The High School Volleyball season came to an end for both Hapnot and Creighton this past weekend.
Both Senior Hapnot teams were in Winnipeg for Provincials and had good showings.
The Kings went 2-2 in round robin with wins over Dauphin and Sanford. Their losses came against the two top teams in the province, Calvin Christian and Linden Christian out of Winnipeg.
The Kings made it to the Quarter Finals before losing to Louis Riel 2-0.
The Queens dropped their first 3 matches to: Linden Christian, St. John's Ravencourt and Calvin Christian, before rallying to beat Sanford in their final round robin game and also reached the Quarters.
Virden beat Hapnot 2-0 before moving on to win it all.
Calvin Christian won the Boy's.
The Creighton Kodiak Boys were in Shaunavon for Saskatchewan Volleyball Provincials, and went in ranked no.2.
The Kodiaks lost their first game 2-1 to La Loche, but rebounded to beat Moose Jaw and Nipawin, before dropping their final round robin game to Melville.
Creighton went to the playoff round and lost to eventual champion's from Oxbow 2-0.
It was a tremendous Volleyball season which saw 5 banners awarded to Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and all these teams will have a lot of players carried over to the next season.
The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up a very successful month by going to extra time Friday and Saturday night, to finish the month of November with a record of: 7-1-1-1.
The Bombers found themselves down 3-1 in the second period against Weyburn on Friday night, when Mike Reagan made a goaltending change pulling SJHL Goaltender of the week Adam Beukeboom in favour of Simon Hofley. You could not fault Beukeboom, the Bombers were being out played and were back on their heels. Despite being outshot 19-11 in the frame, the Bombers managed to get to within one goal after 2, when Tyson Empey was able to pick up his third of the season with only 29 seconds remaining in the period.
This was a huge goal that gave the Bombers some much needed life coming out for the third period. Flin Flon played a much better in the final frame , but were not able to solve goaltender Nick Malvin til very late in the third when Joel Kocur re-directed a Chris Rauckman shot with only 3 seconds left in regulation.
The game went into over time and the Bombers were able to win it on a 4 on 3 powerplay, when MR AUTOMATIC Chris Rauckman fired his 20th of the season low glove side on a tough angle to beat Malvin and send the 500 plus into pure electricity to start the weekend. Final score Flin Flon 4 Weyburn 3 in OT.
A great effort by Weyburn who ended up taking 7 out of a possible 8 points on their Northern road trip and are going to be a team that will not be fun to play the rest of this season. I am calling them a dark horse and I think they are going to be a big factor come playoff time.
Flin Flon would carry the momentum into Saturday's game against Laronge, who the Bombers had already beaten two times this season. Despite outscoring the Ice Wolves 13-2 in the two previous games, this was a different Laronge team.
Despite a 6-0 loss to Weyburn on Wednesday night, Laronge had won 3 of their last 4 games and have beaten the likes of Melfort, Battleford and Kindersley this season.
The Bombers jumped on the board quickly scoring 2 goals a minute and a half apart in the first period from Lishchynski and Kocur to take the lead. It looked like the Bombers might blow the Ice Wolves out again, but Head Coach and GM Shawn Martin called a time out and settled the troops down.
Laronge started to play better and made it 2-1 after 1 when veteran Jared Iron fooled Simon Hofley with a long wrist shot just inside the Bomber blue line.
No scoring in the second period, and Laronge would tie it up when the Blaquiere brothers were able to complete a nice give and go up the ice, 7:50 into the third. The Bombers then looked poised to win it when Kocur potted his second of the night and 5th of the season with ten minutes remaing in the game, and Flin Flon ahead 3-2.
You have to give Laronge a lot of credit, they did not quit and really wanted this one bad and managed to even things up once again when Porter picked up his 7th, on a scramble in front of the Bomber net with just under 4 minutes remaining.
Neither team could win the game in the final few minutes of regulation, so the Whitney faithful got to see extra hockey for the second straight night. Laronge got a big break and were awarded a power play with 30 seconds remaining in OT.
