Sports News Archives for 2017-11

Norman Wolves Host Southwest

Fresh off a pair of wins against Central Plains, the Norman AAA Bantam Wolves return to action this weekend.

 

The Wolves who won back to back games for the first time in their history return to Thompson to host the Southwest Cougars Saturday at 4 and Sunday at 11.

 

Norman is 3-13-1 on the season and have two players from Flin Flon including Justin Lies and Oden Church. They also have three players from Pelican Narrows, Gaberick Dorian, Hayden Linklater and Tyler Bird.

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Wings Bury Bombers

 

The first ten minutes of last night's game looked like the Flin Flon Bombers might get back on the winning track. After Rob Johnson and Nate Hooper gave the Bombers an early 2-0 lead, the wheels would start to come off.

 

Weyburn would score two goals, ten seconds apart at 14:26 and 14:34 and never looked back. Wyatt Arndt and Jeremy Valazquez both were able to get shots through from the blue line to beat Bomber netminder Niklas Anderson.

 

With the game tied at two after one, the Wings would go on to score five more and take the game convincingly 7-2 in front of 500 plus at the Whitney Forum.

 

Other Weyburn goals came from Eric Olson who netted the hattrick with his 11th, 12th and 13th of the season. Tyran Brown added a pair with his 6th and 7th.

 

It was quite the turn around for Weyburn who got beat 10-1 in Nipawin the night before. This was the second straight game that Flin Flon used both goaltenders with Nik Anderson starting and getting yanked after giving up 5 goals on 25 shots.

 

Reese Jones came in relief and stopped 8 out of 10.

 

All losses sting,but this one especially tough for Bomber bench boss Mike Reagan who will be leaving the team to head out to Calgary for Canada West try-outs starting on Saturday.

 

Reagan had this to say after last night's loss. " We had full control of the game and there was a point where we had the powerplay , and I told the boys this is where we have to step on them. They just came off losing 10-1 and if we get that third goal then we probably win the hockey game. We didn't and had two breakdowns in our own end,  and all of a sudden it is 2-2. That is extemely frustrating and we give up 7 unanswered goals and that is unacceptable."

 

Flin Flon will have a different look to their lineup on Saturday when recently acquired Alex Lindstrom makes his debut in a Bomber sweater. Lindstrom was picked up in a trade with Grand Prairie on Wednesday for veteran dman Kurtis Rutledge. The Bombers have also picked up a new goaltender, Colten Lancaster from Port Alberni of the BCHL.

 

Lancaster has lots of experience with three years of junior hockey under his belt including two years with the Merrit Centennials. So far this year Lancaster is 1-8-2 with a gaa of 3.87 and save percentage of .887.

 

It doesn't get any easier for the Maroon and White who have given up 14 goals in their last two games,and will host another power house team in the Nipawin Hawks who are 2-0 against Flin Flon this season.

 

You can catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com this Saturday from the Whitney Forum with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

 

 

 

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Bombers Trade Rutledge

After a month and a half of trying to get a deal done, the Flin Flon Bombers have finally traded 20 year old defenseman Kurtis Rutledge.

 

Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan made the announcement yesterday that Rutledge was traded to Grand Prairie of the AJHL for 19 year old defenseman Alex Lindstrom and future considerations.

 

Lindstrom has 8 points in 20 games this season, and Reagan describes him as a guy that is very offensive and a tremendous skater. Reagan feels he will step in and help his blue line out immediately.

 

Reagan is relieved  to finally get the deal done, as he wanted to beat the December 1st deadline, plus be able to move on and address other needs of the hockey team.

 

Lindstrom is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Bombers host the Weyburn Red Wings. It was an up and down weekend for Flin Flon who beat Estevan 7-4 on Friday, then lost 7-3 to Melfort on Sunday.

 

This deal couldn't of come at a better time as the Bombers are banged up and won't have Doug Johnson, Tyler Nyman or Brenden Newton in their  lineup tonight.

 

Weyburn will come into the Whitney Forum reeling as the got crushed 10-1 in Nipawin last night. The Bombers may have caught the Wings at a good time as they have lost three in a row and six of their last ten.

 

This will be their last head to head meeting of the year with Weyburn winning the first three meetings including a 4-2 win in Flin Flon on October 27th.

