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Flin Flon Minor Hockey handed out their year end awards at the Flin Flon Community Hall last Wednesday.

 

Here are the various award winners.

 

Novice Division

 

Most Inspirational- Brayden Church- RelianceRhinos

 

Most Sportsmanlike- Trey Andres- OIdtimers and Daniel Francour- Reliance Rhinos

 

Best Goalie- Logan Grenier- Firemen

 

Best Defensive Player- Jake Brown- McKeen's Trucking

 

Most Improved- Robert Spence- McKeens Trucking and Kylee King- Reliance Rhinos

 

Most Valuable- Reid Slugoski- Firemen

 

Atom Division

 

Most Sportsmanlike- McKenzie Schwartz- Hitmen and Ethan Eberts- Flyers

 

Top Goalie- Paxton Moore

 

Top Defenseman- Gage Gogal- Miners

 

Most Improved- Brendan Maderash- Flyers

 

MVP- Wyatt Stinton- Wolves

 

Pee Wee Division

 

Most Sportsmanlike- Mason McIntosh- New Edge Auto Oilers

 

Top Goalie- Odin Church- Shriners

 

Top Defenseman- Joie Simon- New Edge Auto Oilers

 

Most Improved- Tanner Werbicki- New Edge Auto Oilers and Eli Plamondon- Shriners

 

MVP- Justin Lies- Elks

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers have advanced to the SJHL Semi- Finals after a gutsy 3-1 in Weyburn Saturday to eliminate the Wings in 5 games.

 

It took all of 15 seconds for the Bombers to hit the score sheet, when Adam Wilson flipped a puck over a Weyburn d-man and went in on a 2 on 1 firing a shot at Jack Burgart with the rebound coming right out front to Nick Shumlanski who buried his first of the series.

 

Brandon Switzer would turn his game up with a pair of goals including a power play goal late in the second, slapping a puck top left hand corner on Burgart who didn't get a good read on it.

 

Switzer would get a big insurance goal early in the third converting a beautiful feed from Joel Kocur.

 

This was huge because Weyburn would get a few chances in the third on the power play and finally got a puck past Brandon Newton when Mellon converted on his second of the series midway through the period.

 

Weyburn would pepper the Bombers and Newton the last 7 minutes of the game and did a good job keeping the pressure on and even with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker could not get the score closer. It appeared Weyburn had made it a 1 goal game, but the referee waved it off and said the puck was kicked in.

 

Brendon Newton was nothing short of amazing and was one of the big differences in the series, winning 4 straight games including 1 shutout and a save % of .964. You also have to give Weybun goalie Jack Burgart a lot of credit who did everything but score goals. He finished the series with a save % of .942. They are the top ranked goalies in the playoffs right now.

 

Newton talks about what it was like to be in the net the final 7 minutes of Saturday's win. " I am thinking 30 seconds, 1 minute at a time , just kill off another minute til the final buzzer."

 

I also asked him if their was a turning point for him that he remembered from earlier in the season. " I think it was a game against Melfort after Christmas when Robs got hurt and I came in after the first period. That is when the roll started, getting that win against Melfort gave me the confidence to be able to do this."

 

Newton is on an incredible roll and is 14-1 since January the 1st.

 

Three out of the four remaining teams playing for the Canalta Cup are out of the Sherwood Division after Nipawin took out Estevan last night.

 

Flin Flon will now enjoy a few days off before heading to Battleford Friday to take on the top team from the regular season who finished with 90 points and only lost 4 games at home all season. The Bombers were one of the teams to beat them at the Civic Centre.

 

The Bombers did take 4 out of the 6 matchups including all 3 at the Whitney Forum, but again playoffs are a totally different season as we found out with the last series.

 

Battleford was a little banged up against Kindersley and Flin Flon will still have Leonidas, Masson,Lavallee and Lesko out for 1 more game for their suspensions in which they picked up after game 4. So game 1 friday will be very interesting.

 

Here is the schedule for the upcoming series.

