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Senior Volleyball Provincials will wrap up the high school volleyball season in Winnipeg this weekend.

 

Hapnot Collegiate will be well represented as the Kings and Queens both won their Zone and will represent the north.

 

The Queens will play Neelin at 10 to open things up Thursday and also play Churchill and Sanford Friday at 3 and 5 PM.

 

The Kings will play two games Thursday,  Louis Riel at 10 and WC. Miller at 1:45. They will also play Calvin Christian Friday at 3.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with the Championship Final at 5.

 

Listen to 102.9 CFAR for updates all weekend.

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It was a very interesting weekend for the Norman Northstars who managed to pick up their first road win of the season upsetting the Eastman Selects 7-3 on Friday.

 

Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless led the way with his team leading 9th and 10th goals of the season. Tristan Galarneau also added a goal and an assist.

 

This was Norman's first road win in two seasons and unfortunately the Northstars could not ride the momentum the rest of the trip losing to the Winnipeg Wild 18-0 and Interlake 7-2.

 

Norman's overall record will drop to 4-18-0-0-1, which is already one more win than they had all of last year.

 

The Northstars have also won 4 of their last 9 games and host Yellowhead this weekend.

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The JV Hapnot Queens volleyball team wrapped up their season at provincials in Virden this past weekend.

 

The Queens had a very decent showing going 3-6 in the round robin before losing to the top ranked team from Virden in the playoffs 25-11 and 25-15.

 

It was another strong season for the JV Queens which included their second straight Zone title.

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The Pee- Wee AA and A Bombers were both in The Pas for the Wescana Tournament this past weekend.

 

The AA'S were 0-3 in the round robin but did finish on a bright note beating Norway House 9-0 to finish third in their pool.

 

The A Bombers were 2-2 in the round robin and finished strong beating OCN 13-2 to grab third in their pool.

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The Flin Flon Bombers are on some kind of a roll after reeling off their 6th straight win Friday over the Humboldt Broncos 4-1.

 

Jason Lavallee  and Greyson Reitmeier continued their hot streak scoring their team leading 13th of the season, with  both goals  coming in the first period. Other Bomber goals came from St.Onge his 12th and Tyler Nyman picked up his first ever SJHL goal.

 

The lone Bronco goal came from Chris Van Os- Shaw who collected his league leading 20th of the season.

 

It was the second straight game where the visiting goalie kept his team in it. Cater Seminuk was peppered with 54 shots and turned away many good Bomber chances to give his team a chance to stay in it.

 

Flin Flon held the Broncos to only 22 shots in the game and beat Humboldt for the second time in the span of a week to take a lead in the season series 2-1. They will meet one more time in Flin Flon Friday Feb the 24th.

 

The Bombers are starting to find the back of the net and have scored 29 goals in their 6 game winning streak only giving up 10. You are going to have a lot of success when you are a plus 19.

 

I have had a chance to be around the guys for a good chunk of the month and have seen every game they have played and you really get the sense that this group is focussed and seem to be prepared to play every game.

 

They remind me of Great White Sharks in a feeding frenzy and never seem to stop attacking their opposition and are out shooting most of their opponents 2-1. This is a real fun group to be around and cover.

 

Flin Flon improves to 15-7-2-2 and now lead Nipawin by 5 points for first in the Sherwood. Nipawin continues to play well and just took 3 out of a possible 4 points from Melfort over the weekend. The Hawks have two games in hand.

 

This was a big win because it  lifted the Bombers over the Broncos for third overall by 1 point, with Flin Flon having played 2 less games. With the new league playoff format overall standings are now a big deal.

 

Fresh off setting the new Bomber overall shutout record Zac Robidoux picked up his 8th win of the season and has only given up 1 goal in his last 3 games. He has the 4th best overall gaa in the league at 2.17.

