The Flin Flon Bombers were able to come back from a 2 goal deficit not once but twice this past weekend, for back to back wins over the Bruins and Broncos.
Estevan jumped out quickly 2-0 in the first period, before the Bombers erupted for 3 in the second period on goals from: Allison(1), Etter(1) and Evans(2).
The Bruins also got one more in the second from Robertson who potted a power play marker at 12:48, to tie the game 3-3 after 2.
All Flin Flon in the third who outshot Estevan 16-9 and 49-28 over the three periods, and got the game winning goal from Chris Rauckman who scored his league leading 6th of the season.
Insurance goals came from: Austin Calladine(2) and Evans Campbell(1) into the empty net as the Bombers picked up their second win of the season.
The next night against Humboldt, Flin Flon started slow registering only 4 shots in the first period, and found themselves down 1-0 on a goal by Bronco captain Justin Lund.
Lund would score early in the second on the powerplay to put the Broncos up 2-0. Flin Flon put their powerplay to work on goals from: Calladine(3) and Rauckman(7) to tie the game at 2.
Humboldt would take the lead again 3-2 when Shatz fed a perfect pass to Swystun on a 2 on 0 to beat Hofley low blocker side.
Turning point of the game for me was Tyson Empey getting a Bronco turn over behind Humboldt's net and feeding a pass in front to Dean Allison who buried his second of the season with only 34 seconds remaining in the second period.
That goal gave the Bombers the momentum and the fourth line delivered the game winning goal on a nice deflection by Michael Knaub. The former Melville Millionaire scored his first in a Bomber uniform when he re-directed a Perrilat shot from the blue line between the legs of Bronco goalie Brandon Holtby.
Flin Flon improves to: 3-1-0-1, 7 points and second in the Sherwood Division, 1 point behind Melfort. The Bombers are a perfect 3-0 at home.
Humboldt looked a lot better than I expected, and are the quickest team I have seen in the league so far this year. It looks like there are a lot of good prospects and I believe the Broncos are going to give a lot of teams trouble this year.
Ryan Smith may be a new coach in the league, but has plenty of experience and has 4 pretty balanced lines that are very good on the transition. The Broncos also have a very aggressive forecheck and got in the face of the Bombers all night.
They will be a lot more competitive than people think.
Offense does not look like it is going to be a problem for Flin Flon who have scored 20 goals in 5 games to lead the league. The Bombers have given up 17 though, with 9 coming on the penalty kill.
Mike Reagan is not concerned, as he really likes his backend and feels they will tighten things up , once they get a few more games under their belt.
Chris Rauckman leads the league in goals(7) and points(11). Parker Evans Campbell sits third with 8 points and Austin Calladine who has only played 3 games, sits tenth with 5 points. Danys Chartrand has 4 points and is second in points amongst SJHL defensemen, 1 point behind Spencer Trapp of Notre Dame.
The SJHL prepares for the Showcase and will not renew league games until Thursday October the 2nd. Flin Flon will continue their 5 game homestand this Friday and Saturday against Notre Dame and Laronge. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Saturday's game.
It was the first of many showdowns between the Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs this season last night at the Palace.
You can give the first matchup to the hometown Mustangs, who came from behind to down the Bombers 4-3.
Melfort opened up the scoring on Dakota Boutin's first of the season at 12:27 of the opening period. Chris Rauckman would tie things up for Flin Flon with his league leading 5th of the season at 17:39 to sqare it at 1 after 1.
Flin Flon would let a 1 goal lead slip away on a couple of occasions in the second period. Austin Calladine did not take long to make his presence felt in his first game of the year, when he converted a nice feed from Alex Smith over the shoulder of Richard Palmer at 2:54.
The Stangs tied it three minutes later on Justin Boyer's first of the season, before Flin Flon would again take the lead 3-2 on some hard work from Seamus Maguire.
