Sports News Archives for 2017-04

Schanowski Off To Senior Bowl

Congratulations to Creighton's Jordan Schanowski who is the first player ever  from the Northern Saskatchewan Football League to get the opportunity to play in the Senior Bowl in Saskatoon.

 

Jordan went down and competed in the Saskatchewan Senior Camp which featured the top high school football players from  across Saskatchewan this past weekend.

 

Jordan was the captain of the Kodiaks 6 man football team this past season and was awarded their Defensive Player Of The Year and Defensive Warrior. He also got a chance to play with his brother Logan who also had a great career with the Kodiaks.

 

Logan played three seasons while Jordan played two as he travelled to Germany for a student exchange program.

 

Both brothers plan to head off to Royal Military College in Kingston this fall.

 

The Senior Bowl will take place in Saskatoon Monday  may the 22nd.

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Minor Hockey AGM

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be hosting their AGM on Wednesday May the 3rd, 7 PM at the Northern room at the Victoria Inn.

 

The agenda will include updates on program changes from Hockey Manitoba and elections for the executive plus questions from the floor.

 

For more information you can go to the FFMHA website or facebook page. You can also send an e-mail to flinflonminorhockey@gmail.com.

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Year End Interviews With Sinclair and Lacoursiere

The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up their season with their annual awards and banquet this past Sunday at the Victoria Inn. I had the chance to sit down and chat with SJHL Defenseman Of The Year Eric Sinclair and Bomber captain Braden Lacoursiere about their  careers in the league and what it means to be a Bomber.

 

You can hear those interviews by clicking the link below.

 

https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bomber Award Winners

 

The Flin Flon Bombers officially wrapped up their season last night at the Unwinder at the Victoria Inn with their year end awards.

 

A big thanks to Dave and the crew at the Vic for hosting the event and a big thanks to Dan and his staff at the Chicken Chef for a delicious meal.

 

The Bombers also want to recognise their corporite sponsors, volunteers, parents, billets and board members for all their contributions from  the past season.

 

Here is last night's award winners:

 

Royal Bank 3 Star Award Winners

1. Zac Robidoux

2. Eric Sinclair

3. Greyson Reitmeier

 

George Leel Memorial- Most Points- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Flin Flon Bomber- Most Popular Player- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Coach's Award- Greyson Reitmeier

 

Darcy Bancroft- Best Defenseman- Eric Sinclair

 

CFAR Most Valuable Player- Eric Sinclair

 

Burkees Sports Lounge Playoff MVP- Eric Sinclair and Kristian St.Onge

 

Patty Ginnell- Most Improved- Connor Beebe

 

Nick Oklobdzija Award- Rookie Of The Year- Nate Hooper

 

Pat Spiller Memorial- Leading Goal Scorer- Jason Lavallee

 

Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Tyler Nyman

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial- Most Dedicated- Brandon Masson

 

Howard Fox Courier- MR.Hustle- Nick Shumlanski

 

Chicken Chef- Unsung Hero- Kristian St.Onge

 

Creighton Furniture &Appliance Centre- Defensive Player Of The Year- Kristian St.Onge and Braden Lacoursiere.

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Badminton Results

 

 

Hapnot Collegiate hosted its annual Bird Bash badminton tournament this past weekend. 85 athletes from Swan River, Thompson,The Pas, Grand Rapid, Cranberry Portage and Flin Flon played 780 games of badminton over the two day event,which was run in all four Flin Flon School Division schools. The tournament winners were as follows:

 

Jr. Varsity Boys
Singles- 1st Josh Luce MBCI, 2nd Lucas Mack MBCI  Grady Bedford from HCI was fourth.
Doubles - 1st Josh Luce and Cliff Salisbury MBCI, 2nd Jani Hlady and Jeremy Katcher
 
Jr. Varsity Girls
Singles- First Erica Anderson RDPC, Second Jemedie Morris HCI
Doubles First- Kyla Spruyt and Tessa Sass Snow Lake, Second Erica Anderson and Charita Bighetty-RDPC
 
Mixed- First- Kyla Spruyt and Gregory Carswell-Snow Lake, second Josh Luce and Ally Finnerty MBCI
 
