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After a 12 day break the Flin Flon Bombers will wrap up 2016 with a home and home with the Laronge Ice Wolves.

 

It all starts tomorrow at the Mel Hegland Uniplex with a 7 PM start.

 

Flin Flon is 13-4 since the beginning of November and have taken 5 out of 6 points against Laronge this season including a 4-1 win in Laronge Dec 13th.

 

The Bombers also strung together 6 straight wins in December before losing their final two games before Christmas to Battleford and Kindersley.

 

The Maroon and White are in a good spot to make a run in the second half sitting at 21-10-2-2 with 46 points which has them in first place in the Sherwood Division and third overall.

 

Laronge will have some work to do as they are dead last at 6-23-1-4 and could be in danger of missing the playoffs if they don't start to win soon.

 

It has been a trying season for the Wolves who made a coaching change earlier this season  dumping Shawn Martin in late October and hiring former player Evan Vossen.

 

It has been a revolving door with many of the Wolves skilled players requesting trades and they have had a hard time finding a consistent lineup.

 

Laronge is competitive most nights but just seem to come up short in a lot of their games. They are 2-6-1-1 in their last 10 but are always tough to beat at the Mel.

 

 

We will have to see how the Christmas break affected the likes of  Reitmeier, Lavallee , Zimmer and Watson who were all red hot heading into the break , as the Bombers are piling up the goals with 129 in 35 games which as them third overall behind Battleford and Estevan.

 

Don't forget Friday night's game is a 7 PM start time with the return affair back at the Whitney Forum on Saturday New Years Eve at 7:30.

 

This will be the first time anyone can remember a game New Years Eve at the Whitney Forum and fans are encouraged to come out and win some prizes, have fun and hopefully cheer the Bombers onto victory in their final game of 2016.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast both games including the Murray GM Coach's Show 15 minutes before the opening faceoff.

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Boxing day will mark the 12th annual Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey tournament at Creekside bunk.

 

Shayne's name lives on and a lot of people look forward to paying tribute to him every year with this tournament.

 

The money raised will continue to go to the bursary in Shayne's name and 16 teams are already confirmed.

 

The format will remain the same again this year with every team guaranteed 3 games and most teams will qualify for playoffs.

 

$10.00 per player with 7 players per team and it will be a 3 on 3 format.

 

Here are this year's teams and as soon as the schedule is confirmed it will be posted here:

 

Teams
1. Can't Be Touched
2. Duck Hunters
3. Shootin Blanks
4. The Luongo Shot
5. Dump Bears
6. Cowboys and Indians
7. Liquor Box
8. Everyday I'm Byfuglien
9. Camel Toews
10. The Trump Era All-Stars
11. Big Red
12. Undraftable
13. Jets
14. Backdoor Bangers
15. Stick Magnets
16. Dadson Boys

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The Don Holmes rink picked up the Senior Zone Curling  Championship in Thompson this past weekend.

 

Holmes beat Sam Antilla out of Thompson in the final in a best of 3.

 

Holmes is now off to Winnipeg for the Senior Provincial February the 22nd.

 

The winning rink consists of Don Holmes- skip, Grant McCluckie- third, Russell Kennedy second and Dave Salahub lead.

 

The Holmes rink also won the Manitoba Credit Union Master Men's Norman Regional which was played at the Uptown Curling Club on Dec 9th and 10th in Flin Flon.

 

Holmes also beat Antilla out of Thompson in the final.

 

 

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The Pee Wee AA Bombers were in Swan River this past weekend and dropped a 6-4 game against Dauphin  and Thompson 8-1 on Friday.

 

They also lost both games Saturday to Swan River 3-1 and the Pas 7-1 and did not make the playoff round.

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The Norman Northstars head into the Christmas break after a pair of losses at home this past weekend against Pembina Valley.

 

The Hawks took Saturday's game 6-2 and yesterday's matchup 4-1.