Adan Fauchoux scored his third of this young season to tie the game 3-3 at the 12:23 mark. The eventual game winner would come only a minute later when Cole Hyrsky buried a power play goal behind Simon Hofley.
This was the only specialty goal of the night and proved to be the differance. With the victory Melfort takes over sole possession of first place in the Sherwood Division at 2-1. Flin Flon sits in second spot at: 1-1-0-1
A big home stand for the Bombers with 5 of their next games at the Whitney Forum including the Estevan Bruins in town Friday and the new look Humboldt Broncos Saturday.
Estevan sits at : 1-2 and this will be our first look at the Bruins since their epic 5 game showdown with the Bombers in the SJHL Elimination series this past spring. Estevan has 12 players remaining from last season and it appears that Head Coach Chris Lewgood will be in a some what rebuilding process.
All of Estevan's top six scorers have graduated including high flying Austin Daae. Lewgood does feel confident that his new recruits will be able to compete night to night with any of the Bruins opponents.
No other franchise in the league had to replace as much as Humboldt did, when it was announced that legenday Coach and GM Dean Brockman had taken an assistant's job with the Saskatoon Blades.
Ryan Smith is the new man in charge, and is no stranger to junior hockey where he has been with the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL , and has 2 coach of the year awards to his credit. The first order of buisiness will be to find a new goaltender who can play a lot of minutes. Both Ryland Pashovitz and Cade Spencer have decided to move on.
Humboldt is one of two teams in the league without a victory, but they have only played three games and have lots of time to put things together.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.
The Flin Flon Bombers (1-0-0-1) will face off against the Melfort Mustangs (1-1) for the first time this season Wednesday at the Northern Lights Palace.
This will be the first of 8 meetings over the course of the season. Flin Flon won last year's season series 4 games to 2.
Flin Flon took 3 out of a possible 4 points this past weekend against a very determined Nipawin Hawk club, including a come from behind win in the Bomber home opener on Friday. Chris Rauckman is the top sniper so far firing 4 goals in 2 games, including a big hattrick on Saturday.
The Mustangs had to settle for 1 win in 2 tries against Laronge, losing 4-2 in Laronge Friday before rebounding for a solid 3-1 win on home ice Saturday. Adam Fauchoux has scored 3 out of the 5 Mustangs goals so far and looks poised for a breakout season.
The Bomber's already have one of the most explosive offensive group of forwards, which has just got a bit deeper with the return of last year's team scoring leader Austin Calladine. Calladine picked up 34 points in 46 games last season including 17 goals and should have a chance to pot 20 plus this year.
Mike Reagan's team will even get deeper later this week when they complete the deal with Drumheller for futures owed in the Devin Buffalo trade from last year's deadline.
Reagan says they will be adding another quality player, who will be joining the Bombers very soon.
Make sure you listen to all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15 MB time. Drop of the puck at 8:30.
Wednesday's broadcast will include a chat with Bomber forward Chris Rauckman for the Dembinsky's player profile in the first intermission, and a chat with Mustang play by play guy Brandon Crowe in the second intermission.
After the game in Melfort the Bombers will return to the Whitney Forum for a six game home stand, including games this Friday and Saturday against Estevan and Humboldt.
When Mike Reagan acquired Chris Rauckman from Drumheller of the AJHL in part of the futures for allstar netminder Devin Buffalo, Reagan said that he had the potential to score 40 goals this season.
Well, he has 4 in 2 games including his first SJHL career hat trick in a 5-4 shoot out loss in Nipawin on Saturday night. Rauckman scored on the power play, even strength and added one short handed too in a very dominating performance.
Rauckman has a great release and blew 3 shots by the very strong Joe O'brien who seemed to handle most of the other shots fired in his direction both nights.
After an early 1-0 lead for the Bombers, when Rauckman scored on a break away to open up the scoring at 9:57, the Hawks started to take control.
