Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their first tournament of the new year, when they welcome Atom players from all over the North for the Jason Morran Memorial Hockey Tournament.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Swan Valley, Gillam, Norway House and Laronge.
The tournament will take place the weekend of January the 9th and 10th at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
I will have the complete schedule posted next week.
Both the Creighton Kodiaks and Hapnot Kings and Queens will resume the high school basketball season in the new year.
The Kodiak girls will be in Naicam for the Viking Invitational January the 9th and 10th. Creighton will host the Kit Classic, January the 16th and 17th.
The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens will be in Thompson the weekend of January the 16th and 17th.
The Norman Northstars split a pair of games with the Kenora Thistles to close out 2014 this past weekend.
Norman beat Kenora 3-2 on Saturday on 2 goals from Bryce Horning, who continues his great season by adding his 23rd and 24th goals of the year.
Unfortunately Norman couldn't follow that up yesterday and ended up losing 5-1.
The Northstar record stands at 4-26 and will now enjoy a 19 day break before getting back on the ice January the 10th and 11th when they host the Winnipeg Wild.
One goal is all the Yellowhead Chiefs needed to pull out a 1-0 win over the Norman Wild Saturday night at the Whitney Forum.
Jaylin Adams was able to convert a powerplay goal at 9:12 of the opening period, for the only offense in the game.
Kerrigan Dowhy, the Wild goaltender was the story of the game kicking out 47 out of 48 shots to keep Norman in it. The Wild played the majority of the game in their own end and had a hard time generating a lot of good scoring chances.
This was the Wild's only visit to Flin Flon this year and Head Coach Andre Murphy said they enjoyed the opportunity to play at the Whitney Forum." This was a great opportunity for us to get into Flin Flon, we do have a player Megan Yaworski from here, and her family and the community of Flin Flon do a lot for our team so it was one of the things we wanted to do. We want to get out to more of the other Northern communities as well, including Norway House, Cross Lake, the Pas and Thompson.
The Wild did close out 2014 in the Pas yesterday.
The Flin Flon Bombers were able to wrap up 2014 on a bright note by beating the Battleford Northstars, not once but twice this past weekend.
After back to back losses against Laronge and Humboldt to start the road trip, Flin Flon was able to get a day off from the rink and it seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.
Coming into Friday's game against the Stars, the Bombers were winless in six games and had been out scored 25-13. It just seemed as soon as December hit the offense just dried up.
The Bombers were able to get a 23 save performance from Adam Beukeboom in what I would say was their biggest win of the season 3-0 on Friday night. Empey(5), Chartrand(2) and Smith (14) were able to provide the necessary offense for the Bombers 16th victory of the season. I can't imagine how big this win was just for the confidence level.
It was nice to see the team not give up and simply coast into the Christmas break, with their best defensive effort of December. Battleford were only able to muster 5 shots in the third period and the Bombers were able to shut down the Stars and not allow them to get a lot of good scoring opportunities.
Flin Flon used a big second period on Saturday en route to a 5-3 victory. Bomber goal scorers were: Alison(10), Empey(6), Smith (15), ST.Onge(3) and Evans (4). All the Bomber scoring came in the second period. Battleford did reply with 3 goals in the third period to come back and make a game of it. The Bombers out shot the Stars 33-28 for the second straight game.
So the Bombers will go into 2015 with a record of: 17-7-5-4- 43 points which is 3 behind second place Nipawin. Both teams have played 33 games. Flin Flon is 14 points behind first place Melfort with 3 games in hand. The Mustangs are on a tear 9-0-1 in their last 10.
Despite a tough December, the Bombers are still ranked third in the league in goals for with 118, only Melfort and Kindersley have scored more, and the Bombers have games in hand on both of them.
Flin Flon will now go on a two week break before hitting the ice for the first time in 2015, when they host Humboldt Sunday January the 4th.
One of the things Flin Flon will have to improve on in the new year if they want to vault up the standings is their record within the division. The Bombers are : 5-3-3-3 so far this season, with 3 of their wins coming against Laronge. Flin Flon has only managed 2 wins against Melfort and Nipawin in 10 meetings so far this year.
The Bombers will play Melfort two more times in the new year, Nipawin four times and Laronge four times which will be a big factor in where they finish the season. Right now they are fouth overall tied with Notre Dame.
Another challenge for the Bombers entering 2015, will be getting their offense back in check. Austin Calladine who was in the top ten in scoring for all of October and half of November is really struggling. Calladine hasn't scored a goal since November the 19th, when he had a pair against Kindersley.