Hofley made a magnificant save on Colby Daniels in the final few seconds of over time and got his team to the shoot out. Flin Flon failed to get a real good scoring chance in the extra frame and I thought they looked a little tired.
Just the one goal in the shoot out and it came from Flin Flon's Austin Evans who made an incredible deek on Ice Wolf goal tender Kris Joyce, when he tucked a nice shot just underneath the cross bar that would of beat any goalie. The Bomber's won in extra time again to push their overall record to: 15-3-4-3, and have closed the gap to two points behind Melfort for first in the Sherwood Division and have 2 games in hand.
These two teams will hook up for the 6th time on Wednesday at the Northern Lights Palace. Flin Flon's over time record is now a little more respectable at : 2-4-2-3. It may not of been pretty, but the Bombers found a way to get the job done and wrapped up one of their most successful November's ever. Flin Flon go's into December unbeaten in their last 7 games and have also given themselves a little breathing room for second spot with a 5 point lead over Nipawin.
Make sure you join us for all the action in the showdown for first place in the Sherwood Division, when we hit the air from Melfort on Wednesday with the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 7:15, puck drop at 7:30.
The Mustangs lead the season series winning 4 of the 5 meetings, but Flin Flon did manage to beat the Mustangs 3-2 in the shootout in their last meeting November the 12th right in Melfort.
After a 4 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will play a pair of games this weekend at the Whitney Forum.
One of the hottest teams in the league, Weyburn makes their second visit to Flin Flon tonight. The Wings are on a Northern swing and have picked up back to back wins over Melfort and a convincing 6-0 win over Laronge on Wednesday.
The two teams have split the two matchups so far this year with Weyburn coming from behind to win in a shoot out at home 4-3 on October the 17th. Flin Flon beat the Wings 3-1 in Flin Flon on October the 24th.
Head to head Chris Rauckman has two goals for Flin Flon while Donavon Lumb has 2 points, a goal and an assist in the two meetings for Weyburn.
It looks like Bryce Thoma's crew is about to turn the corner and are 4-4-1-1in their last 10, and are only 3 points behind Melville for first place in the Viterra Division.
The Bombers continue to chase down Melfort for top spot in the Sherwood, and are 3 points behind the Stangs with 2 games in hand. Flin Flon also have the fewest regulation losses in the league with 3, and are second in goals for with 89. Kindersley lead the league with 92, but the Bombers have 5 games in hand.
Congratulations to Bomber goaltender Adam Beukeboom on being chosen the SJHL goaltender of the week. It was definately a week to remember for Beukeboom who picked up back to back shut outs in his first 2 games as a Bomber. He went 3-0-1with an incredible goals against of 0.74 and a save % of .976 and has stopped 124 out of 127 shots fired in his direction in his first 4 starts.
Laronge will make their way to Flin Flon tomorrow (Saturday) for their third meeting of the season. The Bombers have won both games by a combined score of : 13-2. The Ice Wolves remain in the basement in the Sherwood Division with a record of: 9-13-2-1 and have only 2 wins away from the Mel Hegland Uniplex this season, but have won 3 out of their last 4 games.
It is also parents weekend with a special ceremony planned on the ice for tonight, so get their early so you don't miss any of the festivities. No broadcast tonight but we will have tomorrow's game against Laronge including the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 7:15.
For the first time since opening weekend, the Flin Flon Bombers travelled to Nipawin to face their Sherwood arch rivals the Hawks.
This was a tight defensive battle with Nipawin picking up the2-1 overtime victory.
Carter Danczak scored both Hawk goals on the powerplay. He opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period, and got the overtime winner on a 4on 3 with just 1:31 remaing in the extra frame. It looked like the Bombers would kill the penalty and get the game to a shoot out.
Tanner Lishchynski took a questionable high sticking penalty to give the Hawks a power play chance and they were able to convert, when Danczak grabbed a rebound at the side of the Bomber net and fired it past Adam Beukeboom.
This was Beukeboom's first loss in a Bomber uniform after 3 straight wins. This was also the first game he gave up more than 1 goal.