Sr. Varsity Boys
Singles-First Kristen Bender-SVSD, Second Gavin Alcock-RDPC
Doubles-David Muller/Miles Adamchuk-SVSD, second Justin Francis JHK with Brenden Bighetty GR
Sr. Varsity Girls
Singles-First Alyssa Campbell-RDPC, second Coral Zamzow SVSD
Doubles-First -Charissa Ferland/Ashelle Dick-GR, second- Kali Cummings/Alyssa Campbell RDPC
 
Mixed
First-Ashelle Dick/Brenden Bighetty GR, second Coral Zamzow/Kristen Bender SVSD
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who put in many hours organizing and thank you to the coaches and athletes for a great weekend of competition.

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Bombers Season Comes To An End

 

 

After one of the craziest playoff games I can ever remember the Flin Flon Bombers came out on the short end of a 6-5 score at the Whitney Forum and the Battleford North Stars are the 2017 Canalta Cup Champions.

 

The Stars sweep the best of 7 league final 4 straight and went undefeated in their playoff run reeling off 12 straight wins. The 1982 Prince Albert Raiders were the last team to do this.

 

I thought this would be Flin Flon's night after chasing starting goalie Joel Grzybowski after the first period.

 

Battleford scored the first goal for the fourth straight game when Gerein picked up his fourth of the playoffs just 5:31 into the opening period.

 

Flin Flon came right back when St.Onge scored his 6th, putting a shot through Grzybowski's legs when he got open in the slot. The Stars took back the lead when Hall got in alone on Robidoux and picked up his second of the playoffs.

 

The Bombers got a big break when Tyler Nyman shot a puck just outside the Battleford blue line that hand cuffed Grzybowski and made it's way over his left shoulder with only 3 seconds left in the first period.

 

Nate Bedford wasn't happy with the goal and made the switch with Taryn Kotchorek coming out to play the second period. Kotchorek was the story in game 3 and I was quite surprised that he didn't start game 4 in the first place.

 

The Bombers greeted Kotchorek with a goal from center ice just 50 seconds into the second period and took their first lead of the series 3-2 when Troy  Williams scored his first career playoff goal. All kinds of momentum was going the Bombers way and they capitalized on a 5 on 3 powerplay when Nick Shumlanski buried a slap shot for his second of the post season.

 

Flin Flon was all of a sudden up 4 to 2 and it looked like their fortunes were going to change and they would get the series back to Battleford for game 5 Friday.

 

The Stars then decided to get serious and a couple of their veterans stepped up in Delainey and Young who both picked up late second period goals to tie the game at 4 after 2.

 

Any time Battleford has needed a big goal in this series they have been able to get it done and they kept their foot on the pedal and came out flying in the third.

 

The big guns Young and Downs scored quickly and all of a sudden the Stars were up 6-4. Mike Reagan made a goal tending switch to spark his team and lifted Robidoux in favour of Brenden Newton.

 

The Bombers would make it a 1 goal game when St.Onge would score his second of the night  and 7th of the playoffs on the powerplay with just over half a period to go.

 

Flin Flon couldn't get any closer as Kotchorek would close the door the rest of the way and the Stars would hold on for a crazy 6-5 win en route to their second championship in franchise history.

 

Final shots were 48-36 in favour of Battleford, with the Bombers going 2 for 5 on the PP and the Stars wound up 0 for 4. Robidoux stopped 34 out of 39 while Newton stopped 8 out of 9.

 

Battleford goalies saw Grzybowski stop 8 out of 10 and Kotchorek was 23 out of 26.

 

Mike Reagan, Gary Childerhose, Chris Bortis and the rest of the players and organization should hold their heads high after giving us another great year of quality hockey. This is the first time since the early 70's that a Flin Flon team has made it to the league final in back to back years (not counting the Norman league.)

 

There are many reasons to celebrate this year including a second place finish, 39 wins and only 3 regulation losses at home in the regular season. The Bombers also had 6 players with 50 points or more including Greyson Reitmeier who won the SJHL scoring race with 79 points.

 

Eric Siclair picked up his second straight Best Defenseman of the year award and 4 Bombers received NCAA scholoships including Reitmeier, Sinclair, Lavallee and Corey Thomas.

