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The Norman Northstars in search of their first win of the season will host the Yellowhead Cheifs in a pair of games this weekend in Thompson.

 

Games are Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30.

 

Norman's record stands at 0-11-0-1-0  while Yellowhead is : 5-2-0-0-2.

 

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

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After a day off the Bombers resume their 4 game in 5 night road trip at beautiful Affinity Place in Estevan tonight.

 

If you ever get a chance to watch a game in Estevan I highly reccomend it. It might be the nicest Junior A facility I have ever seen that includes bucket seats, sky boxes and a state of the art score clock complete with replays.

 

Estevan also do the lazer light show before every game and run lots of cool contests. Estevan gets it right and that is why they seem to make money every year, while most other teams would be lucky to just break even.

 

Chances are Mike Reagan is not interested in any of the promotions the Bruins will be running tonight, he just needs to win a hockey game.

 

Coming in to tonight the Bombers are 1-1 on the trip with a thrilling  2-1 shoot out   win over Humboldt on Tuesday and a 5-2 set back to Notre Dame on Wednesday. A bad first period in which the Bombers gave up 4 goals cost them the game against the Hounds.

 

Flin Flon still has a chance to do well on this trip and if they can pick up points tonight and tomorrow, you would think that would really help the confidence level.

 

It won't be easy as the Bombers only have 2 road wins on the season and Estevan only has 1 home loss so far. Saying that the one thing I have come to realize covering this league for the past 18 years is anyone can beat anyone on a given night. When you least expect it teams often surprise you.

 

Entering tonight the Bombers are: 4-8-0-3 and sit in the bottom of the Sherwood Division, 2 points behind Laronge with 2 games in hand.

 

The Bruins are second in the Viterra at : 7-5-0-1, 6 points behind the front running Weyburn Red Wings who the Bombers will face tomorrow.

 

This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams with the Bruins winning the season series last year taking 3 out of 4 games, including both games at the Whitney Forum.

 

Both teams struggle to put the puck in the net with Flin Flon sitting 11th overall with just 43 goals in 15 games, while the Bruins have scored 48 times in 13 games which has them ranked 5th.

 

Estevan has only one player in the top 20 in league scoring which is Darcy Deroose who has 16 points in 11 games. The Bombers do not have a player in the top 20 and their leading scorer is Brandon Switzer who has 15 points in 14 games. Joel Kocur leads the team in goals with 9.

 

Secondary scoring will be huge for both these teams, and someone you don't even expect may step up and be the hero. If you are Mike Reagan the big question is who will start in goal tonight?

 

Brenden Newton was incredible against Humboldt stopping 36 out of 37 Bronco shots on Tuesday, only to be pulled after letting in 3 goals on 8 shots the next night in Wilcox. Robidoux came in and stopped 18 out of 20 shots in relief.

 

My guess is Robidoux will get the call tonight, as he has been able to play pretty well in starts after coming off the bench the game before, but we will have to see.

 

It is a busy night in the SJHL with 10 of the league's 12 teams seeing action including Notre Dame in Melville, Melfort at Nipawin, Battleford at Weyburn and Humboldt at Yorkton.

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The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens are off to Brandon to compete in one of the biggest Volleyball tournaments in Manitoba this weekend, the Neelin Dig.

 

 

The Hapnot Kings will play Grandview, Russell and Sanford on Friday with the Queens playing Rossburn, Brandon and Elton.

 

Playoffs start Saturday and 102.9 CFAR will keep you updated.

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The Norman Northstars dropped all 4 games on their road trip this past weekend and are now winless in their first 12 games this season.

 

Norman dropped a pair to Kenora 6-2 and 7-2, kept it respectable against the Thrashers 4-0 and lost to Interlake 7-2 yesterday.

 

Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless continues to be a bright spot picking up 4 points including 1 goal and 3 assists this weekend. He leads the team in scoring with 9 points in 12 games.

