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It looks like it will go right down to the last game of the season for both the Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves, who will play a home and home this weekend.

 

After a tough start to the month, the Bombers had a very successfull road trip where they beat both Melville and Yorkton. Flin Flon also made team history , by sweeping all 8 meetings against the Terriers and Mills for the first time in franchise history.

 

The Bomber record stands at: 5-3 in February, with only 3 games remaining in the season. After a 6 week layoff Adam Beukeboom is a nice story, where he was able to win both of his starts last weekend and picked up the SJHL goalie of the week by stopping 72 out of 74 shots.

 

Beukeboom has 4 shutouts so far this year, which is pretty impressive for starting only 13 games.

 

Flin Flon can still finish 4th, but would need to win all three of their remaining games, and Notre Dame would need to lose their last two. The Bombers and Hawks are neck and neck with 70 points each, and will meet the very last night of the season March the 3rd,  which will most likely decide 5th overall. Nipawin plays Melfort in a home and home this weekend.

 

Time may be running out on Laronge, who have put up a great fight down the stretch going 5-4-1 in their last ten. The Ice Wolves are 2 points behind Weyburn, for the final playoff spot,  with only two games remaining and would need to sweep Flin Flon this weekend. The Wings have three games left and only need to win one to clinch the last playoff spot.

 

Weyburn could still win the Viterra Division out right, as they are only 2 points Melville with a game in hand. The Division is very much up for grabs, with only 2 points separating first from third.

 

Melville and Estevan play a home and home this weekend, and Weyburn travels to Battleford and Kindersley.

 

Congratulations to Bomber forward Austin Evans who has committed to the Norwich University Cadets NCAA Division III Mens hockey team for the 2015-16 season. Austin went for a fly down last weekend to check things out. The Cadets play in the ECAC East and are currently ranked no.1 in the nation.

 

Both games against Laronge will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this weekend, including tonight's  game from the Mel Hegland Uniplex.  We hit the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 6:45 and play by play at 7. Don't  forget tomorrow's game at the Whitney Forum will be at 6:30 to accomodate the awards banquet right after the game at the Legion Hall.

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Hapnot and McIsaac are the places to be for JV Basketball Zones this weekend. Teams will be competing from Hapnot, MBCI out of The Pas, RD. Parker from Thompson and Cross Lake.

 

The Hapnot Kings will kick off the weekend against The Pas Friday at 2:30, and the Queens will play The Pas at 4:15 with both games at Hapnot.

 

The boys final is Saturday at 4, followed by the girls final at 5:45.

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The Flin Flon Ski Club gets set to host the 40th annual Centaloppet, which will now be renamed in honor of it's fundraisers and long time sponsors the " Val and Ivor Hedman Centaloppet."

 

This was decided at the Flin Flon Ski Club's AGM last April.

 

The mass start will take place on the beaver pond below the Chalet at 2PM on Sunday March the 8th. You need to register at the Chalet basement between 1 and 1:30.

 

All skiers are welcome and don't forget to bring your family and friends, for this totally free event. This will be an easy 3.4 kilometer  race with lots of great prizes for all differant age groups.

 

For more information call Dave at 204-687-8653 or Chad at 204-687-8521, you can also check out the web site at : www.flinflonskiclub.com.

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The Flin Flon Bombers were able to rebound after a tough outing against the Melfort Mustangs last Tuesday with back to back wins over the weekend.

 

The Bombers doubled up on Melville 4-2 Friday in what could very well be a first round playoff preview. After starting slow, the Bombers caught fire late in the first period and took it to the Mills the rest of the way.

 

It is always a bonus when your fourth line can supply most of the offense. Michael Knaub, Brett Kit and recently called up Nick Shumlanski all scored for the Bombers, with the other goal coming from Austin Calladine who potted his 17th on a break away.

 

Adam Beukeboom started his first game in 6 weeks and was very solid stopping 34 out of  the 36 shots he faced.