Spriggs and Dunlop would score on the power play for Nipawin at 6:57 and 9:52 to take a 2-1 lead in the second. Rauckman would answer on the power play, before Coben would put the Hawks up 3-2 with another powerplay goal at 16:09.
Once again the Bombers would tie it at 3 when Rauckman would score short handed at 17:48. Flin Flon appeared to have the momentum until Dunlop would make the Bombers pay on a bad clearing attempt and flipped a back hand over Simon Hofley's right shoulder to put the Hawks up 4-3 after 2.
Despite being out shot 21-7 in the third period, Flin Flon scored the only goal in the third , when the very talented Eric Pedersen scored on the power play at 9:58.
Pedersen was able to jam a rebound between Joe O'Brien' s pads on a mad scramble in front of the Hawk net.
Nipawin pressed for pretty much the rest of the final frame but could not re-take the lead. Over time settled nothing, so it was on to the shoot out to decide it.
The shoot out went 5 rounds before Chase Thudium scored with a low wrist shot, low glove side on Bomber net minder Hofley. What makes this one sting a little more for the Bombers, was captain Dean Allison fired one of the cross bar just seconds before.
Flin Flon takes 3 out of a possible 4 points from a feisty Nipawin team after a come from behind win on Friday. With 1,226 fans in attendance for the home opener, Flin Flon was able to erase a 2-0 deficit with 3 straight power play goals by: Evans, Rauckman and Pedersen.
This game was all about the special teams with 18 minor penalty's being assessed, so there was not a lot of 5 on 5. Mike Reagan mentioned on the 102.9 CFAR post game show he was dissapointed that he could not get his fouth line out there more because of all the odd man situations.
Here is the stats breakdown from the 2 games.
Total shots Flin Flon 82, Nipawin 88
Power plays Flin Flon 5 for 14, Nipawin 5 for 17.
I thought both games were very entertaining and predict a very good season for the Bombers, who should be one of the quickest deepest teams in the entire league.
Mike Reagan has some tough decisions ahead of him as he still has an abundance of players in town, and will have to move some players and start going with a set lineup.
Logan Harland who was just released from the Saskatoon Blades, played both games and seems to have already made the adjustment to playing in the SJHL. Flin Flon is still owed one more player from Drumheller in the Devin Buffalo trade from last year, and word is Mike Reagan will be making his selection this week.
Next up for the Bombers, will be the Melfort Mustangs who split a pair of games with Laronge on the opening weekend. Flin Flon and Melfort are considered the top 2 teams in the Sherwood Division this season, so this should be a great contest to kick off the early part of the schedule.
All the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflonnline.com this Wednesday, starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15 MB time and drop of the puck at 8:30.
The Creighton Kodiaks have their second straight win in the 6 man Northern Saskatchewan Football League.
The Kodiaks dismantled Cumberland House 51-14 in the first ever high school football game played in Creighton.
Evan Linnick the starting running back did a lot of the damage scoring 4 touchdowns, and adding 4 two point conversions. Other touchdowns came from receiver Chris Reynolds who scored two with single touchdowns coming from: Logan Schanowski, Will Thompson and Curtis Custer.
Randy Nowlin registered 2 quarterback sacks with another coming from Jordan Schanowski.
The Kodiaks led 30-7 at the half and added 6 more points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth. Creighton also recovered an on side kick late in the first half.
The Kodiaks record stands at 2-0 and with a win at Creighton field next Thursday over Sandy Bay would get home field advantage for the playoffs.
Here is head coach Ryan Karakochuk after today's victory.
The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up the pre season Friday night with a solid 5-2 win over the MJHL'S Swan Valley Stampeders.
The Stampeders struck first when BJ Avery fired a shot over Simon Hofley's shoulder right off a face off deep in the Bomber's end, just 53 seconds into the opening period.
It was all Flin Flon after that point as they would take total control of the game with Tyson Empey answering the Avery goal with his 6th of the pre season on the power play, to tie it up at 1 after the first period.