 

The Bombers may not want November to end as they are 7-1 and close the month out in Melfort this Wednesday November the 30th. The Mustangs are the only team to beat Flin Flon in November when they held them off 5-4 back on November the 2nd at the Palace.

 

No matter what go's down you will have the best seat in the house as we will have the broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon  Bombers cruised to their 5th straight win in shutting out the Kindersley Klippers 6-0 last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and have out scored their opponents 19-5 on their current 5 game win streak.

 

Greyson Reitmeier led the way with a hat trick scoring his 10th, 11th and 12th of the season. Jason Lavallee remains red hot pocketing his 11th and 12th of the season,  and now has points in 7 out of his last 8 games.

 

The other Bomber goal came from Joseph Leonidas his third of the year.

 

It was all Bombers from the opening bell in this one and if it hadn't been for the terrific goal tending from  Nick Trenciansky this one could have been a lot worse. Trenciansky stopped 59 out of 65 shots fired in his direction and did not get a lot of support from a tired Klipper group, who were playing their third game in three nights.

 

It was a historic night for Bomber goalie Zac Robidoux who stopped 25 shots for his second straight shut-out and third of the year. Robidoux who set a new Bomber record for shutouts in a single season last year with 5, now has the all time record of 8 since re-entry into the SJHL.

 

Robidoux was tied with Devin Buffalo with the all time mark of 7 heading into last night's game and was pretty humble when he heard about the feat after the game.

 

" I actually didn't know about the record but it feels like a great accomplishment and I have had a great team in front of me both years I have been here,  and I feel I can be successful with this great group of players in front of me."

 

The Bombers will now get ready for the Humboldt Broncos , who Flin Flon beat 5-2 in Humboldt on Saturday night. Humboldt comes to town banged up with 5 regulars out of their lineup, but are still very dangerous with the likes of Chris Van Os- Shaw who leads the league in goals with 19.

 

Humboldt is also very well coached with second year bench boss Darcy Haugan who has assembled one of the best teams in the league so far this season. Game time tonight is 7:30

 

The Broncos are 15-10-0-1 on the season which has them second in the Finning Division,  13 points behind front running Battleford.

 

Flin Flon sits at 14-7-2-2, first in the Sherwood, 6 points up on Nipawin with the Hawks having 3 games in hand. The Bombers are third overall, 1 point up on Humboldt.

 

No broadcast of this one tonight as we will hit the road and bring you the game from Melfort on Wednesday night.

 

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The Creighton Kodiaks football team held their year end awards and banquet last night at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

A big thanks to Shirley and her staff from Rockyview Lodge on putting together a delicious supper.

 

Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk addressed the crowd thanking all the sponsors, volunteers, coach's, Wives, parents and media for their continued support throughout the year.

 

The future for the program looks very strong with only two players graduating including Jordan and Logan Schanowski, which means pretty much the whole team will be back for 2017.

 

Last night's award winners included:

 

Offensive Player Of The Year- Bailey Eastman

 

Defensive Player Of The Year- Jordan Schanowski

 

Rookie Of The Year- Parker Gerow

 

Leadership Award- Parker Gerow

 

Most Improved Player- Noah Dickens

 

Special Teams Player Of The Year- Noah Dickens

 

Most Dedicated- Linden Moore

 

Offensive and Defensive Warriors Of The Year-  Jaron McDermott and Jordan Schanowski

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It is a busy weekend for a number of Flin Flon Minor Hockey Rep teams who will be hitting the road.

 

The Pee-Wee AA and A Bombers will be in the Pas for the Wescana Tournament.

 

The A Bombers will kick things off against Thompson Friday at 1, then Play the Pas at 6:15.

 

The AA Bombers play Swan River at Friday at 2:45 and the Pas Saturday at noon.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 8:15 with the A-Final at 4.

 

 

The Atom B Bombers will be in Humboldt this weekend and will be in a pool with Humboldt and Preeceville.