Flin Flon's loan goal came from rookie Kristian St.Onge, when he took a pass from line mate Michael Knaub and fired it five hole on Hawk net minder Joe O'brien who stopped the other 38 Bomber shots fired in his direction.
Specialty teams were the big story of this game with Nipawin going 2 for 4 on the man advantage, and Flin Flon wound up 0 for 6 including a full 2 minute 5 on 3 in the first period. The Bombers were a combined 0 for 13 over the weekend but still have the league's best power play at 25.4 %
Braden Lacoursiere was back in the Bomber lineup after being out about a month with a shoulder injury, and I thought he looked pretty good and didn't seem to miss a beat. Lacousiere played very physical and seemed to be his usual self.
After the weekend Flin Flon sits second in the Sherwood Division with a record of: 13-3-4-3, 3points behind Melfort for the Division lead . Nipawin improves to : 13-6-1-2, 4 points behind Flin Flon for second place with a game in hand. Nipawin now leads the season series 2-1.
Next up for the Bombers will be a pair of home games this Friday and Saturday against Weyburn and Laronge. Both these teams are playing better hockey with Weyburn picking up a big win against the Battlefords on Saturday to get out of the basement in the Viterra Division. Laronge have reeled off 3 straight home wins and will be looking for their first win of the year over Flin Flon.
It is parent's weekend, so there should be a great turn out both nights at the Whitney Forum. Saturday's game against Laronge will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We hit the air at 7:15.
Mike Reagan mentioned during last night's Coach's Show that 17 year old defenseman Dustin Perrilat will not be returning to the lineup this season as he has been recalled by Moose Jaw of the WHL.
The Norman Northstars spotted the Winnipeg Thrashers 4 goals yesterday, before mounting a comeback that fell short.
Norman fought back to make it 5-3 in the third before the Thrashers put it away 6-3 midway through the period. Evan Lutz scored one more late goal for the Northstars to make it a little more respectable with a 6-4 final.
Bryce Horning scored his 18th of the season in a losing cause and Daylon Campbell from the Pas added a pair .
After the weekend Norman is still looking for their first home win of the season and fall to a record of 2-19.
Next action will be this weekend when Central Plains venture up north for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday.
The Flin Flon Bombers put in another solid effort and powered to their 12th victory of the season, with a 4-0 shut-out of the league's top club, the Kindersley Klippers last night at the Whitney Forum.
It was another shut-out for new Bomber goaltender Adam Beukeboom who stopped all 36 shots fired in his direction and has yet to give up a single goal since coming over from Grand Prairie of the AJHL.
Beukeboom was quick to point out after last night's win that it has been a complete team effort. "It is nice to have a fantastick team in front of me . A shut out is a team stat, not a goalie stat and I think people look to much into that. I make the first save and the boys clear every single puck, and they are actually making things a lot easier for me."
Beukeboom has stopped all 57 shots fired in his direction and is the first Bomber goaltender to my recollection to pick up back to back shut-outs in his first two career starts. What a great start with his new team.
The Bombers opened up the scoring at: 15:58 of the opening period when Austn Calladine banged in a re-bound on the powerplay for his 8th of the season. That would stand up as the game winner with insurance goals coming from: Knaub(4), Lishchynski(3) and Calladine's second of the night into an empty net late in the third period.
It was a very important win for Flin Flon, especially with Melfort beating Melville last night 2-1. The Bombers remain 4 points behind the Mustangs with 2 games in hand for first place in the Sherwood Division. This is also good momentum for the two game road trip coming this weekend, with stops in Melville Saturday and a big Divisional show down with Nipawin on Sunday.
This is the first time the Bombers will see the Hawks since opening weekend, and Nipawin is playing great hockey going 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games. Flin Flon leads the Hawks by 3 points for second in the Sherwood and this should feel like a playoff atmosphere Sunday at the cage.
Mike Reagan was very happy with his team's solid effort against a very talented team. " I was very happy with the team effort. I thought our forecheck was very good, our defense did a really good job standing them up at the red line and we didn't give up our zone easilly. When we did we kept everything to the outside and I thought our defense did a really good job picking up sticks and eliminating second and third chances."