Parker Evans Campbell and Braydan Mcdonald would trade powerplay goals early in the second, before Empey would strike again this time short handed to put Flin Flon up for good 3-2.
The Bombers would get a couple of insurance goals from new comer Michael Knaub and Chris Rauckman. Mike Reagan announced earlier in the day that the Bombers had moved Dalton Menke to Melville for 95 forward Michael Knaub.
Knaub was a rookie with the Mills last season where he put up 14 points(2 goals and 12 assists) in 43 games. Knaub is also 6'5 and 215 pounds and loves to play physical as Bomber fans got a taste of that Friday night.
Knaub hit everything in sight and had the Stampeders looking over their shoulders all night. Local products Zach Garrett and Evan Akkerman also made their presence felt as they seemed to enjoy running all over the Stampeders with several big hits especially in the third period.
Mike Reagan was on the 102.9 CFAR Post game show and said he thought this was the most complete pre season game that his team had played.
" This was a very solid effort from our boys,it was a tough start with us giving up a goal early, but we responded very well, I really liked our physical play and I thought we had good tempo and really played like a veteran group."
Reagan also commented about the play of the line of Rauckman, Evans Campbell and Pedersen.
" I thought they looked really good tonight and was really impressed how they looked on the 4 on 3 goal. These guys are too skilled not to produce, and some nights they may struggle to score but with our depth, we should have other guys who will be able to help with the offense."
The Bombers will finish the pre-season at 4-2 and now get ready for the regular season which will start Friday with the home opener against the Nipawin Hawks.
These two teams finished 3-3 in the season series last year and both bowed out in the SJHL Elimination Series. Notre Dame beat out the Hawks in 4 games and Flin Flon lost a heartbreaker in game 5 in Estevan.
Flin Flon looks to be especially good on the back end with veteran's Danys Chartrand, Braden Lacoursiere, Tanner Lishchynski, Robbie Cameron and AJ Kapchek who should be as good if not better than anybody else's top 5 in the league. The Bombers got a big shot in the arm as the club announced that Dustin Perrilat was being re-assigned from Moose Jaw and will be returning to Flin Flon in time for the season opener. So that leaves the Maroon and White with 6 veteran defensemen to start the season.
Mike Reagan will have some tough decisions to make as he still has a lot of talented players around with only so many spots that are open. It looks like he will be able to roll 4 quality lines that will be scrappy and be able to match anybody on a night to night basis.
Nipawin is in a rebuilding mode, but Doug Johnson's teams always come to compete, and will be a really good test for the Bombers to begin the season.
Final stats from the win over Swan Valley on Friday night.
It was a great comeback that saw the Flin Flon Bombers squeak out a 5-4 shoot out win over the Nipawin Hawks last night.
Flin Flon opened up the scoring in the first period when Griffin Mason scored 3:10 in. the Hawks responded in the second on a goal by Brandon Arnold.
Most of the scoring came in the third period when Dean Allison put the Bombers up at 7:01, before Nipawin tied it 5 minutes later on a goal from Dunlop.
Evan Mignault would give Nipawin their first lead of the night, making it 3-2 at the 12:44 mark. Chris Raukman who came to the Bombers from Drumheller in the futures for Devin Buffalo would tie it up, when he buried a nice shot blocker side on Hawks goalie Shayne Blomquist.
Nipawin would then retake the lead when Arnold would score his second of the night with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation.
Tyson Empey the hottest Bomber so far in the pre season, would tie the game with only 42 seconds remaining, when he was able to bury his 5th of the pre season in a goal mouth scramble.
The two teams decided to skip over time and went right to the shoot out, where Dean Allison would blow a wrist shot low glove side to send the Bombers to their third pre season win.
Allison was the 6th Bomber shooter.
It was another great effort for local product Zach Garrett, who picked up another assist, his fourth point of the pre season. Garrett has worked very hard and is definately in the running for a spot for opening day.
