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Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball registration is taking place on Saturday April the 18th 1-5 , Saturday May the 2nd, and Sunday May the 3rd 5-7 at Kin Hall.

 

Age groups include: T-Ball/ Parent Pitch for 5-6 year olds

Rookie/Div 1- ages 7-8

Mosquito/Div 2-ages9-11

PeeWee/Div 3-ages12-13

Bantam/Div 4-ages14-15

 

Competitive league

Mosquito(Div 2)- born 2004-2006

PeeWee(Div 3)- born 2002-2003

Bantam(Div 4)- born 2000-2001

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The 24th Annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament wrapped up yesterday at the Whitney Forum.

 

Here are the results:

 

A-Final

 

Carpenters -5

Snow Lake -2

 

B-Final

 

Powerhouse - 9

777- 2

 

C-Final

 

Boilermakers- 10

Main Office- 7

 

D-Final

 

Electricians- 8

Zinc Plant- 6

 

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey hosted the Triad Realty/Liberty Tax Awards Gala last night at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Awards were handed out in the Novice, Atom, and Pee Wee Division.

 

Novice Division Winners

 

Most Inspirational- Logan Simon and Ethan Lavis

 

Most Sportsmanlike- Spencer Meikle

 

Best Goalie- Paxton Moore

 

Best Defensive Player- Jake Brown

 

Most Improved- Maddox Dominey

 

Most Valuable- Wyatt Stinton and Ryder Mucha

 

Atom Division Winners

 

Most Sportsmanlike- Robbie James and Mackenzie Schwartz

 

Top Goalie- Logan Salamondra

 

Top Defenseman- Marcus Kennedy

 

Most Improved- Chris Francour

 

Most Valuable- Evan Reid

 

Pee Wee Winners

 

Most Sportsmanlike- Abby Quick

 

Top Goalie- Korey Benoit and Brayden Abbot

 

Top Defenseman- Brandt Moore and Evan Madarash

 

Most Improved- Carson Ledoux

 

Most Valuable- Brycen Francouer

 

 

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The 24th Annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament will take place at the Whitney Forum this weekend.

 

Here is the weekend schedule:

 

  POOL A      POOL B    
  MAIN OFFICE      ELECTRICAL    
  POWERHOUSE     777      
  CARPENTERS     BOILERMAKERS    
  ZINC PLANT     SL/REED      
               
  FRIDAY HOME ROOM   ROOM VISITOR  
  5:00PM ELECTRICAL 1 VS 4 BOILERMAKERS  
  6:30PM MAIN OFFICE  2 VS 3 POWERHOUSE  
  8:00PM ZINC PLANT 1 VS 4 CARPENTERS  
  9:30PM 777 2 VS 3 SL/REED  
               
  SATURDAY            
  10:00AM CARPENTERS 1 VS 4 POWERHOUSE  
  11:30AM MAIN OFFICE  3 VS 2 ZINC PLANT  
  1:00PM BOILERMAKERS 1 VS 4 777  
  2:30PM ELECTRICAL 3 VS 2 SL/REED  
  4:00PM CARPENTERS 1 VS 4 MAIN OFFICE   
  5:30PM POWERHOUSE 3 VS 2 ZINC PLANT  
  7:00PM SL/REED 1 VS 4 BOILERMAKERS  
  8:30PM 777 3 VS 2 ELECTRICAL  
               
  SUNDAY            
  10:00AM "D" FINAL 4th PLACE (A) 2 VS 3 4th PLACE (B)  
  11:30AM "C" FINAL 3rd PLACE (A) 1 VS 4 3rd PLACE (B)  
  1:00PM "B" FINAL  2nd PLACE (A) 2 VS 3 2nd PLACE (B)  
  2:30PM "A" FINAL  1st PLACE (A) 1 VS 4 1st PLACE (B)  

 

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Just what the doctor ordered for the Bombers Sunday night, a convincing 7-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds and now a chance to wrap it all up in Wilcox Tuesday.

 

With their backs against the wall, the Bombers came out on a mission and fired 62 shots at the tandem of Alexi Thibaudeau and Benjamin Patt and took it to the Hounds for the entire 60 minutes.

 

Notre Dame looked tired and didn't have an answer for the Bomber attack which was relentless and in their faces all night long.

