances.
Dean Allison scored goals at the 8:48 mark and at 12:38 to tie it. Bruin goaltender Matt Gibney who has been outstanding had a bit of a meltdown after the third goal, feeling that he was being interfered with in front of his own net.
The Bombers have certainly been aggresive and have been making it a point to get to the net in the first two games of this series.
For the second straight night these two teams met in overtime, and Flin Flon once again looked like they had the momentum. Estevan took the first game in double ot, and could really push the Bombers backs against the wall with a win on Saturday.
I said to Josh Lewis who was doing colour for me on the CFAR broadcast, that I did not see the game going to a second overtime this time. Both teams were not as sharp in their own ends and I thought it may end quickly.
Fortunately for Flin Flon it did, when Tyson Empey took a pass from Dean Allison behind the Bruin net and fired a puck in the open goal, with goaltender Matt Gibney on the other side of the net.
An epic celebration as the entire Bomber team skated across the ice to congratulate victorious goal tender Simon Hofley who stopped 42 out of 45 shots for his first SJHL playoff victory.
Flin Flon continues to keep the no.1 line form the Bruins off the score sheet. Daae, Froese and Koslowski do not have any points in this series and the Bombers are checking them well.
Neither team has been able to score a powerplay goal and are a combined 0 for 13 in the two games. The Bruins have looked good short handed though, and have come close to scoring a few short handed goals in the first two games.
Tyson Empey and Dean Allison have been the two unsung heroes for the Bombers in the first two games and lead the team with a combined 9 points. Empey leads all players in this series with 3 goals in the two games.
The Whiney Forum will be the sight for games three and four and should be a mad house. There is no place like Flin Flon to watch a JR. A game and you can double the excitement at playoff time.
This has been a fantastic journey for this great young group, and you can continue to be part of it as the next chapter unfolds tonight at the Whitney Forum on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
It all starts at 7:10 tonight with the Murray GM Coach's Show.
The 82nd Annual Flin Flon Ladie's Bonspiel wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Uptown Curling Club.
Main Event for Flin Flon Insurance
Evans over Simpson
Second Event- Hudbay
Limoges over Peterson
Third Event- North Of 53 Consumers CO-OP
Rice over McLaren
There were 17 rinks total.
The Senior Hapnot Kings Boy's basketball team made local history this past weekend in the Pas, by winning their third straight Zone title.
Hapnot took down The Pas, Thompson and Cross Lake in round robin, and RD Parker a second time in the final by a whopping 30 points. This is the first time in the school's history that the senior boy's have won three straight Zone basketball titles.
The Kings are 27-2 on the season and will travel to Swan River for Provincials March the 21st to the 23rd.
The Hapnot Queen's also had a good weekend by beating The Pas and Cross Lake in round robin, but lost to a very good Thompson team in the final.
The Flin Flon Bombers may have dropped the first game of the Survivor Series to the Estevan Bruins, but they sent a huge statement to the Bruins in a losing cause. The Bombers are for real and are not about to let their season end. A lot of people around the league thought this might be a mis-match but the Bombers were the better team last night and deserved a better fate.
Estevan scored the first 2 goals of the game when Michael Sagen scored a nice goal over the shoulder of Simon Hofley to put the Bruins up 2-0 at the 11:28 mark of the second period. The Bombers were pressing and finally got rewarded for their efforts, when Tyson Empey was able to bury a nice pass from Austin Evans 29 seconds after the Sagen goal.
Flin Flon was in good shape cutting the deficit to 2-1 after 2. That score would hold up till the 18:56 mark of the third period, when Eric Pedersen was able to get loose behind the Bruin defense and score a nice wrist shot low glove side on Matt Gibney, sending the game to overtime.
The first over time settled nothing, with the Bombers out chancing the Bruins 2 to 1, but could not get a puck past Gibney. Estevan was able to put the game away, when former Ice Wolf Jason Durert got loose in the slot and converted a Keegin Allison pass from behind the Flin Flon net for the game winner at 4:02 of the second over time.
The Bombers outshot the Bruins 52-35 including 17-9 in both overtimes. Matt Gibney the Bruin goaltender, was the best player on the ice and awarded the game's first star. I was just saying this yesterday that I thought Gibney was the most under rated goalie in the league and he proved his worth last night.
The game never would of even gotten to over time without his terrific performance. This might of been one of the best playoff efforts I have seen from a Bomber team in the last ten seasons. It is very unfortunate that Flin Flon did not come away with the victory.
Mike Reagan said on the CFAR Post Game Show last night, that no-one was hanging their head in the Bomber locker room, and that their goal was to split the first two games in Estevan, and still have that oppurtunity tonight.
This was a complete team effort with every single player in the lineup giving it their all, with all four lines rolling and a great effort from the entire blue line. I don't know if the Bombers can actually play any better than what they displayed last night.