 

They will play Preeceville at 12:30 and Humboldt at 3:30 with both games Saturday. Playoffs start Saturday at 5 with the A-Final Sunday at 1:30.

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The JV Hapnot Queens will be in Virden representing the North in provincial volleyball this weekend.

 

The Queens are in a pool with Linden Christian, Louis Riel, Neelin and Landmark.

 

Hapnot will play both their round robin games Friday against Landmark at 5 and Neelin at 7 PM.

 

Playoffs will start Saturday at 9 AM, with the championship final at 5.

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For the second straight year Hapnot Collegiate are Northern Senior  Zone Volleyball Champions.

 

The Kings coached by Tim Weibe and the Queens coached by Sharon Beck both went undefeated this past weekend in the Pas  with both teams defeating Thompson in the finals.

 

Both teams will represent the North at Provincials in Winnipeg Dec 1st to the 3rd.

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After a come from behind 4-3 win over Nipawin Friday, and an impressive 5-2 victory against Humboldt Saturday the Flin Flon  Bombers made their way to the Horizon Credit Union Center in Melville Sunday.

 

Any time you play three games in three nights you always worry about fatigue setting in , but the Bombers looked anything but tired and dominated the Mills from beginning to end and picked up a solid 4-0 win.

 

Kristian St.Onge's 11th of the season stood up as the game winner just 3:28 into the opening period on the PP. St.Onge deflected a Rylee Zimmer shot that fooled Melville goaltender Brandon Wells, when he re-directed Zimmer's snap shot low blocker side.

 

St.Onge was money on this trip collecting 3 goals and 2 assists and now shares the team lead for goals with Brandon Lesko at 11.

 

Other goals Sunday came from Thomas his first, Reitmeier his 9th and Sinclair on the PP, his 4th. It almost looked like Melville was the team with bus legs and couldn't really get going all game and only mustered 13 shots on goal compared to 38 for the Bombers.

 

Special teams were big with the Bombers going 2 for 5 on the PP and Melville was 0 for 4. The Bombers scored 5 powerplay goals over the 3 game road trip.

 

Zac Robidoux picked up his second straight win and second shutout of the season to give him 7 career shutouts in a Bomber uniform, which may be a new modern day Bomber record. I will do some checking on this but I am pretty sure Robidoux has the new record.

 

Congratulations to Zac who was selected the SJHL goalie of the week after his 13 save shutout last night and he also stopped 23 out of 25 the night before in beating Humboldt 5-2. Robidoux improves to 6-2-2 on the season and has a 2.49 gaa and a save % of .913.

 

Funny how quickly things can change. Before the weekend Flin Flon was 2-6 on the road and after reeling off 3 straight are all of a sudden a very respectable 5-6 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

The Bomber overall record will improve to 13-7-2-2 and they lead Nipawin by 4 points for first in the Sherwood Division , but the Hawks have 3 games in hand. Flin Flon now sits 4th overall in the league standings  just 1 point behind Humboldt.

 

Next up will be a pair of home games this Thursday against Kindersley and Humboldt in town Friday. Our next broadcast of Bomber hockey will be in Melfort Wednesday Nov 30th with the usual Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers will hit the road for three big games this weekend starting in Nipawin Friday night and a showdown for first place in the Sherwood Division.

 

Nipawin leads the Bombers by two points after a 4-1 win in Kindersley last night and also have a game in hand.

 

Flin Flon leads the season series 2-0 after back to back wins to open the season back in September. The Hawks are a lot different team since then and have won 11 of their last 14 games and are always tough at the Cage.

 

The Bombers need to get things going on the road and are just 2-6 compared to their 8-1-2-2 record at the Whitney Forum , and this has to be one of the main reasons they have been inconsistant so far this season. Their 73 goals against in 21 games are also a reason for concern and have them ranked 6th overall.