 

Brett Kitt  opened up the scoring at 6:37 of the opening period and Flin Flon never looked back. Joel Kocur added his third of the series, 7 minutes later  and Brett Boehm picked up a nice rebound a minute after that to make it 3-0 after one. This was the one thing the Bombers couldn't do in game 5 after a good start, was deliver the knock out punch.

 

Flin Flon came out in the second period with lots of confidence and added two more goals from Chartrand his first of the series and another goal from Boehm on the pp. Anderson would add his 5th of the series for the Hounds when he got in behind the defense and beat Simon Hofley up high on the right side. This was the only goal for the Hounds as all their top players were non factors on this night.

 

We got our first look at Hound backup goalie Benjamin Patt who came in relief of Alexi Thibaudeau late in the second period. The Bombers  would get two by him in the third , when Calladine and Rauckman would both strike on the powerplay.

 

The Bombers look like they are getting stronger and finding their legs as this series shifts back to Wilcox for the all important game 7 Tuesday. Notre Dame looks like they are beaten down and just hanging on. Saying that anything can happen in a game 7.

 

Simon Hofley got the start last night and turned aside 29 out of 30 Notre Dame shots, and was very good early when the Hounds got their best scoring chances. Mike Reagan praised Simon's play last night on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show .

 

I am sure a lot of people are not surprised that we are going to game 7, as both these teams were very even in the regular season and have been pretty close in this series. It looks like the Bombers may be in the drivers seat as they look hungrier to me and the Hounds do look to be very tired. No matter who wins you have to wonder, if either one of these teams will have a lot in the tank for Kindersley who are enjoying a long rest.

 

No matter what gos down you will have the best seat in the house as we will have the complete call from game 7 including the Murray GM Coach's Show which will hit the air at 8:15 MB time and play by play at 8:30.

 

Here is the complete scoring summary from last night.

 

Notre Dame Scoring
2. Anderson, (5) (Antisin, Apperson), 15:06  
Flin Flon Scoring
1. Kitt, (2) (Smith, Etter), 6:37  
1. Kocur, (3) , 13:15  
1. Boehm, (2) (Rauckman), 14:20  
2. Chartrand, (1) (Roach, Smith), 6:39  
2. Boehm, (3) (Allison), 13:01 (PP)  
3. Calladine, (1) (Kocur, Bell), 2:00 (PP)  
3. Rauckman, (4) , 12:07 (PP)

 

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It is simple,  win tonight or the Bombers season is over. The Notre Dame Hounds make their way to the Whitney Forum tonight with a 3-2 lead in the series and a chance to wrap it all up.

 

The Kindersley Klippers will be watching this game with interest ,  hoping the Bombers can knock off the Hounds and get it to a game 7 in Wilcox Tuesday night. Kindersley gets the winner and will be well rested after sweeping Battleford on Wednesday.

 

Flin Flon looked good early in game 5, but could not hold on to the lead. Tyler Bell got the Bombers on the board, firing a slapshot by Alexi Thibaudeau to put the Bombers up 1-0.

 

Spencer Trapp went to work scoring a couple of powerplay goals to put Notre Dame up 2-1 late in the first. The Bombers caught a big break when Brett Kit would re-direct a a Danis Chartrand shot to tie the game with only 2 secondsleft in the period.

 

Kristian St.Onge then put the Bombers up 3-2 mid way through the second,  and the Maroon and White looked like they were in good shape and might get back home ice advantage.

 

The wheels slowly came off and Notre Dame, reeled off 4 straight goals to take game 5 , 6-3, and are now in the drivers seat leading 3 games to 2.

 

Flin Flon needs to find a way to stop Notre Dame's 2 big defensemen Austin Lightfoot and Spencer Trapp, who have 17 points between them. Trapp did most of the damage in game 5 picking up the hat trick and 1 assist.

 

Jared Martin and Carter Hikichi have been the Hounds top forwards picking up 16 points between them.

 

The Bombers are being led by: Brett Boehm who has 7 points 1 goal and 6 helpers, while Parker Evans-Campbell and Chris Rauckman have 6 points each. Even Though Boehm is leading the way with 7 points, you have the sense that he could break out at any time with a really big game and the Bombers are hoping that  it's  tonight.

 

Austin Calladine went down hard on Friday and had to leave the game. Mike Reagan has confirmed that he is ok and will play tonight. Robbie Cameron is also expected to back tonight after suffering from the flew.

 

Notre Dame has a couple of key injuries including one of their top snipers from the regular season, Ian Williams who has not suited up for any of the playoffs. He is not expected to play at all against the Bombers but might be available if Notre Dame moves on.