 

If this turns out to be a first round playoff meeting, the Bombers showed Melville that they are capable of turning it up at any point  and don't need their top 2 lines to produce to win.

 

The Bombers moved on to the Farrel Agencies Arena in Yorkton Saturday for a date with the defending national champion Yorkton Terriers. Adam Beukeboom took over right where he left off the night before and was brilliant stopping all 38 Terrier shots for his 4th shutout of the season, as the Bombers eeked out a 1-0 win.

 

Alex Smith got the lone goal in the third period when he put a shot through the five hole of Carson Bogdon who also had a very strong outing, keeping the Bombers at bay for much of the night.

 

The tough thing for Flin Flon right now is they are not getting rewarded for playing well and can't get any ground on either Notre Dame or Nipawin who keep on winning.

 

The Hawks took both games on the weekend against Humboldt, and the Hounds crushed both Laronge and Estevan. Notre Dame has a 3 point lead on both the Bombers and Hawks, and all 3 teams have 3 games left on the schedule.

 

Notre Dame plays Humboldt at home Tuesday and will finish on the road in Battleford and Kindersley this weekend. Nipawin will play a home and home with Melfort on the weekend before coming to Flin Flon next Tuesday. The Bombers play Laronge in a home and home before closing out with the Hawks.

 

The Hounds are definately in the drivers seat going 8-1-0-1 in their last 10. Nipawin is 6-3-0-1 and Flin Flon is 6-4. It very well could come down to the last game of the year for the Bombers and Hawks to determine 5th. I love this time of year when every single game means something.

 

Mike Reagan pointed out on the CFAR Post Game Show from Melville Friday, that they are not as concerned where they finish and are more focussed on ending the season well and going into the playoffs with as much momentum as possible.

 

102.9 CFAR will close out our regular season broadcast schedule with both games against Laronge this weekend ,  including the final trip to the Mel Hegland Uniplex on Friday. Murray GM Coach's Show is at 6:45 and drop of the puck  is at 7.

 

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Flin Flon has been chosen the spot to host the Norman Pee Wee AA Playdowns, coming up February the 27th to March 1st at the Creighton Sportex.

 

Flin Flon will be competing against Thompson and The Pas.

 

Flin Flon will play The Pas Friday at 11 AM, and Thompson at 7PM.

 

Saturday they play Thompson at 10 AM and The Pas at 3:30.

 

After the round robin First place will play Second place, 9:30 Sunday morning and the winner moves on to Provincials the following weekend in Steinbach.

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The Flin Flon Bombers had their 9 game home winning streak come to an end in a big way dropping a 6-2 decision against the Melfort Mustangs Tuesday night.

 

Melfort jumped on the Bombers right off the hop, scoring twice in the opening period on goals by Frei and Fauchoux, to take a 2-0 lead after one.

 

Chris Rauckman scored his league leading 37th goal of the season, early in the second period to give the Bombers some life, but it didn't last long. Melfort would score 3 straight goals to open it up 5-1 late in the second period.

 

Brett Kit converted a nice pass from Austin Evans to get the Bombers within 3 at 5-2 after 2. Adam Fauchoux scored his second of the night and 22nd of the season to put the icing on the cake at 6-2, just 34 seconds into the third on a Bomber give- away.

 

You have to give the Mustangs credit, they came out and took it to the Bombers, winning all the battles for loose pucks and forchecked them hard by taking away a lot of open ice. Flin Flon's skilled players never had a chance to get on track, and couldn't find a lot of room.

 

Flin Flon did outshoot Melfort 31-28, but a lot of shots for the Bombers came from the outside. It was a tough start for Simon Hofley, who got pulled after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots. Fans got their first look at Adam Beukeboom in a long while, who returned to the net after a lengthy injury. Beukeboom stopped 13 of 15 Mustang shots.

 

The League's leading point getter, Travis Mayan added 2 assists to give him 75 points in 51 games, and should be a clear favorite for league MVP.