 

Good luck to the graduating 20 year old's , Zac Robidoux, Greyson Reitmeier, Jason Lavallee, Eric Sinclair, Kristian St.Onge, Mason Etter,Teal Sobkowicz, Brandon Masson and team captain Braden Lacoursiere.

 

These young men have done an outstanding job representing the team, league and community and deserve a big pat on the back for their contributions to the organization the last few seasons.

 

A big thanks to the board, volunteers, fans and sponsors who continue to make this the model franchise of the SJHL and all the work you do does not go un-noticed and your efforts continue to keep junior hockey in Flin Flon.

 

Thanks for another great year of memories and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

 

 

 

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Backs Against The Wall

 

It was by far their best effort of the series but the Flin Flon Bombers still came up short losing a heart breaker 2-1 in OT last night at the Whitney Forum to go down 3 games to none in the Canalta Cup Final.

 

After a bit of a shaky start, the Bombers skated very well and I thought had the Stars back on their heels for a good chunk of the game especially in the second and third period.

 

Battleford did score  first for the third straight game when Holinaty capitalized on a Bomber turn over in their own zone when Layne Young intercepted a pass and found Holinaty alone in front of Zac Robidoux who was back between the pipes  for game 3.

 

This was Holinaty's 10th of the playoffs which opened up the scoring early in the second period and looked like it may be enough offense the way that Taryn Kotchorek was stopping everything thrown in his path.

 

Kotchorek put on a goaltending performance for the ages stopping 42 out of 43 Bomber shots including point blank chances from Reitmeier, Zimmer, Sobkowics and a break away from Lesko in Ot. Who ever said that Battleford's goal tending was their weak spot must be watching different games than me,nothing could be further from the truith.

 

Jordan McCausland was the only Bomber to score as he re-directed a Mason Etter shot from the point that just sqeaked past Kotchorek mid way through the third period. This was McCausland's first game of the finals and he was certainly one of the best Bombers on the ice bringing lots of energy and winning lots of face offs at key times.

 

The Whitney Forum crowd was electric and did everything they could to spur the home team on. The Bombers pressed and kept going at the Stars and were constantly in their faces but could not get another puck past Kotchorek who was the best player on the ice.

 

The teams ended up 1-1 after regulation and both played their first over time game of the playoffs. Lesko had the best chance for the Bombers in OT when he got sent in alone on Kotchorek and fired a shot into his abdomen.

 

Battleford pretty much capitalized on their first really good chance when Connor Logan took a nice pass back of the Bomber net and scored high glove on Zac Robidoux for the Stars 11th straight playoff win.

 

The Stars are now just one win away from their first league title since 1999,and second in franchise history.

 

No more room for error for Flin Flon who now have the task of having to reel off 4 straight wins if they want to win the series. The ironic thing is the Stars only league championship from 1999, saw the Stars come back from 3 down to shock Weyburn, so it can be done.

 

The Bombers just have to take it game by game and it all starts tonight at the Whitney Forum. A solid performance from Zac Robidoux who saw his first action of the finals last night stopping 36 out of 38 Stars shots through OT.

 

Special teams were much better for Flin Flon as well as they ended an 0 for 12 slump on the powerplay with McCausland's goal in the third period. The Bomber penalty kill was solid shutting the door on both Star opportunities.

 

It was a great atmosphere at the Whitney last night and what a difference from the first two games on the weekend. You can just feel the passion as soon as you walk through the doors and that is what playoff hockey should feel like.

 

Hope to see you there again tonight as the Bombers will be playing for their season and will try to get the series back to the Civic Centre for game 5 Friday. We hit the air at 7:15 for the Murray GM Coach's Show and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

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Stars Take First Two

The Battleford Stars have taken the first two games of the SJHL Canalta Cup Final by scores of 3-0 and 5-1 at the Battleford Civic Centre this past weekend.

 

You could tell that both these teams hadn't seen each other since December as there was a real feeling out process in the first period Friday and was one heck of a slow game for a league final.

 

Saying that the Stars did what they had to do scoring a goal in each period including the game winner from captain Kendall Fransoo who suited up for his first playoff game of the year on Friday night.

