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The Flin Flon Bombers were looking to keep the momentum going after a big 3-2 win over Estevan Thursday, when they hosted the Hounds Friday.

 

Notre Dame came to town beating the Bombers twice earlier this season and had a nice comeback win over Laronge the night before.

 

The injury riddled Ian Williams opened the scoring with his 8th of the season at 9:55 of the first period. This was the only goal of the opening period, to give the Hounds a 1-0 lead after 1.

 

Notre Dame jumped out 2-0 when Werle scored at the 4:11 mark. Joseph Leonidas got the Bombers on the board when he scored on the pp at 11:09. 2-1 Hounds after 2.

 

Joel Kocur tied the game early in the third with his 15th of the year, but Dahlgren scored less than 2 minutes later and Notre Dame retook the lead 3-2.

 

Once again the Bombers tied it when Lavallee scored his fourth at 16:58. It looked like the game was headed to OT, but Flaman was left alone at the side of the Bomber goal and shovelled a loose puck underneath Zac Robidoux to put the Hounds up 4-3 with less than 2 minutes remaining.

 

Flin Flon pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, but could not get any more pucks past Alexi Thibadeau, who was great and the best player on the ice this night.

 

I was very impressed with Notre Dame, who score by committee and don't have a single player in the top 20 in league scoring. They are very quick and break out of their own end very well, and very rarely turn the puck over. They are going to be a force again this season.

 

The Bombers drop below .500 and sit at 11-12-0-4 and are now 5 points behind Laronge for third in the Sherwood Division.

 

Notre Dame  improve to 13-11-2-1 and have leap frogged Kindersley for second in the Finning Division. They are 16 points behind front running Battleford.

 

Flin Flon will enjoy a few days off before getting ready to host Nipawin and Estevan this weekend, Friday and Saturday with both games broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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The Norman Northstars were able to erupt for another impressive offensive weekend en route to their third win of the season.

 

Norman took it to Kenora 8-3 Saturday night at the C.A.Nesbit Arena. Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau picked up 1 assist for his 13th point of the season.

 

Unfortunately Norman couldn't follow that up with a win on Sunday and they lost the rematch 3-2.

 

The Northstar record now stands at: 3-19-0-1, and will hit the road for a 3 game road trip starting Friday in Brandon.

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The Creighton Kodiak SR Boys wrapped up their volleyball season this weekend in La Loche.

 

Creighton came into Provincials ranked second and went 4-6 against La Loche, Fort Qu'appelle, Melville and Outlook.

 

They dropped both sets to Melfort in the playoff round, but still had one of their most successful seasons to date.

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The Hapnot SR Kings wrapped up the volleyball season with a very good showing at Provincials in Swan River.

 

The Kings beat Calvin Christian, Altona and Swan River in the round robin, with their only loss coming to Louis Riel.

 

They finished second in their pool and took on Dauphin in the playoffs, losing a tough one in 3 sets.

 

Overall they finished 8-6.

 

The Queens were very competitive losing to Westgate, Virden and Linden Christian. They ended things on a positive note beating Moreden in their final round robin game. The Queens did not qualify for Provincials.

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The Flin Flon Bombers got back on the winning track with a hard fought 3-2 win over Estevan last night.

 

Flin Flon had a sluggish first period and trailed 1-0 after 1, when Fletcher pocketed his 3rd of the season to open things up at 7:48.

 

The Bombers came alive in the second and fired 12 shots at Tyler Fuhr, beating him 3 times on goals from Reitmeier (6) and a pair from Brandon Switzer who now has 14 on the season.

 

Both of Switzer's goals were identical as he was able to pick up a couple of nice passes from Alex Smith and go back door to dazzle the crowd.

 

Switzer had to say this about the win last night. " Any time you lose against Laronge it is tough, but I think tonight was a big game with Estevan having such a skilled club, for myself it is finding areas to score and Smitty and Kocur do such a great job setting me up. Credit to them and hopefully we can keep it going."

 

The Bombers took a 3-1 lead into the third  period and had some good chances to bury the Bruins, but Estevan were able to hang around and made it a 1 goal game when Pastachak picked up his 13th at 10:55.

 

Estevan got a late power-play and also pulled their goalie but they could not put another puck past Zac Robidoux who picked up his 9th victory of the season.