 

Nipawin have given up 33 less goals and have only played one fewer game. One of the biggest reasons has to be no.1 goalie Kristian Stead who is no question the league's best goaltender with a record of 9-5-1 and an almost lights out save % at .940.

 

The Hawks just got Declan Hobbs back from the WHL and it will be interesting to see how Doug Johnson is able to balance the crease,  as I can't see Stead wanting many nights off.

 

Things don't get any easier for the Bombers who move on to Humboldt to face the Broncos on Saturday who have the best home record in the league at 9-1-1. Humboldt beat Flin Flon 5-3 in their only meeting at the Elgar Petersen Arena back on  October the 12th.

 

The trip wraps up in Melville on Sunday with a 6PM faceoff time from the Horizon Credit Union Centre. After a slow start the Mills are pulling it together and are 6-4 in their last 10 and don't score lots but are very stingy in only  giving up  58 goals against in 21 games.

 

The Bombers took both games at the Whitney Forum back on September the 30th and October the 1st.

 

All three games will be  broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com beginning from the Cage Friday including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

 

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The Bantam AA Bombers will be in Garson this weekend for their first tournament of the season.

 

The Bombers will be the only represenitive from the North and they will play the Winnipeg East Railcats to open things up Friday at 5.

 

They will also play the Northern Knights, Seine River Snipers and Pembina Valley Twisters in the round robin.

 

10 teams will be competing and 102.9 CFAR will have results throughout the weekend.

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After taking the JV Girls volleyball  Zone this past weekend, the two Senior teams will try for banners this weekend in the Pas.

 

Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, Thompson, The Pas, Norway House and Cross Lake with games starting Friday afternoon.

 

The Kings will play the Pas at 3:30 and Cross Lake at 6:30 on Friday, with games against Norway House at 9:30 and Thompson at noon.

 

The Queens play The Pas at 3:30, Norway House at 5:30 and Thompson at 8:30. They play Cross Lake Saturday at 11.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 1:15, with the girls final at 3:15 and the boys final at 4:15.

 

 

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The Norman Northstars have equaled  their entire win total from last season with a 6-1 win over the Kenora Thistles on Saturday night.

 

Kenora rebounded for a 4-2 win Sunday afternoon.

 

Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau led the way offensively this weekend with a goal and 2 assists, and Ethan Stuckless picked up 3 assists.

 

Norman have won three of their last four games and will try to keep the momentum going this weekend when they host the Winnipeg Thrashers.

 

The Northstar record sits at 3-14-0-1.

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The Hapnot Queens are JV Volleyball Zone champions for the second straight year beating RD Parker out of Thompson in the final in front of a packed gym on home turf.

 

In a very exciting final that went back and forth the Queens took it in 2 sets by very close scores of 28-26 and 25-23 and finished 12-0 overall. They head off to Virden for provincials Nov the 25th and 26th.

 

The Kings were not able to defend their title and ended up going 2-6 in the round robin and lost to the Pas in the semis 2 sets to 1. The Kings are a very young team comprised mainly of grade 9's and a few grade 10's. The future looks bright.

 

RD Parker won the boys Zone defeating the Pas 2 sets to none.

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After an 8 day break the Flin Flon Bombers put together one of their best efforts so far this season, defeating a good Notre Dame team 6-4 Saturday at the Forum.

 

It took less than 4 minutes for the Bombers to hit the back of the net when Russell Manitoba's Rylee Zimmer scored his third of the year to put the Maroon and white up 1-0 early.

 

Less than 3 minutes later the SJHL'S leading scorer Ben Dupperreault tied the game with his 15th of the season re-directing a puck over the shoulder of Bomber netminder Brenden Newton.

 

Longjohn would get his first of the night when he was left alone in front of the Bomber net to tap in his 5th of the season.

 

The best story of the night was 19 year old Rylan Tkachuk finishing a nice pass from Tylar Miller to score his first ever SJHL goal and tie the game at 2 after 1. Tkachuk got mobbed by his team mates when he made his way back to the bench and had a smile on his face as big as all of out doors. His night was not done.