 

Andrew Cummings went down in game 3 and is not in the lineup tonight.

 

Specialty teams have been a big part of the series so far, with both teams having success with the man advantage. Notre Dame who had the tenth best pp in the regular season are no.1 in the playoffs clicking at 34.8 %

 

The Bombers who were no.1 in the regular season are sitting fourth in the playoffs at 26.9 %. If Flin Flon could of converted on a 5 on 3 in game 5, the game may have had a different out come. Rauckman also had a good chance to score short handed early in the first period, but was denied by Thibaudeau.

 

The story for Flin Flon in this series has been missed opportunities, and can not afford to miss many more or they could be on the outside looking in very soon.

 

Mike Reagan's crew have been able to respond from losses all season, and have done it twice in this series already and are looking forward to getting back to the Whitney for game 6 tonight.

 

Game time is 7:30, with the game broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

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The local high school basketball season came to an end this weekend.

 

The Creighton Kodiak SR Girls were in Foam Lake for Regionals and had a very impressive showing.

 

Creighton lost to Birch Hills Friday 71-67 in the Provincial 5th place game. The Kodiaks came from 15 points down and were up by 2 with a couple minutes to go but couldn't hold on. Khariz Kawa was the player of the game with 22 points.

 

Next up was Moose Jaw, in a game that went back and forth with the Kodiaks pulling out a 62-59 win. Creighton got the winning basket with 12 seconds left. McKenzie Grant led the way with 33 points.

 

The Kodiaks finish 9th overall in the province and should be a contender again next year with only 1 player graduating.

 

The Hapnot SR Kings were in Morden for Provincials and dropped both their games.

 

The Kings lost to Neelin out of Brandon 64-49 in their first game Thursday. The Kings were down by 20 after the first half and could not recover.

 

Hapnot then squared off with Ed Schryer and blew a 13 point half time lead and ended up losing 71-56 and were eliminated.

 

Head Coach Don Dyke called it the toughest loss of his coaching career, but was still happy with their season including their 4th straight Zone title.

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It was gut check time for the Bombers,  and they responded with a hard fought 4-1 over Notre Dame Wednesday night,  to even the best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final Series at 2 wins apiece.

 

Chris Rauckman put the Bombers on the board just 3:19 into the opening period when the Hounds put the puck into their own net. It was Rauckman's third of the series.

 

This would hold up til the 2:59 mark of the third period when Parker Evans Campbell would convert his third of the series on a terrific feed from Brandon Switzer to put Flin Flon up 2-0. This would end up being the game winner.

 

The Bombers would get their powerplay going and grabbed some insurance by  striking twice in the third on goals from Switzer his 1st, and Austin Evans his third.

 

Notre Dame could not muster up much offense , but did break Adam Beukeboom's shutout, when Jared Martin picked up his series leading 6th goal converting a pass from Hikichi at the 7:22 mark of the third.

 

This was just the second time in the series when a Bomber goaltender started and finished a game, and Beukeboom looked in control right from the opening period. Beukeboom was very positionally sound and his rebound control superb. He stopped 29 shots in the first 2 periods and his team shut down the Hounds in the third only allowing 7 shots.

 

This was the first time in the series that the Bombers led a game after both the first and second period.

 

Specialty teams were huge again with Flin Flon going 2 for 5 and Notre Dame ending up 0 for 4. Both teams had a 5 on 3. So far in the series the Bombers are 6 for 21 and the Hounds are 6 for 18.

 

Mike Reagan was on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show and mentioned how big the Evans Campbell goal was in his team picking up the important victory. " I thought Parker's second goal was enormous for us. What a great shot, Thibadeau didn't even see it til it went in. Parker has been unbelievable since coming back from missing 3 games in February. He has been a work horse, he has been exactly what we wanted , a big body that finishes a lot of his checks."

 

So now the series will shift back to Wilcox for game three Friday and is now a best of 3 with the series tied at 2.

 

Once again you can get all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 8:15 MB time.