 

 

The night wasn't a total loss with  Battleford beating Notre Dame 3-2, to keep the Bombers 3 points behind Notre Dame for fourth with 5 games remaining in the season. Flin Flon stays tied with Nipawin for fifth overall, and used up their game in hand tonight.

 

Wouldn't it be something if it came down to the very last game of the season between the Bombers and Hawks, March the third at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon will turn their attention to Melville and a possible first round playoff matchup this Friday, as the Bombers hit the road for two. If the Bombers finish 6th and the Mills win the Viterra Division, these two teams would square off in the first round of the playoffs.

 

They have only met once before in the playoffs, in what is considered one of the best league finals ever in 1993. This would be a lot of fun for fans in both towns and I am sure would bring back a lot of memories.

 

You can hear all the action from Melville and Yorkton this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting both nights with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

Here is the complete scoring summary from Tuesday nights game:

 

Melfort Scoring
1. Frei, (13) (Heath), 7:12 (PP)  
1. Fauchoux, (21) (Aasen), 19:19  
2. Durham, (9) (Yawit, Serafini), 3:54  
2. Durham, (10) (Mayan), 6:03  
2. Frei, (14) (Boyer, Mayan), 15:28 (PP)  
3. Fauchoux, (22) (Aasen), 0:34  
Flin Flon Scoring
2. Rauckman, (37) (Boehm, Chartrand), 0:50  
2. Kitt, (2) (Evans, Masson), 16:22

 

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After splitting a home and home series with the Nipawin Hawks, the Flin Flon Bombers will host the Melfort Mustangs for the 8th and final time tonight.

 

Flin Flon continues to battle with Nipawin and Notre Dame for fourth overall, and their record stands at: 27-11-6-6 good for 66 points tied with Nipawin for fifth,  with a game in hand on the Hawks. Both teams are 3 points behind the Hounds who are on a real roll unbeaten in their last 7.

 

The Bombers looked real good early Friday night, when they scored 3 quick goals on the Hawks in the first 12 minutes, and looked like they might chase Joe O'Brien from the net, but the Hawks settled down and didn't allow any more goals. Nipawin got  a late power play goal in the first period, but couldn't get any closer and the Bombers won the game 3-1.

 

Nipawin responded in their own barn the next night and took it to the Bombers 5-2. Flin Flon got lots of chances, but had a tough time finishing and always seemed to be behind the 8 ball. Every time the Bombers would score, Nipawin responded right after to take away any momentum and rode O' Brien for the win.

 

Flin Flon has 6 games remaining, and 4 of those games are against Sherwood Division opponents including Melfort tonight. The Mustangs lead the season series winning 5 of the previous 7 games, with 4 of the meetings going to extra time. Flin Flon has won 2 of the last 3 matchups.

 

Melfort continues to battle for first place overall and have the leagues best record at: 35-7-3-5, 78 points and are 2 up on Kindersley with 2 games in hand. Melfort also has the leagues best road record at 15-5-2. The Mustangs clinched their second straight Sherwood Pennant with their convincing 6-0 win over Laronge on Saturday.

 

This will be a good a good test for the Bombers who have been impressive at home this year at: 18-3-3-1 and have not lost at home in 2015, reeling off 9 straight at the Whitney Forum.

 

Tonight's game will feature two of the league's premiere goal scorers in Chris Rauckman for the Bombers and Travis Mayan of the Mustangs. Rauckman leads the league in goals with 36, and sits third in total points with 57. Mayan leads the league with 73 points in 50 games and is second in goals with 34.

 

No broadcast tonight, but we will have both games from the road this weekend in Melville and Yorkton, Friday and Saturday. We hit the air both nights with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

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The Norman Northstars wrapped up their season this past weekend , with a valiant effort against one of the best teams in the Manitoba Midget AAA , the Brandon Wheat Kings.

 

The Northstars dropped both games in Thompson by scores of 6-3 and 3-2, to finish up with a record of: 5-38-1 and will not make the playoffs.