 

Robidoux stopped 40 out of 42 Estevan shots and continues to be one of the best players for his team down the stretch.

 

Flin Flon is back at .500 at 11-11-0-4 and have moved to within 4 points of Nipawin for third in the Sherwood Division. The Bombers have won 5 of their last 6 and are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10.

 

Now the Bombers will focus their attention on Notre Dame who come to town tonight and will play the Bombers for the third time this season.

 

The Hounds have beaten Flin Flon twice,  4-3 at the Showcase October the 6th and 5-2 in Notre Dame on October the 28th. They also took down the red hot Ice Wolves in a shoot out last night.

 

Notre Dame sits third in the Finning Division with 26 points, just 1 point behind second place Kindersley.

 

Game time tonight at the Whitney Forum is 7:30.

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The Laronge Ice Wolves were able to capitalize on their opportunities and doubled up on the Flin Flon Bombers 6-3 last night at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

 

The Wolves scored 2 quick goals from Jakubowski and Blaquiere before the game was even 4 minutes old.

 

On a delayed penalty Alex Smith continued his torrid pace and fired home a nice one timer for his team leading 15th of the year, to get the Bombers on the board with only 8 seconds remaining in the period at 2-1 after 1.

 

Creighton's Brendan Barron restored the two goal lead when he took an errant Bomber pass at the blue line and skated down the ice to flip a back hand past Zac Robidoux. Barron has 10 points in 10 games since the trade with OCN.

 

Flin Flon responded with Brandon Switzer scoring  a nice goal, firing a low wrist shot past Kris Joyce to make it a 1 goal game again at 3-2.

 

A late powerplay goal by Shattler preserved the 2 goal lead with Laronge heading into the locker room 4-2 after 2.

 

Kristian ST.Onge scored 34 seconds into the third to give the Bomber life at 4-3, but they  couldn't get any closer.

 

Painchaud scored a couple of insurance goals, 1 into the empyty net as Laronge picked up their 7th straight win 6-3. The Ice Wolves have the second best home record in the league at 10-2-1. Melfort is 10-0 at the Northern Lights palace. Laronge is also unbeaten in their last 12.

 

The loss snaps the Bombers 4 game win streak as they prepare for 2 home games this Thursday and Friday against Estevan and Notre Dame. Flin Flon will now play 6 straight at the Whitney Forum before heading out for a 4 game in 5 night road trip starting December the 16th to close out 2015.

 

Flin Flon will drop 1 game below .500 and sit 10-11-0-4, 24 points, 6 behind Laronge and Nipawin. The Bombers have a game in hand on both teams.

 

One of the bright spots in last night's game was Curtis Roach. Roach in my opinion was one of the best  players on the ice and was good at both ends of the rink,  and was very effective jumping into the play at the right time. He plays with an edge and does a nice job keeping it under control and stays out of the penalty box.

 

The line of ST.Onge, Reitmeier and Wilson were also very good and got lots of chances all night. This line hit everything  in sight and opened up a lot of room for them selves, running over Ice Wolves. Mike Reagan was very impressed with their play and we should see plenty of them this weekend.

 

Our next broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will be next Friday December the 4th against Nipawin.

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The Creighton SR Kodiaks were in Birch Hills for Volleyball Regionals this past weekend.

 

Creighton went 3-0 in the round robin and ended up losing in the final to finish second overall and qualify for Provincials.

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The Norman Northstars broke out in a big way on the weekend scoring 11 goals and powering to their second win of the season.

 

Norman took it to Pembina Valley 6-1 Saturday and blew a 3 goal lead in losing 6-5 Sunday.

 

Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists over the weekend.

 

With Saturday's win Norman improves to 2-18-0-1 and will host Kenora this weekend.

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It is a weekend the Flin Flon Bombers will not forget as they took all  4 points against the top team in the SJHL, the Battleford Stars.

 

Fresh off a 5-4 OT win on Friday,  the Bombers picked up a solid 5-2 win Saturday.

 

Recently acquired Jason Lavalle scored his second in as many nights and third of the season to open things up at the 14:36 mark of the opening period.

 

Brandon Switzer made it 2-0 late in the first to send the Bombers to the locker room 2-0 after 1.

 

Joel Kocur banged home his 14th of the season to put the Bombers up 3-0 early in the second before Reed Delainey beat the buzzer with only 1 second left in the second to get the Stars on the board 3-1 after 2.