 

 

All games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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The Flin Flon Bombers make their way back to Crescent Point Place in Weyburn tonight with a 3-1 series lead and a chance to wrap up their first round SJHL Quarter Final series.

 

To say that things continue to get more interesting after each game would be a huge understatement.

 

After splitting the first 2 games in Weyburn , the Bombers took both games at home including a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

 

Wednesday had a little bit of everything including a penalty shot goal by Switzer, another disallowed goal and one of the most interesting finishes I have ever seen.

 

I am sure if you weren't at the game you have probably saw the highlights on social media which has over 100,000 views as of today.

 

The Bombers had just won the game and were getting ready to go to centre ice for their traditional salute to the fans, when Bryce Thoma the Weyburn coach signaled to Neuberger, one of his players  to pick up a moose leg that had been thrown on the ice. Weyburn scooped it up and were starting to make their way off the ice to their dressing room.

 

The moose legs are sacred and a big part of the tradition in Flin Flon and the players took exception and skated down the ice after it. When the Bombers went to grab the moose leg back, a confrontation occurred and it looked like it might get ugly.

 

There were a few skirmishes and some anctious moments, but the officials did a nice job breaking things up and got order restored and managed to get both teams to their locker rooms.

 

Let's just say the SJHL head office was not impressed and has levied suspensions to both teams and a 1,500.00 fine to both clubs.

 

Suspended for  the Bombers are defenseman Joseph Leonidas, Brandon Masson and forward Brandon Lesko. Jason Lavallee has also received a 2 game suspension for throwing equipment up into the stands.

 

Weyburn suspensions include forwards Jacob Jeske, Drake Glover and Aiden Teilborg. Backup goalie Shaun Fleming is suspended for 3 games for a match penalty.

 

Both teams are now forced to make adjustments for tonight and both will have different challenges. The Wings who have only scored 8 goals in the 4 games will now have to find offense from other sources since they won't have their top line for the next couple games.

 

Flin Flon will be without 3 regular defenseman with the suspensions and injury to Morin at the end of game 3. I am thinking we will see Ben Lanfermann and Rylan Tkachuk for the first time in the series.

 

One thing is for sure there will be a lot of people in the building tonight. Word is even without the fan busses lots of Bomber fans from far and wide plan to be in Weyburn tonight. This has got the making of old time Flin Flon Bomber , Weyburn Red Wing hockey. These two teams have been around for a very long time and this is  another chapter to the storied rivalry.

 

These teams have battled each other many times over the last 50 years and their logos look exactly the same as the first time they came on the ice. Neither team will leave anything in the dressing room tonight.

 

Make sure you join us tonight on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Murray GM Coach's show at 8:15 Manitoba time. Who know's  what we will see next.

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The Flin Flon Bombers have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Weyburn Red Wings, thanks to a big comeback win last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

I thought the game started slow and both teams were very careful not to make a mistake and took a scoreless tie into the locker room after period 1.

 

That would change in the second period when Bomber captain Tyson Empey charged down towards the Weyburn net and fired a beautiful snapshot past Jack Burgart  to put Flin Flon up 1-0.

 

Weyburn responded when Jansons re-directed a puck over Brenden Newton's shoulder a couple minutes later. The Wings would take the lead on the power play when Glover was left alone in front of the Bomber net and he made no mistake burying his first of the series to put the Wings up 2-1 after 2.

 

The Bomber powerplay finally came through as Brandon Switzer fired a one timer past Jack Burgart 14 seconds into the period to send the 1000 plus at the Forum into a frenzy. Flin Flon's powerplay was 0 for 11 in the two previous games and was due.

 

The fans were loud and kept the "Go Bombers Go " chant going for the rest of the game.

 

Flin Flon did not disappoint and were able to jump on a loose puck in front of the Weyburn net when Corey Thomas fired a rebound past Jack Burgart. Reitmeier had a really good chance but Burgart robbed him before Thomas cashed in at the 5:26 mark.

 

Brenden Newton did the rest and Flin Flon hung on for the 3-2 win and have taken a 2-1 series lead. Newton stopped 47 out of 49 Weyburn shots and improved his save % to .971 in his back to back starts.