 

Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless had 2 assists on the weekend with 1 assist also coming from Tristan Galarneau.

 

After 30 games Norman sits with a record of 5-24-0-0-1 and will play their next game in the new year when they kick off a 3 game road trip in Winnipeg against the Wild January the 13th.

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The Creighton Kodiaks SR Boys basketball team hosted the 7th annual Border Bash this past weekend with teams competing from Creighton, Hapnot, The Pas, Porcupine Plain, Sandy Bay and Laronge.

 

In the A- Final MBCI out of the Pas beat Hapnot 63-34.

 

The B- Final Porcupine Plain beat Creighton 64-37.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Hapnot's Pearce Pardowski and Branson Powell on making the all star team.

 

The Kodiak SR Girls will host the Kit Classic January the 13th and 14th and the SR Boys will be in Cranberry January the 20th and 21st.

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The Kindersley Klippers erupted for 6 straight goals  and never looked back in picking up an 8-5 win over the Flin Flon Bombers last night at the West Central Events Centre.

 

Kindersley led 4-0 after 1 on a pair of goals from Pickett, Plotnikoff and Gerbner. They scored two quick goals in the second from Sargent and McCann to blow the game open at 6-0.

 

Flin Flon would finally respond when Brandon Lesko who just got back into the lineup from the World JR A Challenge potted his 13th of the season on the powerplay at 9:54.

 

Daley came right  back for the Klippers before Watson (14) and Sinclair(6) replied for the Bombers to make the score 7-3 after 2.

 

The Bombers came out and had a decent third period firing 12 shots at Justen Close beating him twice, when Sinclair would get his second of the game and 7th of the season on the powerplay. The red hot Jason Lavalle  scored his 17th late in the game also on the PP.

 

The lone Klipper goal was also a powerplay marker from Gerbner who collected his second of the night.

 

It was a rough night for former Klipper goalie Gunnar Nielson who let in 4 goals on 10 shots in the first period for his first official start in a Bomber uniform. Brenden Newton replaced him in the second and didn't fare much better stopping 18 out of 22 shots.

 

Special teams were big with both teams combining for 8 powerplay goals on 16 chances.

 

After winning 6 straight games in December, the Bombers dropped their last two games on the road trip and are now on their Christmas break.

 

Flin Flon has strung together an incredible November and December going 13-4 and are a solid 21-10-2-2 on the season,  with a 9 point lead on Nipawin for first in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks have 5 games in hand.

 

The Bombers are also battling with Estevan for second overall , 3 points behind the Bruins with a game in hand.

 

More importantly the Bombers are getting scoring from all 4 lines and Dondre Watson has appeared to have broken out of his slump with 4 goals in his last 5 games and Greyson  Reitmeier is second in overall scoring with 45 points in 35 games.

 

Lavallee is red hot and his picked up 14 points in his last 10 games and leads the team in goals with 17. Shumlanski and Zimmer have also picked up the pace offensively  and I can hardly wait to watch this team heading into 2017 as they are very fun to watch.

 

Flin Flon will have a shorter Christmas break than normal and will be back in action when they face Laronge in a home and home December the 30th and 31st.

 

The New Years Eve game at the Whitney Forum will be a first for the Bomber organization and they are hoping lots of people will come out to kick off the new year with one of the hottest teams in junior hockey.

 

There will be lots of give aways and surprises throughout the night and game time will be 7:30.

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The Pee Wee AA Bombers will be in Swan River for a tournament starting this afternoon with teams competing from Swan Valley, The Pas, Dauphin and Thompson.

 

Flin Flon will play Dauphin today at 2:45 and Thompson tonight at 8. They will also play Saturday against Swan Valley at 11:45 and the Pas at 3:15.

 

The B-Final is Sunday at 10, followed by the A-Final at 11:45.

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Well the Flin Flon Bombers have done it again picking up their 6th straight win in December with a come from behind 4-2 win in the Battlefords last night.