He isn't alone, other players the Bombers were counting on including Austin Evans, Tyson Empey and Parker Evans Campbell are also struggling. Evans has two goals in 2 months and Empey has only 6 goals on the year with 3 of them coming in December. Evans Campbell has only managed to find the back of the net, 3 times in 2 months.
If these guys can get going and Flin Flon continues to get contributions from Rauckman, Smith, Allison and Kocur, the Bombers will be a very dangerous team to play against. Flin Flon will also have to cut down on their trips to the sin bin. The Bombers are the most penalized team in the league with 902 pms so far this year.
I for one look forward to the challenges that present themselves in the second half of the season. Mike Reagan says he has liked his team from day 1, and is going to be patient and let his team get back on track.
It will be very interesting to see what Reagan does if anything on January the 10th, which isn't very far away.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and all the best to you and yours in 2015.
The Norman Northstars will play their last two games of 2014 this weekend when they host the Kenora Thistles Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Norman will be looking to end 2014 on a positive note when they put their 3-25 record on the line. Kenora has a record of: 10-15, and one of Norman's victories did come against Kenora earlier in the season.
After this weekend the Northstars will enjoy a 12 day break before their next game in the new year, when they travel to Winnipeg to face the Wild on Saturday January the 10th.
The Norman Wild Female AAA Midget Hockey team will be playing one of their league games in town this weekend.
The Wild will host the Yellowhead Chiefs at the Whitney Forum this Saturday starting at 6. The Wild consists of girls from all over Northern Manitoba between 15 and 17 years of age including Flin Flon's Megan Yaworski.
Most of the Wild's games are played in Thompson, and this will be their only visit to Flin Flon this year.
There will be no admission Saturday, and there will be a 50/50 draw and a draw for a giant stocking filled with all kinds of goodies including a $1,000.00 travel voucher for Calm Air.
Congratulations to the Don Holmes Rink who captured the Zone 1 Curling Masters Bonspiel in Thompson this past weekend.
Holmes beat Terry Needham out of the Pas 6-4 in the final
Other members of the Holmes rink include: Russ Kennedy, Jim Meyer and Dave Knutson
The Holmes rink will represent the North at Provincials in Swan River March the 5th-11th
The Hapnot Senior Queens were in the Pas for the Bill Macdonald Memorial Basketball Tournament this past weekend.
The Queens beat Norway House 76-6 and Winnipegosis 38-23 in the round robin, to set up the final against MBCI out of the Pas.
In a game that went back and forth, MBCI pulled out the 44-36 victory.
The Hapnot Kings were in Brandon for the Sun Spartan Invitational and were able to rebound after losing their first 2 games to Swan River and Glenboro by beating Neelin out of Winnipeg and Vincent Massey.
The Kings beat Thompson by 40 points to finish third on the B-side.
The Norman Northstars spotted the Pembina Valley Hawks a pair of 3-0 leads Saturday and Sunday, and added two more to the loss column this past weekend.
On Saturday pembina Valley grabbed a quick 3-0 lead before Norman would tie it up at 3 after 2. Flin Flon's Willy Eikel scored his first of the season to tie it up with about 6 minutes remaining in the second.
The Hawks scored quickly in the third, and got an insurance goal later in the period to take the game 5-4.
Bryce Horning continued his great season, scoring twice to give him 21 on the season which has him sitting second overall in goals.
More of the same on Sunday , Pembina Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, and the Northstars once again were able to chip away and tie the game in the third period.
The game looked like it might be headed for overtime when the Hawks scored short handed late in the game to pull out a 4-3 win.
A couple heartbreak losses leave Norman with a record of: 3-25 and they will wrap up the 2014 part of their schedule this weekend, when they host Kenora this Saturday and Sunday.
The Flin Flon Parker Denture Clinic Bombers had their offense firing on all cylinders en route to a perfect weekend in Thompson.
Flin Flon took it to Cross Lake 13-0, Norway House 19-1, Cross Lake a second time 12-0 to finish in first place.
The Bombers would face another Norway House team in the finals and beat them 9-5 to win the 23rd annual Don Mclean Bantam Tournament.
A busy 2015 coming up for the Bantam AA'S who will be in the Pas January the 9th and 10th, before hosting their own tournament the following weekend.
The Creighton Kodiak Boys hosted the annual Border Bash this past weekend. The Kodiaks lost all 4 of their games, but competed hard with a small depleted lineup.
