The biggest weekend in Northern Manitoba high school basketball will take place with Senior Zones in Thompson starting Friday.
The Queens who are 5-1 the last two weekends will face RD Parker out of Thompson Friday at 3:30, Norway House Saturday at 8, The Pas at 11 and Cross Lake at 2.
The Kings play Cross Lake Friday at 2 , Norway House at 5 and The Pas at 8. They will play Thompson Saturday at 12:30.
Boys Final is Saturday at 3:30 followed by the Girls Final at 5.
Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host Atom A Provincials this weekend with all the games set to go at the Creighton Sportex.
It will be an all Northern affair with Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson competing.
Here is the complete schedule
Flin Flon VS The Pas 10AM
Thompson VS Flin Flon 2PM
The Pas VS Thompson 6PM
The Pas VS Flin Flon 10AM
Flin Flon VS Thompson 2PM
Thompson VS The Pas 6PM
Gold Medal Game
1st VS 2nd 10AM
Good luck to the Werbicki Bantam AA Bombers who are off to La Broquerie for Provincials this weekend.
The Bombers face Eastman Friday at 7:30 and Stonewall Saturday at noon. Playoffs start Saturday at 3 with the Championship final Sunday at 5.
The Hapnot Queens Senior Queens basketball team were in Roblin this past weekend and had a good tuneup before Zones this weekend in Thompson.
The Queens beat Roseau Valley 46-27, then beat Roblin 50-26 then lost to Grandview in the final 58-44.
The Pas hosted JV Zones this past weekend and the Queens were 2-2 and finshed third while the Kings were 1-3 and finished fourth.
Thompson won the girls beating Norway House in the final and The Pas won the boys beating Thompson in the finals.
The Norman Bantam AAA Wolves wrapped up the regular season with a pair of losses to the Eastman Selects on the weekend by scores of 9-0 and 11-0 with their only stop in Flin Flon.
The Wolves finish the regular season at 4-36 and now get ready for Provincials in Stonewall March the 12th.
Head Coach Rob Bilawks says they are going to take some positives out of the season including their first ever win at the Showcase and a win over Winnipeg earlier in the season.
Flin Flon's Rylan Potkonjak was outstanding on the weekend stopping over 100 shots in the two games and is expected to selected in the MJHL Bantam Draft in April.
Two other kids from Flin Flon were called up including Owen Slogoski and Justin Lies and both players will also head to Provincials in Stonewall in March.
One night after a heart breaking defeat to the Humboldt Broncos the Flin Flon Bombers rebounded with a 4-2 win over the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum Saturday night.
Things appeared to be going good on Bobby Clarke Night Friday when the Bombers grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Zimmer and St.Onge.
Humboldt would rebound and beat Zac Robidoux three times on five shots on goals from Swystun, Posch and Korol who got the game winner with less than 4 minutes remaining in the opening frame.
All the scoring came in the first period as Humboldt picked up a much needed win to hold on to 5th spot in the overall standings and are 4 points up on both Weyburn and Notre Dame.
A costly loss for the Bombers who dropped their second straight on home ice after only losing once in regulation in their previous 24 home games.
Flin Flon did recover and came out with a solid effort against another desperate team in Melfort on Saturday.
The Bombers built up a 3-0 lead midway through the second period on goals from Lavallee(25), Reitmeier(25) and Etter(8). Mathew Hermary put the Mustangs on the board with a short handed goal late in the second and the Bombers took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after 2.
Tosh gave the Mustangs some life with a goal early in the third but Rylee Zimmer delivered the knockout punch just a couple minutes later and Flin Flon went on to win 4-2 collecting their 36th win of the season.
Brenden Newton was solid in goal stopping 28 out of 30 shots. A decent performance from Derrick Hucul who got the start in place of Evan Plotnick who didn't even make the trip. Hucul stopped 34 out of 38 Bomber shots.
Nipawin is back in sole possesion of first place in the Sherwood Division after wins over Battleford and Estevan on the wekend and lead the Bombers by 2 points.