 

Despite a tough year, Thompson's Bryce Horning led his team in scoring with 29 goals and 12 assists for 41 points in 38 games. Horning finished third overall in the league for goals and 23rd in total points.

 

Three players were on this year's squad from Flin Flon including Willy Eikel who ended up with 5 points(2 goals and 3 assists). Ethan Stuckless 2 points(1 goal and 1 assist), and Riley Nowlin who had 4 points all assists.

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Flin Flon was well represented by lots of Minor Hockey Rep teams this past weekend.

 

The Flin Flon Pee Wee Eddies Family Food Bombers were in Swan River where they finished with 3 wins and a tie in the round robin.

 

They earned a spot in the Final and lost their only game of the tournament to Swan River 3-0 to finish second.

 

Flin Flon had two teams in Thompson for the 45th Annual  Munn Cup this past weekend.

 

The Peds Threads Atom  AA Bombers were: 1-2 in the round robin and ended up playing in the Lamontagne Cup and lost a heart breaker to the Thompson Warriors 4-3 in a shoot out.

 

The Northland Ford Atom A Bombers finished with a tie and 3 losses, but did finish on a bright note with a 7-7 tie with Split Lake.

 

The AA Thompson King Miners beat The Pas AA Huskies 10-2 to win the Munn Cup.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Ski Club hosted the Saskatchewan Cross Country Ski Provincials this past weekend. Despite having to cancel races Saturday due to the extreme cold, things couldn't of gone any better on Sunday.

 

There were 15 local skiers, 4 from Saskatoon, 15 from Laronge and 9 from Sturgeon River.

 

Here are the results featuring the local skiers:

 

Master Men and Women-  First- Bob Jarvis

 

Senior Men- Brett Unrau- First  -26minutes and 4 seconds

 

Junior Men- Nick Martin- Second and  just 2 minutes behind the leader

 

Junior Boys- Isaac Dufour Jarvis- First

 

Juvenile Girls- Hanna Baynton- Second and just 26 seconds off the lead

 

Midget Girls- Gracie Baynton- First, Taylor Harrington( Laronge)  Second, Jessie Kozar Third and Tara Whitbread Fourth.

 

Atom Girls- Brooke Baynton- First, Isabel Plamondon- Second. Just 29 seconds between them.

 

Pee Wee Boys 02-03- David Richard- Second, just 8 seconds behind the leader and Grayden Bedford Fourth, who finished 39 seconds behind leader.

 

Pee Wee Boys 04-05- Caleb Baynton- First.

 

Jason Kozar, one of the chairs of the event wants to thank all the tremendous volunteers,  and mentioned they couldn't host events of this magnitude without  a lot of help from lots of differant people.

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The battle for second in the Sherwood Division and fifth overall is just hours away at the Whitney Forum. Flin Flon and Nipawin will play a home and home this weekend with Nipawin returning the favour tomorrow  night at the Cage.

 

Flin Flon's record against Nipawin is : 1-0-2-2, with 4 of the 5 meetings requireing over- time. Neither team can afford to lose any more ground to Notre Dame, who are red hot reeling off 6 straight wins to move 4 points up on both the Bombers and Hawks for fourth overall and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

 

The Bombers failed to take advantage in one of the two games they had on hand over Nipawin losing to Laronge 2-1 on Wednesday. It doesn't matter who you play at this time of the year, wins are always tough to come by especially desperate teams like the Ice Wolves who are trying to just make the play -offs.

 

The Bombers and Hounds have 8 games remaining, while the Hawks have 7. If Flin Flon could sweep the home and home this weekend, that would put them in a very good spot to at least clinch 5th.

 

All 3 teams have simillar schedules down the stretch with The Bombers having 4 at home and 4 on the road. The Hounds have 4 games at home and 3 on the road, while Nipawin has 3 at home and 4 on the road.