 

It was a night that Newton and Thomas will not forget as they also picked up their awards for making the SJHL All Rookie Team from SJHL President Bill Chow before the game.

 

Bomber Head Coach Mike Reagan was all smiles last night on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show and talked about taking the lead in the series. "It shows how big a heart this team has and this team is different, they care and are willing to sacrifice. We had guys diving all over the place blocking shots. We are ecstatic and this is the first time I can remember us winning game 3 here after splitting down south. I am really proud of how the guys battled here tonight."

 

Don't forget game 4 is at the Whitney Forum tonight, and the Bombers will have a chance to take a strangle hold on the series and head back to Weyburn with a 3-1 lead for game 5 Saturday. If you would like to head down for the game the Bombers are trying to fill a fan bus and you need to get a hold of Leanna by Thursday morning at 10 by calling 204-687-4404.

 

We are back on the air waves tonight with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, play by play at 7:30. see you tonight,

 

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After a tough 4-1 setback to open up the playoffs on Friday, The Flin Flon Bombers on a masterful performance from Brandon Newton have tied up their best of 7 Quarter Final Series with Weyburn at a game apiece.

 

Newton who came in to relieve Zac Robidoux midway through the second period on Friday, stopped all 30 shots fired in his direction and picked up his first SJHL playoff win and shutout as the Bombers rallied for a 1-0 win Saturday.

 

I thought Newton looked really good and comfortable on Friday and after giving up a goal on the first shot he saw on a 2 on 1, he has been lights out since stopping 54 out of 55 shots. The one I distinctly remember was a sprawling glove save on Drake Glover late in the first period on Saturday. This was huge as the Bombers were getting the majority of the chances before Glover got in alone on the young Bomber netminder. This was a timely save for sure.

 

His rebound control has been perfect and he now sits with a record of 11-1 since January the 1st and was all smiles after the biggest win of his Junior career.

 

Alex Smith was the only player to find the back of the net, when he converted a pass from Joel Kocur early in the third period. Kocur came out of the corner and found Smith over on the right side of the net and he made no mistake beating the scary good Jack Burgart stick side.

 

Smith also hit a cross bar and looked like he scored earlier in the night when he shovelled a puck under Burgart in the second period. The referee says he lost sight of the puck and disallowed the goal despite the goal judge turning the light on.

 

The Bombers didn't let that get to them and continued to play one of their most complete games of the season, and Coach  Reagan rolled 4 lines throughout the night  and most shifts were 45 seconds tops. This was a complete team effort which saw the Bombers outshoot Weyburn 35-30 and 12-4 in the third period.

 

Flin Flon have tied the series despite only scoring 2 goals in the first 2 games and are finding out why Jack Burgart is the best goalie in the league. Burgart has stopped 68 out of 70 shots he has faced and he rarely ever gives up a rebound. He has had some help from his friends too including a couple of cross bars. The Wings also do a very good job blocking shots.

 

The series will shift to Flin Flon for games 3 and 4 Tuesday, Wednesday 7:30 at the Whitney Forum. Remember you can pick up your playoff tickets at the Bomber office located at the FF Community Hall. Office opens at noon.

 

Don't forget to bring your radios to the game to catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We will hit the air at 7:15 with the Murray GM Coach's Show.

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The 85th annual Men's and Ladie's Curling Bonspiels both took place this past weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

There were 16 rinks for the Women and 12 for the Men.

 

Women's results

 

A- Event

 

Reierson over Wegner

 

B-Event

 

Salahub over Kennedy

 

C-Event

 

Savoy over Burwash

 

Men's Results

 

First Event- FF Insurance

 

Hornyak from Snow Lake over Watt

 

Second Event- Hudbay

 

Holmes over Levers

 

Third Event- KFC

 

Hyrych over Kennedy

 

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The SJHL playoffs will continue this Friday with 8 teams competing in a best of 7 Quarter Final Series.