 

This will also be Mike Reagan's last game behind the bench for a while as he is off to Calgary tomorrow for  the selection camp for Canada West,  as they determine the roster for the World JR AChallenge coming up in Truro Nova Scotia December the 10th to the 16th.

 

Flin Flon forward Crystopher Collin is one of 9 SJHL players who will be hoping to land a spot. Collin leads the Bombers in goals with 14 and second in points with 22.

 

The Bomber record stands at 8-11-1-3, with the majority of those wins coming at home at 7-3-1-2. Puck drop is 7:30 tonight, with no broadcast. We will have the Bombers/ Hawks game from the Whitney Forum this Saturday with the usual Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

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Mel Pearson Novice Tournament

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will host their first tournament of the year this weekend. The Whitney Forum and Sportex will play host to the Mel Pearson Memorial Novice Tournament starting Friday.

 

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

 

Action starts Friday with the Flin Flon Fireman taking on the Pas Huskies Red, 1:30 at the Whitney Forum. Mckeens Trucking will play The Pas Huskies White, 1:45 at the Sportex.

 

Games will happen right through the weekend with the Medal games starting Sunday at 8:30. Championship Final is at 2:30.

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Senior Queens Off To Warren

The High School Volleyball season will come to a close this weekend with the Senior Queens off to Warren for Provincials.

 

The Queens go in to the weekend with lots of momentum after going undefeated in Zones a couple of weeks ago.

 

Hapnot will kick things off Thursday against Green Valley at 2 and MacGregor at 5. Friday they play Goose Lake at 11 and Minnedosa at 2.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9.

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Wescana Inn Tournament Results

 

The Pas/OCN hosted the first big minor hockey tournament for the North, the Wescana Cup at both the GLMC and Roy H Johnston Arena.

 

Flin Flon was well represented with both the AA'S and A'S taking part.

 

The AA'S beat the Pas 5-0, tied Swan River at 4,then lost to the Pas in a shoot out in the Semi's. Flin Flon rebounded with an 8-5 win over Thompson in the B-side final.

 

The A'S lost to the Pas 4-2, tied Thompson at 4, then beat Swan River 4-3 to finish round robin at 1-1-1. They would beat Wabowden 10-0 in the C-final.

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Bombers Split Weekend Set

It was a good start to the weekend with the Flin Flon Bombers taking down the high flying Estevan Bruins 7-4 Friday night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Veteran forward Nick Shumlanski led the way with four points including two goals, his 7th and 8th of the season. Rookie goaltender Reese Jones picked up his first SJHL win, stopping 24 out of 28 shots and the Bomber power play did the job going 3 for 9 on the night.

 

This was as good as the Flin Flon power play has looked all season, and if it wasn't for some huge saves from the Estevan goaltender Matt Lukacs, the score could have been higher.

 

Full marks for a great effort and like I mentioned to Mike Reagan in the CFAR Post Game Report, there wasn't a single Bomber who didn't play well.

 

Flin Flon looked to carry the momentum into Sunday's contest with the first place Melfort Mustangs. The game started well with Daylan Marchi scoring just two minutes into the game, but  Melfort responded with two goals later in the period from Morrison and Hergott to jump up 2-1 after 1.

 

More Melfort offense in the second from Ball and Tosh, 25 seconds apart to put the Stangs up 4-1 before Flin Flon got back on the board late in the frame. Calvin Boots would close the gap to 4-2 with 40 seconds remaining in the second period.

 

The Mustangs were two much on this night as they out scored the Bombers 3-1 in the third for the 7-3 win. Tosh added his second of the night with other Melfort goals coming from Elder and Schmidt. Dawson McKenzie added his third of the year for the only Bomber goal.

 

Reese Jones started the game for Flin Flon, but was pulled early in the second after giving up 4 goals on 12 shots. Nik Anderson replaced him and he played well stopping 26 out of 29.

 

Melfort went with veteran Evan Plotnik who seems to have the Bombers number stopping 36 out of 39 shots. Plotnick has only lost four times to Flin Flon in the last three seasons. The Mustangs finished up 0 for 2 on the PP, while something you don't see very often, the Bombers didn't get a single power play chance.