 

Flin Flon found themselves down 2-0 early in the second before reeling off 4 straight goals from Hooper(2), Zimmer(11) and 2 more goals from Watson who now has 13.

 

Watson was a house on fire to start the season scoring 9 goals in his first 7 games before falling into a terrible slump that saw him go 17 games without scoring a single goal. Watson has caught fire again with 3 goals and 5 points in his last 5 games.

 

This was a game that had a lot of hype heading into it for good reason. Battlefords is first overall and the Bombers are third and these two teams have been on incredible hot streaks with both teams 9-1 in their last 10 games.

 

Not to mention this was the first meeting at the Civic Centre since Rylee Zimmer scored in double OT  to knock the Stars out of last year's playoffs.

 

It was a slow start for the Bombers in the first period getting outshot 17-9 but Zac Robidoux was on his game and he made 16 saves  to keep his team in it. Flin Flon played much better in the second and third and chased Battleford starter Joel Grzybowski early in the third.

 

Final shots were 43-37 Battleford and Robidoux won for the 11th time this season. Robidoux has been SJHL Goalie Of The Week  twice already this season,  and is making a case for his third weekly award with two huge performances on this road trip.

 

With last night's win in Battleford the Bombers have now beaten every team in the league and the head to head series between these two teams is now 1-1-0-1 with the next meeting at the Civic Centre Friday night.

 

Flin Flon's overall record is now 21-8-2-2 and have built a 13 point lead over Nipawin for first in the Sherwood Division and have moved to within 1 point of Estevan for second overall. The Bombers are also over .500 on the road at 8-7.

 

A big thanks to CJNB in the Battlefords for allowing us to pick up their feed for last night's game and we look forward to joining them again on Friday night.

 

It will be interesting to see if Head Coach Mike Reagan, Brandon Lesko and Corey Thomas rejoin the team in Battleford Friday as Canada West was eliminated from the World JR.A Challenge last night losing to the

Czech Republic 4-3 in Ot in Bonnyville.

 

Make sure you listen in again Friday night as we will join the CJNB Pre- Game Show at 7:15 with play by play at 7:30.

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The Flin Flon Bombers remain undefeated in December and kicked off their road trip with a nice 4-1 win in Laronge last night at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

 

Bomber goals came from Shumlanski (9), Lavallee (16), Etter(3) and McCausland(4) into the empty net. McCausland scored one goal in 26 games with Yorkton and already has 3 in Flin Flon in only 6 games.

 

You can see why Mike Reagan was big on him as he has fit into the Bomber lineup nicely.

 

Zac Robidoux continues to be steller stopping 33 out of 34 shots to pick up his 10th win of the season.

 

With the win the Bombers improve to 20-8-2-2 and now move 11 points up on Nipawin for top spot in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks still have 4 games in hand.

 

Flin Flon will improve to 7-7 on the road and are 8-2-1 against teams in their own division.

 

Gary Childerhose continues to do a nice job manning the Head Coaching duties with Mike Reagan at the World JR.A Challenge in Bonnyville as the Bombers won for the 5th straight time with Childerhose behind the bench.

 

Childerhose mentioned after last night's game that they are very happy with how the trip started.

"That first one is huge on a big road trip like this, and  Laronge is always a tough place to win and they always give us their best and beat us at home earlier in the season. We were really hungry to return the favour last night and we put a lot of shots on net and I thought we could of put more traffic and got to the paint more but we will be ready to go tonight."

 

The Bombers will turn their focus to the Battleford Stars as the trip continues at the Civic Centre tonight and Flin Flon's much awaited return after  they eliminated the Stars in the playoffs last spring.

 

These two teams are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack and look to be on a collision course come playoff time once again. Battleford took both games in Flin Flon October the 7th and 8th which seems like a lifetime ago.

 

Battleford owns the league's best record at 27-6-0-0-3 and have only lost 3 games at home all season, but the Bombers always play well at the Civic Centre.

 

You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com as we will take the feed from CJNB in North Battleford tonight starting at 7:15.