Cranberry beat Buffalo Narrows 64-49 to finish third.
Sandy Bay placed first beating MBCI out of the Pas in a close game to take the tournament.
The Kodiak Girls were in Birch Hills and went 2-1. The Kodiaks lost to Rivier in their opening game, but came back from 14 points down to beat ST.Mary's out of PA.
Creighton then took it to Naicam 57-30 to win the B-Side. Head Coach Ryan Trumbley said his team played very well.
The Flin Flon Parker Denture Clinic Bombers are off to Thompson for the 23rd annual Don Maclean Bantam Tournament this weekend.
Flin Flon opens up against Cross Lake tonight at 7:30, and will play Norway House tomorrow at 8:30 AM.
Playoffs start Saturday at 4, with the final for the Don Maclean Cup, Sunday at 10:15.
The Creighton Kodiak Senior Boys will be hosting their annual Border Bash basketball tournament this weekend.
The Kodiaks will play Cranberry to open things up today at 2:30 and Buffalo Narrows tonight at 7. Playoffs start tomorrow at 10 AM with the Championship Final at 5:30.
The Kodiak Girls are in Birch Hills and play their first game tonight against Rivier at 7:30. Playoffs start Saturday at 9, with the final at 7:30.
Good luck to the Hapnot Senior Boys who are in Brandon for the Sun Spartan Invitational. Hapnot opens up against Swan Thursday at 4 and will play Glenboro at 9AM Friday and Neelin out of Winnipeg at 4:20.
Playoffs start Saturday at 9AM.
The Flin Flon Bombers were just 6 minutes away from snapping a 3 game losing streak last night at the Whitney Forum.
Tyson Empey scored his third of the season, when he fired a shot over the right shoulder of Joe O'Brien last night at the 13:43 mark of the third period to put the Bombers up 2-1. The Hawks came right back off the faceoff 18 seconds later to tie it on Stefan Wood's second of the season.
The score held up til Garret Dunlop fired a re-bound past Adam Beukeboom with just over a minute remaining in OT. This one really stung as Flin Flon put together their best 2 periods of hockey so far in December. The Bombers outshot the Hawks 27-15 in the second and third periods and 45-31 overall.
Tyler Bell had the other Bomber goal, when he wired a slap shot past O'Brien on the powerplay early in the third period. Bell commented on the Bomber troubles of late. " We are still battling the same, when you get in slumps like this, every good team finds a way to come out of it and you just have to battle that extra harder. We played a good 60 minutes tonight and it won't be easy coming out of this slump, and we have to get a lot better in the little areas. I think we still have a lot to improve on especially on the powerplay."
The Bombers are now winless in 4 games and will close out 2014 on the road with 4 games in 5 nights starting next Tuesday in Laronge. The Ice Wolves are playing a lot better with back to back wins over Kindersley and Humboldt and are: 5-4-0-1 in their last 10.
Flin Flon will travel to Humboldt Wednesday and finish up in the Battlefords on Friday and Saturday.
The Bomber record stands at: 15-6-5-3 and they sit third in the Sherwood Division, 2 points behind Nipawin . The Hawks have taken 3 out of the four meetings this season, with all their wins coming in extra time. Flin Flon has a record of: 5-3-3-2 within their division, with 3 of their wins coming against Laronge.
Despite a tough December, Flin Flon still leads the league in goals for with 107. Their goals against is a concern with them giving up 85 in 29 games, which has them ranked 9th out of the 12 teams.
Hopefully the team can bond and put together a couple of victories on their last road trip, so they don't lose much more ground in the standings. I think as soon as they get their first win, they can get some much needed confidence and start to put the puck in the back of the net again.
We will not be broadcasting this road trip, but will be back with 13 broadcasts in the new year including our first broadcast of 2015 when the Bombers host Notre Dame on Saturday January the 10th.
The high school basketball season kicked off this past weekend with a couple of tournaments.
The Hapnot Kings and Creighton Kodiak boys were in the Pas for the Spartan Tip Off Tournament.
Hapnot went 2-1 and finished third, while the Kodiaks were 0-3.
The Creighton Kodiak girls were in Nipawin for the L.P. Miller Bears Tournament and they went 1-2 and placed 4th out of 8 teams.
The Hapnot Senior Kings will be in Brandon this weekend for the Sun Spartan Invitational with their first game Thursday against Swan River at 4.
The Creighton Kodiak Girls will be in Birch Hills , and their first game is Friday at 7:30PM.