 

Here are the Matchups

 

Flin Flon VS Weyburn

 

Laronge VS Melfort

 

Kindersley VS Battleford

 

Nipawin VS Estevan

 

You can listen to Mike Stackhouse and myself as we take a look at all 4 series and give you our predictions as to what we think will go down. You can hear that interview here:

 

 

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For the second time in 3 years the Flin Flon Bombers will face a team from the Viterra Division in the opening round of the SJHL  playoffs. The Bombers will make their way to Crescent Point Place in Weyburn for game 1 of this best of 7 starting Friday.

 

 

Weyburn is the only team that Flin Flon did not beat this year, but you know what they say the playoffs are a whole new season.

 

Flin Flon finshed third in the Sherwood and 6th overall at : 34-20-0-4 good for 72 points, while Weyburn were first in the Viterra and third overall with a record of: 35-14-5-4 good for 79 points.

 

I think this series could come down to secondary scoring as teams usually key in on their opponents top players and you just don't get as much room as you would in the regular season.

 

We all know that Flin Flon is led by the trio of Smith, Switzer and Kocur who combined for 98 out of their team's 230 goals which works out to 45 % of the team's overall scoring. Although we did see emergences from team Captain Tyson Empey,  Jason Lavallee and Joseph Leonidas who were all good down the stretch.

 

The Wings did not have a single player in the top 20 overall scorers, as they pride themselves on defense as they were a league best 139 goals against in 58 games. They finished 8th overall in offense with 182 goals for.

 

For Flin Flon it is simple you have to get to the SJHL Goaltender Of The Year Jack Burgart who not only is the league's best puck stopper but he is the lifeblood of his team. If the Bombers can get to him early in the series they may be able to get Weyburn off their game.

 

Burgart started 43 out of his team's 58 games and put up a record of: 27-10-4-2 with a goals against of: 1.97 and save % of .935 to lead the league in both categories.

 

I am assuming the Bombers will go with veteran Zac Robidoux to start the series as he started 43 games and finshed up with a record of: 20-14-0-3 and led the league in shutouts with 5. Robidoux is also a former National Champion with Portage and played most of the games down the stretch with Brenden Newton recovering from an injury.

 

Both teams should be fresh with Flin Flon enjoying 10 days off and Weyburn not playing a game in 2 weeks. No matter what go's down you will hear every Flin Flon Bomber playoff game on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Here are the head to head game results from this past season:

 

Weyburn 4 @ Flin Flon 3 (Jan 29 2016)

 

Flin Flon 3 @ Weyburn 4 (Jan 23 2016) Final

 

Flin Flon 1 @ Weyburn 3 (Oct 31 2015)

 

Weyburn 2 @ Flin Flon 0 (Oct 23 2015)

 

Flin Flon 2 @ Weyburn 3 (Oct 5 2015) Final

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Here is the series schedule

 

Game 1 Mar 18 Flin Flon at Weyburn 8:30 MB time

Game 2 Mar 19 Flin Flon at Weyburn 8:30 MB time

Game 3 Mar 22 Weyburn at Flin Flon 7:30 PM

Game 4 Mar 23 Weyburn at Flin Flon 7:30 PM

Game 5 Mar 26 Flin Flon at Weyburn 8:30 MB time

Game 6 Mar 28 Weyburn at Flin Flon 7:30

Game 7 Mar 30 Flin Flon at Weyburn 8:30 MB time

 

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The Senior Hapnot Kings Basketball team  played their hearts out,  but came up a bit short  and ended up losing the Wildcard came to Neelin out of Brandon.

 

The Kings travelled down to Swan River yesterday and lost a heartbreaker 60 to 56. Will Hatherly led the way with over 20 points himself.

 

This will end the Kings season which saw them win 2 tournaments, come second in 3 and finished ranked no.5 in the province.

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Hunter and Carson Lee continue to dominate the High School Wrestling scene right across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

 

The Lee brothers were in Saskatoon for Wrestling Provincials and Hunter brought home Gold while Carson brought home a Silver.