 

The Northstar record now stands at: 0-11-0-1 and will try for their first win this weekend when they host Yellowhead Saturday and Sunday.

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The Flin Flon Bombers once again let a lead slip away on Saturday night. The struggling Mellville Millionaires came into the Whitney Forum and like they did the previous week in their own building, were able to defeat the Bombers.

 

Things started off on the wrong foot for the maroon and white as they gave up a seemingly harmless Cole Filler shot for the first goal of the game in the opening two minutes. The Bombers were able to shake off the early mistake and showed a lot of speed. Brandon Lesko tied things up at 1 a piece at 7:45 of the 1st period.

 

        The Bombers offensive onslaught continued in the second period where Flin Flon got the benefit of some puck luck as Melville netminder Brandon Wells was way out of his net , when a  funny bounce landed on the stick of Josh Hayward who scored an uncontested goal, his first as a Bomber at 12:15.

 

Flin Flon was able to get a lot of traffic in front of the Melville net and take advantage of Wells' lack of rebound control to make it 3-1 thanks to Brandon Switzer's sixth goal of the year.

 

But as had happened many times this season the Bombers were unable to keep a lead. Back to back Flin Flon power plays resulted in back to back Melville shorthanded goals. Speedy Dylan Ostertag made it a one goal game after scoring on a breakaway at 8:24. Melville tied it when they were just trying to clear the puck and it bounced off the glass onto the waiting stick of former Bomber Dalton Menke who scored the equalizer with 3:46 to play.

 

Overtime solved nothing. Mitch Foyle scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Bombers a tough 4-3 defeat. That puts the Bombers at 3-7-0-3 and at the bottom of the Sherwood Division.

 

They will start their first four games in five night road trip of the year starting Tuesday night in Humbolt. Before the game Head coach and GM Mike Reagan informed CFAR of a three way trade that sends Joel Webb to Sherwood Park of the AJHL. In return the Bombers have acquired 19 year old forward Jason Lavalee from the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.

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The Creighton Kodiaks undefeated streak came to an end this past Saturday at the Creighton football field.

 

Hosting their first ever SHSAA playoff game the Kodiaks faced their stiiffest  test to date, the Birch Hills Marauders who play in conference 4.

 

Creighton played hard but came up short losing 63-48 in a back and forth game.

 

The Kodiaks actually led 23-22 at the half, but Birch Hills turned it up in the second half scoring 41 points.

 

Birch Hills running back Gabriel Cook did most of the damage, as the Kodiaks had a tough time shutting down his speed, as he was responsible for a good chunk of their points in the second half.

 

Creighton did score the nicest touchdown of the day on a perfectly executed flee flicker play when QB Blair Pietsch pitched the ball to Williamson,  who then flipped the ball back to Pietsch who fired a 30 yard strike to Chris Reynolds.

 

A great crowd was on hand who made a lot of noise and have been a tremendous driving force behind this team the past 2 seasons.

 

Head coach Ryan Karakochuk was disappointed in losing their first game but commended his players on playing hard and battling all afternoon.

 

Creighton's season now comes to an end and have an all time record of 12-1.

 

I will have more later this week.

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After a 6 day break the Flin Flon Bombers return to action with a pair of games this weekend at the Whitney Forum.

 

First up Friday night is the much improved Weyburn Red Wings, who come to town with the best record in the Viterra Division at 9-3-1.  The Wings dropped a 5-2 decision in Laronge on Wednesday and are very stingy in goals against.

 

Weyburn sits third in the league in goals against, only giving up 31 in 13 games played. Melfort and Notre Dame are the only teams that have given up less.

 

This will be the first meeting of the season with the Wings taking 3 out of 4 against the Bombers last year. Jack Burgart is considered one of the best goalies in the league and is on an impressive run at 7-2-1 with a gaa of 2.28 and a sav% of .925. He sits second behind Notre Dame's Alexi Thibaudeau.