Both teams have 3 games remaing and the Bombers still control their own destiny if they beat Laronge in the home and home this weekend and beat Nipawin in regulation next Tuesday as they own the tie breaker.
The last game of the regular season between Flin Flon and Nipawin meant a lot last year and it looks like it may come down to the final game once again.
The Bomber record stands at: 36-14-2-3 while Nipawin is 38-14-2-1. The Bombers are 6-1 against the Hawks in head to head games which has given them the chance to still finish first.
Nipawin will finish up with a home and home against Melfort this weekend before heading to Flin Flon next Tuesday March the 7th.
You can hear both Bomber games against Laronge this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show this Friday from Laronge starting at 6:45.
The Flin Flon Bombers have 5 games remaining in the regular season as they try to clinch first place in the Sherwood Division and second overall.
A couple of desperate teams make their way to the Whitney Forum this weekend including Humboldt tonight and Melfort tomorrow.
Humboldt was one of the hottest teams in the league til mid November before they got dessimated with injuries, and are desperately trying to hold on to 5th overall and avoid the Survivor Series.
The Broncos have 56 points and are just 1 point up on both Notre Dame and Yorkton who are both playing better hockey lately. Humboldt have 5 games remaining while the Hounds have 6 and the Terriers just 3.
Flin Flon lead the season series against the Broncos 2 games to 1 including a win at the Whitney Forum in their last meeting 4-1 November the 25th. This could be a possible playoff meeting if the Hawks finsh first in the Sherwood and the Broncos hold on to 5th.
Despite the Bronco struggles Chris VanOs- Shaw remains one of the best offensive players in the league and is 6th in points with 63 and second in goals with 34. He is the only Bronco in the top 20 in scoring while Flin Flon has 5 players including Reitmeier (67), Lavallee(57), Zimmer(53), Shumlanski(51) and Sinclair(48).
Melfort the defending back to back Canalta Cup Champions are on the verge of maybe not even making the playoffs. After a decent start this year the Mustangs are really struggling and have only 1 win in their last 10 games.
The Mustangs have 46 points and hold on to the last playoff spot , 4 up on Melville. Melfort have 5 games left while the Mills have 6.
Flin Flon and Nipawin both have 75 points and both have 5 games left. The Bombers own the tie breaker as they have beat the Hawks 6 out of the 7 meetings this season.
There should be a great playoff atmosphere in the building this weekend with all 3 teams having a lot to play for.
To put a little more icing on the cake, Flin Flon Bomber and Philadelphia Flyer icon Bobby Clarke will be at the game tonight as TSN is putting together a nice feature on Clarke and Flin Flon.
No broadcast of tonight's game but 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have tomorrow night's game against the Mustangs including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.
The Norman Bantam AAA Wolves will play a pair of games in Flin Flon this weekend as they will host the Eastman Selects.
Games are this Saturday at the Sportex at 7 and 11AM at the Whitney Forum on Sunday.
Rylan Potkonjak is the starting goalie and Justin Lies and Owen Slugoski will both be ap'd for the weekend, so there will be a total of 3 Flin Flon kids in the lineup this weekend.
MBCI out of the Pas will host JV Basketball Zones this weekend with teams competing out of Flin Flon, The Pas, Norway House, Cross Lake and Thompson.
The JV Queens will play two games on Friday against The Pas at 2 and Thompson at 5.
The JV Kings play The Pas at 2 and Norway House at 6:30.
Action continues throughout the weekend with the Finals set to go Saturday at 4.
The Senior Hapnot Kings will be in Swan River and are in a pool with the host team and Russell.
Hapnot will open up against Swan Valley Friday at 5:20, before playing Russell Saturday at 10:40. Playoffs start at 12:30 with the Championship game at 7.
The Norman Northstars wrapped up the Manitoba Midget AAA hockey season this past weekend with a pair of losses to the Parkland Rangers.
Parkland beat Norman 5-2 Saturday and followed that up with a 7-2 win on Sunday.
Norman will finish the season at 7-36-0-0-1 and end up 11th overall.
Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless finished second in team scoring with 33 points (17 goals and 16 assists).