 

Coby Downs won a face off directly back to Fransoo and he let a wrist shot go from the point that fooled Brenden Newton and made it's way into the back of the net to give the Stars a 1-0 lead after 1.

 

Insurance goals came from Holinaty and Sych, and that was way more than enough insurance for Taryn Kotchorek who only had to make 19 saves for the win. Most of those shots came from the perimeter and I thought the Bombers only managed a couple of good scoring oppurtunities in close all game.

 

Mike Reagan said on the 102.9 CFAR Post Game Show that his team looked tired and would be much better for game 2 Saturday.

 

Flin Flon did come out and had a much better first period in game 2 and looked like they were going to strike at any time before a piece of plexi glass broke which led to a delay late in the first period.

 

The Stars were able to rebound after the break and once again scored the first goal when Delainey re-directed a puck past Newton with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first period. The Stars were not done there as Layne Young would bat a puck out of the air with only 2 seconds remaining in the opening frame when he was left all alone in front of the Bomber net.

 

Battleford would take a 2-0 lead to the locker room and after a couple squandered 5 on 3 opportunities for the Bombers including a goal post for Sinclair and a cross bar for Lavallee, the Stars scored again in the second when Nachtegaele completed the nice pass from Jensen to make it 3-0 Stars.

 

The Bombers continued to battle hard and got rewarded with their first goal of the final when Daylan Marchi converted a nice feed from Brandon Lesko for his first ever SJHL playoff goal late in the second period.

 

It looked exactly like the break the Bombers needed, but they couldn't get any more pucks past Joel Grzybowski who started game 2 making 31 saves picking up his third win of the playoffs.

 

Battleford got a couple more insurance goals in the third from Downs and Holinaty to win game two 5-1.

 

Overall a much better effort from the Bombers in the second game but still find themselvers down 2 games to none with the series switching back to the Whitney Forum for games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Brenden Newton started both games and played very well stopping 63 out of 71 shots and I would think would start game 3. The Bomber powerplay will have to get better they are 0 for 9 in the two games including a couple of 5 on 3's.

 

Mike Reagan and the Bomber players have hardly given up and like their chances back at the Whitney where they only lost 3 games all season. Flin Flon also lost the opening two games to Nipawin in the Semi- Final and were able to fight their way back to win the series.

 

We have talked about it lots, the character and leadership of this group and I can tell you right now the Bombers are confident they can still win this thing and realize a win Tuesday gets them right back in the series.

 

Full marks to the Stars who didn't get to the final by accident. They are a very deep team that has won 10 straight in the post season and been very opportunistic and don't make many mistakes.

 

The loud and proud Whitney Forum will be a good challenge for them and let's face it there is no louder building in junior hockey. I can hardly wait to see the passionate  Bomber fans again this Tuesday and if they can get behind their team early look out.

 

Once again 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

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Canalta Cup Dates Announced

The SJHL announced the dates for this year's Canalta Cup Championship Series between the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars which will start this weekend.

 

These are MB times

 

Friday April 14th in Battleford 8:30

Saturday April 15th in Battleford 8:30

 

Tuesday April 17th in Flin Flon 7:30

Wednesday April 18th in Flin Flon 7:30

 

if needed

Friday April 21 in Battleford 8:30

Sunday April 23rd in Flin Flon 7:30

Tuesday April 25th in Battleford 8:30

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Back To The Finals

 

A 36 save performance from Brenden Newton led the Bombers to a 3-0 win last night at the Whitney Forum and a 4-3 series win over the Nipawin Hawks in what turned out to be a very entertaining SJHL Semi Final.

 

Newton was sensational once again between the pipes and only gave up 2 goals in 11 periods of work after taking over the crease in the second period of game 4. He has patiently been waiting for his opportunity and is seizing it.

 

It was a very loud energized crowd at the Whitney Forum, as Flin Flon played host to a game 7 for the first time since 1974 back when they were still in the Western Hockey league.

 

It only took 4:20 into the opening period before Nate Hooper capitalized on a Hawk turn over back of their net and flipped a puck over a helpless Kristian Stead to put the Bombers up 1-0 early.