 

After the weekend the Bomber's record stands at 8-11-1-3 and after last night they trail second place Nipawin by 15 points and first place Melfort by 20 points.

 

Flin Flon will continue their home stand with two more games this week including the Weyburn Red Wings in town Wednesday and Nipawin here on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast on Saturday.

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JV Volleyball Provincial Results

The Hapnot Kings and Queens JV teams were both down south representing the north in Provincial volleyball over the weekend.

 

The Queens were in Killarney and went 6-5 in the round robin, splitting with Major Pratt,Warren and Boissevain. They beat Morris 2-0 in their last round robin game. Hapnot did qualify for the playoffs and lost two sets to none to Gabrielle Roy.

 

The Kings were in Steinbach and they struggled going 1-8 in the round robin losing to Goose Lake, Rivers and Riverton. They split with Rosenort and did not make the playoffs.

 

Good luck to the Senior Queens who are in Warren for Senior Provincials this weekend.

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Bombers Battle Bruins

The Flin Flon Bombers will be back in action tomorrow night, when they will once again welcome the Estevan Bruins to the Whitney Forum.

 

The Bruins were just in Flin Flon back on November the 9th, and beat the Bombers 4-3 in OT .  The game did end in a little bit of controversy with how Estevan celebrated the OT goal.

 

Arthur Miller who the Bruins just picked up from the Western league, scored the OT  goal then went to centre ice to celebrate on the Bomber logo.

 

Let's just say the Bombers were less than impressed and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan commented on the incident. " I don't think anybody should be going to an opposing team's centre ice and logo and try to stamp their mark on their logo. I think it is insulting to our organization, and it is something I don't think they would appreciate it if we did the same thing in their building. There is no question our guys took note of it and we are pretty fired up to play."

 

Incident aside,  the Bombers need to win a hockey game and are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 and are fresh off a 5-1 loss in Nipawin on Friday. Flin Flon is a much better team at home though and own a respectable 6-2-1-2 record at the Whitney Forum.

 

If Flin Flon has any hope of trying to move up the standings in the division they will need to start stringing wins together soon,  and are currently 13 points behind second place Nipawin and 18 points behind front running Melfort.

 

The Bruins are one of the top teams in the league at 16-8-2 and sit first in the Viterra Division,  and second overall with 34 points.

 

Estevan is on a current Northern road trip where they are one and one with a 2-1 loss to Nipawin and a 5-3 win in Laronge last night. They lead the season series with the Bombers two  games to none.

 

Mike Reagan also commented today , with the December 1st deadline coming up, he would like to add a puck moving defenseman before he heads off to Calgary for Team West try-outs. He is also hoping to complete the Kurtis Rutledge deal.

 

Congratulations to the Bomber's rookie Crystopher Collin who is one of 9 players from the SJHL who will get a tryout for Team West next wek in Calgary. Collin is the SJHL Rookie leader with goals (13) and second in points (21).

 

We will broadcast tomorrow night's game against the Bruin's and I always look forward to these matchups with the great rivalry that has developed over the years. Every time these two teams go head to head it is special.

 

We are on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30. Don't forget the Bomber/Melfort Mustang game that was postponed back on November the 1st will be made up this Sunday November the 26th at 7:30.

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JV Kings And Queens Off To Volleyball Provincials

The JV Hapnot Kings and Queens, fresh off winning the volleyball Zones a couple weekends ago are headed down south to compete against the best teams in the province starting Thursday.

 

The Queens are in Killarney for Provincials and open up against Major Pratt Thursday at 3, and Warren at 6. They will play Morris on Friday at 11 and Boissevain at 2.

 

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

 

The Kings are in Steinbach and play two games Thursday against Goose Lake at 3 and Rivers at 6.

 

They will play Rosenort at 11 and Riverton at 2  on Friday. Playoffs are at 9 and the Championship Final is at 5 on Saturday.

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Catching Up With Bryan Trottier

This past Friday night, during the Flin Flon Bombers and Nipawin Hawks game, a very special guest made his way to the Centennial Arena.

 

7 time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier who was in Nipawin for a sports gala the next night, took in the SJHL contest on Friday and took time to join me on our Flin Flon Bomber broadcast.