Tristan Galarneau was third with 24 points (6 goals and 18 assists).
The SR Hapnot Queens basketball team were in Russell this weekend where they ended up going undefeated and won the tournament.
The Queens beat Killarney 51-32, Roblin 55-31 and beat Russell in the final 45-32.
The Senior Queens will be in Roblin this weekend and the Kings travel to Swan River, while the JV teams are in The Pas for Zones.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers had another solid performance in Swan River this past weekend.
The Bombers beat Preeceville 3-0, Dauphin 7-2 and the Pas 4-3 in the semis.
Flin Flon lost a close game to Killarney 5-4 in the final to finish second.
This was a good tune-up for Provincials which will take place in La Broquerie March the 3rd to the 5th.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, Eastman, Dauphin, Stonewall, Pembina Valley, Brandon, Southeast and The Pas.
Greyson Reitmeier's 24th of the season was all the offense the Bombers needed as they bounced back from a 7-3 loss at the Whitney Forum Tuesday, to rally for a 4-0 win at the Cage in Nipawin last night.
Zimmer (19), Lavallee (24) and Lesko (21) all added insurance goals in the third period as the Bombers beat the Hawks for the 6th time in 7 meetings this season.
Zac Robidoux only had to make 18 saves for his 5th shutout of the year and 10th of his career.
Flin Flon managed to beat Kristian Stead 4 times on 32 shots and are once again in sole possession of first place in the Sherwood Division and second overall. Nipawin still has a game in hand.
The Bombers improve to 35-13-2-3 while the Hawks fall to 35-14-2-1 and winners of 14 out of their last 16 games.
Flin Flon made adjustments after their 7-3 loss to Nipawin on Tuesday and did an excellent job not allowing Nipawin to get a lot of good offensive chances in tight on Robidoux.
Mike Reagan had this to say on last night's CFAR Post Game Show. " I was very happy with our response tonight, to be able to come into this building which is a tough place to play just like the Whitney Forum. To not only win but get a shutout and only give up 18 shots was impressive. We played great defensively, not giving up one odd man rush and I thought that was key to the victory. A big part of the games was to kill off all those powerplays in the second period , kudos to our penalty kill and Robidoux was very good. Your best penalty killer has got to be your goalie and Robidoux was tonight."
Flin Flon went 1 for 4 on the PP, while Nipawin was 0 for 7.
A great crowd in Nipawin with 736 announced and many of the fans wearing Maroon and White. This game definately had a playoff feel and you get the sense that these two teams are on a collision course to meet some where in the post season and would make one great league final.
This game speaks volumes about the Bombers character in not only winning the game, but how they won it.
The Bombers have 5 games remaining in the regular season and 4 of those will be played at the Whitney Forum.
Flin Flon will host Humboldt and Melfort this weekend, before a home and home with Laronge March the 3rd and 4th before closing out the season with the Hawks at the Whitney Forum March the 7th.
The outdoor classic which was supposed to be played on Ross Lake today has been postboned til next weekend. Our next broadcast of Bomber hockey will be next Saturday's game against Melfort with Jamie Smalley on the call.
It all starts with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Norman Northstars will close out their Manitoba Midget AAA League season this weekend when they host the Parkland Rangers.
The two teams split the first two meetings in Parkland back in December.
Parkland sits 8th overall at 16-22-0-1-3 while Norman is 7-34-0-0-1 and is in 11th spot.
The two games will go Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30.
The SR Hapnot Queens basketball team is off to Russell for a tournament this weekend.
Hapnot will play two round robin games on Friday against Killarney at 5:45 and Russell at 9:15.
Playoffs start Saturday at 2.
The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will get one more tune- up tournament before Provincials in March as they will head to Swan River this weekend.
The Bombers are in a pool with Dauphin, Preeceville and Killarney.
Flin Flon will play Preeceville Friday at 6:30 in Minitonas, and Dauphin Saturday at 2.
Playoffs start Saturday at 4, with the Gold medal game Sunday at 3.
Well if you got to last night's game late, chances are you might of been a little surprised walking into the building and seeing the Bombers down 5-1 before the game was even 10 minutes old.