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The Creighton SR Kodiak boys high school basketball team will host the 7th annual Border Bash this weekend.

 

Teams will be competing from Creighton, Hapnot, The Pas, Cranberry, Norway House, Laronge, Porcupine Plain and Sandy Bay.

 

Action starts Friday afternoon with Cranberry playing Creighton at 2:30, and Laronge playing Hapnot at 4.

 

There will also be a Friday Night Shoot Out and the A-side final is Saturday at 6.

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The Norman Northstars picked up their 5th win of the season and second on the road as they knocked off Parkland in Swan River yesterday 3-2 in OT.

 

Flin Flon's Tristan Galarneau scored the winner 1:31 into the extra frame for his third point on the road trip. He had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to Parkland the day before. Norman began the trip with a 5-3 loss on Friday against Southwest.

 

The Northstars continue to battle and have been a much better team the last month or so and will finish up this weekend against Pembina Valley before their Christmas break.

 

Norman's record stands at : 5-22-0-0-1

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The SR Hapnot Queens were perfect in their first basketball tournament of the year in the Pas.

 

The Queens were 4-0 with wins over MBCI out of the Pas, Dauphin twice and beat RD Parker out of Thompson in the final 40-36.

 

Congratulations to Hosanna Church who made the all star team and to Destiny Lahonen who was the tournament mvp.

 

The Creighton SR Kodiaks were in Birch Hills and also had a very good weekend beating Naicam and Birch Hills in round robin.

 

Played a very good team from Kinistino and lost by 10 in the final to finish second. The Kodiaks are 4-2 to start the season.

 

The Creighton SR Boys will host a tournament this weekend.

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The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers were perfect at the Don Maclean tournament in Thompson this past weekend.

 

They beat Thompson 11-3, Split Lake 21-1 and Cross Lake 5-0 to put themselves in the final against The Pas.

 

Derek Koivisto led the way with a hat-trick  including an empty netter to seal the win at 5-3. Other goals were scored by Blake Lahonen and Carson Frederick.

 

Haydon Linklater stopped 20 out of 23 shots.

 

The Pee Wee AA Bombers were in Russell and they split their two round robin games beating Hamiota 6-0 and losing to Russell 12-3 and lost the Consolation final to Shoal Lake 7-3.

 

The Pee Wee AA'S will be in Swan River this weekend before wrapping things up for the Christmas break.

 

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December continues to be good to the Flin Flon Bombers, who picked up their fourth straight win in the month including a complete dismantling of one of the best teams in the league Estevan 8-3 on Friday.

 

The Bombers scored four times in the first period including Williams collecting his first ever SJHL goal when he fired a nice shot under the right arm of starting goalie Nathan Alalouf.

 

Shumlanski added his 8th of the year short handed, Nyman scored his 2nd and St.Onge picked up his 14th to put the Bombers up 4-1 after 1 which chased Nathan Alalouf from the net in favour of Curtis Meger.

 

Lacoursiere scored his 4th of the season on the powerplay in the second with Zimmer (10) and Watson (11) also scoreing  on the power play in the third. Watson's goal was a long time coming as he snapped a 17 game goalless drought when he broke in alone on Meger and fired a quick shot top left hand corner under the bar.

 

Matter of fact it was Estevan he scored his last goal against on October the 13th. There was a nice ovation from the guys on the ice and from his bench as Watson sported a big smile and finally got the monkey off his back.

 

The other Bomber goal came from McCausland who scored his third of the year and second with the Bombers in back to back games. He also scored against Weyburn on Wednesday.

 

Estevan's goals came from Barnstable, McChesney and Holt.

 

Flin Flon fired 51 shots at the tandem of Alalouf and Meger and were great on special teams going 3 for 7 on the powerplay and also scored a short handed goal.

 

This was the Bombers first win of the season over the Bruins who improve their head to head record at 1-0-0-1 and now Battleford is the only team in the league that Flin Flon has not beaten. The Maroon and White will get two chances to do that next week.