 

Here is the complete scoring summary

 

Notre Dame Scoring
3. Martin, (6) (Hikichi), 7:22  
Flin Flon Scoring
1. Rauckman, (3) , 3:19  
3. Evans-Campbell, (3) (Switzer), 2:59  
3. Switzer, (1) (Boehm), 6:33 (PP)  
3. Evans, (3) (Boehm, Allison), 9:49 (PP)  
Notre Dame Penalties
1 - McGovern, 5:47 - Hooking, 2 min (PP)
3 - Antisin, 3:59 - Holding The Stick, 2 min (PP)
3 - Walsh, 5:21 - Closing Hand on Puck, 2 min (PP)
3 - Donovan, 9:42 - Tripping, 2 min (PP)
3 - Williamson, 11:13 - High Sticking, 2 min
3 - Kindrachuk, 13:52 - Kneeing, 2 min (PP)
3 - Lightfoot, 18:19 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Berube, 18:41 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Berube, 18:41 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Werle, 19:14 - High Sticking, 2 min
3 - Lightfoot, 19:53 - Slashing, 2 min
3 - Paris, 19:53 - Slashing, 2 min
3 - McGovern, 19:57 - Major-Fighting, 5 min
3 - McGovern, 19:57 - Game Misconduct, 10 min
Flin Flon Penalties
1 - Boehm, 11:27 - Holding, 2 min (PP)
1 - Knaub, 17:20 - Interference, 2 min (PP)
1 - Switzer, 18:46 - Tripping, 2 min (PP)
2 - Etter, 9:12 - Roughing, 2 min (PP)
3 - Allison, 11:13 - High Sticking, 2 min
3 - Calladine, 18:19 - High Sticking, 2 min
3 - Allison, 18:41 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Bell, 18:41 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Bell, 18:41 - Roughing, 2 min
3 - Knaub, 19:57 - Instigator, 2 min
3 - Knaub, 19:57 - Major-Fighting, 5 min
3 - Knaub, 19:57 - Game Misconduct, 10 min

 

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The Creighton Kodiak SR Girls Basketball team are off to Foam Lake for Regionals this weekend.

 

Creighton is ranked no.10 in the province and will play Birch Hills who are ranked no.7,  Friday at 8. If the Kodiaks win they will play the winner of Foam Lake and Moose Jaw for the Regional Championship and a birth into Hoopla.

 

The Hapnot SR Kings Basketball team are in Morden for Provincials and play their first game against Neelin out of Brandon Thursday at noon.

 

If the Kings win they will play Friday at 2, and if they lose they play Friday at 10.

 

The Kings are ranked no.6 going into the weekend.

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Congratulations to former Flin Flonner Ashton Sautner who signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

 

Sautner is the captain in his 20 year old season and has picked up 48 points in 69 games. Among his career highlights was a Memorial Cup in 2014.

 

If the Oil Kings get bounced out of the playoffs, Sautner will join their AHL affiliate in Utica. The defenseman was born in Flin Flon and now calls Flaxcombe SK his home.

 

 

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Congratulations to the Creighton Kodiak SR Girls Basketball team who qualified for Regionals this past weekend.

 

The Kodiaks were in Hudson Bay for Conferences and beat Kelvington 68-57, then lost to Hudson Bay in the final 67-63.

 

Creighton finishes second and advances to Regionals in a location  yet to  be determined.

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One night after dropping a 6-3 decision in game 1of the best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final Series, the Flin Flon Bombers showed tremendous heart in picking up their biggest win of the season knocking off Notre Dame 6-5 in OT.

 

The Hounds looked poised to go up 2 games to none , quickly building up a 3-0 lead in the first period.

 

Notre Dame struck quickly when Anderson picked up his third of the series just 1:34 into the game. Williamson added to their lead tipping a puck through Adam Beukeboom's legs at the 8:36 mark chasing Beukeboom from the game.

 

Mike Reagan knew he needed to do something quickly and elected to go to 19 year old Simon Hofley who faced Notre Dame 4 times in the regular season. Hofley got beat on a 5 on 3 goal, when Martin was left alone at the side of the Bomber net, to put the Hounds up 3-0.

 

Flin Flon would settle down and scored a big powerplay goal , when Austin Evans roofed a shot over top of Alexi Thibaudeau to get the Bombers on the board with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first period. This may have been the turning point of the game.

 

The Bombers got another big powerplay goal early in the second when Chris Rauckman picked up his second of the series just 3 minutes in. You could feel the momentum starting to switch in Flin Flon's favour and feel the energy from their bench.

 

Donovan would restore the 2 goal lead for Notre Dame, but the Bombers kept coming back and tied the game at 4 after 2 on goals from Allison and Evans- Campbell.