 

Trottier talked about his visits to Flin Flon in junior as a member of the Swift Current Broncos,  and also his illustrious NHL career that included 6 Stanley Cups as a player and one as an assistant coach with Colorado.

 

Here is the interview from Friday's second intermission.

 

 

 

 

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Hawks 5 Bombers 1

It was tough sledding for a young Bomber squad who dropped a 5-1 decision to a veteran Nipawin Hawks team on Friday night at the Centennial Arena.

 

The Bombers looked pretty good for the first 5 minutes before Tyler Nyman took a 5 minute major boarding penalty which changed the complection of the game.

 

It took the Hawks only 29 seconds to strike on the mad advantage when Chad McCartney opened up the scoring when he took a nice pass from Brandon Arnold.

 

Arnold and Grant would both score break away goals  to put Nipawin in control 3-0 after 1.

 

Nik Anderson started in goal for Flin Flon and was pulled after the first when he gave up 3 goals on 9 shots, although I didn't think any of the goals were his fault.

 

Reese Jones came in to the game in the second and looked very good for limited action this season and only gave up 2 goals on 25 shots.

 

Grant Baetsen would score an early third period goal for his second of the year to put the Hawks up 4-0 before the Bombers would finally answer.

 

Rookie sensation Ethan Daniels banked a puck off the back of Declan Hobbs's skate for the Bomber's only goal of the game to make it a bit closer at 4-1.

 

The Hawks kept coming and Michael Grant scored his second of the game to seel the deal at 5-1.

 

Shots were very much in the Nipawin's favor at 34-17, and the Bombers really didn't test Hobbs much, with most of their shots coming from the perimeter.

 

Flin Flon's road woes continue and are now just 1-8-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum. Overall they slip to 7-10-1-3 and now trail the Hawks by 11 points for second in the division. Nipawin is 13-5-1-2. The Bombers will face the Hawks two more times before Christmas.

 

Some good news as Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan expects three regulars back in the lineup with McCausland, Newton and Jackson all expected to play Friday against Estevan.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call of this game with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

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Norman Wolves Offense Comes Alive

 

This would have to go down as the best weekend in the Norman Bantam AAA Wolves history.

 

Norman hosted the Central Plains Capitals in a pair of games in OCN at the GLMC on Saturday and the Roy H Johnston Arena in the Pas this afternoon.

 

The Wolves had one win on the entire season entering the weekend but picked up back to back wins including an 11-8 victory earlier today.

 

Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored the first two goals of the game to pave the way to victory.

 

Lies had a hattrick on Saturday, and Chase Bertholet from the Pas picked up 7 points. Odin Church out of Flin Flon and Hayden Linklater from Peilican Narrows split the goaltending duties.

 

The Wolves improve to 3-13 on the season and will host the Southwest Cougars in Thompson December the second and third.

 

The Norman Northstars struggles continued on the weekend dropping a pair of games to Southwest 6-1 and 5-1.

 

Thompson's Jamie Valentino and Hunter Rambow from the Pas scored the goals. Flin Flon's Keian Weseen played goal on Saturday stopping 42 out of 47 shots.

 

The Northstars fall to 0-18-0-0-1 and hit the road for three starting Friday against Eastman.

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Queens Advance

 

The Senior Hapnot Queens went undefeated and rolled over the competition in picking up Hapnot's third volleyball banner this year, and now will represent the north at Provincials.

 

The Queens went 4-0 in the round robin before beating Oxford House in the semi's, two sets to none.

 

Hapnot put the icing on the cake dominating Cranberry in the final 25-11 and 25 -12. The Queens will get a two week break before heading to Warren for Provincials on December the 1st and 2nd.

 

It looked like Hapnot may sweep the weekend as the Kings went 2-2 in the round robin, but got hot in the playoffs. The Kings beat Moose Lake in the quarters then Oxford House in the semi's to get to the final.

 

It was another Flin Flon, Cranberry final and this time FCI  pulled out the win two sets to none. Cranberry will represent the north for Provincials also in Warren in December.

 

A big thanks to the organizers and all the teams for a great weekend of volleyball.

 

      

 

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Southwest In Thompson Tonight

The Norman Northstars will get a chance to get their first win of the season when they host the Southwest Cougars tonight at the CA Nesbitt Arena.