 

Flin Flon has been great at home reeling off 8 straight wins in 2015 and need to come up with a great effort to try and derail a very good Nipawin club tonight . Defenseman Brandon Masson will return to the lineup tonight, with Smith, Bell and Lacoursiere all back tomorrow.

 

Head Coach Mike Reagan says that goaltender Adam Beukeboom is making good progress, and hope to see him back practising with the club very soon. Simon Hofley will carry the mail again this weekend and has played well over the last 3 games.

 

This new playoff format is one of the best moves the league has made in decades, and it looks like every game is going to mean something with lots of great battles right down to the last game of the season. This should help attendance in every SJHL centre.

 

Both games from this crucial home and home with Nipawin will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show both nights at 7:15.

 

 

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It is a big weekend for the Flin Flon Ski Club, who will be hosting the Saskatchewan Cross Country Provincial Championships this weekend.

 

All the action starts Saturday at noon, with over 100 skiers expected from all over Saskatchewan, including a strong contingent of local skiers.

 

Age categories range from the Atoms all the way up to the Paranordic and the Masters. Spectators will be welcome all weekend to come out to the Chalet to watch.

 

The awards banquet will take place Saturday night at the Flin Flon Community Hall, with the doors opening at 6PM.

 

You can follow the races and get results by going to: www.zone4.ca.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will also have updates and results through out the weekend.

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Hudbay Hockey Night In Flin Flon was a huge hit in front of a packed house at the Whitney Forum on Friday night. 1,547 fans got to enjoy some free hockey thanks to Hudbay.

 

The Bombers didn't disappoint by picking up a huge 5-2 victory at the expense of the Melville Millionares for their 8th straight win at home.

 

It felt like the good ol WCHL days with a full scale line brawl and a huge ruckus crowd. The only thing missing was the chicken wire instead of the plexy glass.

 

With the Bombers leading 4-2  late in the second period, all hell broke loose when Knaub got into it with Koopman in a scrom deep  in the Bomber end. Both these players decided to drop the mitts and get at er, which would spark 4 more fights with the likes of  Smith, Masson, Calladine and Bell.

 

As a result here are the suspensions:

 

The League suspends the following players for a multiple fight situation in a game between the Melville Millionaires and the Flin Flon Bombers.
Flin Flon Bombers #44 Branden Mason suspended for 1 game.
Flin Flon Bombers #20 Alex Smith, #3 Tyler Bell suspended for 2 games each.
Melville Millionaires #21 Brennen Miller suspended for 1 game.
Melville Millionaires #9 Dylan Ostertag, #27 Mark Zvonkovic 2 games each.
Each team has been fined an undisclosed amount of money for the multiple fight situation.
Also from the game between Melville Millionaires and Flin Flon Bombers #26 Braden Lacouisiere is suspended for 2 games under supplemental discipline.

 

It is to my understanding that the suspensions take affect a.s.a.p, so that means the Bombers will be down 3 defensemen for their game in Laronge on Wednesday. Masson will be back to face Nipawin on Friday with Bell and Lacouisiere back in the lineup Saturday.

 

 

Every win at this time of year is huge as the Bombers are battling for fourth overall with Nipawin and Notre Dame and a chance to have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

 

After the weekend the Bombers are: 26-9-6-6- 64 points and are in a three way tie with the Hounds and

Hawks. Flin Flon has two games in hand on Nipawin and are even in games played with Notre Dame. The Bombers and Hawks square off in a home and home this weekend.

 

Flin Flon has been great since the Christmas break and are 9-2-1-2 in 2015 including a sensational 8-0 at the Whitney Forum. Chris Rauckman looks poised to become the Bombers first 40 goal scorer since Reid Macloud who had 47 back in the 2007-2008 season.

 

Rauckman scored twice on Friday to give him 35 in 47 games. Rauckman leads the league in goals and is tied with Owen Laclaire of Kindersley for second overall in points with 55.