That is exactly what happened as the red hot Nipawin Hawks picked up their 14th win in their last 15 games with a solid 7-3 win last night at the Whitney Forum.
The Hawks scored two quick goals from Bly and Grant to chase Zac Robidoux just 6 minutes into the opening period. That seemed to spark the Bombers who cut the deficit to 2-1 on Eric Sinclair's 16th of the year short handed.
Unfortunately that is as close as Flin Flon would get all night as Nipawin reeled off 3 more from Milligan, Baetsen and Harasymuk to take a 5-1 lead after 1. Brenden Newton came in to relieve Robidoux and stopped 2 out of 5 in the first period.
Flin Flon played much better in the second and made it a little more respectible scoring a pair of goals to make it 5-3 after 2. St.Onge picked up his 21st on the powerplay and Nyman broke in all alone and tucked a puck under the right pad of Stead for his 6th of the season.
Nipawin would get a couple of insurance goals in the third from Bly, who scored his second of the night and 17th of the season, while Milligan also scored his second of the game on the pp to seal it with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Final powerplay chances were Nipawin 3 for 6 and Flin Flon 1 for 5.
Mike Reagan Head Coach and GM of the Bombers had this to say after the game. "I am pretty frustrated with the start of the game, it seemed like everything went against us. We shouldn't be down 5-1 when you outshoot a team 12-11 after the first period. We lose 7-3 and we give up 25 shots , that just shouldn't happen. I don't think we played bad but we really shot our selves in the foot."
The Bombers lose at home for just the second time in regulation this season despite out shooting the Hawks 43-25. Flin Flon still holds on to top spot in the Sherwood at 34-13-2-3, while Nipawin improves to 34-13-2-1 and are now just 2 points behind the Bombers with 2 games in hand.
The re-match is set for this Saturday in Nipawin and the Bombers have taken all 3 meetings at the Cage so far this year and will need to be on top of their game if they are going to win this weekend.
You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.
The Don Holmes Rink is off to Winnipeg to compete in the Senior Provincial Curling Bonspiel starting next Wednesday February the 22nd at the Deer Lodge Curling Club.
The Don Holmes rink consists of Grant McLuckie, Russ Kennedy and Dave Salahub.
They would like to thank their sponsors the Victoria Inn and FF Credit Union.
RD Parker out of Thompson hosted curling zones this past weekend.
Hapnot had 3 girls rinks compete with Nawrocki going 2-2, Kittle was 1-2 and Faktor 0-3.
Armstrong from MBCI went 4-0 and beat Hapnot's Nawrocki in the final.
Catcher out of MBCI beat Rd Parker in the boys final.
This past Saturday was a historic night for Flin Flon's Ethan Stuckless who suited up for his 100th game in a Norman Northstars uniform.
Unfortunately the Central Plains Capitals rolled into Thompson and beat the Northstars 10-1 Saturday and followed that up with a 7-1 win on Sunday.
Stuckless who is an assistant captain this year is having a very productive season with 33 points, that is 17 goals and 16 assists in 38 games which is second on the team.
After the weekend Norman will slip to 7-34-0-0-1 and close out their season this weekend against Parkland at home.
Hapnot hosted a JV Basketball tournament this past weekend at both Hapnot and McIsaac.
In the girls bracket Thompson finished first going 3-0 including a 64-28 win over Swan River in the final.
Norway House beat Hapnot in a close game 50-47 for third.
In the boys Swan River went undefeated and beat The Pas 56-47 in the final.
Creighton came third beating Hapnot 56-40.
One night after shallacking the Laronge Ice Wolves 11-0 at the Whitney Forum, for Hockey Night In Flin Flon, the same two teams were at it in Laronge for the rematch Saturday night.
This time it was a lot tighter affair with the Bombers pulling out a 4-3 win. It looked like the Bombers might blow the doors off for the secondt straight night building up a 3-0 lead after one on goals from St.Onge (20), Beebe (4) and Etter (7).
Laronge responded with a good second period and cut the deficit to 3-2 after 2 on goals from Hanson(1) and Peck(8).