 

Melville comes to town Saturday last in the Viterra and overall at 2-10, although one of their wins came against the Bombers last Saturday. The Mills have scored the least amount of goals in the league at 32 and given up the second most at 61.

 

The Mills are starting to score more with 10 in their last 2 games.

 

The Bombers are trying to turn the corner, winning 2 out of their last 3 and their top line of Switzer, Kocur and Smith continue to lead the way offensively.

 

These 3 have 16 of the team's 35 goals and Kocur has really caught fire scoring 7 goals in his last 7 games to take over the team lead.

 

Flin Flon has also made a decision surrounding their goal- tending in trading 19 year old Connor Slip to the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL.

 

Mike Reagan said it was a tough trade with Connor being so good in the room and around the team, but wants to give him a chance to play.

 

Slipp should get a good chance with Winkler's no.1 goalie going down with an injury.

 

102.9 CFAR will have the broadcast of Saturday's game including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

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The Norman Northstars hit the road tonight in search of their first win of the season.

 

Norman will play in Kenora tonight and tomorrow,  a stop in Winnipeg against the Thrashers Saturday and Interlake Sunday.

 

The Northstars are 0-7-0-1 to start the season giving up 57 goals and only scoring 16.

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It is official,  the Creighton Kodiaks will host the Birch Hills Marauders in their very first Provincial Playoff game this Saturday.

 

The Kodiaks fresh off their second straight Ralph Pilz Trophy should get their toughest test to date, with the Marauders who compete against bigger schools in Conference 4.

 

Birch Hills is 4-2 on the season and went into Shellbrook and beat them a couple weekends ago to qualify for this game.

 

Creighton is 12-0 lifetime and did not give up a single point to Churchill last weekend in defense of their second straight Northern Saskatchewan Football title.

 

Ryan Karakochuk says he feels his team will stack up very well. " This is a special game for us, we get one more crack at home and I expect a big crowd. For  Birch Hills we are going to show them we have a strong program here and a legacy we hope to build. Whether we win or not we are going to give them a battle. They are going to know how good our football program is after this game."

 

Jordan Panagabko feels the fact that they had a close game with Churchill this past weekend will help his team. " Winning by 30 or 40 points is nice, but you don't put up a fight like you need to and our defense played so good, it really pumped us up."

 

All the festivities will get underway with a tailgate party starting at 2 including free hotdogs and drinks. Kick-off is at 3 and there will be an admission of $5.00 for adults and$3.00 for students. SHSAA requires that Creighton charge an admission. With admission you will receive a chance to win a Kodiaks hoodie.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have full results.

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The Flin Flon Bombers were on the road in Yorkton and Melville this past weekend and managed to pick up their first road win Friday coming from behind.

 

Down 3-1 late in the second the Bombers scored twice to tie it on goals from Kocur his 6th and Knaub his first.

 

The Bombers dominated the third out shooting the Terriers 16-7 but could not get the game winner and it remained tied in the third and through OT.

 

Curtis Roach was the hero Friday when he scored the winner in the 5th round of the shoot out to give the Bombers the much needed win. Not only is this the Bombers first shoot out win of the season, Roach is the first Bomber to score in a shoot out this year.

 

With the win Friday, you thought the boys would be pretty fired up in Melville the next night, but the Bombers found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-4 score.

 

Both teams came out firing scoring 5 goals in the first, with Melville up 3-2.

 

Bomber goals coming from Millar and Leonidas their first of the season, with Melville goals from: Bear, Predinchuk and Tesarowski.

 

Melville scored 2 more in the second to take a 5-2 lead after 2 on goals from Predinchuk his second of the night and Mack.

 

Flin Flon would make it interesting in the third when Kocur would score a pair of power play goals his 7th and 8th of the season, but the Mills would get a late power play goal of their own to pull it out 6-4.

 

After the weekend the Bomber record stands at 3-6-0-2, 8 points,  1up on Laronge for third in the Sherwood Division with 3 games in hand.