 

It is a big week for the Bombers who will face three Sherwood opponents including Laronge Wednesday, and Nipawin Friday and Saturday. All three games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline. com.

 

Here is Friday's complete scoring summary:

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Melville Scoring
1. Zvonkovic, (1) (Murray, Menke), 12:31 (PP)  
2. Kreklewich, (1) (Kreklewich), 12:34  
Flin Flon Scoring
1. Smith, (17) (Kitt, Switzer), 1:29  
2. Rauckman, (34) (Allison, Boehm), 0:59  
2. Calladine, (15) (Bell, Allison), 3:26 (PP)  
2. Allison, (14) (Rauckman, Boehm), 6:37  
3. Rauckman, (35) (Evans-Campbell), 17:32 (EN)

 

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The Hapnot Queens were in Winnipeg this past weekend for the Transcona Optimist Classic senior girls basketball tournament.

 

The Queens faired very well going 2-1 to take third spot.

 

Hapnot beat Transcona 50-33 to open the tournament before losing to Windsor Park 49-48 in the semis. Windsor Park won it on a last second 3 pointer.

 

The Queens came back to beat the Gray Academy 52-50, the no.9 ranked team in the province to finish third.

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The Parker Denture Clinic Bantam Bombers have earned the right to represent the North in Provincials.

 

The Bantams were in Thompson this past weekend to take on the King Miners in a best of 3 series.

 

Flin Flon won the series 2 games to none by scores of 4-1 and 4-2, so they are off to Provincials March the 13th to the 15th in St.Pierre.

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Flin Flon hosted the Pee Wee Eddies Cup this past weekend at both the Whitney Forum and the Sportex.

 

The Eddies Bombers went 3-0 in the round robin and lost to Hudson Bay 8-6 in the Semi Final.

 

Flin Flon beat The Pas 12-3 in the Bronze Medal game. Goal scorers were: Odin Church, Clacy Busby and Tristan Toffan all with 2 goals. Singles from, Blake Alexander, Zach Dorian, Blaine Wilson,Evan Madarash, Brycen Francouer and Riley Schwartz.

 

Consolation was Thompson Warriors over Norway House 4-3.

 

A- Final Swan River beat Hudson Bay  5-2.

 

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After a tough road trip, Simon Hofley bounced back at the Whitney Forum last night stopping all 31 shots he faced for his second shut out of the season. Hofley had good rebound control and did not have to face a lot of second and third shots last night as the Bombers blanked Battleford 4-0.

 

Hofley commented on his play after last night and really credits his team mates for their play in front of him."Personally it was huge for me, I really needed that especially so close to playoffs,  and as a team we really needed that to tie Nipawin for second place. I received a lot of help from my team mates, didn't really have to make a lot of big saves , just had to do my job and be solid and it was an easy shut out."

 

Chris Rauckman picked up his league leading 33rd goal of the season on the power play early in the first period which stood up as the game winner. Other Bomber goal scorers were: Knaub (7), Evans-Campbell(10) and Calladine(14). Flin Flon outshot Battleford 39-31 to pick up their 25th victory of the season.

 

This is a big win for the Bombers who are now tied with Nipawin for second in the Sherwood and fourth overall with 62 points. The Bombers and Hawks will play 3 more times including a home and home next weekend. Flin Flon also moves up 2 points on Notre Dame.

 

Mike Reagan was happy with last night's effort. " We were in control most of the night and they have a real hard working team which is physical and our guys were able to capitalize on some oppurtunities. We got some bounces tonight which are always nice , and this was a big bounce back game for Simon Hofley who did struggle on the road and he knows that. We needed him to have a big effort tonight and he did that picking up his second shut out of the season."

 

The Bombers have the best record in the Sherwood Division since Christmas at 8-3-2 and are a perfect 6-0 at home in 2015. Next up is the Melville Millionaires who come to town on Friday for Hudbay Hockey Night In Flin Flon. Hudbay has picked up the entire tab and everybody will get into the game ABSOLUTELY FREE.