Rylee Zimmer who just nicely got back in the lineup scored a big insurance goal early in the third, on the power play to put the B'S back on top 4-2. It was Zimmer's 18th of the season and stood up as the game winner, because Laronge would once again make it a 1 goal game when recently acquired Austin Shumlanski scored his second of the year with less than 6 minutes remaing in the third period.
Down 4-3 late, Laronge pressed but could not get the equalizer past Gunnar Neilson who stopped 35 out of 38 shots for his second win of the year in a Bomber uniform.
Laronge goaltender Luke Lush was spectacular stopping 57 out of 61 Bomber shots including 24 out of 27 in the first period.
Lush was hung out to dry many times the night before, but shook that off and really came out and competed hard for his team on Saturday and was the biggest reason they stayed in the game. He really should get some recognition for Goalie Of The Week for his gutsy performance.
After the weekend the Bomber record will improve to 34-12-2-3 good for 73 points, which is 4 up on Nipawin for tops in the Sherwood with the Hawks still enjoying 2 games in hand.
Battleford did the Bombers a favour beating Nipawin 4-2 on Saturday to snap the Hawks 13 game winning streak and give Flin Flon a little more breathing room atop the division.
The matchup that everyone has been waiting for is just a couple days away with the Hawks and Bombers colliding at the Whitney Forum this Tuesday. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since December the 3rd and Nipawin has a much different look to their lineup now.
The Bombers own the season series winning all 5 matchups and will have the tie breaker if these two teams are some how tied at the end of the year.
Hope to see you for what should be the most anticipated matchup so far of 2017 this Tuesday at the Whitney Forum, with puck drop at 7:30. No broadcast of this game but 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the rematch in Nipawin on Saturday night.
Hapnot Collegiate is hosting a JV Invitational basketball tournament this weekend.
Boys games will be played at Hapnot and the teams in Pool A include Hapnot, The Pas and Dauphin. Pool B - Creighton, Thompson and Swan River.
Girls games will be played at McIsaac. Teams in Pool A- Hapnot, The Pas and Thompson. Pool B- Creighton, Norway House and Swan River.
Action starts Friday afternoon with the Hapnot Kings against the Pas at 4, and the Queens will also play the Pas at 4.
Games will continue all day Saturday with the finals at 6:30.
The Senior Hapnot Kings will be in Winnipeg for the 12th annual Nelson McIntire Mac Attack with their first game against the host team Friday at 3PM.
If the Kings win they play Saturday at 11:40, if they lose they play Friday at 8:30.
The Flin Flon Skating Club attended the 2017 Norman Regional Starskate Championships and Funskate held in Thompson, February 3-5, 2017.
Six figure-skaters from our club competed well and placed in the following events:
Star 3 FreeSkate - Bronze
Star 3 Spins - Bronze
Star 3 Elements - Bronze
Star 2 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 2 Spins - Silver
Star 2 Elements - Silver
Star 2 Improv - Bronze
Star 4 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 4 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Gold
Silver Interpretive - Bronze
Star 3 FreeSkate - Silver
Star 3 Spins - Silver
Star 3 Elements - Silver
Star 4 FreeSkate - Gold
Star 3 Spins - Gold
Star 3 Elements - Gold
Star 3 Improv - Bronze
Bronze Interpretive - Silver
Star 2 FreeSkate - Bronze
Star 2 Spins - Bronze
Star 2 Elements - Silver
Star 2 Improv - Silver
Events with Single Entry (no medals given as only one competitor entered)
Star 3 Showcase - Victoria Pedwell
Star 4 Team - Danielle and Suzanne Nelson
Hapnot Collegiate took part in a big high school wrestling tournament this past weekend in Edmonton.
The Lee brothers Carson and Hunter put on another great performance and both came home with medals.
Hunter was 4-0 and brought home Gold. Carson finished 4-1 and won Silver.
Other Hapnot athletes were Keelan Salamondra 3 wins, 2 losses, Mathew Laliberty 1 win , 2 losses and Rayne Petryk, lost one match and got injured.