 

Jason Lavallee would score a beautiful goal in the second when Brayden Lacoursiere fired a puck into the Nipawin zone and Lavallee jumped on the rebound to put a back hand into the top of the net to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy.

 

Lavallee leads the team with 6 goals in the playoffs and I swear they have all been highlight reel goals.

 

Nipawin threw everything they could on net, but just  couldn't get a puck past Newton and Hooper would seal the deal with an empty netter with just over a minute to go.

 

This was a series for the ages as the Bombers were able to rally from a 3-1 deficit against a very good Nipawin Hawk team that have been on a tremendous run since January. Mike Reagan was confident all series long and knew his locker room had what it took to come back even with a 3-1 deficit.

 

15 players remain from their run last year and I remember talking to Lacoursiere and Zimmer specifically before game 6 in Nipawin and they made it quite clear they wern't done playing hockey yet.

 

This will be a very fitting Canalta Cup Final with the top two seeds facing each other, not to mention the rematch from last year's SJHL Semi-Final when the Bombers stunned the Stars in 5 games.

 

They haven't seen each other since December and the Stars did take 3 out of 4 from the Bombers in the regular season. Flin Flon did manage a win at the Civic Centre in Battleford where the Stars only lost 4 games all season.

 

I think this is a series a lot of people wanted to see and is even more interesting with the Bombers success against the Stars in the playoffs last year.

 

The entire community is rallying around this team and it is great to hear from former players,players parents and former and current Flonners all over the world. This run is bringing everyone together and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will be there every step of the way.

 

As soon as we get the schedule for the league final we will post here.

 

I would like to thank the Nipawin Hawks for a great series and congratulate Doug Johnson and their entire organization on an incredible run in the second half of the season and appreciate their co-operation very much.

 

I have been going to Nipawin for over 20 years and they have always treated me and the radio station very well and certainly appreciate their organization very much. First class all the way.

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Badminton Invitational

Flin Flon will be hosting an invitational  badminton tournament April the 21st and 22nd at all 4 gyms including McIsaac, Ruth Betts, Hapnot and Many Faces.

 

Athletes  will be competing from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson, Grand Rapids and Moose Lake.

 

There will be between 500 and 600 games with action starting at 5 Friday and wrapping up around 4 on Saturday.

 

Some of the top players from the province will be coming in with well over 100 students expected to take part.

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Phantom Lake Soccer Club AGM

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club  AGM was held last night at the Northern Room at the Victoria Inn. The 2017 executive is Tauvia Alexander President, Keely Patterson Vice, Colleen Tower Secretary and Heather Fleming Treasurer.

 

Due to the length of the Flin Flon Bomber season they will not be having an indoor tournament this year, and still plan to start the regular season the first week of May weather permitting.

 

You can still register on line at phantomlakesoccer.com and if you register after this Thursday you will have to pay a $25.00 late fee.

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Game 7 Here We Come

Yes the Flin Flon Bombers are just one win away from going back to the Canalta Cup Final for the second straight year.

 

The Maroon and White Express tied up the best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final with the Nipawin Hawks after a solid 5-1 win at the Cage last night.

 

Flin Flon came out flying and scored 3 first period goals from Sinclair(4), Lavallee(5) and Reitmeier(5) to put the Hawks back on their heels after the opening 20 minutes.

 

Eric Bolden would get a puck past Brenden Newton early in the second, but that is as close as Nipawin would get as Newton closed the door the rest of the way stopping 33 out of 34 shots.

 

Sinclair would answer that with his second of the contest and fourth of the series, before Kristian St.Onge would seal the deal with an empty netter late in the third period.

 

The Bombers look like they may have solved Kristian Stead beating him 5 times on 31 shots, with one being an empty netter. Special teams were a big factor with Flin Flon going 3 for 6 on the pp and the Hawks going 0 for 6 including 5 straight man advantages in the second.

 

Momentum is everything and the Bombers have plenty of that after staving off elimination the past couple of games and will now get a chance to host a game 7 for the first time since their re-entry into the league.

 

The Bombers have played in 3 game 7's all on the road including  the Championship final in 93, Melfort in the Survivor Series in 2006 and Notre Dame in 2015

 

It looked like the Bombers were about to bow out after falling down 3 to 1 in this  series, but this veteran group is pulling it together and are getting contibutions from everyone and seem to be getting better every game.