 

The Bombers lead the season series 2 games to none and are 10-1-1-1 against the Viterra Division this year.

 

 

Here is last night's scoring summary

 

Flin Flon Scoring
1. Rauckman, (33) (Boehm, Allison), 2:07 (PP)  
2. Knaub, (7) (Lacoursiere, Smith), 9:27  
2. Evans-Campbell, (10) (Empey, Kocur), 9:49  
3. Calladine, (14) (Boehm, Smith), 12:19 (PP)

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers will play the Battleford Stars for the fourth and final time tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon has taken 5 out of a possible 6 points against the Stars including back to back wins at the Civic Centre right before Christmas.

 

Battleford is coming off a big win last night in Nipawin beating the Hawks 3-2 in a shoot out, and doing the Bombers a favour in the process. With a single point last night the Hawks lead the Bombers by 2 points for second in the Sherwood Division, and Flin Flon has a game in hand which they will make up tonight.

 

The Stars are challenging for second in the Kramer Division, 5 points behind Notre Dame, with the Hounds having 3 games in hand after tonight. Battleford is playing good hockey since the Christmas break and are: 6-3-0-1 in their last 10.

 

After a 4 point road trip the Bombers are : 5-2-1-2 in their last 10 but do have the best record in the Sherwood since Christmas at 7-3-2.

 

Congratulations to Bomber forward Brett Boehm on being chosen the SJHL player of the month for January. Boehm has been tearing it up since coming back from the NCAA, and picked up 8 goals and 11 assists in 12 games played in the month, which was capped off with a hat trick in Notre Dame on Saturday.

 

Tyler Bell was chosen the SJHL Defenseman of the month for January, and the most recent Defenseman of the week for his great play on the road trip which wrapped up on Saturday. Bell has picked up 9 goals and 8 assists since being picked up from the WHL in October. 8 of his goals have come on the power play.

 

This is a big week for the Bombers who look to gain ground on Nipawin and continue to battle with Notre Dame for 5th overall. Both teams have played 45 games and have 60 points. If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, Notre Dame would get the nod for fifth because they have more wins and the Bombers would start the playoffs against Melville.

 

Speking of the Mills they are in town Friday for Hudbay Hockey Night In Flin Flon. Don't forget Hudbay has picked up the entire tab for the game and everyone will get into the game ABSOLUTELY  free.

 

The Bombers are hoping for a crowd of between 1500 and 2000, which would be the biggest crowd since 1993, so make sure you spread the word.

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The Hapnot Queens are off to Winnipeg this weekend to compete in the Transcona Optimist Classic Senior Girls Basketball Tournament.

 

Hapnot will play their first game on Friday against the Transcona Titans at 2:30.

 

If the Queens win they will play Saturday at noon, and if they lose they play Saturday at 9.

 

The Championship Final will go Saturday night at 6.

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Flin Flon will be hosting a Pee Wee Tournament this weekend at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum.

 

Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Swan River, Norway House, Hudson Bay and Cross Lake.

 

Here is a complete schedule for the weekend:

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

 
Playoffs start Sunday at 9AM, with the Gold medal game at 3PM.

 

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The Norman Northstars split a pair of games with the Southwest Cougars this past weekend in Thompson.

 

After dropping a 5-2 decision on Saturday, Norman responded with a hard fought 2-1 victory yesterday.

 

Flin Flon's Willy Eikel scored the winner on the power play early in the second period. Mark Steeves was very good in goal stopping 35 out of 36 shots fired in his direction.

 

Norman improves to 5-33 and only have 5 games remaining in the season including a 3 game road trip which will start this Friday against Eastman.

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The Flin Flon Bombers got behind the eight ball early and dropped a 5-4 decision in Wilcox last night  to the Notre Dame Hounds.