 

They also brought a Gold for Hapnot for total points for a 3A school.

 

Congratulations to Hunter who was also  selected Wrestler Of The Year in the Cadet Age Class.

 

The Lee brothers are now preparing for Nationals in Calgary coming up in mid April.

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The Kinsmen Pee Wee AA Bombers were in Portage this past weekend for Provincials.

 

After a slow start dropping games to Winkler 5-2 and Souris 7-3, the Bombers rebounded with a couple of wins.

 

The Bombers came from behind to beat Thompson 6-5 in OT , and ended up finishing 5th beating McDonald in OT 7-6.

 

Justin Lies scored the OT winner just 58 seconds into the extra period.

 

 

The Flin Flon Novice Vipers were in Saskatoon and went undefeated including wins over the Saskatoon Comet Lasers, the Dundurn Grey Wolves and beat the Dundurn Timberwolves 12-11 in the final.

 

 

 

 

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The season is not quite over for the Senior Hapnot Kings Basketball team after all.

 

Even though they lost the Zone title to RD Parker out of Thompson last weekend, the Kings will still get a chance to go to Provincials.

 

Hapnot has been chosen as one of the Wilcard teams and will travel to Swan River to face Neelin out of Brandon on Monday.

 

Hapnot beat them in their only meeting a couple weeks back,  and the winner of this game advances to Provincials in Virden March the 17th to the 19th.

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Well it is official, the Flin Flon Bombers will face the Weyburn Red Wings in the SJHL Quarter Final Playoff Series.

 

The Nipawin Hawks came into Flin Flon last night  and beat the Bombers 4-3, while Estevan picked up a 5-2 win over Notre Dame, which means the Bombers will finish 6th overall.

 

The Bruins wind up with 73 points, the Bombers end up  with 72.

 

Despite the outcome this was a very entertaining game and the Bombers had plenty of chances to get at least 1 point.

 

Nipawin struck first on a powerplay goal from Thudium, but that was quickly answered on a powerplay goal  from Etter to tie the game at 1 after 1.

 

Gerbner and Mignault put Nipawin up 3-1 after 2.

 

The Bombers came out and were very determined and focused in the third and did everything they could to try and come back and win this game.

 

Flin Flon would tie things up on powerplay goals from Smith and St.Onge to fire up the crowd, with roughly 10 minutes remaining in the third.

 

Gerbner would pick up his second of the night to restore the Hawk lead, when he was left alone in front of the Bomber net and was able to fire the loose puck past Zac Robidoux. This would stand up as the game winner.

 

Flin Flon wasn't done yet as they would get a late 5 on 3 powerplay.

 

Alex Smith would also get a penalty shot, but they couldn't get any more pucks past Kristian Stead who was solid stopping 33 out of 36 Bomber shots.

 

Mike Reagan was very emotional after last night's game. " This is a tough pill to swallow  right now, the guys battled back to give us a chance to win or get at least 1 point and get us into the 5th seed. This is an extremely dissapointing way to end the year considering how good of a second half we have had."

 

The Bombers will now have to put their focus on the Weyburn Red Wings and the league's best goaltender Jack Burgart. This will not only be a challenge travel wise, but the Wings have had one of the top teams all season, and were the only team Flin Flon did not beat this year.

 

Saying that the playoffs are a whole new season and if we have seen anything out of this group this season we know they will never give up. The series is expected to start the weekend of the 18th and all Bomber playoff games broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

 

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It will all come down to 1 game tonight when the Flin Flon Bombers host the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Hawks clinched fourth overall with 3 points against Melfort on the weekend, so the best the Bombers can do is 5th with a single point tonight.

 

Flin Flon just needs a point tonight or a regulation loss by Estevan and 5th is all theirs and a first round matchup with Nipawin starting the weekend of March the 18th. A Bomber regulation loss and an Estevan win tonight means they would meet Weyburn in the first round.

 

The Bombers are fresh off taking both games against Laronge on the weekend including a 7-3 win at the Whitney Forum Friday and a 2-1 OT win in Laronge Saturday. Jason Lavallee had the hot hand with 3 points Friday and the OT winner Saturday.