 

Zac Robidoux was back between the pipes and he stopped 32 out of 35 shots for his 9th win of the year.

 

The Bombers improve to 19-8-2-2 and they remain 9 points up on Nipawin for tops in the Sherwood after the Hawks beat Estevan 2-1 on Saturday. Nipawin has three games in hand.

 

Flin Flon also pulled to within 5 points of Estevan for second overall and the Bombers have 3 games in hand.

 

This was the Bombers last home game before Christmas and will now  play 4 in 5 nights heading into the break all on the road.

 

It all starts Tuesday in Laronge, with the much awaited return to the Civic Centre in Battleford Wednesday and Friday and wrapping up in Kindersley Saturday.

 

Wednesday's game will be the first time the Bombers return to Battleford since eliminating them from the playoffs last spring.

 

We will take CJNB'S radio feed for both games Wednesday and Friday.

102.9 CFAR'S next broadcast will be the home and home with Laronge Dec 30th and 31st.

 

 

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The Flin Flon Bombers remain red hot winning their third straight game in December taking down the Weyburn Red Wings 5-3 last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Rylee Zimmer and Greyson Reitmeier led the way with a pair of goals each. Reitmeier has taken over the team lead in goals with 16,  and Zimmer now has 9. The other Bomber goal came from Jordan McCausland his first in a Bomber uniform.

 

It is just his second of the season as he had one goal with Yorkton in 26 games.

 

The Weyburn goals came from Metheral, Rotherburger and Parker.

 

Flin Flon continues to roll with 9 wins in their last 10 games and once again lead Nipawin by 9 points for first in the Sherwood Division. The Hawks have 3 games in hand.

 

The Bombers overall record will go to 18-8-2-2 and are third overall with 40 points and split the season series with Weyburn at two wins a piece.

 

It was a banner day in Bomber land as 20 year old defenseman Eric Sinclair landed a scholarship to Alaska-Anchorage starting next season.

 

Another big announcement came out of Alberta from Team Canada  West's  evaluation camp that both Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko had made Canada West for the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

 

Mike Reagan who is serving as an assistant coach for the second straight year was thrilled with the announcement especially with no players from the SJHL making the team last season.

 

Canada West will play a pre-tournament game against Russia on Friday when they play in ST.Albert and open up the tournament on Sunday against the Czech Republic.

 

I will have an interview with Reagan, Lesko and Thomas during our second intermission in tomorrow's broadcast against Estevan.

 

Don't forget tomorrow night's game against Estevan will be the last home game before Christmas and hopefully we can get a nice big crowd as the Bombers remain one of the hottest teams in the league.

 

You might remember it was this time last year when the Bombers got really hot and started to string a lot of wins together. They won 7 out of 8 to hit the Christmas break and are on pace to make some noise heading into 2017 .

 

Don't forget to tell your friends and family to listen in out of town to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15, play by play at 7:30.

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courtesy of bombers.ca

It is a week that Eric Sinclair won't forget. After being selected the SJHL top defenseman award for his play in the last 7 days, Eric received some other good news today.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are very excited to announce that 1996 born Eric Sinclair (Kenora, ON), has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey program for the 2016-17 season.

 

“We’re really happy for Eric,” commented Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan on the commitment.  “Eric has only been with us for a short period of time, but there has been a lot of interest from schools and at the end of the day, I believe it was the commitment of Alaska to come to Flin Flon to watch Eric that helped in his decision.”

 

Sinclair has appeared in 15 games with the Bombers since being dealt to the club earlier this season, and has 16 points (3g, 13a).  Overall he has 21 points (5g, 16a) in 17 games this season.

 

“Anchorage showed a lot of interest making the trip to come to see me,” added Sinclair.  “They made an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

 

After 10 points (3g, 7a) in his rookie season, Sinclair had 45 points (13g, 32a) in 58 games last season, helping him pick up the IBAS Top Defenseman of the year honors.