 

Alex Smith electrified the crowd when he scored on a penalty shot early in the third to preserve the 3 goal lead and make it 4-1 on his 14th, tieing Joel Kocur for the team lead.

 

Battleford pulled the goalie and made it 4-2 when Connor Sych, blasted a point shot past Zac Robidoux with just over 5 minutes remaining.

 

The Stars kept battling but Brandon Switzer was able to seal the deal , when he flipped the puck into the empty net with less than a minute remaining in the game to make the final 5-2. This was Switzer's second of the night and 11th of the year.

 

Flin Flon is on a roll, winning their fourth game in a row and are back at.500 with a record of: 10-10-0-4. The Bombers are also, 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games.

 

Battleford have only lost 6 games in regulation and 2 have come courtesy of the Bombers. Flin Flon is a perfect 3-0 against the Stars this season. The next 3 meetings will be in Battleford.

 

Alex Smith remains red hot picking up 6 points in the last 2 games and leads the Bombers in points with 28 in 24 games. He sits 10th overall in league scoring. Zac Robidoux is also making people stand up and take notice as he continues to pad his stats with a 2.69 gaa and a save % of .920.

 

Robidoux is 5-0-1 in his last 6 starts and is 8-5 on the season, and is one of the biggest reasons the Bombers have turned their season around.

 

Next up for Flin Flon will be the red hot Laronge Ice Wolves on Tuesday at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

 

Laronge is 10-0-0-1 in their last 11 and haven't lost a game since the middle of October. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams with the Ice Wolves leading the Bombers by 4 points for third in the Sherwood Division. The Bombers have 1 game in hand.

 

Join 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com for all the action including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 6:45 and play by play at 7.

 

 

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For the first time in over a decade Northern Manitoba hosted a Provincial high school sporting event.

 

Flin Flon and the Pas hosted JV Provincial Volleyball.

 

The girls games took place in Flin Flon with the Kopper Queens going 1-3 in the round robin before losing in the playoffs to Neelin out of Brandon. Neelin went on to beat Westgate in the final.

 

The boys bracket took place in the Pas and the Kopper Kings went 1-2 in the round robin before losing in the playoffs to Altona. Linden Christian beat Calvin Christian in the final.

 

Hats off to the organizing committees on organizing and running a very smooth tournament.

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Fresh off a 4-0 win Tuesday against Nipawin, the Flin Flon Bombers will host the top team in the SJHL, the Battleford Stars in a pair of games this weekend.

 

Battleford comes to town with a record of : 18-5-0-2, good for 38 points, 5 more than the Melfort Mustangs for first overall. They are also unbeaten in their last 5.

 

 

The Bombers are playing better and are: 5-3-0-2 in their last ten. 8-10-0-4 overall and trail the red hot Laronge Ice Wolves by 6 points for third in the Sherwood. Flin Flon does have 2 games in hand.

 

Battleford scores a ton of goals and enter this weekend with 103 in 25 games and are by far the most explosive team in this league. They are the only team in the SJHL with more than 100 goals for so far this year,  and have scored 23 goals more than the second best offensive club Melfort.

 

The Stars have 4 players in the top 7 in league scoring,  Layne Young with 35 points, Igor Leonenko 31 points, Jake McMillen with 29 and Dustin Gorgi with 28.

 

They are also good defensively only giving up 66 goals, which has them ranked fourth overall.

 

Flin Flon comes into the weekend with only 67 goals scored, which has them 11th out of 12 in  goals for. Only Melville has scored less. Their goals against is very strong though  giving up 71 in 22 games which has them sitting 5th overall.

 

The trio of Switzer, Kocur and Smith continue to be the top  offensive producers for the Bombers and were instrumental in the win over Nipawin on Tuesday. They combined for 6 points in the 4-0 victory.

 

Smith and Kocur are both in the top 20 in league scoring. Smith has 25 points in 22 games and Kocur has 23 points in 21 games. Switzer would be in the top 20, but missed 4 games due to injury but seems to be back on track.

 

Mike Reagan feels confident that they will start to see some secondary  scoring with the recent additions of Jason Lavallee and Pierre-Luc Morin.