 

Flin Flon's record is: 34-19-0-4, which is 3 more wins than last year's team. Nipawin is : 35-17-3-2.

 

The head to head matchups favour the Bombers 3-1-1, with 2 of those wins coming at the Cage in Nipawin.

 

Both have been on a roll since Dec 1st, with the Bombers having the best record in the SJHL over that time and  Nipawin the third best record.

 

This just shows you how competitive the league is with the Bombers having a tough time making up ground on the teams ahead of them, with most of the top teams continuing to win on a nightly basis.

 

Mike Reagan confirmed that Alex Smith will be back in the lineup tonight and a big congratulations on being chosen the RBC Player Of The Year. Smith has been on one  big roll since October and has been the league's top scorer over the last 40 games.

 

He has 32 goals and 55 assists in 52 games which has him third among the top scorers in the league. Smith is the first one to compliment his linemates Joel Kocur and Brandon Switzer, who have formed the best trio in the league and have been a lot of fun to watch all season.

 

Congratulations as well to Bomber goaltender Zac Robidoux on being chosen the SJHL Goalie Of The Week. Zac was very instumental in both wins against Laronge and was the best player on the ice in the OT win on Saturday. Robidoux has the league lead in shutouts with 5 and is the first Bomber goalie since Danny Dennis in 92-93 to record 5 in a season.

 

I hope there is a big crowd on hand for the last regular season home game tonight as the Bombers push towards the playoffs. This was supposed to be a rebuilding season and it turns out this team has more wins than last year's squad with the likes of Rauckman, Evans Campbell, Allison and Brett Boehm.

 

Mike Reagan continues to show year after year why he is one of the best recruiters in the league and has built another strong team who looks to be in the mix for their first championship since 92-93. So get out to the Whitney Forum tonight and give them the support they deserve.

 

Lots of give aways courtesy of Kick It Sports and puck drop is 7:30.

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The 41st annual Val and Ivor Heddman  Centaloppet wrapped up yesterday at the Flin Flon Ski Club.

 

This was one of the best turnouts in years with 71 skiers taking part with Ivor on hand for the celebration.

 

Congratulations to 8 year old Bradley Powell who picked up the prestgious Centaloppet Cup, with Vivian Jacobson coming second and 9 year old Brook Baynton coming third. Cup times are based on a handicapping system that makes it possible for skiers any age to win.

 

Other results:

 

Fastest skier- Nathan Whitbread- 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

 

Fastest in Junior Girls was Tara Whitbread- 12 minutes and 23 seconds

 

Junior Women (15-19) - Hosanna Church- 16 minutes and 59 seconds

 

Fastest Senior Male- Greg Bellisle- 12 minutes , 22 seconds

 

Fastest Senior Female- Kendra Spencer- 23 minutes and 52 seconds.

 

Fastest 14 and under Boys- Grayden Bedford- 11 minutes 13 seconds.

 

The Flin Flon Ski Club wants to thank everyone for coming out and look forward to seeing you at the 42nd annual Val and Ivor Heddman Centaloppet in 2017.

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Congratulations to Hunter and Carson Lee who both struck Gold in Wrestling at Regionals in PA this past weekend.

 

Carson won Gold in the 69 KG and Hunter won Gold in the 90 KG.

 

The Lee brothers are off to Saskatoon next weekend for Provincials.

 

 

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Hapnot and McIsaac schools hosted Senior High School Basketball Zones this past weekend.

 

RD Parker out of Thompson will head home with both banners.

 

The RD Parker Girls who are ranked no.1 in the province beat Hapnot in the final 55-31. This was a very good effort from a young Queens team.

 

RD Parker Boys, who are ranked no.4 in the province beat Hapnot 77-65 in a very entertaining final.

 

This will end the Hapnot Kings run of 4 straight Zone titles.

 

RD Parker will now represent the North in  Provincials in Virden March the 17th to the 19th.