 

Southwest has a record of 5-10 and this will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams tonight. Game time is 7:30 , and they will also play tomorrow at 7:30.

 

Norman remains in the basement in the Manitoba Midget AAA League with a record of: 0-16-0-0-1.

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Bombers Off To Nipawin

  

 

If it seems like it's been a while since the Flin Flon Bombers have played a game it is. With this past Tuesday's game against Melfort postponed due to the weather, the last time the Bombers were on the ice was 7 days ago against Estevan.

 

Flin Flon will suit up Friday in Nipawin for just the second meeting of the season with their arch rivals the  Hawks, who are one of the top teams in the league. Nipawin won the first game in Flin Flon 5-2 back on September the 22nd.

 

Head Coach and GM Doug Johnson has done a nice job with a few additions from the WHL to go along with a strong nucleus of players returning from last season.

 

Brandan Arnold, Declan Hobbs are back from the WHL, and Grant Baetsen has come come back from the Northern American Hockey league to make Nipawin a very dangerous team.

 

The Hawks are 12-5-1-2 and sit second in the Sherwood Division, just 5 points behind front running Melfort with two games in hand. Nipawin is always good at the Cage and are 6-1-0-1 so far this year.

 

Nipawin has had no problem scoring this season firing 74 into the net in only 20 games,  and have only given up 51 for a +23 differential.

 

The young Bombers are at the other end of the spectrum giving up 70 goals and only scoring 63 times for a - 7. The big challenge for Flin Flon is winning on the road, who are 1-7-0-1 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon is 7-9-1-3 and have played a lot better lately,  due large in part to great goaltending. Rookie Nik Anderson filled in admirably for Brenden Newton who was out for a month with an upper body injury. Newton made his return last Thursday and didn't miss a beat in turning aside 44 out of 48 Estevan shots.

 

The Bombers will need him to be very good again tomorrow if they are going to get the two points at the Cage. We are back on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

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Hapnot To Host Senior Zones

After winning both JV Volleyball  Zone banners last weekend, Hapnot will get a chance to keep the momentum going with another full weekend of action.

 

Senior Zones will be played at both Hapnot and McIsaac  with action starting Friday.

 

The Queens will start things off Friday against Cranberry at 12:30 and Wasagamack at 5:30.

 

The Kings play three games Friday including Cranberry at 12:30, Wasagamack at 4:30 and Split Lake at 8:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 11:30.

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Werbicki Bantam AA Bombers in Beausejour

Last Year's Midget Provincial Champions, the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are off to Beausejour  for their first tournament of the season.

 

It all starts Friday with the Bantam AA Bombers playing Pembina Valley at 6:45. They will also play the SE Blizzard on Saturday at 10, and the Pembina Central Flyers at 5:15.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 10, with the Gold medal game at 4.

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Kings and Queens Sweep Zones

 

Hapnot Collegiate hosted JV Volleyball Zones this past weekend and both the Kings and Queens came through on home soil.

 

The Queens went undefeated going 6-0 in the round robin before winning their semi final against Grand Rapids 2 sets to none. The Queens then knocked off OCN in the final 25-9 and 25-20.

 

The Kings were 6-2 in the round robin and beat St. Theresa 2 sets to none in the Semi's. The Kings also played OCN in the final and came out on top 25-20 and 25-17.

 

Both teams move on to Provincials the weekend of November the 24th and 25th. The Queens will head to Killarney and the Kings to Steinbach.

 

Hapnot will also host Senior Zones this weekend and we should have the schedule by Wednesday.

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Northstars Battle Hard

It was a gutsy effort from the Norman Northstars who played 3 games in 3 days, which ended in a tough 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers yesterday afternoon.

 

The road trip started with back to back games against Pembina Valley, Friday and Saturday. The Hawks won Friday 5-2 and Saturday 4-3. Saturday's loss really stings as Norman had a 3-1 lead in the second period.

 

Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid was back in the lineup and he picked up a goal and an assist in the three games. Keian Weseen played net in two of the three games and he played very well stopping 71 out of 80 shots.

 

It was nice to see that even without a win on the season the Northstars played hard and have not given up.