 

Dean Allison wasn't done, as he picked up his second of the game, when he shovelled a puck underneath Thibadeau to give the Bombers the lead for the first time in the game at 5-4. This would hold up til the 17:51 mark of the third, when the Hounds would tie it on SJHL Defenseman of the year Spencer Trapp's first of the series.

 

The Bombers could not clear the puck out of their own end and got caught deep allowing Trapp to capitalize.

 

Even though Notre Dame tied it up late, you still had the sense that this was going to be the Bombers night. Dangerous Dan Reagan who provided colour for our two radio broadcasts this past weekend called Brandon Switzer's number to get the overtime winner. Switzer did not get the OT winner, but he was the table setter, centering  a beautiful pass to Joel Kocur who tucked it underneath Thibadeau to send the Bombers to the thrilling victory just 1:36 into the extra frame.

 

What a night for Simon Hofley who came in for possibly the biggest win of his career stopping 23 out of 25 shots fired in his direction and had great composure and poise for coming in  off the bench. Matter of fact that was as calm as I have ever seen Hofley play who put in one tremendous effort to get his team back in the series.

 

Tyson Empey who missed game 1 because of the flew, was great picking up 3 assists and was a tremendous force on the penalty kill. Mike Reagan was all smiles on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show, and complimented his entire team on their big comeback victory. " Even though we were down 3-0 ,  I knew we could win this game. I am ver proud of our guys, I love the way we played tonight , there were a couple bad goals early, Beuks wasn't on tonight , a couple got through him and that's why we wanted to make sure we had 2 goalies that could play. Simon came in and did the job, tonight was his night."

 

So with the victory in game 2 , Flin Flon has taken away home ice advantage and will host games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7:30 at the Whitney Forum. Both games and all Bomber playof games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Remember there will be no advanced playoff tickets sold and all can be purchased at the door.

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A number of Flin Flon Rep teams represented the North at Provincials this past weekend.

 

The Peds Threads Atom AA Bombers were in Steinbach and dropped all 3 games to Lorette, Macdonald and Steinbach and did not qualify for playoffs. Good luck to Rogan Bacon and Ryker Watt who have both had very good seasons and will be moving away from Flin Flon for the next hockey season.

 

The Northland Ford A Bombers were in Portage and lost to Macdonald and Portage in round robin, but still qualified for playoffs and lost to Thompson 6-4 in the Consolation.

 

 

The Parker Denture Clinic Bantam AA Bombers were in ST.Pierre and lost to Pembina Valley, tied southwest and beat Dauphin to go 1-1-1 in the round robin. They would face off with the Southwest Jets for the second time losing 6-3 in the Consolation Final.

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Well the wait is almost over, and one of the more intrigueing first round playoff series is just 2 days away, as the Flin Flon Bombers will meet the Notre Dame Hounds in the post season for the first time ever.

 

Both of these teams are soaked in junior hockey tradition and have a very impressive list of alumni that have played for these historic clubs.

 

The likes of Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Blaine Stoughton, Jordy Douglas, Reid Simpson and countless others have donned the Maroon and White. While the Hounds have an impressive list of their own with the likes of Curtis Joseph, Rod Brindamour, Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall and recent first round draft pick Jaden Schwartz.

 

The season series between the two clubs was 2-2, and both teams found a way to win in each others building, so a 7 game series is not out of the question.

 

Notre Dame finished with a record of: 37-14-1-4 for 79 points and fourth overall, while the Bombers were: 31-13-6-6 good for 74 points and fifth overall. Both teams had better records than Melville but they got third by finishing first in the Viterra Division.

 

The Bombers have an explosive offense and led the league in goals for with 207, while Notre Dame was good defensively only giving up 133 which was second best to the league leading Melfort Mustangs.

 

Flin Flon go's into the post season with an impressive home record winning 11 out of their last 12 at the Whitney Forum and finished 6-4 in their last 10. The Hounds go into the playoffs with an impressive 8-1-0-1 record in their last 10. The Bombers are also getting secondary scoring from Brandon Switzer, Tyson Empey, Austin Calladine and Austin Evans who have all caught fire at the right time.

 

If they can continue to score with the likes of Boehm, Allison and Rauckman the Bombers will be tough to beat.

 

In the head to head matchups , Brett Boehm had 5 points in 2 meetings with the Hounds including a hat trick in the final meeting Jan 31st. Alex Smith had 5 points in the two meetings while Allison and Rauckman had 3 points each.