Another Weekend, and another tough road trip for the Norman Northstars, who came up empty in three tries.
The Northstars lost to Southwest 6-2 Friday, followed that up with a 7-1 loss to Brandon Saturday and a 5-1 defeat against Parkland yesterday.
Norman's record will fall to: 3-23 and will now have a four game home stand before taking their Christmas break.
Pembina Valley will travel up to Thompson for games this Saturday and Sunday and Kenora will be in town the following weekend.
The Mel Pearson Novice Hockey Tournament wrapped up today at the Sportex and Whitney Forum.
Here are the results:
A-Final ( Mel Pearson Event)
Thompson Bruins -10
Thompson Leafs- 2
B-Final (Jack Turner Event)
The Pas White- 4
C-Final (Scott Davidson Event)
The Pas Red- 7
D-Final (Patty Ginnell Event)
Flin Flon Fireman- 6
E- Final (Cementation)
Old- Time Bombers- 9
OCN Blizzard- 4
F- Final (Shayne Pearson Event)
After a very successful November, it has been a tough start in December for the Flin Flon Bombers who have started the month 0 and 3.
It was a tough start to the week, dropping a 6-2 game in Melfort on Wednesday, and the Bombers were looking forward to returning home to face Kindersley and Estevan this weekend.
Flin Flon came out flying against the Klippers Friday, played 2 great periods and took a 4-1 lead to the dressing room after 2. That is when the wheels fell off and the Bombers surrendered 5 goals and ended up losing to Kindersley 6-4 in front of a shocked Whitney Forum.
Recently acquired Darcy Deroose scored an early powerplay at 2:02 and it seemed to give Kindersley a big spark. The Klippers would score 4 more times in a ten minute span en route to their 22nd victory of the season.
It was a tough night for Simon Hofley who appeared to pull him self after Kindersley's 5th goal. Bomber goal scorers Friday were: Parker Evans Campbell with a pair his 6th and 7th, Dean Allison(9) and Alex Smith (13).
Saturday was a new day and new opponent, the Estevan Bruins who Flin Flon had out scored 15-3 in their first 2 meetings.
The Bruins came in, kept it simple and also had a big third period, where they would pull off their biggest win of the season 5-2 over Flin Flon.
Pastachak and Kocur ended up trading goals in the first period and it was 1-1 after 1. Estevan would get goals from Allison and Douglas in the second and took a 3-1 lead after 2.
A couple more insurance goals from McKersie and Pastachak put the Bruins up 5-1 early in the third, and the lead was too big for the Bomber's who could not mount the come back. Flin Flon would get 1 more goal from Switzer but it was not near enough.
This time It was Adam Beukeboom getting the hook, with Hofley coming in relief. Beukeboom gave up 5 goals on 20 shots, while Hofley stopped all 11 fired in his direction.
Flin Flon Heavilly out shot the Bruins 53-31, but had a tough time getting pucks past Tyler Fuhr who picked up his second victory with Estevan since being sent back to the SJHL from the Regina Pats of the WHL. Fuhr is no stranger to the Bombers, as he suited up against them a few times last season when he was with Laronge.
It has been a bad third period which has cost the Bombers dearly in their three game losing streak. Flin Flon has given up 17 goals in the last 3 games, and 11 of the goals have come in the third period.
The Bombers will try to re-bound for a huge game within the division, when the Nipawin Hawks make their way to the Whitney Forum on Tuesday. Nipawin is playing very well and are: 7-2-1 in their last 10. The Hawks have taken 2 of 3 games against the Bombers this season including a 2-1 OT victory on November the 23rd at the Cage.
If Nipawin can beat Estevan tonight, they will also take over second place in the Sherwood Division.
The Bombers record stands at: 15-6-4-3 ( 37 points), 8 behind first place Melfort for the Sherwood Division lead with 2 games in hand, and just 1 point ahead of Nipawin for second , who have a game in hand on Flin Flon.
Nipawin will make up that game against Estevan tonight. This Tuesday's home game will be the Bomber's last home game of 2014, before heading out for a 4 game road trip starting in Laronge Tuesday December the 16th. It will interesting to see who the Bombers will start in goal this Tuesday against the Hawks. The coaching staff will be watching both goalies closely during practise the next couple of days.
Gary Childerhose will once again be the man behind the bench Tuesday as Mike Reagan will still be in Calgary helping evaluate talent for the World JR "A" Challenge coming up later in the month in Kindersley.