 

The Bombers are 11 points behind second place Nipawin and 12 behind the front running Melfort Mustangs.

 

Next action is this weekend when the Bombers host the much improved Weyburn Red Wings Friday night and the rematch with Melville Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast Saturday.

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The Creighton Kodiaks travelled to Prince Albert this past Saturday and defeated the Churchill Chargers out of Laronge to capture their second straight Ralph Pilz trophy.

 

A 28 yard Dean Rainville field goal is all the offense the Kodiaks would need as they would  also add a second half Chris Reynolds touchdown to pick up the 9-0 victory.

 

Raiville kicked the field goal late in the first quarter and that would be the only scoring play until Reynolds took the handoff from Pietsch with just over 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

It was a battle of the defense's with neither team able to get a pass attack going. The Kodiaks who normally win the turn over battle lost the ball 3 times while Churchill turned it over 5 times.

 

Neither defense allowed a completed pass for more than 15 yards.

 

It was a perfect day weather wize  in Prince Albert with lots of fans from Creighton and Flin Flon making the trip to watch the Kodiaks remain undefeated and pick up their second straight Northern Saskatchewan Championship.

 

This is what head coach Ryan Karakochuk had to say after his team's victory on Saturday.

 

" That was a hard one, a battle right til the end. Our defense played awesome and we just shut them down. Our offense kept grinding it out and then Chris ran that one back at the end to give us a 9-0 lead, it felt really good. I believe our defense is the best in the North and that is what is going to keep us going."

 

Chris Reynolds talks about his touchdown.

 

" There was a fake pitch to Brandon Van Meer and I was out there to take the hand off and I was hoping to get the first down, wasn't expecting to score, but I broke free and went all the way."

 

The Kodiaks will now compete against the rest of the province and are expected to host Birch Hills this weekend. We will confirm that later this week.

 

Congratulations to all the coach's Ryan Karakochuk, Jason Straille,John Clark,Ryan Biberdorf, Chad Trumbley and Riley Reynolds and all the players for another season to remember.

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The High School Soccer season came to a close this weekend in Steinbach.

 

Both the Hapnot Kings and Queens represented the North and had their best showing ever at Provincials.

 

The Kings finished 4th overall with a 2-1 win over Altona followed by a 8-0 loss to Steinbach and a 3-0 loss

to Niverville in the Bronze Medal game.

 

The Queens finished 6th in the province beating Winkler 3-0, losing to Minnedosa 3-1 and lost to Dauphin 3-0 in Consolation final.

 

It was a very good season capped off with the Queens 10th straight Zone title and the Kings 9th Zone title in the last 10 years.

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It will be the Creighton Kodiaks against the Churchill Chargers out of Laronge for the Ralph Pilz trophy this Saturday.

 

The game will take place at Max Clunie Field  in Price Albert 4 PM MB time and broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com to determine the champions of the Northern Saskatchewan 6 man Football league.

 

The Kodiaks are the defending champs after defeating Pinehouse in the final last year.

 

Creighton will enter the game 4-0 this season while Churchill is 2-2.

 

This will be the second meeting of the season with the Kodiaks pulling out a 46-27 win at the Creighton field on October the 1st. The Kodiaks actually trailed at the half for the first time in their history and came out in the second half and reeled off 31 straight points to take the game.

 

Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk says his team is looking forward to the opportunity.

 

"It is a big weekend ahead of us as we play for the Northern Championship in Prince Albert. What it means is if we win we get to host our first ever provincial game and we get to win the North. That is very important to us to get the Ralph Pilz Trophy for the second straight year and that is what we really want. To get a home provincial game is a nice bonus. We know what is ahead of us but we just want to focus on this game.

 

Don't forget to catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR this Saturday for our first ever broadcast of high school football.

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens are off to Steinbach to represent the North in soccer Provincials this weekend.

 

The Hapnot Queens play their first game Friday against the defending Provincial champs from Winkler starting at 9am. If they win they will play Friday at 2:30.