Great job and congratulations to all the athletes.
Great news for the North as Flin Flon has been chosen to host Hockey Provincials for both Atom and Pee-Wee in March.
Atom Provincials will be played the wekend of March the 3rd to the 5th with teams competing from Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas. All games will be played at the Sportex.
Pee Wee Provincials are scheduled for the weekend of March the 10th of the 12th with teams competing from Flin Flon, Thompson, Brandon, Portage, Morden, Stonewall and MacDonald.
Complete schedules will be posted closer to the event.
For the first time in 2017, the Flin Flon Bombers have dropped two games in a row. After falling 3-2 to Notre Dame Saturday, the Bombers lost to Estevan 4-2 yesterday.
Flin Flon got into penalty trouble in the first period, going short handed 7 times but managed to fight through that and were dead locked at 1 after 1.
Jake Fletcher opened things up for the Bruins on the power play just 1:29 in before Connor Beebe tied the game re-directing a puck past Nathan Alalouf for his third of the season at 9:45.
No scoring in the second period, but the Bombers did take their first lead of the game when Greyson Reitmeier collected his 27th of the season on the powerplay at 2:59 to start the third period.
It looked like that might hold up as the game winner, but the Bruins turned it up a notch and scored three unanswered to steal this one at Affinity Place.
Josh Rieger scored a pair of goals at 14:27 and 18:21, before Matt McNeil would seal the deal with an empty netter with only ten seconds remaining.
Zac Robidoux suffered his first loss since December the 16th stopping 29 out of 32 shots.
After the first period power play's evened up with both teams going 1 for 7 with the extra attacker.
Flin Flon comes back off the long road trip at 2-2 and sit at 32-12-2-3, first in the Sherwood and second overalll, but the Nipawin Hawks are quickly closing the gap.
Nipawin is just 4 points back with three games in hand. They play three more times this year including their next meeting Valentines Day at the Whitney Forum.
Next up for the Bombers will be a home and home with Laronge this wekend. Don't forget Friday's home game will be absolutely free as it is going to be " Hockey Night In Flin Flon" sponsored by Hudbay, The City Of Flin Flon, Town Of Creighton and Village Of Denare Beach.
Spread the word, is all you have to do is show up and you will be admitted absolutely free. Other highlights include a documentary being filmed about Flin Flon and the Bombers. A group out of New York will be filming and interviewing people with stories to tell.
A 50/50 will also start at $1,000.00 courtesy of Twin Motors and last year someone took home over 6 grand. So make sure you buy a ticket and game time is 7:30.
The Teagan Quinn Memorial Pee Wee tournament wrapped up earlier today at the Creighton Sportex and Whitney Forum.
Here are the results from the AA Division.
Gold Medal game - Thompson beat Swan River 8-1
Bronze- Swan 5 The Pas 3
Consolation- Dauphin 6 Flin Flon 3. Flin Flon goals - Jacob Kuzmiak, Harland Jacobsen and Magnus Pearson.
Gold Medal- Nipawin 7 Thompson 0
Bronze- Laronge 9 Norway House 2
Consolation- Flin Flon 7 Norway House 4. Flin Flon goals Tye Buke (3), Lukas Nabess (2), Evan Reid and Carson Straile.
The Teagan Quinn Memorial Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend at both the Whitney Forum and Sportex.
Teams will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Swan Valley, Norway House, Thompson, Dauphin, Nipawin and Laronge.
Flin Flon Bombers VS Pas Huskies 1PM Whitney Forum
Swan Valley VS Norway House 1PM Sportex.
Swan Valley VS Thompson 2:45 Whitney Forum
Flin Flon Bombers VS OCN 2:45 Sportex
Dauphin VS The Pas 4:30 Whitney Forum
Norway House VS Nipawin 4:30 Sportex
Flin Flon VS Swan Valley 6:15 Whitney Forum
Thompson VS Norway House 6:15 Sportex
Thompson VS Dauphin 8PM Whiney Forum
Laronge VS Swan Valley 8PM Sportex
Action continues throughout the weekend with the playoffs starting Sunday at 10.