This is an amazing group, who's season appeared to be over the last time they were in Estevan, February the 1st dropping a 7-1 decision. The Bombers caught fire winning six out of their last nine games to get into the post season, to the surprise of many that counted this group out. Every time the Bombers have had to win a big game over that stretch, they have been able to deliver and will need to do that again tonight.
A couple other things that stand out from last night. Flin Flon was able to keep the mighty Estevan powerplay in check, killing all four Estevan man advantages. The Bruins had the second best powerplay in the regular season. The Bombers also did a very good job containg the number one line of SJ scoring champion Daae, Froese and Koslowski. Flin Flon will need to do that again if they want to win game number two tonight, and go back to Flin Flon with a split.
Game time is 7:30 at Affinity place with the game broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15. The series shifts back to Flin Flon for games three and four, Monday and Tuesday.
The Flin Flon Bombers handed out their team awards Sat night at the Creighton Community Hall.
Diane Krokosz Award- Most Dedicated- Paul Soubry
Most Popular Player- Brody Robinson
Howard Fox MR Hustle- Seamus Maguire
Creighton Furniture Defensive Player- Parker Evans Campbell
Chicken Chef Unsung Hero- Parker Evan Campbell
Royal Bank 3 Star Award- Eric Pedersen
Paddy Ginell Most Improved Player- Dean Allison
Bobby Clark Most Outstanding Local Player- Evan Akkerman
Nick Oklobdzia Rookie Of The Year- Robbie Cameron
Darcy Bancroft Best Defenseman- Danis Chartrand
Northern Bus Lines MVP- Danys Chartrand
Pat Spiller Memorial Leading Scorer- Austin Calladine
Coach's Award- Brock Hounsell
Congratulations to the Creighton Kodiak Senior Girls Basketball team who won their Conference in Carror River this past weekend.
The Kodiak girls beat Naicam 69-33 and Hudson Bay 69-51 and will now qualify for Regionals. Schedule will be released Monday.
The Kodiak boys were in Hudson Bay and got beat by the host team 65-47.
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens hosted a tournament in Flin Flon this past weekend and both were successful.
The Kings won all three of their games beating Thompson, Swan River and The Pas.
The Queens won both their games over the Pas and Swan River.
The Senior Kings and Queens will be in the Pas for Zones this weekend with the Kings first game against the Pas Friday at 5. The Queens first game is against the Pas, Friday at 6:30.
Girls final is Saturday at noon, with the boys final at 1:30.
The Flin Flon Bombers just seem to be a team of destiny and are hitting their stride at the right time. In front of over 1000 fans at the Whitney Forum last night the Bombers polished off Laronge 6-1 and have punched their ticket to the post season.
Austin Calladine scored the game winner 1:06 into the second period for his team leading 17th of the season, with other Bomber goals coming from: Evans(12), Allison(5),Pederson(10) and a pair from Bucsis his 6th and 7th. Bucsis obviously gets up to play Laronge, five of his seven goals this year have come against the Ice Wolves.
Flin Flon will grab the no.10 seed and looks like they will be facing off with the Estevan Bruins in the Survivor series which should start this weekend. The Bruins took three out of four from Flin Flon this season, but you can totally throw that out the window. The Bombers are a lot different team now and are playing with lots of confidence and for one another.
Mike Reagan said on the CFAR Post Game Show last night, that he feels he now has a team, not a team of individuals. It took a lot of guts to move some of their impact guys at the deadline , but Mike knew what he was doing and you can see that with the effort of his team. Not to mention all the futures coming back in return, setting up this club very good for the next two seasons.
I don't know if I have ever felt a vibe like I do right now about this team. This is a special group, and the word from the players is the locker room has never been better. You also get the sense that this team is just not satisfied making the playoffs, but feel they can go on a long run.
I love the Estevan matchup and to my recollection, this would be the first playoff meeting between these two clubs since the WCHL days. Estevan is a very good team and have flown under the radar most of this season. Austin Daae has won the scoring race with 71 points and they have other good offensive players in Froese, Sagan and Johnstone. They also have a very good goalie in Matt Gibney who I think is very under rated.
This should be one of the more fun series to watch and Flin Flon may have the advantage in travel as they are used to long bus rides all year and don't seem to be phased about an 11 hour bus ride. Word is Estevan is not thrilled about the long travel situation and are not crazy about playing Flin Flon in this series. This was one of the concerns from teams about trying this new playoff format, you could end up with a very tough travel schedule.
A big thanks to everyone who came out and wore pink last night for the "Hockey Fights Cancer" promotion. It was only the second time that there were over 1000 fans at the Forum this season, and I know the hocley club really appreciated it.
The Bombers will close out the regular season Tuesday in Melfort, which will be a nothing game for both teams, the Bombers cannot move up from tenth spot and the Mustangs clinched the Sherwood crown with a win over Nipawin 6-1 last night.
The Bombers will use this game as a tune up for the playoffs and you can once again catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We will be on the the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, and drop of the puck at 7:30.