 

The Kings play their first game Friday at 12:30 against Altona. If they win they won't play again til Saturday at 11.

 

You can follow all the action at mhsaa.com and keep listening to 102.9 CFAR for details throughout the weekend.

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The SR Hapnot Kings Volleyball team remain undefeated on the season after another perfect weekend in Swan River.

 

The Kings went 6-0 in the round robin and beat Thompson in the final.

 

The Queens went 4-2 in the round robin, losing to Thompson in the semis and then to Swan River for third.

 

Hapnot hosted a JV volleyball tournament and the Hapnot boys and girls both won the tournament beating Swan River in the final.

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The Norman Northstars are still searching for their first victory of the season after being swept by the Brandon Wheat Kings this past weekend.

 

The Wheat Kings beat Norman by scores of 5-0 and 7-2. Flin Flon's Jeremy Dutcawich stopped 20 out of 27 Brandon shots on Sunday.

 

Norman's record will slip to 0-4-0-1 and they hit the road for 3 games starting Friday in Central Plains.

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The Flin Flon Bombers shook off a 5-2 loss the night before and came out with a solid 2-1 win on Saturday over the Kindersley Klippers.

 

I didn't think  the Bombers played that bad on Friday, but are not getting a lot of puck luck so far in the young SJ season,  and have scored only 28 goals in 9 games with 8 coming in the win over Battleford a week ago Saturday.

 

Only Humboldt , Melville and Notre Dame have scored less.Saying that the Broncos and Hounds both have more points than the Bombers, so keeping the puck out of your net is also important.

 

Zac Robidoux was a big part of the story on Saturday as he was able to stop 23 out of 24 Klipper shots for his first career SJHL victory. Robidoux comes to the Bombers and the SJHL with a big resume after spending time in the WHL and winning a  National Championship last spring with the Portage Terriers.

 

I know there are big expectations for Robidoux, who is expected to stop everything, but the plain and simple truith is he hasn't been that bad. Robidoux is getting better and more comfortable with his new team and league and doesn't get a lot of offensive support.

 

The Bombers have scored more than 3 goals only twice in the 7 games he has played. I think he will be just fine. He was able to gain some confidence coming in for Connor Slip on Friday and stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period. I asked Mike Reagan if he thought he would be able to carry that over

for Saturday and he thought he would , and Reagan was right.

 

The only puck to beat Robidoux was a break away by Bricker late in the second period.

 

 

It was nice to see Bomber captain Tyson Empey score his second of the season , when he parked himself in front of goaltender Nathan Hargrave to collect his second of the season. Empey works hard every game and hasn't been rewarded for his hard work near enough. Maybe this will turn his season around.

 

With the game tied at 1 going into the third period, it was veteran Joel Kocur scoring the game winner at 6:46 when he broke in alone to beat Hargrave five hole. It was Kocur's 5th of the season which has him tied with Brandon Switzer for the team lead.

 

The top line of Switzer, Kocur and Smith have been good scoring 13 of the teams 28 goals.It is the secondary scoring that will have to get better for Flin Flon to start vaulting up the standings. 12 Bombers are still looking for their first goal of the season.

 

This is an important win which will help the Bombers keep pace with Laronge who upset Melfort Friday night for their third win of the season. Flin Flon remains 1 point behind Laronge for third in the Sherwood Division with a game in hand and a record of : 2-5-0-2.

 

The Bombers will focus their attention on Melville and Yorkton as they travel there for a pair of games on the weekend. Both Friday and Saturday's games will be on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show 8:15 both nights.

 

This should be some great hockey with all these teams playing desperate and trying to turn their seasons around. Melville has only 1 win with the Bombers picking up 2 and Yorkton with 3, 2 at the expense of Melville. A very good opportunity for the Bombers to move up the standings , so don't forget to listen in.

 

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum to host the Kindersley Klippers in a pair of games this weekend.