The Bombers improve to: 12-3-3-3, good for 30 points and second in the Sherwood with a couple games in hand on Melfort and are:7-1-2 in their last 10.
Flin Flon's home record is : 7-1-2-1, third best in the SJHL.
The Bombers will enjoy a couple days off before hitting the road for two this weekend including Melville on Saturday and a 6PM game in Nipawin Sunday. Both games broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.
It was a very special night at the Whitney Forum for lots of reasons this past Saturday.
The Bombers paid special tribute to former goaltending great Ray "Marty " Martyniuk who played for the Bombers during the glory days of the late 60's. Ray is considered to be the greatest goaltender's in the history of this illustrious organization. Ray passed away in Panama in the fall of 2013.
Ray led the league in goals against every year in junior and had a very successful minor pro career until he retired in 1979. Ray was also one of the highest drafted goaltenders, when he was chosen 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1970. Scotty Bowman said Ray was one of the best goaltending prospects he had seen in 20 years.
It was great to see Ray's family in attendance for this historic occasion on Saturday night including his mother Minnie, daughter Jody Kontzie, sister's Brenda Fehr, Annette Petrash and twin brothers Kevin and Kelvin.
A wall mural was unveiled on the south end featuring Ray's no.21, which will have it's rightful place in the Whitney Forum.
The Bombers then came came out with an inspired attack and took it to the Mills right off the hop outshooting them 27-7 in the first period.
New Bomber goaltender Adam Beukeboom stopped all 21 shots in his direction to pick up a shut out in his Bomber debut.
Alex Smith continued his hot streak picking up his second hat-trick of the season and now has 12 goals on the season. Chris Rauckman added 2 more goals and continues to lead the league with 18. Austin Evans and Brandon Switzer also scored. This is the second for Switzer in as many games since coming over from Whitecourt last week.
Joel Kocur made his Bomber debut and picked up 3 assists. Final shots were: 58 to 21 in the Bombers favour who improve to : 5-0-1 against the Viterra Division.
Flin Flon improves to : 11-3-3-3 overall and remain second in the Sherwood Division, 2 points behind front running Melfort with a game in hand.
The Bombers will get a stiff test Wednesday when the first place overall Kindersley Klippers come to town with a record of: 17-3-1-2. This will be their first meeting of the season after the two teams split the 4 meetings last year.
Flin Flon has played the Klippers well in the past and I am very much looking forward to this great matchup on Wednesday between the two best offensive clubs in the league. The Bombers have scored 82 goals in 20 games and Kindersley have found the back of the net 77 times in 23 games.
Kindersley is the only team Flin Flon has not played this season. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will not have the broadcast of this game, but we will have the two road broadcasts from Melville Saturday and a huge divisional matchup in Nipawin Sunday.
The Norman Northstars wrapped up a three game road trip on Sunday losing a tough one to Pembina Valley. The Northstars were able to come back from a 3-0 deficit and actually took the lead 4-3 early in the third period, but could not hold on and dropped a 6-4 decision.
Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless scored his first goal of the season in a losing cause.
Norman also lost to the Winnipeg Thrashers 8-1 on Friday, and another tough one to Central Plains Saturday 4-3 to drop their record to: 2-17.
The Northstars return home this weekend, and are still looking for their first win of the season on home ice, when they host the Winnipeg Thrashers.
Fresh off a 3-2 shootout win over the Melfort Mustangs on Wednesday, the Flin Flon Bombers will welcome the Melville Millionares to the Whitney Forum tomorrow.
The Bombers were able to gain some extra confidence with their first win against the Mustangs in 5 tries this season. Simon Hofley was brilliant in making 52 saves and is playing as good as I have ever seen him.
Newcomer Brandon Switzer was able to score in his Bomber debut, scoring a powerplay goal early in the first period. Switzer came over for Eric Pedersen from Whitecourt of the AJHL, in a deal that was completed on Monday.
Mike Reagan was very busy on the trade front in picking up two more players from Alberta including Switzer's team mate 95 forward Joel Kocur who had 17 points in 22 games with Whitecourt this season. Kocur was dealt for 96 forward Lance Yaremchuk who only suited up for 1 game with the Bombers.