 

“I’m excited to play for Alaska.  It’s kinda like home with the scenery, the outdoors feel, and it’s an experience I can’t wait to start.”

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A number of FF Minor Hockey teams will head out of town for tournaments this weekend.

 

The Pee Wee AA Bombers will be in Russell and will kick things off against Hamiota Saturday at 9:30. If they win they will play Saturday at 2:45.

 

A-Side Final is Sunday at 2:45.

 

 

The Atom A Ped's Threads Bombers and AA Northland Ford Bombers will be in Dauphin.

 

The A Bombers will play Swan River Friday at 4:45 and the Pas Huskies Saturday at 10:15. The AA'S play Thompson Friday at 7:30, The Pas at 8:30 and Dauphin at 12:15.

 

Playoffs will start at 2.

 

 

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The high school basketball season is underway in Saskatchewan and the SR Creighton Kodiak girls will be in Birch Hills this weekend.

 

The Kodiaks were in Nipawin last weekend and went 2-1 before losing to PA in the final.

 

They will play one of the top ranked teams in the province Carronport to kick things off on Friday.

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After going 7-2 in November, the Flin Flon Bombers have started December with a bang picking up two straight wins at the expense of the Nipawin Hawks.

 

Flin Flon swept the home and home on the weekend winning 4-1 on Friday and a 3-2 win at the Cage on Saturday.

 

The usual suspects led the way with the offense as Reitmeier picked up his 14th, Lavallee his team leading 15th, and Mason Etter scored his second of the season with a nice shot from the point on the powerplay.

 

Thompson and Kjargaard replied for the Hawks.

 

This is the Bombers fifth win of the year over the Hawks and no matter what happens in the next three meetings Flin Flon will take the season series.

 

It looks like Brenden Newton has bounced back and looked very solid between the pipes stopping a total of 57 out of 60 shots in the two wins and looked as composed and confidfent as I have seen him all season.

 

The Bombers will get a little more breathing room atop the Sherwood Division as they now lead Nipawin by 9 points for first , but the Hawks do have three games in hand. These head to head matchups have been huge and will likely decide first place in the division.

 

Flin Flon improves to 17-8-2-2 and are just one of four teams in the league to score more than 100 goals so far this year. The Bombers are inching closer to 500 on the road and are 6-7 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

Congratulations to Greyson Reitmeier and Zac Robidoux who have both been recognized for their great play in November.

 

Reitmeier has been chosen the player of the month for picking up points in all 9 games played including 8 goals and 10 assists. Robidoux was chosen goalie of the month winning 4 out of his 5 starts including back to back shutouts over Kindersley and Melville.

 

Robidoux also set the all time record for shutouts for the Bombers since re-entry into the SJHL, by beating Devin Buffalo's career mark of 7.

 

The Bombers will play their last two home games before the Christmas break when they host Weyburn Wednesday and Estevan Friday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Friday's game.

 

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The Norman Northstars came out on the wrong end of both games at the C.A Nesbitt Arena in Thompson this past weekend.

 

Norman hosted the second place Yellowhead Chiefs and lost both games 5-1 and 7-5.

 

The Northstars battled hard in the second game and were able to come back from a 5-1 deficit to get within a goal at 5-4 in the third period.

 

Ethan Stuckless led the way with 3 assists, and former Northstar, Flin Flon's Jeremy Dutcawich stopped 23 out of 28 shots to pick up the win against his former team.

 

Norman will now hit the road for three games this weekend starting against Southwest Friday and a pair of games against Parkland Saturday and Sunday.

 

After the weekend Norman's record falls to 4-20-0-0-1.

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The SR Hapnot Kings and Queens were in Winnipeg this past weekend representing the north in provincial volleyball.

 

The Queens went 3-6 in the round robin and made the playoffs where they would play powerhouse Dauphin losing two sets to none 9-25 and 10-25.