 

The Bombers are winless in their last two games after dropping a 3-2 shootout to Weyburn and a 4-3 set back to Notre Dame at the Show Case.

 

Flin Flon sits with a record of 1-4-0-2, 1 point behind Laronge for third in the Sherwood Division.

 

Kindersley split a pair of games at the Show Case and are 4-3, sit third in the Finning Division just 1 point behind Notre Dame for second.

 

There are 2 Bombers in the top 20 in league scoring including Brandon Switzer and Alex Smith who both have 10 points. The top Klipper point getters are Cody Young and Carson Pickett who both have 7 points.

 

Both these teams stack up very evenly with the Bombers scoring 24 times and giving up 28 in 7 games. Kindersley have scored 25 and given up 28.

 

This is the first meeting of the season and there should be a great atmosphere with it being Thanksgiving weekend and hopefully a lot of students in attendance seeing their first Bomber game of the season. It is also parents weekend.

 

Our broadcast schedule has us doing tomorrow night's game but we have moved it to tonight due to a scheduling conflict. Join us for all the action including the Murray GM Coach's Show starting at 7:15 play by play at 7:30.

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Hapnot will be hosting the Kick The Cancer JV Volleyball Tournament this weekend at Hapnot and McIsaac.

 

In the Girls bracket there will be two teams from Hapnot, 2 from Creighton, The Pas and Swan River.

 

In the Boys bracket there are teams from Hapnot, Creighton and Swan River.

 

Action starts Friday afternoon at 4:15, with the Boys Final Saturday at 4:30 and the Girls Final at 5:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers not only hit the win column for the first time Saturday, but looked very impressive doing it.

 

Flin Flon hit the score sheet 8 times en route to an 8-4 win over the top team in the league, the Battleford North Stars.

 

Battleford came to town with a 6-1 record and fresh off a 2-1 OT win in Nipawin the night before.

 

Despite giving up the first goal of the game, the Bombers were rewarded for their hard work and led 3-1 after 1.

 

Goals came from Switzer his team leading 4th, Kocur his second and Marzec his first.

 

The teams traded goals in the second with McMillen scoring for Battleford and Smith replying for Flin Flon, to give the Bombers a 4-2 lead after 2.

 

The Stars made it interesting in the third when Buziak scored a short handed goal to make it 4-3 early in the frame. The Bombers responded with Reitmeier connecting on a nice pass from Knaub to restore the two goal lead.

 

Battleford would draw within one for the final time when veteran Igor Leonenko scored at the 8:41 mark. The Bombers didn't panic and were determined not to let this one slip away by scoring 3 unanswered to take it 8-4.

 

Third period markers came from Lesko, ST.Onge and Switzer potted his second of the night and 5th of the year.

 

Some nice stories from this game with 4 Bombers picking up their first goal of the season including Lesko, Reitmeier, Marzek and St.Onge.

 

Flin Flon also started 18 year old Brenden Newton in goal and he stopped 39 out of 43 shots for his first junior hockey victory. Mike Reagan hinted that he might try someone else in goal after going with Zac Robidoux the first 4 games.

 

Defenseman Joseph Leonidas made his debut and was impressive with the way he rushed the puck and jumped right into the play. You could tell he has junior experiance and didn't seem out of place at all for his first game of the season.

 

Leonidas has played with both Whitecourt and Drayton Valley of the AJHL and has also played some games in the US. Reagan was very happy with how he fit in and looks like a nice replacement for Webb, who is back in Alberta awaiting a trade.

 

The Bomber record stands at: 1-3-0-1and are fourth in the Sherwood Division 2 points behind Laronge with 2 games in hand.

 

The SJHL Showcase is underway in Warmen and the Bombers will suit up against Weyburn later today at 5:30 and Notre Dame tomorrow at 3.

 

Next broadcast on 102.9 CFAR is this Friday against Kindersley and former team mate Austin Calladine. We hit the air at 7:15 with the Murray GM Coach's Show and play by play at 7:30.