Flin Flon also added some depth in goal with the acquisition of 20 year old goaltender Adam Beukeboom from Grand Prairie of the AJHL. All three players are now in Flin Flon.
Melville has the best record in the Viterra Division at 10-9-0-1 and are making their first trip up north this season. The two teams split the 4 matchups last season.
The Mills were the talk of the league last year where SJHL Coach Of The Year Jamie Fiesel was able to take a young group to the league final, before bowing out in four games to arch rivals Yorkton.
Fiesel's teams are known to start slow, but are usually there when it counts later in the season. Offense may be a bit of a problem so far this year with 46 goals in 20 games. That has them ranked tenth overall, with only Estevan and Laronge scoring less.
Flin Flon continues to fill the net with 75 goals in 19 games, and continue to lead the league. The Mills are good keeping the puck out of their net, giving up 47, which is fourth best in the league. The Bombers have given up 56 and are ranked eighth.
Lane Harbor is the only Millionaire in the top 20 in league scoring with 16 points in 20 games. Flin Flon has 5 players including Chris Rauckman(26), Alex Smith (23), Dean Allison(19), Parker Evans- Campbell(19) and Austin Calladine (17).
Puck drop is 7:30, and don't forget their will be a special tribute for former Bomber goaltending great Ray Martyniuk before the start of the game. Ray will have his name added to the wall of fame and his family will be in attendance, so make sure to get there early.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast beginning with the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 7:15.
The Flin Flon Bombers have traded 95 born forward Eric Pedersen to the Whitecourt Wolverines for 95 forward Brandon Switzer.
Mike Reagan made the announcement on 102.9 CFAR at 12:30 today, and said this was a deal for personal reasons. " We think skill wise, this is a trade off. We have had our Alberta scout watch Switzer many times and he is very excited about him. There is personal reasons why this trade was made and has nothing to do with Eric as a hockey player, it is more behind closed doors that made us swing this deal."
Pedersen was putting up good numbers for the Bombers this season where he had 12 points in 13 games including 6 goals. Pedersen is from Airdrie Alberta and will have a chance to finish his career close to home.
Brandon Switzer is from Brandon MB and was second in team scoring for the Wolverines this season putting up 21 points in 22 games including 9 goals.
Switzer led the Manitoba Midget AAA League in scoring his final season with 61 points in 43 games with Brandon.
Switzer is expected to be in the lineup this Wednesday in Melfort.
The Eastman Selects handed the Norman Northstars 2 more home losses on the weekend.
Eastman beat Norman 8-3 Saturday, and came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 6-4 yesterday and hand the Northstars their 14th loss of the season.
Thompson's Bryce Horning continues to be Norman's best offensive weapon, scoring 5 of the team's 7 goals on the weekend.
Norman is still looking for their first home win of the year and have dropped 6 straight at home to open the season. Their overall record is 2-14 and they are back on the road when they kick off a 3 game road trip Friday against the Winnipeg Thrashers.
The Flin Flon Bombers had a disappointing finish to a 3 game homestand this past weekend dropping a 4-0 decision to the Melfort Mustangs Sunday night.
Adam Fauchoux scored 23 seconds into the opening period and Melfort never looked back, picking up their fourth straight victory over the Bombers this season.
This weekend has to be especially sweet for the Mustangs who fianally won a game in Flin Flon for the first time in over 5 years. The Mustangs had dropped 13 straight at the Whitney Forum before their shoot out win last night.
Other Melfort goals Sunday came from: Sobkowics, Mayan and Hermary.
The Bombers simply couldn't generate enough good offensive opportunities on Mustang goaltender Zach Degraves and only managed 24 shots total. Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan felt they only had about 5 really good chances in the entire game.
The Bomber d-core I felt might of been a bit tired after playing 3 games in 3 nights and really missed not having Dustin Perrilat and Brayden Lacoursiere in the lineup. Perrilat was called up to Moose Jaw and Lacoursiere was hurt the night before.
Lacoursiere is day to day and hopes to be back in the lineup next weekend, and looks like he will miss the game in Melfort this Wednesday.