 

Andrew Cummings led the way for Notre Dame with 2 goals and 2 assists, while Sam Aulie had a goal and 4 assists, and Ian Williams had 4 goals.

 

A big factor will also be goaltending with Alexi Thibadeau getting the nod for the Hounds and is considered one of the league's best with a 28-12-4 record and save % of .919 and gaa of 2.17. He played all 4 games against Flin Flon.

 

Simon Hofley played all 4 games against the Hounds, but it looks like Adam Beukeboom will be getting the call on Friday and was really hot going into the post season winning 3 out of his last 4 decisions. Beukeboom did not play a single game against Notre Dame, but the veteran will be ready with some good stats of his own going 10-5 with a gaa of 2.37 and a save % of .932.

 

No matter what happens you can count on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com to bring you every single moment of Bomber playoff hockey action including the first two games from Wilcox this Friday and Saturday. Here is the complete playoff schedule.

 

Game 1 - Friday March 13 - 7:30 PM - Wilcox, SK (8:30 Flin Flon Time)
Game 2 - Saturday March 14 - 7:00 PM - Wilcox, SK (8:00 Flin Flon Time)
Game 3 - Tuesday March 17 - 7:30 PM - Flin Flon, MB
Game 4 - Wednesday March 18 - 7:30 PM - Flin Flon, MB

Game 5 - Friday March 20 - 7:30 PM - Wilcox, SK* (8:30 Flin Flon Time)
Game 6 - Sunday March 22 - 7:30 PM - Flin Flon, MB*
Game 7 - Tuesday March 24 - 7:30 PM - Wilcox, SK* (8:30 Flin Flon Time)

*If Necessary

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The Creighton SR Kodiak Girls Basketball team  will be in Hudson Bay for Conference Championships this weekend, competing with teams from  Naicam, Kelvington, Porcupine Plain, Carrot River and Hudson Bay.

 

Creighton receives a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Porcupine Plain and Kelvington Saturday at 11:45.

 

It is a single knockout, which means win or go home.

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A number of Flin Flon Minor Hockey Rep teams will be competing in Provincials this weekend.

 

The Flin Flon Atom AA Ped's Threads Bombers will be in Steinbach and will play two games on Friday against Lorette at 11 and Macdonald at 7. Saturday they play Steinbach at 1.

 

 

The Flin Flon Atom A  Northland Ford Bombers will be in Portage and play both their games on Saturday against Macdonald at 12:30 and Portage at 5.

 

 

The Parker Denture Clinic Bantam AA Bombers will be in ST.Pierre and play Pembina Valley Friday at 8:30 and the Southwest Jets Saturday at 10.

 

 

Playoffs for all teams will be Sunday.

 

 

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The 40th annual  Val and Ivor Hedmen Centaloppet wrapped up yesterday at the Flin Flon Ski Club, with one of the best turnouts in recent history, 81 skiers took  part  making it the best turnout since 1987.

 

Here are the results:

 

 

Prize Winners

 

Centaloppet Cup Winner – Corrected Time:  Caleb Baynton (age 10) 

 

Second place – Corrected Time:  Brook Baynton (8) 

 

Third Place – Corrected Time:  Gracie Baynton (14) 

 

Top Finishers – Actual Time:

 

Senior Male (20+):  Bob Jarvis 13 minutes : 41 seconds 

Senior Female (20+):  Tara Dutcawich 17:29 

Junior Men (15-19):  Nick Martin 9:50 

Junior Women (15-19):  No Entries

Boys (14 & under):  Nathan Whitbread 11:08 

Girls (14 & under):  Gracie Baynton 13:39 

 

Youngest Skier:  Annika Plamondon (age 4) 

 

Youngest Participant:  Charlotte Unrau (2) 

 

Oldest Skier:  Dona O’Brien

 

Largest Family:  The Bayntons (6) 

 

Happiest Face:  Annika Plamondon 

 

Most Sportsmanlike:  Sarah Faktor 

 

Most Determined:  Kyler Colomb 

 

Hardest Fall:  Nicole Beaulieu

 

Best Dressed:  Greg Bellisle

 

Most Original Finish:  Ariana Bellisle

 

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The Senior Hapnot Kings picked up their 4th straight Zone basketball Championship this past weekend in Thompson and continued their dominance of the sport in Northern Manitoba.

 

The Kings went undefeated and had to come from behind in the final to beat The Pas. Hapnot was down 17-3 after the first quarter, but put it together and went on an impressive run and ended up beating MBCI 48-33.