 

Tonight will be the second meeting of the season with the Bombers taking the first game 8-4 back on October the 3rd. Brenden Newton was in goal picking up his first career SJHL win that night.

 

No broadcast tonight, but we will have tomorrow's game with the usual Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

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For the first time in more than 10 years , Northern Manitoba will host a provincial high school event.

 

Provincial JV Volleyball will take place in both Flin Flon and The Pas.

 

The Girls games will take place in Flin Flon at Hapnot and Mcisaac.

 

The Kopper Queens are ranked sixth in the Province and play Beliveau today at 11, and St.Boniface at 2.

 

Friday they play Virden at 1 and the Wildcard represenitive at 3. Playoffs start Saturday at 9.

 

The boys games take place in The Pas and the Kopper Kings are also ranked 6th and play Louis Riel today at 4, and Linden Christian tomorrow at 3 and Swan Valley at 5.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9.

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The Flin Flon Bombers put in a gritty effort and picked up their biggest win  of the season in the process, going into Nipawin and shutting out the Hawks 4-0 last night.

 

I was mentioning to Mike Reagan on the CFAR Post Game Show  last night that this is the first time I can remember a Bomber team going into Nipawin and pitching a shut out.

 

Flin Flon out hit, out worked the Hawks  and capitalized on their opportunities en route to their 8th win of the season.

 

The red hot Alex Smith opened up the scoring at 14:04 of the second period, in what turned out to be the winning goal.

 

The Bombers had just killed 3 consecutive Hawk powerplays and Smith took a pass from Kocur and wired it top shelf to beat Kristian Stead. It is Smith's team leading 13th of the year, to go along with 2 assists to give him 25 points on the season.

 

Other Bomber goals came from: St.Onge (3), Kocur (12) and Switzer(9).

 

Flin Flon's penalty killing was awesome, stopping all 9 Hawk powerplay chances and scoring a short handed goal as well. Switzer scored the prettiest goal of the night when he took a picture perfect pass from Mason Etter, and put it perfectly right underneath the cross bar.

 

This made it 3-0 and really put the Bombers in command of the game.

 

With the win the Bombers improve to: 8-10-0-4 and are 4 points behind the red hot Ice Wolves who are unbeaten in their last 9. These two will meet for the first time this season next Tuesday in Laronge.

 

The Bombers will now focus their attention on the league leading Battleford North Stars who come to town for a pair of games this weekend. Flin Flon picked up their first win of the season blasting the Stars 8-4 back on October the 3rd. So you know that will be on the Stars mind when they come to the Whitney Forum for the final time Friday and Saturday.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast Saturday.

 

The Bombers made some moves these past few days. 

 

First they acquired 1995 born defenseman Pierre-Luc Morin (Ste-Helene-de-Kamouraska, QC) from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.  Morin suited up for 11 games with the Thunder picking up two assists.  The 6’0, 180 pounder was teammates with newly acquired Jason Lavallee with the Sorel-Tracy Rebelles of the Quebec College Hockey League where he played three seasons totaling 46 points (9g, 37a) in 100 games.

 

Next the Bombers moved 1996 born Jason Cohan (North Vancouver, BC) to the Winkler Flyers of the MJH L in exchange for a Player Development Fee.  Cohan split last season between the Tri-Town Thunder of the PJHL and the Bombers where he had three assists in 19 games along with14 penalty minutes for Flin Flon.  This year he had another three assists in 16 games along with 39 penalty minutes.

 

Cohan will join former Bomber goalie Connor Slipp who was traded to Winkler late last month.

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The Norman Northstars dropped 3 more games on the road this past weekend.

 

It started with a tough 3-2 loss to Central Plains on Friday, 12-1 defeat at the hands of Eastman, and a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Wild yesterday.

 

Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau was one of the bright spots with a goal and an assist in the 3 games.

 

Norman remains winless on the road and fall to 1-17-0-1 on the season and return to Thompson to host Pembina Valley this weekend.

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For the second year in a row and only the second time in history, Hapnot has swept Volleyball Zones in the North.

 

The JV'S took both banners in Norway House November the 6th and 7th, and this weekend the SR teams took both banners in Thompson.

 

The Hapnot Kings went undefeated on the weekend beating Thompson 25-10 and 25-7 in the final.

 

The Queens split in the round robin, beat The Pas in the semi's and also beat Thompson in the Final 25-23 and 26-24.