 

They are doing a lot of the little things well, whether it is Rylee Zimmer winning faceoffs, Nick Shumlanski making an incredible rush down the ice or SJHL Scoring Champion Greyson Reitmeier blocking shots, this team is showing incredible character.

 

Brenden Newton has been amazing,  only giving up 2 goals in the last 8 periods of work and seems to be in the zone.

 

Mike Reagan has been  preaching all series that they only had to win one game at the Cage and they  got that accomplished and have earned the right to host game 7 Tomorrow in what should be a capacity crowd at the Whitney Forum.

 

15 players remain from last year's remarkable run and I really get the impression they don't want to quit playing hockey yet.

 

No question, tomorrow night will be an electric atmosphere and the Bombers are hoping for 1500 strong to be a part of history as they will host their first ever game 7.

 

Bring your radios and tell anyone who can't be there to listen to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com as we get set for the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

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Lee Brothers Capture Gold

Congratulations to Hunter and Carson Lee who both won Gold medals at Cadet/Juvenile Wrestling Nationals in Windsor Ontario this past weekend.

 

Hunter won Gold in the 100KG and Carson won Gold in the 76KG.

 

Carson also secured a spot for team Canada for the under 17 team at United World Wrestling Trials , while Hunter was selected Outstanding Juvenile Wrestler for Nationals.

 

We hope to have an interview with the Lee brothers Tuesday on our Norman Sportsline program. I will keep you posted.

 

 

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Do Or Die Tonight

After a tough 4-1 loss at the Cage on Wednesday , the Flin Flon Bombers are now one strike away from being eliminated in their best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final against the Nipawin Hawks.

 

Nipawin make their way to the Whitney Forum tonight up 3 games to 1 and all the momentum as they used a strong first period in game 4 to take a strangle hold in the series.

 

The Hawks scored all 4 goals in the first period and chased Zac Robidoux in the process as the Bomber netminder was hung out to dry many times.

 

Medicine Hat's Brenden Newton took over late in the first and played quite well stopping all 22 shots he faced, but the damage was done. It will be interesting to see who Mike Reagan starts  in goal tonight.

 

You take away the first 12 minutes from Wednesday night and I think the Bombers played pretty well but are struggling to score goals. Only 5 players have found the back of the net in this series with Sinclair and Reitmeier leading the way with a pair . St.Onge, Hooper and Sobkowicz have also scored.

 

Flin Flon needs a lot better start and stop spotting the Hawks big leads. Nipawin has scored the first goal in all 4 games and were up 3-0 in game 2 and 4-0 in game 4. The way that Stead is playing right now has been more than enough offense and the Hawks have been able to sit back and trap.

 

The Bombers were one of the best teams at home all season and like their chances at the Whitney Forum tonight and are hoping for a big Flin Flon welcome for game 5.

 

I expect the Maroon and White express to come out flying and I  am going to predict that this will be their best effort of the series.

 

Flin Flon could be down a couple of bodies as Corey Thomas received a match penalty at the end of game 4 and could receive as much as a 3 game suspension. Mike Reagan said they would send in the video and appeal, so we will find out the verdict tonight.

 

Brandon Masson also left the game with an upper body injury and his staus is unknown.

 

Don't forget to join us for all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com tonight with the Murray GM Coach's Show hitting the airwaves at 7:15.

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Back In The Series

 

 

Greyson Reitmeier's second goal of the game on the power-play early in the third period stood up as the game winner as the Bombers held off Nipawin 3-2 last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon is now back in the series trailing the best of 7 SJHL Semi Final 2 games to 1. The other Bomber goal came from Nate Hooper who batted a puck out of the air for his second of the playoffs in the second period.

 

This was the first time the Bombers had the lead in the series and would not relinquish it. The Hawks got goals from Bolden and Arnold.

 

One of the big stories from game 3 was Declan Hobbs getting the start in goal for Nipawin. He started his first game of the playoffs and stopped 31 out of 34 shots and I thought played pretty well for the situation he was put in.

 

No explanation was given from Doug Johnson about the status of the SJHL Goalie Of The Year Kristian Stead and it will be interesting to see if he gets back between the pipes tonight.