Flin Flon grabs 3 out of a possible 6 points this weekend after beating Laronge Friday 5-1, losing in a shoot-out Saturday 4-3, and tonight's 4-0 loss. Saturday has to sting a little, with the Bombers leading 3-2 late and Melfort pulling their goaltender to tie it with just over a minute left in regulation.
The second time in as many games the Mustangs have done this to Flin Flon. The Bombers had an outstanding third period outshooting Melfort 17-8, and by far their best period in the weekend homestand. What makes this disappointing is both Allison and Rauckman hit the goal post in the shoot out.
Melfort has given the Bombers their best test this season and have handed Flin Flon 2 out of their 3 regulation losses this season. The Bomber record against Melfort stands at: 0-2-1-1, 2 points in 4 games with another matchup coming up in Melfort this Wednesday.
I thought Simon Hofley played very well this weekend and was very good Saturday where he made 46 saves and really kept his team in it, especially in the first 2 periods. Matter of fact in my opinion his best game of the year.
It was a good bounce back game for Simon, who missed only his second game of the season Friday in Laronge, when rookie Connor Slip started against the Ice Wolves and picked up his first career win, and came within 4 minutes of a shut out.
The Bomber record now stands at: 9-3-3-3, 3 points behind Melfort for the division lead with a game in hand. The Nipawin Hawks are determined to make it a 3 team race and have crept to within 1 point of Flin Flon for second. Both teams have played 18 games.
The Bombers will not have a lot of time to stew about their 2 losses to the Mustangs this weekend, as they jump right back on the bus to head to Melfort Wednesday for their 5th meeting of the season. You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.
Mike Reagan says he will confirm a couple of trades early Monday, I will have the details on the 12:30 sports.
After an 8 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will play 3 games in 3 nights, all against Sherwood Division opponents.
First up are the Ice Wolves in Laronge, and the second meeting of the season between the two clubs.
Flin Flon took the first game convincingly 8-1 at the Whitney Forum back on October the 4th. The Bombers scored 6 power play goals that night and made the Ice Wolves pay dearly for being undiciplined.
It was also a breakout game for forward Alex Smith, who picked 4 points in that game en route to his first player of the week honor.
Flin Flon has scored 25 more goals than Laronge this year and have also given up 16 less, but this game will be anything but easy.
Mike Reagan Head Coach and GM of the Bombers says the Mel Hegland Uniplex is the toughest place to get points out of in the league, and I totally agree with him.
There have been a lot of long nights for the Bombers in this building throughout the years, and Laronge took 2 out of 3 at the Mel last season. The Ice Wolves are always tough to beat in their own rink and are a lot different club on the much smaller ice surface, and they seem to ice a team that come at you physically and take advantage of the small tight building.
The Ice Wolves are 4-3-1 at home and are only 2-6-1 on the road, while the Bombers are: 5-0-2 at home and 3-2-1-2 on the road.
These two teams have combined for over 800 minutes in penaltys this year, so it may get a little interesting with the specialty teams in this game. Flin Flon has the best power play in the league at 29%, while the Ice Wolves are holding their own in 6th spot at 17.8%. PK numbers are very close with Laronge coming in 5th spot at 83.8%, and the Bombers just behind at 83.5.
Coming into Friday's game Laronge have lost 3 in a row to drop their record to 6-9-2- 14 points and the basement of the Sherwood Division. The Bombers come in winners in 4 of their last 6 games and are second in the Sherwood Division with 21 points, and just 2 points behind first place Melfort.
If Laronge could upset the Bombers, they could get a rejuvination in confidence and turn their whole season around. Flin Flon really needs this one too, especially playing Melfort in back to back games Saturday and Sunday with first place in the Division on the line.
Congratulations to the Bombers 20 year old forward Chris Rauckman who continues to make headlines this year after being selected the RBC Player Of The Month for October. Rauckman lit it up scoring 14 goals and adding 7 assists in 15 games. Rauckman was also selected the third star of the month for the entire CJHL and has only been held off the scoresheet 3 times this season.