 

Both teams qualify for Provincials in Swan River in 2 weeks.

 

 

It was a great  showing  for the Creighton Senior Kodiak Boys in Melfort this past weekend.

 

The Kodiaks went undefeated in the round robin and beat La Loche in the semis.

 

Unfortunately they came up a little short to Melfort in the Final and finished second.

 

Creighton will now focus their attention on Birch Hills this weekend for Regionals.

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The Creighton Kodiaks Football team handed out their awards tonight at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

A big thanks to Rockyview on preparing a delicious meal and congratulations to the coach's Ryan Karakochuk, Jason Straile, and Chad Trumbley on organizing a great night.

 

Here are the award winners:

 

Rookie Of The Year- Bailey Eastman

 

Special Teams Player Of The Year- Chris Reynolds

 

Most Improved- Tyler Williamson

 

Most Dedicated- Tristan Stomp

 

Offensive Warrior- Jordan Panagabko

 

Defensive Warrior- Brennan Van Meer

 

Top Defensive- Randy Nowlin

 

Top Offensive- Blair Pietsch

 

Leadership Award- Dean Rainville.

 

Good luck to the 11 graduating players- Blair Pietsch, Chris Reynolds, John Gardiner, Jordan Panagabko, Tyler Williamson, Josh Nowlin, Dean Rainville, Brennan Van Meer,Randy Nowlin, Willy Thompson and Brett Smith.

 

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers travel to the Elgar Peterson Arena to battle the Humboldt Broncos for the third time this season.

 

The season series is tied at 1-1 with the Bombers beating the Broncos in a shoot out the last time they played in Humboldt October the 27th. The shoot out went 12 rounds before Michael Knaub scored the winner.

 

Flin Flon is fresh off taking 3 out of 4 points against the Melfort Mustangs and enter tonight's game with 7 days rest.

 

Humboldt have lost 2 in a row and have only won 2 of their last 10 games.

 

Both teams really struggle to put the puck in the net, with Humboldt only scoring 50  times in 21 games the worst in the league. The Bombers aren't much better with 54 goals in 19 games.

 

To think that tonight will be another low scoring affair, would be a pretty good prediction.

 

Goaltending should be a big part of the game with Flin Flon's Zac Robidoux the reigning SJHL goalie of the week. Robidoux seems to be getting more comfortable all the time and his numbers are getting better with a save % of .912 and a .gaa of 2.93.

 

Brett Clark  has been very good for the Broncos registering all 6 victories to go along with a save % of .913 and a .gaa of 2.94.

 

You can join  Clark Stork for all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, drop of the puck at 7:30.

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The Hapnot SR Kings and Queens are off to Thompson to defend their Volleyball  Zone titles this weekend.

 

Hapnot will compete against Thompson, The Pas, Norway House and Cross Lake.

 

Games start Friday at 3 with the Kings and Queens playing the Pas in their first game.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at noon, with the girls final at 2:30 and the boys final at 3:45.

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

 

Norman played one of the better teams in the Manitoba Midget AAA League very well.

 

On Saturday the Cougars came from behind to pull out a 6-4 win. Sunday the Cougars won 4-3.

 

Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau had a goal and an assist and Jeremy Dutcawich stopped 33 out of 37 shots.

 

Norman sees their record fall to: 1-14-0-1 and hit the road for a 3 game road trip starting this Friday against Central Plains.

 

 

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The Creighton Kodiak  SR Girls were at Volleyball Conferences this past weekend in Hudson Bay.

 

The Kodiaks had a decent showing going 1-2. losing to Naicam , beating Hudson Bay and then losing a close one to Carrot River.

 

They placed third and their season has come to an end.

 

The Kodiak SR Boys were in Muenster and they lost their first match to Annaheim, but ended up winning the rest of their games including a rematch with Annaheim in the final to win the tournament.

 

The Kodiak Boys are now off to Melfort to compete in Regionals.

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JV Volleyball Zones took place in Norway House this past weekend.

 

It was another banner weekend for both the Hapnot Kings and Queens.

 

The Kings went undefeated in the round robin and beat the Pas in the finals.

 

The Queens went 2-1 in the round robin and beat Cross Lake in the final.

 

Boys Provincials are in The Pas and girls Provincials are in Flin Flon Nov 19th-21st.