 

Longjohn would slide a weak shot past Newton just 10 seconds into the second to put Notre Dame up for the last time in the game 3-2.

 

Flin Flon seemed to flip a switch and put it into overdrive scoring 3 unanswered goals from Zimmer his second of the night and 4th of the season, Lavallee(9) and Beebee(2). Flin Flon would take a 5-3 lead into the final period.

 

The Hounds would once again make it a 1 goal game when Podgorenko scored on the powerplay just 4 minutes into the final frame. The Bombers answered that with a goal of their own when Tkachuk would pick up his second of the game finishing up a nice feed from Hooper to put Flin Flon up 6-4 and that is how the game would end.

 

This is one of those moments that makes you happy to be a fan. Rylan is one of the nicest kids you will ever meet and has worked very hard the past couple of seasons to get into the lineup and play everyday and has certainly been patient waiting for his time. This couldn't happen to a better kid and was awarded the first star of the game.

 

Tyler Nyman made his Bomber debut and he picked up an assist and looked right at home for his first game with his new team.

 

Final shots were 53-29 in favour of the Bombers with Flin Flon 0 for 5 on the pp and Notre Dame 1 for 3.

 

The Bombers improve to 10-7-2-2 and are tied with Nipawin for first in the Sherwood with Nipawin having 3 games in hand. These two teams will square off at the Cage on Friday night.

 

Flin Flon continues to be very good at home improving to 8-1-2-2, which is third best in the league behind only Battleford and Humboldt.

 

The road is a different story where the Bombers are 2-6 and will kick off a 3 game road trip on Friday against Nipawin, Humboldt and Melville. All 3 games broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

 

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers made a trade with the Brooks Bandits a few weeks ago when they acquired 19 year old forward Tylar Nyman originally from Minnesota for future considerations.

 

Nyman decided not to report to Northen Manitoba and went back home to Circle Pines Minnesota.

 

He has had a change of heart and has arrived in Flin Flon and will be in uniform this weekend when the Bombers host Notre Dame Saturday at the Whitney Forum.

 

Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan explains how this all turned around.

 

"During our time off I was in Minnesota and was able to meet with the family and had a chance to tell them about our program and the community. We had a real good chat and they decided they would give us a chance.  Tyler made his way up here yesterday, practised with us today and will be in the lineup Saturday."

 

The team is very excited to have Tyler report and he is expected to play on a line with Dondre Watson and Nick Shumlanski.

 

Nyman put up 1 assist in 5 games with Brooks this year in the AJHL,  but has put up some good numbers in the past including 63 points in 46 games split between Central High and Northwest in the Minnesota high school league.

 

 

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After taking both banners last year, The Hapnot JV Kings and Queens will be looking to repeat as volleyball Zone champions on home turf this weekend.

 

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

 

The Kings and Queens will kick things off against The Pas this Friday at 1:30, then play Thompson at 4:30 and Norway House at 6:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 11:30 and games will be played at both Hapnot and McIsaac with the boys final at 2 and the girls final at 3.

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McIsaac and Creighton school hosted a JR High volleyball tournament this past weekend.

 

5 teams competed in the  boys with Ruth Betts finishing first at 7-1, followed by Scott Bateman out of the Pas at 5-3, McIsaac 1 and McIsaac 2 finished fourth  at 4-4 and Creighton came in 5th.

 

In the girls Cranberry finished first, followed by Scott Bateman out of the Pas in second and OCN in third.

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For the first time in 5 years the Norman Northstars have swept a team back to back on home ice.

 

Norman beat the Interlake Lightning 8-7 in a shoot out Saturday and followed that up with a 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon.

 

Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless continues to lead his team in scoring with 3 goals and 2 assists on the weekend.

 

Tristan Galarneau also contibuted with 4 assists.