 

Zac Robidoux started his 8th straight playoff game and turned back 25 out of 27 Nipawin shots including a penalty shot from Grant Baetsen in the second period.

 

Baetsen has already been a big story in the series with 2 game winning goals. Robidoux was terrific last night and made a lot of quality timely saves and was a big factor in the win.

 

The Bomber powerplay scored for the second straight game and ended up being the game winning goal early in the third period.

 

These two teams will square off again tonight at the Cage in Nipawin and 102.9 CFAR will be there with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and drop of the puck at 8:30.

 

With the Bomber win last night, there is a guaranteed game 5 Friday at the Whitney Forum.

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Play Ball

It is just about time for another Flin Flon/Creighton Minor Ball season.

 

Registration is taking place this Saturday April the 8th 11-4 at the Creighton Sportex and again Saturday April the 22nd from 11-4 at the Sportex.

 

There is also going to be an intro night for any kids who have never played baseball before to come give it a try on Tuesday April the 18th from 6 to 8pm.

 

Last year was a very positive season with over 100 kids registered and there were also 3 travel teams. You can find out more by going to the web-site ffcrminorball.com.

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Bombers Down Two

 

 

The Nipawin Hawks are up two games to none in their SJHL Semi- Final with the Flin Flon Bombers after a pair of one goal victories on the weekend.

 

The Hawks rolled into the Whitney Forum Friday and won a nail biter 2-1 on a late third period goal from Grant Baetsen. Baetsen grabbed a loose puck at center ice and raced down the right side cutting into the Bombers zone and beat Zac Robidoux with a nice low shot stick side with just over 2 minutes remaining.

 

I thought we were headed to OT, especially the way both goalies were playing. Robidoux stopped 40 out of 42 shots while Stead stopped 37 out of 38.

 

Eric Sinclair scored the lone Bomber goal and Keegan Kjargaard had the other goal for  Nipawin.

 

The two teams headed to the Cage in Nipawin for game 2 on  Saturday. The Hawks would open up the scoring for the second straight game when Brandon Arnold flipped a back hand over Robidoux's right shoulder midway through the first period.

 

The Hawks kept coming in the second period and scored two more goals courtesy of Josh Bly and the second in as many games from Grant Baetsen to make it 3-0 Nipawin after 2.

 

Flin Flon just couldn't seem to get any breaks and I was wondering if they would be able to put a puck past Stead who was stopping pucks he wasn't even seeing.

 

The Bombers finally got their powerplay working when Eric Sinclair blasted a laser beam past Stead 6:10 into the final period. This really got the Maroon and White going and they went on to dominate the rest of the game.

 

Flin Flon kept attacking and got rewarded late when Kristian St.Onge scored his fourth of the playoffs lifting a nice snapshot just underneath the bar to make it 3-2 with 1:34 remaining in regulation.

 

With Robidoux on the bench for the extra attacker, the Bombers kept pressing and were buzzing all over the Hawks zone looking for the tieing goal. I thought the way they were pressing they were going to get the equalizer, but some how the puck stayed out and Nipawin barely hung on for the 3-2 win.

 

A couple things that jumped out at me from game two was Eric Sinclair hitting the post in the opening minute. You can't help but wonder if he scores there maybe it sets a different tone for the game. I also thought the Bombers carried the play for most of the game and if they even had a extra couple minutes might of been able to pull out the win.

 

The Hawks came out in the third looking pretty comfortable with the 3-0 lead and almost let it slip away as the Bombers never quit and may have sent a message that this series is a long way from being done.

 

Flin Flon outshot Nipawin 36 to 20 and 17-3 in the third period. Mike Reagan was happy with what he saw in the third period and is looking forward to getting back to the Whitney Forum for game three on Tuesday.

 

It will be interesting to see if the Bombers can get the lead and how the Hawks respond, as they have not trailed once in the opening two games. Nipawin is a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs while Flin Flon is 4-3.

 

Great to see 1000 plus in both buildings for the opening two games and here's hoping we get another 1000 Tuesday as the Bombers need to get a win under their belt to get right back in this series.

 

Don't forget we will be back on the air with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

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