 

They will get a chance to grab their first win of the season when they welcome the 5-10 Southwest Cougars to town this weekend.

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Birch Hills Win Conferences

 

Creighton school hosted Boy's Regional Volley ball action this past Friday and Saturday.

 

Congratulations to Birch Hills who finished first with a record of 6-1, and will now host Regionals this upcoming weekend,

 

Meath Park came second and finished 5-1 and they will also qualify for Regionals, followed by Creighton at 2-4 and Senator Allen at 0-6.

 

With it being Rememberance Day on Saturday, Legion member Debbie McNeil presented Birch Hills with their medals in a nice ceremony after the game.

 

There were lots of spectators for all 4 teams and this will bring to a close the Kodiak volleyball season.

 

Basketball will start November the 20th.

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Northstars Head To Pembina Valley

The Norman Northstars are back out on the road this weekend with a pair of games tonight and tomorrow in Pembina Valley.

 

The Hawks are 7-4 on the season while the Northstars are still in search of their first victory.

 

Norman will get a boost this weekend  as Mitchell Reid who leads the team in goals with 8 makes his return to the lineup. He was out last weekend with an illness.

 

The Northstars will wrap up the road trip on Sunday in Winnipeg against the Thrashers.

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Newton Steller In Return

 

Brenden Newton was back between the pipes after a 7 game absence and looked as good as I have ever seen him in last night's game against the Estevan Bruins.

 

Newton kept his team in it  and did everything he could to steal the game, but the Bruins would not be denied in a 4-3 OT victory.

 

Nick Shumlanski also made his return to the lineup last night and opened up the scoring when he re-directed a puck over the shoulder of Maxim Sidelnik for his 6th of the season.

 

Witzke and Miller both responded  and put the Bruins up 2-1 after 1.

 

The Bombers came out in the second and played their best period of the night and scored two quick goals before the period was 6 minutes old. 

 

Lanfermann scored his 5th of the year on the power play when he converted a nice pass from Caleb Moretz, and Isaac Jackson scored his first of the season when he snuck a low shot through traffic from the point to put the Bombers up 3-2.

 

Estevan repsonded late in the period when Jake Fletcher pounced on a rebound in front of the Bomber net to even things at 3.

 

The Bruins poured it on in the third period out shooting the Bombers 22-11, but they could not get a puck past Newton who made several big saves and was able to get the game to extra time.

 

It looked like we were headed to the shoot out but with 26 seconds left in OT, Arthur Miller was left all alone in front of the Bomber net and he scored his second of the game with a nice shot just underneath the bar.

 

A great effort from the Bombers and their goaltender Brenden Newton who was the best player on the ice this night, as they would get rewarded with 1 point.

 

Final shots were 48-43 in favour of the Bruins.

 

A big win for Estevan who leap frogged Weyburn with the victory and now have 27 points on the season to lead the Viterra Division. The Bruins got some help from Kindersley last night who downed the Wings 3-2.

 

The Bombers will slip to 7-9-1-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 18 points. Flin Flon won't play again til Tuesday when they will host the Melfort Mustangs at the Whitney Forum.

 

This will be the third meeting of the year and the Bombers have played the league leaders well with a win at home and a 1 goal loss on the road. Game time is 7:30 and no broadcast of this game.

 

Our next broadcast is a week from today in Nipawin, when Flin Flon will make their first trip to the Cage this season with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

 

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Bombers Tackle Bruins

    

 

The Flin Flon Bombers will tackle the Estevan Bruins tonight at the Whitney Forum after a 7 day break.

 

Flin Flon hasn't played since last Thursday when they dropped a 4-3 decision in Melfort. Estevan is on a Northern road trip and they lost in Melfort 4-3 last night.

 

This will be the second meeting of the season between the two former WCHL rivals  with Estevan beating the Bombers at Affinity Place back on October the 15th 7-3.

 

The Bruins are 12-6-1 and are second in the Viterra Division, 1 point behind Weyburn. Estevan loves to score and have found the back of the net 87 times in 19 games to lead the league. They are led by Zach Goberis and Michael McChesney who have 58 points between them. Goberis had a hat trick against the Bombers in their last meeting.

 

Flin Flon are 7-9-0-3 and sit third in the Sherwood with 17 points. They trail Nipawin by 8 points for second and Melfort by 12 points for the division lead.