 

Ian Williams and Brett Boehm held the hot hand for their respective clubs firing hat tricks last night. Boehm opened the scoring at 9:43 of the opening period before Williams tied it at 14:14. Notre Dame then took the lead late in the first period, when Jared Martain collected his 12th of the year at 17:43.

 

The Hounds would score 2 more quick goals in just over a minute to open up the second period which would spell the end of the night for Simon Hofley, who stopped 16 out of 20 shots to make way for Connor Slip.

 

The goal tending change seemed to spark the Bombers who came back to tie the game at 4 after 2 with Austn Calladine scoring his 13th of the year,  and Brett Boehm scoring not once but twice to convert his hat trick. He now has 8 goals since coming back from the NCAA.

 

It was a power play goal that would end up being the differance when Williams completed his hat trick just 4:26 into the third period. The Bombers could not get another puck past  Alexi Thibaudeau, who ended up stopping 29 out of 33 shots.

 

Huge win for Notre Dame, who are now tied with Flin Flon for 5th overall with 60 points and both teams have played 45 games. The Bombers remain 1 point behind Nipawin for second in the Sherwood Division and will play the Hawks 3 more times this season.

 

The Bombers come home with a possible 4 points, which isn't that bad when you consider how tough it is to win in this league. Although they could of easilly come home with all 8 points, after squandering leads in both Nipawin and a 3 goal lead in Estevan earlier in the trip.

 

A tough road trip for Simon Hofley who was in goal for all 3 losses and I can't but help wonder if he has some confidence issues right now. Hofley has won a lot of big games in his career and let's hope he bounces back real soon to give the Bombers an option come playoff time. Mike Reagan said that Adam Beukeboom has been recovering slowly and if this were the playoffs he would likely be playing.

 

Congratulations to Connor Slip who picked up his second career SJHL win over Weyburn on Friday stopping 34 out of 37 shots. This had to be bitter sweet for Slip who lost in a shoot out in Weyburn earlier in the year.

 

Slip has been the third stringer all year, and has only started 3 games and has never complained and has played very well when called upon. I can see why Reagan and Slipp's team mates like him so much. He still has a lot of hockey ahead of him and it will be interesting to see where he fits in down the stretch and next season.

 

Flin Flon will enjoy a 3 day break before getting back on the ice for a pair of games this week at the Whitney Forum. The Battlefords are here Wednesday and Melville Friday. Don't forget Hudbay has picked up the tab for Friday's game, and everybody in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and the entire surrounding area will get into the game absolutely  free. You just have to show up.

 

102.9 CFAR will not be broadcasting these games, our next broadcast is Wednesday February the 11th in Laronge.

 

Here is last night's complete scoring summary:

 

Flin Flon Scoring
1. Boehm, (6) (Smith), 9:43  
2. Calladine, (13) (Kitt, Masson), 7:04  
2. Boehm, (7) (Allison, Rauckman), 8:33  
2. Boehm, (8) (Switzer, Allison), 11:29 (PP)  
Notre Dame Scoring
1. Williams, (12) (Aulie), 14:14  
1. Martin, (12) (Lightfoot, Donovan), 17:43  
2. Anderson, (14) (Cummings, Antisin), 0:44  
2. Williams, (13) (Aulie, Hikichi), 1:03  
3. Williams, (14) (Aulie, Hikichi), 4:26 (PP)

 

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Hapnot Collegiate hosted Senior  Pre-Zone basketball this past weekend with teams competing from Flin Flon, Thompson, The Pas and Cross Lake.

 

The Hapnot Queens went 1-2 in the round robin and lost to The Pas in the Semis.

 

RD Parker out of Thompson won the final 41-28 over MBCI out of The Pas.

 

 

The Kings were 2-1 in the round robin and came from behind to beat  Thompson 51-48 in the final. Hapnot trailed by 12 points entering the fourth quarter, but got back on track to win the tournament.

 

Next action for the Queens will be in Winnipeg this weekend for the Transcona Optimist, the Kings next action is in Winnipeg the following weekend February the 13th and 14th.

 

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