The Melfort Mustangs seem to have the Bombers number this season, taking five out of the six contests, including a convincing 6-2 win at the Palace Wednesday.
Travis Mayan picked up his 18th of the season to open up the game at 13:20 of the opening period, and the Mustangs never looked back. The Bombers would get a power play goal when Alex Smith scored his 12th of the season midway through the second period, to get the Bombers on the board, but that is as close as they would get.
Melfort carried a 2-1 lead into the third period and erupted for 4 more goals on 23 shots to blow the doors open.
Mustang goals came from: Hyrsky, Fauchoux, Robin and Boutin. The Bombers would end up getting a short handed goal from Chris Rauckman who deflected an errant Richard Palmer shot into the back of the Mustang net for his team leading 21st of the year.
Fauchoux and Mayan, Melfort's 2 top point getters have a combined 17 points against the Bombers in the six meetings. Flin Flon will need to find a way to shut these two players down if they are going to have any success in the two remaining games with Melfort after Xmas.
The Bomber record stands at: 15-4-4-3, 4 points behind Melfort for first in the Sherwood Division with 2 games in hand. The Nipawin Hawks are right there in third - 3 points behind Flin Flon for second , and both teams have played 26 games.
No time for the Bombers to stew about their lacklusture effort Wednesday, they have two huge home games this weekend including Kindersley in town for the final time tonight.
Flin Flon took the only meeting between the two teams, when Adam Beukeboom shut out the Klippers at the Whitney Forum 4-0 on November the 19th. Beukeboom made 36 saves for his second straight shutout after blanking Melville 7-0, four nights earlier.
Kindersley have reeled off 3 straight wins and continue to have the league's best record at: 21-6-1-2 through 30 games. Look for them to get some redemption after picking up only 2 points out of 4 games on their last Northern road swing. Game time tonight 7:30.
No broadcast tonight, we will have the call against the Estevan Bruins tomorrow night starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
Congratulations to Head Coach and GM of the Bombers Mike Reagan on being chosen a Co- Coach for Canada West at the World Junior "A" Challenge coming up in Kindersley later this month. Reagan will join the Yorkton Terriers Trent Cassan in Calgary for the selection camp this Sunday through Tuesday.
8 SJHL'ers will be vying for spots on this year's team including Bomber defenseman Tanner Lishchynsky , who has 4 goals and 10 assists this season since coming over from the RBC Champion Yorkton Terriers in an off season trade.
The final roster should be released on Thursday December the 11th.
The high school basketball season will officially kick off with a pair of tournaments this weekend.
MBCI out of The Pas is hosting the Boys Spartan Tip Off Tournament with teams competing out of The Pas, Dauphin, Swan River, Cross Lake, Flin Flon and Creighton.
Creighton will play the Pas at 3, and Dauphin at 9 PM on Friday.
Hapnot will play Cross Lake at 7:30 Friday and Swan River at 9AM on Saturday.
Playoffs start Saturday at noon, with the Championship Final at 1:30.
The Creighton Kodiak Girls will be in Nipawin this weekend for the L.P. Miller Bears Tournament.
The Kodiak's face PA in their first game Friday at 7:30PM. If they win they will play Saturday at 1PM. If they lose they play Saturday at 10AM.
Championship Go's Saturday at 7PM.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host their first big tournament of the season at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum this weekend.
One of the most popular and best attended tournaments, the Mel Pearson Memorial Hockey Tournament will show case novice hockey players from all over Northern Manitoba.
Action will take place Friday and Saturday and will feature players from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Norway House, Thompson and Swan River.
Each team will play 3 games and action starts Friday afternoon when The Reliance Rhinos take on The Pas Huskies (white) at 1:30 at the Whitney Forum. First game at the Sportex has McKeens taking on The Pas Huskies (red) at 2PM.
It took til the end of November before the Norman Northstars got to celebrate a victory on home ice.
The Northstars built up a 3-0 lead and were able to end it in a shoot out over the Central Plains Capitals on Saturday 4-3. Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless had an assist in the victory.
Norman tried to mount the comeback on Sunday, and came up a little short short losing 4-3. The Northstars scored a couple of goals late, and were buzzing all over the Central Plains net, but could not get the equalizer.
Cross Lake's Brady Keeper led the way with a pair of goals. The Northstars outshot Central Plains in both games and had their best back to back games of the season.
Norman's record will fall to : 3-20 and they will hit the road for a 3 game road trip starting Friday against South West.