 

The SR Hapnot Kings were in Dauphin and finished second in their pool, and lost to Dauphin in the Semis.

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The Norman Wolves AAA Bantam team played a pair of games this weekend in both Flin Flon and Creighton hosting the Pembina Valley Hawks.

 

Players are from all over Northern Manitoba including Churchill, Gillam, The Pas, Thompson and Flin Flon.

 

The four players rom Flin Flon include: goalie- Rylan Potkonjak, forward Jonah Winton and defensemen Tanner Dutcawich and Sean Yaworski.

 

The Hawks took both games by scores of 12-2 and 7-3. The Wolves played much better Sunday and actually led at one point 3-1.

 

Assistant Coach Rob Winton says it is a challenge to build this team with kids having to travel from all different areas. " With the Norman team we have kids from the Pas, Churchill and all over the place. We are covering a vast area, the kids are working very hard, and we come from a lot of backgrounds including our skills and abilities. We are going to build a team then work on those skill sets. As you saw today was better, we are getting closer and weekend by weekend it is a big step in the right direction."

 

The Wolves will get a chance tp practise in Thompson this weekend and then they will host the Brandon Wheat Kings November the 21-22 in Thompson.

 

Next action in Flin Flon will be December the 12th and 13th against the Winnipeg Hawks.

 

 

 

 

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Mike Reagan called it the most complete game of the season for his team as the Bombers picked up a 4-3  win over the defending league champion Melfort Mustangs.

 

The Mustangs opened up the scoring at 11:39 of the opening period,  when SJ scoring leader Travis Mayan picked up his 18th of the season.

 

Flin Flon answered that when the red hot Alex Smith scored his 6th goal in the last 3 games, firing a nice wrist shot past Richard Palmer at 14:58 on the PP.

 

Melfort would jump out 2-1, when Boutin scored a late powerplay goal, with only 28 seconds remaining in the period.

 

Despite being down 2-1 after 1, the Bombers had a good opening frame and generated a lot of good chances.

 

Tyson Empey scored a nice goal to tie it, when he took a nice feed from Joel Kocur and buried his third of the year. It was 2-2 after 2.

 

The Bombers took their first lead early in the third when Brandon Switzer picked up his 8th of the year, re-directing a shot from Empey.

 

Flin Flon then got the insurance goal from Reitmeier who collected his fourth of the year. Reitmeier has been a nice addition coming over from Melville and besides being a big physical body, has been able to contribute offensively.

 

Reitmeier's goal proved to be huge, because Mayan would pick up his second of the night and 19th of the season as the Stangs would pull within 1 at  4-3 with just over 2 minutes remaining.

 

The Bombers would hold on and picked up their 6th win of the season and first over a Sherwood opponent.

 

Zac Robidoux has found a groove and was good again last night stopping 36 out of 39 shots and is 2-1 in his last 3 starts.

 

The home and home switches to Melfort tonight, where the Bombers almost pulled out a win earlier in the season, holding the Mustangs off the score sheet for most of the night.

 

Heading into tonight the Bombers are: 6-9-0-3, tied with Laronge for third in the Sherwood with 15 points and both teams have played 18 games.

 

Melfort still leads the division at: 13-3-1-1, 6 points up on Nipawin.

 

All the action on 102.9 CFAR tonight with Raph Saray including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

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Hapnot is off to Norway House for JV Volleyball Zones starting Friday,  and both the Kings and Queens should have lots of momentum after winning a tournament in Roblin this past weekend.

 

The Kings and Queens are in a pool with Norway House, Cross Lake, Thompson and The Pas.

 

The Kings play Cross Lake in their first game Friday at 2:30, while the Queens also play Cross Lake Friday at 3:40.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9.

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Fresh off their longest road trip of the season, the Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum to host the defending champion Melfort Mustangs tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

Melfort comes to town with the second best record in the league at 13-2-1-1, 1 point behind the front running Battleford Stars with 2 games in hand.

 

Flin Flon finds themselves fourth in the Sherwood, 2 points behind Laronge who beat Nipawin 3-1 last night.

 

This is the second meeting of the season with Melfort pulling out a 2-1 win September the 23rd at the Palace.

 

The Bombers led that game 1-0 late, but got into penalty trouble and gave up a couple of late power play goals, spoiling a terrific performance from goalie Zac Robidoux.