 

It was also a big weekend for the Creighton Kodiaks.

 

The Kodiak Boys hosted Conferences and ended up losing to Birch Hills in their first game, which eliminated them from the event.

 

The Kodiak Girls were in Carrot River for Conferences and dropped a heartbreaker to Naicam. The Kodiaks were down by 22 entering the fourth quarter and actually got to within a point with just over a minute left.

 

They just didn't have enough and were also eliminated after their first game.

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The Nipawin Hawks have clinched fourth place, something the Flin Flon Bombers did not expect as the Hawks tangled with and secured three out of a possible four points in a home and home series with the Melfort Mustangs.

 

The Bombers now have destiny in their own hands. Win on Tuesday against the Nipawin Hawks or even just get a point, and the Bombers will get what they hoped would happen. A best of seven first round series with the Nipawin Hawks, a team they matchup very well against.

 

On Friday in Flin Flon, the Bombers got off to a roaring start, taking a 4-0 lead into the first intermission all started off with a goal from Kristian St. Onge just two minutes into the first. Although LaRonge narrowed down the game to a 5-2 deficit, it was the Bombers who came out with 2 points and a 7-3 home win, setting the stage for an interesting game on Saturday night back in LaRonge. Jason Lavallee led the Bombers with two goals coming in the third period while Brandon Newton made 33 saves for the win. With Estevan also grabbing two points against Yorkton, two points on Saturday for the Bombers was that much more imperative.

 

Saturday’s game was an early start at 7 PM, but a defensive battle to say the least.  Both teams grinded it out back and forth in one of the most physical games these two teams have played against each other.  Early powerplays set the stage, but both teams were unable to capitalize going 0-7 combined in the first 30 minutes. It took until there was only 4.6 seconds left in the second period and a scrummage in front when Greyson Reitmeier jumped on the rebound and potted one past Kris Joyce who was excellent in the game so far. Things stayed that way until there was just under six minutes left in the game when Ryley McNeil sent one towards the net from the point which found a way past Bombers netminder Zac Robidoux. 

 

La Ronge had the best chance to win the game late with a break from Cole Porter off a nice pass from Matt Painchaud but Robidoux showed he was up to the cause. It was extra time hockey and again, both teams battled back and forth until Jason Lavallee picked up the puck at centre ice and entered the Wolves zone and snapped one up and over Kris Joyce just under the crossbar to grab a dramatic and pivotal two points for the Bombers.

 

Kris Joyce was very good again against the Bombers making 45 saves while Zac Robidoux was equally as good in the win making some very huge saves. Mike Reagan commented after the game saying “this was a perfect way to win” as he was referring to the playoff atmosphere and the ability to grind out a win.

 

With the win, the Bombers control their own destiny. A win on Tuesday night guarantees the Bombers fifth place and an opening round series with the Nipawin Hawks, a team they have played very well all year. 

 

Tuesday’s game is against the Nipawin Hawks with a 7:30 PM puckdrop at the Whitney Forum, and although this game means nothing for the Hawks, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more or less the same fast physical play we saw on Saturday night in La Ronge.

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It will be a very busy weekend in both Flin Flon and Creighton on the local high school basketball scene.

 

 

Hapnot  will be hosting   Senior Zones with teams competing from: RD Parker out of Thompson, Cross Lake, Norway House and MBCI out of the Pas.

 

The King's will play their first game against The Pas Friday at 2:30 at Hapnot, while the Queens will play the Pas at McIsaac also at 2:30.

 

The Girl's Final is Saturday at 5, with the Boy's final at 6:30, both at Hapnot.

 

 

Creighton school will be hosting Boy's Conferences this Saturday with teams competing from : Birch Hills, Nipawin and Tisdale.

 

The Kodiak's  will play Birch Hills at 10 AM and if they win they will advance to the Final Saturday at 3:30.

 

The Kodiak SR Girls will be in Carrot River for Conferences and play their first game Friday at 7 against Naicam. If they win they will advance to the Semi Final Saturday at 11:45.

 

 

 

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