 

Louis Riel beat Dauphin in the final to finish first in the province.

 

The Kings went 1-8 in the round robin and did not make the playoffs.

 

Neelin out of Brandon came first.

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The Mel Pearson Novice hockey tournament wrapped up Sunday at both the Sportex and Whitney Forum.

 

Here are all the results

 

A-Event- Mel Pearson Event

 

Swan River Colts 9 -  FF Canadiens 1

 

B-Event- Jack Turner Event

 

Thompson Wild 9- Pas Huskies Red 4

 

C-Event- Scott Davidson Event

 

Thompson Jets 5- Swan River Broncos 4

 

D-Event- Paddy Ginnell Event

 

Pas Huskies Black 7- Thompson Flyers 1

 

E-Event- Cementation

 

OCN 8- FF Rhinos 1

 

F-Event- Shayne Pearson Event

 

Norway House 10- FF Oldtimers 5

 

G-Event- FF Bombers Event

 

McKeens 8 - Rhinos 4

 

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After a tough 2-1 loss in Melfort Wednesday, the Flin Flon Bombers look to start a new streak this weekend as they will kick off December with a home and home with the Nipawin Hawks.

 

It was a November to remember as Flin Flon finished the month 7-2, with their only 2 losses coming in Melfort. The Bombers out scored their opponents 40 to 19 over the course of the month and have claimed top spot in the Sherwood Division, a 5 point lead on Nipawin.

 

Both these teams were active for the first cut down day in the SJHL. The Bombers picked up forward Jordan McCausland from Yorkton for a 2nd round pick in the 2018 draft. Flin Flon has also traded 20 year old defenseman Joseph Leonidas to Steinbach of the MJHL for Troy Williams.

 

With an over abundunce of 20 year olds , you knew the Bombers were going to have to move someone. The Bombers are deep on the back end and felt that Leonidas was expendible and still have 9 20 year olds remaining.

 

Nipawin was very busy and maybe picked up the best player available in the SJHL, 20 year old Josh Bly from Kindersley. The Hawks gave up a lot in Cam Shorrock, Kyle Sargent and Jake Gerbner. Nipawin also dealt Boedy Donald to Melfort for a 2018 3rd round pick and 2019 3rd round pick and have picked up Thomas Lenchyshyn from Portage of the MJHL  for a player development fee.

 

The Hawks are obviously going for it and will look a lot different from the last time the Bombers seen them November the 18th. Flin Flon leads the season series 3-0, but all three games have been close and it looks like these will be the top two teams in the division.

 

Nipawin continues to rely on defense as they continue to lead the league in goals against with 50 in 24 games.  The Bombers are starting to put the puck in the net and their 94 in 27 games have them tied for fourth overall  in the league with Notre Dame.

 

The Hawks will have redemption on their minds tonight as it appeared they had their last meeting with the Bombers sewn up with a 3-1 lead after two periods on home ice. Flin Flon erupted for 3 goals and stunned Nipawin 4-3 to take their third win over the Hawks this season.

 

Tonight's game will be the last for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be off to Leduc Alberta after the game to get ready for Canada West's evaluatiuon camp. 11 players for the SJHL will be vying for spots including  two Bombers Cory Thomas and Brandon Lesko.

 

Lesko and Thomas will head off to Leduc after tomorrow night's game in Nipawin.

 

Both games from the home and home will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this weekend with the Murray GM Coach's Show both night's at 7:15 including tonight's from the Whitney Forum.

 

 

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The First Minor Hockey Tournament of the year will take place this weekend at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.

 

It is the Mel Pearson Novice hockey tournament featuring house league teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Norway House, Gillam and Swan River.

 

Action starts Friday with The Bomber Oldtimers playing the Pas Red at noon at the Whitney Forum and McKeens Trucking playing the Pas Black at the Sportex at 12:15.

 

Here is the complete schedule for Friday

 

The Pas Huskies Red
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Whitney Forum
12:00 PM CST
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