 

Should be a great atmosphere with it being parents weekend.

 

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The Norman Northstars wrapped up a 3 game road trip yesterday with a tough loss against Interlake.

 

Norman led the game 3-1 and ended up losing 4-3 in ot. Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau scored a goal with an assist coming from Ethan Stuckless.

 

 

The Northstars also dropped an 8-0 game to the Thrashers and lost 9-3 to Eastman.

 

Next action for Norman will be this weekend when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings for home opener weekend Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens domination of high school soccer continued this weekend in Thompson for Zones.

 

The Queens were perfect beating Cross Lake, Thompson, The Pas and Norway House, while the Kings beat Cross Lake, Shomoniwin and Sapotaweyak.

 

Both the Kings and Queens would face Thompson in the final for the Zone crown. The Queens won a thriller 1-0 and the Kings won 4-0.

 

This is the 10th straight title for the Queens and 8th straight for the Kings.

 

The Creighton Kodiaks SR girls were in Canora for volleyball and went 8-2 to finish second, while the boys went 6-2 to finish second in Nipawin.

 

 

 

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The Norman Northstars kick off the 2015-16 season tonight with their first of 3 on the road to start the Manitoba Midget AAA League.

 

Norman will play in Winnipeg against the Thrashers tonight, play Eastman tomorrow and wrap up the road trip Sunday in Interlake.

 

 

There are three players from Flin Flon on this year's team, forwards Ethan Stuckless,Tristan Galarneau and goalie Jeremy Dutcawich.

 

 

Home opener is the following weekend when the Brandon Wheat Kings come to Thompson for games Saturday and Sunday.

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The Creighton Kodiaks clinched first place for the second straight season in the Northern Saskatchewan Football League, but it wasn't easy.

 

For the first time in their brief but successful history, the Kodiaks trailed a game at half time.

 

The Churchill Chargers out of Laronge who are used to playing in a bigger and tougher division came to Creighton field, scored on their opening possession and took a 26-20 lead into the half. Laronge were able to get their running game going and also scored a nice touchdown when Chase Woods took a kickoff back for a touchdown.

 

Good teams make adjustments and that is exactly what the Kodiaks did coming out in the second half, scoring on their first 2 possessions and holding Churchill to only one touchdown which came in the last minute of the game.

 

The kodiaks also forced a couple of fumbles and did not allow Churchill to get anything going offensively.

 

Final score Creighton Kodiaks 46- Churchill Chargers- 27.

 

Creighton scored 26 points in the second half before Churchill responded with a late touchdown.

 

This is what head Coach Ryan Karakochuk had to say about trailing at a half for the first time:

 

"It was different, it was quiet on the sidelines and guys were starting to point fingers. We had to get to half time, get back to Creighton football and realize why we are so good and start doing the things that make us good. I thought we adjusted well, I think the guys responded well and they were also upset with how they played in the first half."

 

The Kodiaks will move on to play  at Max Clunie Field in Prince Albert for the second straight year and will get a chance to defend their Ralph Pilz Trophy. The game will take place October the 17th.

 

Kodiak touchdowns came from Tyler Williamson who had 3, Chris Reynolds 2 and Dean Rainville 1.

 

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The Hapnot Kings and Queens are off to Thompson to defend their Senior Soccer Zone title this weekend.

 

Both the Kings and Queens have dominated the sport in Northern Manitoba taking banners in 9 out of the last 10 years.

 

Here are the respective schedules:

 

The Queens will play Cross Lake Friday at 12:30, and Thompson at 3:30.

 

Saturday they take on Norway House at 11 and The Pas at 2.

 

The Kings play Friday at 11 against Shomoniwin, and 5 PM against Sapotaweyak

 

Saturday Cross Lake at 11.

 

 

Playoffs will start Saturday at 3:30.

 

Listen to 102.9 CFAR for details all weekend.

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