 

Norman will improve to 2-13-0-0-1 and will stay at home for the upcoming weekend welcoming Kenora to town for games Saturday and Sunday.

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The Hapnot Kings put together a solid effort against the best high school volleyball teams in the province over the weekend in Brandon at the Spartan Dig.

 

The Kings finished 5-1 in the round robin before moving on to the playoff round.

 

The Kings lost to Westgate out of Winnipeg which dropped them to the Consolation bracket where they beat Souris and WC Miller.

 

The Kings lost a tight one to Steinbach in the Consolation final and finished 10-5 overall.

 

The Queens had a little tougher weekend going 0-6 in the round robin which dropped them down to the B-side.

 

They played a good game against Grandview losing 2 sets to 1 in the playoff round before losing to Thompson in the B-side Consolation final.

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All 4 of Hapnot's volleyball teams will see action this weekend.

 

The SR teams will be in Brandon for the Neelin Dig.

 

The Kings will play Crocus out of Brandon to open things up Friday at 9 before playing Teulon at noon and Melita at 2.

 

The Queens will face Crocus at 9, Major Pratt at noon and Steinbach at 2.

 

The JV'S will be in Roblin.

 

The Kings play Dauphin at 1:50 and Swan River at 3:30

 

The Queens play Russell at 2:40, Boissevain at 4:20 and Thompson at 7.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 12:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs will meet for the first time since last spring's Canalta Cup final in the first of a home and home series tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

Both teams will have a different look with both first lines gone from last year that made them two of the most explosive teams in the league.

 

New comer Dondre Watson leads the Bombers in goals this year with 10 but has struggled lately with 8 of his goals coming in his first 5 games. He has only hit the back of the net twice in his last 13 games.

 

Nick Shumlanki fresh off a 3 point weekend leads Flin Flon in scoring this season picking up 18 points in 18 games. Reitmeier, Lavallee and Lesko are all starting to hit their stride which should really help this hockey team down the stretch.

 

This will also be the first time that Eric Sinclair will suit up against his former team as he gets to renew acquaintances with the group he won two Canalta Cup Championships with. Sinclair was dealt to Melville in September but never reported and was eventually traded to the Bombers for futures.

 

With the Minions line moving on, returning forward Kalem Zary is the go to guy for Melfort this year leading his team in scoring with 19 points in 17 games.

 

The Mustangs have also just received another big boost reacquiring goalie Evan Plotnick along with Drew Litwin from Melville for a player development fee and a second round pick in 2017.

 

Plotnick took the Mustangs to the league final last year while Palmer was recovering from an injury and looked good against the Bombers in the first few games of the final before Palmer came back.

 

After 3 out of a possible 4 points this past weekend Flin Flon is 8-6-2-2 and are tied with Nipawin for first in the Sherwood, but the Hawks have 4 games in hand.

 

Melfort who only have 2 wins in their last 10 are 5-10-1-2 and are 7 points behind the Bombers in the standings.

 

No broadcast from the Forum tonight, but we will have the rematch from Melfort tomorrow starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and play by play at 8:30 MB time.

 

 

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The Creighton Kodiak Senior Girls volleyball team will be in Carrot River this weekend for Conferences.

 

Creighton will play 4 games this Saturday against Red Earth at 11, Porcupine Plain at 1, Carrot River at 3 and Hudson Bay at 5.

 

The top 2 teams move on to Regionals the following weekend.

 

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Hockey Manitoba will be hosting a brand new event in Flin Flon this year called the Faceoff  Festival.

 

This is for the Initiation Program for 5 and 6 year olds, and instructors from Hockey Manitoba will be in town teaching the benefits of cross ice.

 

They will show coach's on how to run drills, educate parents about cross ice and help kids through practises.

 

Flin Flon is hosting for the west side of Norman which will include kids from Snow Lake, The Pas and OCN.

 

This event will take place at the Whitney Forum Saturday November the 19th.

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