 

Flin Flon will have a bit of a different look tonight as no.17 Michael Knaub has been traded to Portage of the MJHL. Knaub was very popular in the community and I am sad to see him go. He was always very respectful towards me and I enjoyed interviewing him and watching him play. He has a great passion for the game and will be missed.

 

The trade is in exchange for future considerations and a player development fee. This will cancel out the futures the Bombers owed Portage for the Zac Robidoux deal made before the season.

 

Congratulations to Bomber forward Alex Smith on being selected the SJHL player of the week. Alex scored 5 goals on the last road trip, 4 in the Estevan game alone and will be counted on to help the Bombers move up the standings.

 

He along with linemates Brandon Switzer and Joel Kocur have accounted for 24 out of the teams 47 goals so far this year. Chances are these guys need to score in order for the Bombers to win.

 

Melfort comes to town with a potent offense that has scored 63 goals in 17 games and is only behind Battleford in goals scored so far this season.

 

They are led by defending league scoring champion Travis Mayan , who also leads the league in scoring this season with 30 points in 17 games including 17 goals. Tristan Frei and Justin Boyer are also dangerous.

 

The Bombers did a good job containing them last time. We will not have the broadcast tonight, but will have the return affair in Melfort tomorrow, starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

I was sad to hear of the passing of former Bomber Wayne Hawrysh over the weekend. Wayne played for the Bombers between 1967 and 1970 and was drafted by Detroit 33rd overall in 1969.

 

He was born in Dauphin , but stayed up north after his playing days and called the Pas his home. Wayne  was very good for hockey in the North and was instrumental in helping bring a MJHL franchise to OCN in 1996.

 

Wayne was not only a big part of getting the Blizzard into the MJHL, but was also a big part of their success. RIP Wayne  you will be greatly missed.

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The goaltenders stole the show as the Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up a 4 game in 5 night road trip this past Saturday at Cresent Point Place in Weyburn.

 

Flin Flon's Zac Robidoux stopped 43 out of 46 Wing shots, while his counterpart Jack Burgart stopped 38 out of 39 Bomber shots as Weyburn picked up the 3-1 win.

 

The Bombers came in with strong momentum after knocking off Estevan 5-2 the night before on a 4 goal performance from Alex Smith.

 

Smith was the only Bomber to beat Burgart on Saturday as he scored a short handed goal early in the second period, his 8th of the season. Flin Flon had a strong third period, outshooting Weyburn 18-12 but couldn't get any closer.

 

The Bombers come home with a split, and anytime you can play 500 hockey on the road you have to be happy. Points are tough to come by in this league, and 4 games in 5 nights is especially tough.

 

After the road trip Flin Flon sits third in the Sherwood AT 5-9-0-3, tied with Laronge at 13 points and both teams have played 17 games.

 

Next up is a home and home with the defeding league champion Melfort Mustangs, this Wednesday at the Whitney Forum, back in Melfort Thursday.

 

102.9 CFAR will have the broadcast on Thursday including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, drop of the puck at 7:30.

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It was a happy Halloween for the Norman Northstars who picked up their very first win of the season over Yellowhead 4-3 in the shoot out on Saturday.

 

Norman built up a 3-0 lead, before the Chiefs rallied to tie it and send it to extra time.

 

Thompson's Mikey Marcus was the only one to find the back of the net in the shoot out.

 

Yellowhead responded with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

 

It was another good weekend for Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless who scored a pair of goals to give him 4 on the year to go along with 11 points.

 

The Northstars will host Southwest this weekend.

 

 

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It was a weekend the JV Hapnot Kings and Queens will not forget as they went undefeated in a volleyball tournament in Roblin.

 

The Queens beat Dauphin in the final, while the Kings beat Rossburn.

 

 

The Senior Kings and Queens were at the Neelin Dig in Brandon.

 

The Queens went 2-4 in the round robin before beating Rosenurt in the playoffs and ended up losing to Landmark in the B-Semi Final.

 

The Kings went undefeated in the round robin , beat Portage in their first playoff game before losing to Neelin in the Quarter Finals. This was the Kings first loss of the season.

 

Next up for the JVS is Zones in Norway House November the 6th and 7th. The Senior Zones are the following weekend in Thompson.

 

 

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