 

Hapnot will represent the North in Provincials, coming up in Morden March the 21st and 22nd.

 

The Hapnot Queens went 1-2, and put up a valiant effort losing to The Pas 26-22 in the Semi.

 

RD.Parker out of Thompson took the Girls Zone, and continue to be a power house, and are one of the top ranked teams in the Province.

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The Eddies Family Food Pee Wee Bombers wrapped up their season in Miami this past wekend at Provincials.

 

The Bombers split their two round robin games beating Portage 7-2 and lost to Springfield 2-1.

 

In the playoff round they beat Thompson 4-2, then lost in the Semi Final to Winkler 4-2.

 

This set up the Bronze Medal game with a rematch against Sprigfield, and the Bombers came up a goal short losing 5-4.

 

It was a very good season where the Eddies Pee Wee Bombers ended up with an overall record of: 23-13-1.

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The Flin Flon Creighton Men's 83rd annual  bonspiel wrapped up earlier today at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

Here are the results:

 

A-Event- FF Insurance and KFC

 

Levers over Hyrych

 

B-Event- Hudbay and Ginnell, Bauman and Watt

 

Watt over Groff

 

C-Event- McMunn and Yates and Kleen All

 

Tetrault over Kennedy

 

D-Event- Calm Air

 

Connolly over Nawrocki

 

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens are off to Thompson for Senior Basketball Zones starting tomorrow.

 

Hapnot are the defending Zone Champions on both sides.

 

The Kings play The Pas Friday at 4:30 and Thompson at 7, and face off against Cross Lake Saturday at 9.

 

The Queens play Thompson Friday at 5:30 and The Pas at 8:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 10:30 with the Boys Final at noon, and the Girls Final at 1:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers took care of business, and knocked off the Nipawin Hawks 5-2 Tuesday night to wind down the SJHL regular season.

 

With the victory the Bombers will finish 5th overall with a record of: 31-13-6-6, including 20 of those wins at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon will face the Notre Dame Hounds in the first round of the playoffs for the first time ever,  who finished 4th overall at: 37-14-1-4. The season series was 2-2 between the two teams and the first playoff game  is expected to start a week Friday in Wilcox.

 

Chris Rauckman was a cross bar away from hitting the 40 goal mark, who managed to get no.39 earlier in the night on the power play early in the third period. Rauckman was very happy with his season and complimented his team mates. "I have to give it to the guys, who sacrificed a lot of ice time for me there at the end,  when they were getting into penalty trouble. I really appreciate that for sure and I was just throwing it at the net and hoping it would go in. It was just shy, but I am very happy with what I accomplished."

 

Brandon Switzer chipped in with 4 points including 2 goals, with other markers coming from Evans and Empey.

 

The Bombers cap off a nice 2015 going 14-7-1-1 down the stretch to the post season.

 

 

Simon Hofley returned to the Bomber net for the first time in 4 games, and looked sharp stopping 40 out of 42 Nipawin shots and looked quite confident making key saves at key times. He finishes the season with 19 wins and a sav % of .921 and a gaa of 2.82.

 

The Bombers will get a 10 day break to rest up for hopefully a long playoff run. Tyler Bell will be able to return to the lineup after serving his 2 game suspension. No word on when Curtis Roach is expected to return.

 

Mike Reagan was happy with how his team wrapped up the season. "I am really proud of the guys who put in a lot of hard work, it is a long season and you go through a lot of ups and downs and you just hope at the end of the year, you are playing your best hockey.  We went through a little bit of a skid last month and it is nice to get this win and go into the playoffs with 2 straight wins."

 

Here is last night's complete scoring summary.

 

Nipawin Scoring
1. Bross, (5) (Rothenberger, Hinson), 1:37  
3. Bolden, (13) (Kjargaard, Lockeridge), 3:02 (PP)  
Flin Flon Scoring
1. Evans, (10) (Kocur, Switzer), 1:50  
1. Switzer, (12) (Allison, Rauckman), 19:25 (PP)  
2. Switzer, (13) (Evans, Lacoursiere), 2:58  
3. Rauckman, (39) (Boehm, Empey), 5:46 (PP)  
3. Empey, (9) (Boehm, Rauckman), 13:45 (PP)

 

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It was a breakout third period for the Flin Flon Bombers who pasted Laronge 7-1 Saturday night and eliminated the Ice Wolves from the playoffs for a third straight year.