 

Good news for the Bombers, Mike Reagan commented after practice today that goal tender Brenden Newton and veteran forward Nick Shumlanski would both be back in the lineup tonight.

 

Despite going 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Bombers are playing much better since that long road trip in October and are a respectable 6-2-0-2 at the Whitney Forum.

 

No question the high flying Bruins will be a big challenge for the Bomber's young d-core who feel they have something to prove after giving up 7 goals to Estevan  back in October.

 

Congratulations to the Bombers Crystopher Collin on being selected SJHL Rookie Of The Month for both September and October. Collin leads all rookies in the league with 20 points in 19 games including 13 goals.

 

Game time tonight is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast. We are back on the air from Nipawin next Friday from the Cage  with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

 

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Creighton To Host Conferences

Creighton school will be hosting Senior Boy's  Volleyball Conferences this Friday and Saturday.

 

4 teams will battle for the top two spots and a birth in Regionals the following weekend.

 

The Kodiaks are in a pool with Sen. Allan Bird, Birch Hills and Meath Park.

 

There will be a fee of $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for students in grades 7-12 and grade 6 and under are free.

 

Here is the complete schedule:

 

Friday, November 10

 

G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status

5 7:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Creighton

2 8:00p Creighton Birch Hills Meath Park

 

Saturday, November 11

 

G Time Location Away Team Home Team Status

3 1:00p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Meath Park

4 2:00p Creighton Birch Hills Creighton

6 3:30p Creighton Sen. Allan Bird Birch Hills

1 4:30p Creighton Creighton Meath Park

 

 

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Flin Flon Ski Club Open House

The Flin Flon Ski Club is preparing for another season and their trail brushing is coming along nicely.

 

The open house is scheduled for Sunday November the 19th from 11-4 at the Chalet. PA Fresh Experience will be coming in with all the latest gear and information on Disk Golf.

 

Members of the Flin Flon Nordic team will also be on hand to answer any questions if you would like to try skiing on a competitive level.

 

You can register for any of the programs including Jackrabbits/Bunnyrabbits, Mom's and Tot's program, Adult Learn To Ski, After School Ski program and Wine and Cheese nights.

 

Memberships will be available for the upcoming year and the Ski Club is also looking for coach's for the Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit programs. They are also looking for new people to join the executive.

 

You can get more information by going to the website at flinflonskiclub.com.

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Senior Kodiaks Girls Season Comes To An End

The Senior Creighton Kodiaks Girls  were in Meath Park for Volleyball Conferences this past weekend.

 

The top two teams would qualify for Regionals the following weekend.

 

Unfortunately the Kodiaks dropped both their games to Hudson Bay in three sets and Kinistino in two sets and see their season has come to an end.

 

The Senior Boys were in Humboldt and finshed fifth overall. Creighton will host Boy's Conferences this weekend.

 

 

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Wheaties Take It To The North Stars

The Norman Northstars hosted one of the top teams in the Manitoba Midget AAA League this past weekend.

 

The Brandon Wheat Kings who sit second overall made their way to Thompson for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

 

Brandon took both games convincingly 8 to 2 and 14 to 5, to leave the Northstars winless on the season.

 

Flin Flon's Jordan Pfoh did have a goal on Saturday and Keian Weseen played one period on Friday giving up 4 goals on 19 shots.

 

The Northstars drop to 0-13-0-0-1 and they will kick off a 3 game road trip against  Pembina Valley on Friday.

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Lee Competing For U of S

Hunter Lee had a busy couple weeks wrestling with the U of S Huskies. Hunter went to Calgary to compete in the Team Duel against Edmonton.

 

Hunter won his bout two wekends ago. The next day he competed in the University of Calgary tournament where he placed second.

 

This past weekend Lee went to Vancouver to compete in the Commonwealth Games trials. He placed third in his weight class. Next day was the SFU tourney and he finished first.

 

The Commonwealth trials was a senior national team qualifier to see who would represent Canada at the Commonwealth games in Australia. This was a strong competition with lots of olympians competing.

 

These are remarkable accomplishments considering Hunter is a Junior.

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Neelin Dig Results

The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens Volleyball teams were in Brandon for the Neelin Dig this past weekend.

 

The Kings went 2-4 in the round robin and finished third in their pool. They played Virden in the playoff round and lost two sets to none 25-17 and 25-18.

 

The Queens went 1-5 in the round robin and finished fourth in their pool. They lost in the playoff round to Neelin two sets to none 25-23 and 25-21.

 

The JV Queens were in Roblin and went 3-3 in the round robin then  lost to Warren in the Semi's two sets to none to finish third.

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Bombers Drop Close One In Melfort

It was a valiant effort, but the Flin Flon Bombers came up short  losing 4-3 to the Melfort Mustangs last night at the Northern Lights Palace.

 

The Bombers took the first game in the home and home 2-1 on Wednesday at the Whitney Forum but their road woes continued last night in Melfort.

 

It's  not like Flin Flon didn't have their chances,  especially on the power play going 2 for 10, including two 5 on 3's compared to only three power plays for the Mustangs.

 

Melfort did make good on their opportunities going 1 for 3 and did score on a penalty shot which I thought was the turning point of the game.

 

With the score tied at 2 in the third, the referee's determined that Doug Johnson closed his hand on the puck in the crease and rewarded Melfort the penalty shot.

 

It looked like Johnson was in front of the crease when he in fact gloved the puck, but the referee saw what he saw and made the ruling.

 

Justin Ball was the shooter and he broke in on goal and made a nice move lifting a back hander over Nik Anderson's right shoulder for the big goal.

 

Ball would also add a power play goal later in the third period which stood as the game winner.

 

I thought the young Bomber's  battled all night and even down two goals late in the game, kept going hard at the Mustangs and did everything they could to get it to extra time.

 

The Flin Flon goals were scored by Marchi (3), Boots (4) and Nyman (3). The other Melfort goals came from Zary (4) and Albrecht (7).

 

Final shots were 37-28 in favour of Melfort. Nik Anderson got his third straight start for the Bombers and played well once again giving his team a chance to win the game. Melfort gave Evan Plotnick a rare night off and went with Hunter Arps who does have Western league experience with Brandon and Victoria.

 

Some good news for the Maroon and White as Mike Reagan mentioned on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that Brenden Newton and Nick Shumlanski should both return to the lineup next week.

 

The Bombers are off til next Thursday when they face the high flying Estevan Bruins at the Whitney Forum and will fall to 7-9-0-3 on the season and are 1-7-0-1 on the road.

 

Melfort improves to a league best 11-5-3-2-1 and are off til next Wednesday also against Estevan.

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Bombers Edge Mustangs

 

 

Make it two straight wins for the Flin Flon Bombers who edged the league leading Melfort Mustangs 2-1 last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Daylan Marchi opened up the scoring 13:35 into the opening period, and the Bombers were able to keep the momentum going after a huge win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

 

Once again it was the special teams which were the difference as Crystopher Collin would score his team leading 13th of the year early in the third period on the power play. Collin was able to get in front of Mustang goalie Evan Plotnik and re-direct a point shot from Ben Lanfermann for the eventual game winner.

 

Drew Warkentine would score the only goal for the Mustangs at 6:46 of the third, but that is the only shot that would elude youg Nik Anderson.

 

Anderson was rock solid again in picking up his second straight win and stopped 33 out of 34 Melfort shots including 12 in the third period.

 

The Bomber power play which was invisible for a good part of October,  has been fantastik the last two games going 4 for 9 and is one of the big reasons why they have been able to win two in a row. They have also killed off 12 straight man advantages including three Melfort power plays last night.

 

This should help the young Bomber confidence level, who were able to take down one of the top teams in the league without the likes of three important veterans including Brenden Newton, Jordan McCausland and Nick Shumlanski.

 

Flin Flon improves to 7-8-0-3 and have played their best hockey at the Whitney Forum  going 6-2-0-2. If they can start to win on the road, they should be able to move up the standings and challenge Melfort and Nipawin for the division lead.

 

Melfort still lead the division and overall league standings at 11-4-2-1, and are 6-1 at the Northern Lights Palace.

 

These two teams will battle again tonight in the second half of the home and home and you can catch all the action from Melfort including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:15 and play by play at 8:30.

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