Mike Reagan is very pleased with his work ethic, and points a side he is a guy who has no problem playing in his own end. Garrett has a chance to be an important role player for the team this season.
Dean Allison who came over from Port Alberni last year, is a nice story in the pre season so far where he collected 3 points last night and now has 7 total. He says he really enjoys playing with Evans and Empey. " It has gone really well, me Emps and Evans have a lot of chemistry, and I think part of it has carried over from Empey and me playing together in the playoffs last year. We have been very strong as a unit and a lot of my success has come from playing with them."
The Bombers improve to 3-2 on the pre season and will wrap up their exhibition games when Swan River comes to town on Friday 7:30 at the Whitney Forum. This will also be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com
Mike Reagan the Bomber Head Coach and GM says he is happy with how his team has improved in the pre season. " There are lots of improvements still to be made, but I was very happy with how we were able to come back a couple of times late in the third period. It was very important from a confidence stand point. The next week and a half will be huge for us as we get ready for the regular season."
The Bombers have cut three players: Quinn Mosby, Danton Oliver and Lien Miller Jeannotte.
Reagan also commented that he should have a deal for Dalton Menke worked out in the next couple of days.
For the first time this pre season the Bombers were able to lace up the skates in front of the home town crowd.
After splitting a pair of road games in Nipawin and OCN, the Bombers did not disappoint with a convincing 5-0 win on Friday over the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard.
The Bombers were able to use their special teams to help power them to the victory.
Seamus Maguire opened the scoring on a short handed breakaway 6:36 into the opening period and the Bombers never looked back.
Ocn took undisciplined penaltys all night long and Flin Flon made them pay on power play goals by Tyson Empey and AJ Kapcheck.
The Bombers built up a 3-0 lead after 2, and added a couple of insurance goals in the third on even strength goals from Austin Evans and Tyson Empey's second of the night.
Brian Archibald who came to the Blizzard from the Dauphin Kings at last year's trade deadline was by far his team's best player Friday night. Flin Flon fired 45 shots at him and many from close range. He has excellent lateral movement and did everything he could to keep his team in it.
I have liked this guy from the first time I saw him last season, and in my opinion you would be hard pressed to find anybody better in the MJHL this season. If it wasn't for him this game could have easily been 10-0.
Mike Reagan was pleased with his team's effort after the game and thought his team's special teams were very good. " It was one of those games where we had to kill three penalty's in a row and then we went on a five minute power play to start the game in the first period. It was a slow start where you want to see 5 on 5 hockey and be able to get in the forecheck. It is all about assessing talent, but I was very happy with the effort and a lot of our guys looked very good tonight. Their goalie was great and he made a lot of back door saves robbing Woolfrey and Pedersen. Overall our veterans were hungry and probably could of scored a few more goals."
Simon Hofley started in goal and stopped all 14 shots he faced. His rebound control was very good.
Hofley says he has been working hard all summer to get ready for this season." It was so much fun, I have been training all summer really hard and it looks like it is paying off. I can't take all the credit for my success, the team is helping me out a lot. I think we have a really good team this year and it looks like we will be one of the contenders."
The Bombers improve to 2-1 in the pre-season and will face another MJHL team, the Swan Valley Stampeders in Swan River Sunday.
The next pre-season game in Flin Flon is this Tuesday at 7:30 against Nipawin.
The OCN Blizzard came from behind to beat the Flin Flon Bombers 6-5 in a shoot out last night at the GLMC. This was one of the more entertaining rookie games I have seen in recent memory. Both teams have a good crop of rookies competing for jobs this season, and I would say the future looks bright.
Mason Etter who the Bombers recruited from Wisconsin has been impressive and looks like he may be a rookie who will be able to put up some points this season. He had a goal and an assist last night. Etter put up 10 points in 24 games last year with the Cedarburg Bulldogs.
Another new prospect I like is defenseman Shane Kumar who is from Delta BC. He has all the tools, speed, grit ,size and had the ire of the Blizzard all nite. He likes to agitate and I think could be a favorite among the Bomber faithful this season.