You can follow Rauckman and the rest of the Bombers this weekend on 102 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We will broadcast both Friday and Saturday's games including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 6:45 from Laronge Friday night. We hit the airwaves at 7:15 from the Whitney Forum Saturday night when the first place Melfort Mustangs come to Flin Flon the first time this season. FYI, Sunday's game is a 6PM start time, which will not be broadcast.
The Flin Flon Bombers looked poised to win their ninth game of the season Thursday night in Melfort.
The Bombers took a 4-2 lead into the third period, and that is when the wheels fell off.
Things seemed to be going well and Flin Flon even managed to chase Mustang starting goaltender Richard Palmer.
I would of loved to been a fly on the wall and heard what Mustang Coach and Gm Trevor Blevins said to his team after the second period. What ever it was IT WORKED!!!
Melfort came out like a house on fire and outshot Flin Flon 18-5 and outscored them 3-1. Boutin scored at 9:33 and Melfort never looked back. Travis Mayan tied it at 10:58 to make it 4-4.
Flin Flon did not get a lot of good chances against new goalie Zach Degraves but did manage to get one puck past him. Kristian ST.Onge was able to re-direct a puck between Degraves legs to put the Bombers back ahead at 5-4. This was ST.Onge's first ever SJHL goal at 16:38.
The lead was short lived because Melfort with their goalie pulled for the extra attacker, would tie the game with only 41 seconds left in regulation.
I thought we might see a shoot out, but Melfort got a late power play and would score the game winner with only 48 seconds left in the extra period. Big Riley Boomgarden buried a low slapshot past Simon Hofley with a bunch of traffic in front of the Bomber net.
The 19 year old from Ottawa never saw it.
Bomber goals came from: Allison(6), Pedersen(5), Smith (8), Calladine (6) and ST.Onge (1).
Mike Reagan joined the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show and said he was at a loss for words as to what happened to his team in the third period. " That is the first time I can really say that our team was absolutely flat to play a period. The guys just quit, they thought it was in the bag. We were not physical and could not get pucks to the net. I called a time out when it was 4-2, to give the guys a break and settle everyone down. I wish we would of had a timeout later on, because our guys were reeling and were playing with no confidence."
The Bomber record stands at: 8-2-3-2- 21 points and sit one point behind Division leader Melfort. Both teams have played 15 games. You can't forget about Nipawin either, who have been quietly winning games this year and are only 4 points behind Flin Flon with game in hand.
Flin Flon will get a 7 day break before a busy weekend. The Bombers travel to Laronge Friday night before hosting Melfort in a pair of games at the Whitney Forum Saturday and Sunday night.
The Mustangs have won both games at the Palace so far this year, but have not won in Flin Flon in over 5 years. No doubt the sting from Thursday's game will be fresh on the Bombers minds.
102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Friday and Saturday's games.
The Creighton Kodiaks capped off an undefeated season by beating the Pinehouse Lakers 67-41 to win the Ralph Pilz Trophy Saturday afternoon in Prince Albert.
The Kodiaks ran the table to 7-0 throughout the regular season and playoffs to win the Northern Saskatchewan Football League their first year in operation by beating the defending champs.
It was another impressive afternoon for Evan Linnick who scored four touchdowns and booted a field goal, to lead his team to an impressive victory for the Championship.
Other highlights included quarterback Blair Pietsch airing out a 55 yard touchdown strike to receiver Chris Reynolds, who scored one of his two touchdowns on the day.
Randy Nowlin scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery, and Brennen Van Meer scored on a 20 yard run up the middle.
Creighton built up a 34-13 lead at the half and never looked back. Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk said establishing the running game right off the hop was a big key. He also mentioned getting a turnover to start the second half , helped them keep the momentum they built up after the first half.
Pinehouse Defensive Coach Wade Wakeline said they didn't have an answer for Creighton's speed, something they hadn't seen all season.
Assistant Coach Jason Straille said their entire team apprciated the great crowd support they had throughout the season, including the 200 plus who made their way to Max Clunie Field on Saturday.
The big crowds at all the games were great motivation for this young group who will have a good turnover of kids returning next year to defend their title.