 

Laronge came out and played desperate hockey for pretty much the first two periods, but the potent Bomber offense took it up a notch in the third.

 

Tyson Empey got the Bombers on the board with a pair of goals 10 seconds apart in the second period, before Colby Daniels got the Ice Wolves on the board with a powerplay goal, with less than a minute to go in the middle frame.

 

The Bombers opened up  the flood gates in the third,  firing 24 shots at both Kris Joyce and Austin Rediron and scored 5 straight to take the game 7-1. Goals came from: Switzer(11), Kitt(4&5),Evans(9) and Smith(19).

 

With the Bomber  victory and Nipawin losing to Melfort Saturday night, the Bombers and Hawks are tied for fifth overall with 72 points. It will now come down to a 1 game showdown at the Whitney Forum Tuesday night to decide fifth spot. The winner plays Notre Dame and the loser will play Melville in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Adam Beukeboom was solid again, and made a lot of big saves especially in the first two periods when the game was still close. He was busy stopping 34 out of 35 Laronge shots and was so fundamentally sound. He has recovered from his six week injury well.

 

It will be interesting to see what lineups Mike Reagan and Doug Johnson decide to go with Tuesday night. I am pretty sure we will see Hofley in net for the Bombers, and I think there is a good chance we could see Nipawin's backup Jesse Fontaine who has not seen a lot of action at all this season.

 

Game time is 7:30, and let's get a big crowd at the Forum and give the players just a small taste of how loud and crazy it will be for the playoffs.

 

 

After the game against Laronge on Saturday, the Bomber organization made their way over to the Legion Hall for the Awards Banquet.

 

Here are the winners:

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial Award- Most Dedicated- Tyson Empey

 

Flin Flon Bomber- Most Popular Player- Michael Knaub

 

Howard Fox Courier- MR Hustle- Austin Evans

 

Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Danys Chartrand

 

Creighton Furniture- Defensive Player Of The Year- Robbie Cameron and Dean Allison

 

Patty Ginnell Memorial- Most Improved- Brayden Lacoursiere

 

Nick Olobdzija- Rookie Of The Year- Brandon Masson

 

Darcy Bancroft- Best Defensemen- Tyler Bell

 

CFAR- Most Valuable Player- Chris Rauckman

 

Royal Bank 3 Star Award- Chris Rauckman

 

George Leel Memorial- Most Points- Chris Rauckman

 

Pat Spiller-Most Goals- Chris Rauckman

 

Chicken Chef- Unsung Hero- Brandon Switzer

 

Coach's Award- Dean Allison

 

 

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The Parker Denture Clinic Bombers were down in Dauphin for one more tune-up tournament to get ready for Provincials.

 

The Bombers went 2-1 in the round robin, scoring 19 goals and only giving up 5.

 

They went on to beat Brandon in the Semi-Final 3-1 and took it to Yorkton beating them 7-0 to win the tournament.

 

Goaltender Peter Ross played very well picking up the shutout and head coach Dan Hotel said his whole team had a great weekend.

 

Next up are Provincials in ST.Pierre Joly in 2 weeks time.

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The 83rd Annual Ladies Bonspiel wrapped up earlier today at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

16 rinks took part and here are the results:

 

A-Event

 

Sue Chrisp over Patty Evans

 

B-Event

 

Dianne Burwash over Robbie Limoges

 

C-Event

 

Kyla Reierson over Terry Kennedy

 

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Flin Flon hosted the Norman AA Pee Wee Playdowns this past weekend at the Sportex, competing in a 3 way round robin with The Pas and Thompson.

 

The Pas finished with a perfect 4-0 record to place first after the round robin. Both Flin Flon and Thompson were 1-3, with Thompson taking second due to a better goal for and against differential.

 

Thompson and The Pas played off in the Final Sunday morning with The Pas beating Thompson 9-2, and will represent the North in Provincials this up coming weekend in Steinbach.

 

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Hapnot and McIsaac hosted JV Basketball  Zones this past weekend.

 

The Queens went 2-1 in the round robin and beat Cross Lake in a thrilling  semi final game 42-40. Hapnot and RD Parker out of Thompson faced off in the final with Thompson winning 50-43 in OT.

 

The Hapnot Kings went 1-2 in the round robin and lost to the Pas 59-30 in the Semi- Final.

 

RD Parker took the Boys Final over The Pas to make it a clean sweep for Thompson, and both teams are off to Provincials.

 

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