A couple of Blizzard rookies who jumped out at me included a couple of Norman Northstars Brady Keeper and Mikey Marcus. Both these guys were jacked to play this game and both were able to contribute offensively.
The Blizzard came out flying in this one and scored 1:25 into the opening period. The Bombers were able to answer and the teams traded goals back and forth to make it 3-3 after one.
I thought we might see a huge onslaught of goals, but the two teams tightened up and only gave up 2 more goals in the next couple of periods.
The Bombers were up 5-4 early in the third period when local product Zach Garrett scored his second of the game 1:12 in. That lead held up till the 11:13 mark when Mikey Marcus scored his second of the game on a 5 minute powerplay.
Overtime settled nothing and the fans would get their money's worth with the always entertaining shootout. Akkerman and ST.Onge would put the Bombers up 2-0 early, but couldn't put it away and the Blizzard battled back and eventually won it in the 6th round whenLayne Anderson would flip a back hand over the shoulder of Shane Lippincott.
A great crowd and atmosphere at the GLMC last night, and here's hoping it carries over to the Whitney Forum for the rematch Friday.
Here are last night's goal scorers:
Flin Flon Bombers
Zach Garrett (2)
Layne Anderson SO winner
The Bomber pre-season record sits at: 1-1
The Blizzard are 1-0.
These two teams will face off again Friday night at the Whitney Forum at 7:30, with more veterans expected to dress for both teams.
Flin Flon Bomber Main Camp wrapped up yesterday with team White beating team Black 8-2.
Here is the scoring summary:
16:33 Mosby from Owens (team White)
16:50 Stang from Shumlanski (team White)
2:49 ST.Onge from Shumlanski (team White)
11:12 Lishchynsky from Campbell and Pedersen (team White)
12:35 Campbell from Smishek (team White)
13:59 Stang from Aistine and ST.Onge(team White)
Garrett short handed and unassisted (team Black)
Allison from Empey (team Black)
Stang from Shumlanski and Blair (team White)
ST.Onge unassisted (team White)
Overall I thought things looked pretty good with both the size and speed of all the players in camp. There was also a good contingent of local players including Evan Akkerman looking to make the club for a second straight season. Zach Garrett who played JR.B in Carrot River last year had a great camp and scored a goal yesterday.
Garret did suit up for the Bombers in a few games last season. 15 year old Ethan Stuckless and 17 year old Willy Eikel both had good camps, and both will play for the Norman Northstars this year. Isaac Jackson who was born in Flin Flon, is 16 and followed up a good spring camp with a solid main camp performance. Jackson skates very well and has a bright future ahead of him.
I like the pairing of the two veteran defensemen the Bombers brought in with trades, Tanner Lishchynski and Braden Lacoursiere. Mike Reagan mentioned that he thought the chemistry really improved the more these two played together this weekend.
Mike will have some tough decisions to make especially on the back end, where he feel they already have 8 quality guys that can play. Things will get very interesting if they get Curtis Roach and Dustin Perrilat back from WHL camps. Roach is in Prince Albert and Perrilat is in Moose Jaw.
Simon Hofley will be the go to guy between the pipes and was brilliant yesterday stopping all 14 shots fired in his direction. Hofley is down 30lbs from last year and looks like he is ready to carry the bulk of the games in the crease this year.
Who his backup will be is any one's guess? The Bomber were hoping to sign Connor Ingram who looks like he will be playing in Kamloops this year. Connor Slip, Matthew Flath and Matthew Lenz were all in camp and played yesterday.
All 3 of these tenders will have a chance to prove themselves in the 6 exhibition games.
The Bombers will have all their rookies in the lineup tonight when they travel to Nipawin.
Here is Head Coach and GM of the Bombers Mike Reagan, talking about his thoughts on Main camp and the up coming exhibition schedule: