Sports News Archives for 2018-02

Flin Flon Athletes Off To MB Winter Games

Thompson will host the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games sponsored by Manitoba Hydro starting Sunday.

 

Flin Flon will be well represented in gymnastics, including the coach Casey Ranks and 4 athletes who are Shayna Mucha, Navea Simard, Grace Dubinak and Shonte Church. This will be the third Manitoba Games for Ranks who is going for the second time as a coach and competed once as an athlete.

 

Grace Dubinak has been chosen the flag bearer for team Norman.

 

Justin Lies and Joie Simon will also represent Norman in Bantam Hockey.

 

Opening Ceremonies will take place Sunday and the games will take place til Saturday March the 10th.

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Terriers Down Bombers In Shoot-out

The Flin Flon Bombers kicked off their 4 game in 5 night road trip with a 3-2 shoot out loss to the Yorkton Terriers last night at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

 

Tyler Nyman who suited up for Flin Flon for the first time in 2018 opened the scoring for the Bombers at 3:54 of the first period.

 

It would take the Terriers just 3 minutes to tie the game when Cole Keenlyside scored on a short handed break away.

 

The former Melfort Mustang, Josh Dobberthien put the Terriers up 2-1 after 2 on the powerplay.

 

It looked like that may be enough, but with a late powerplay and the goalie pulled, Flin Flon found a way to tie the game when Brandson Hein jumped on a loose puck in front of the Terrier net with just under 2 minutes remaining.

 

This was Hein's 8th of the year in 14 games since joining the Bombers from Everett of the WHL.

 

OT settled nothing and these two teams would have to decide the game in a shoot-out. The last time they met in Yorkton on January the 26th, they also went to the shoot-out which lasted 11 rounds.

 

This one ended a lot quicker and only took 3 shooters.

 

Josh Dobberthien was the first Terrier to shoot and he beat Brenden Newton with a quick snap shot over his right pad.

 

Joe Marcouillier who was great all night stopped all 3 Bomber shooters including Hooper, Collin and Moretz. Moretz was the player who won it for Flin Flon the last time they went to the shoot-out with Yorkton.

 

Final shots were 37-29 in favour of Flin Flon, with the Bombers going 1 for 6 on the pp. The Terriers finished up 1 for 5.

 

Flin Flon will take the season series getting 7 out of a possible 8 points.

 

Every point counts, especially at this time of the year so the Bombers will take their one point and prepare for Melville tonight.

 

The Mills have been playing good hockey down the stretch and have moved to within 3 points of the Bombers for 9th overall. Both teams have played 53 games.

 

You can catch all the action from the Horizon Credit Union Centre with Mike Stackhouse tonight, beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

 

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Pee Wee Bombers Off To Provincials

The Pee Wee Bombers are off to Dauphin for Provincials starting this weekend.

 

Flin Flon will open up against Springfield on Friday at 4, then play Peguis Saturday at 10.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9 with all the Finals to be played Sunday starting at 9:30.

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Hapnot Will Host Senior Basketball Zones

Flin Flon will host Senior Basketball Zones starting this Friday at Hapnot and McIsaac.

 

The Hapnot Queens will be in a pool with OCN and Norway House. The Kings are in a pool with OCN and Chief Sam Cook.

 

The Queens will play OCN Friday at 3 and Norway House at 6. The Kings will play OCN Friday at 4:30 and Chief Sam Cook at 7:30.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at noon, with the Girls Final at 2 and Boys Final at 4.

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JV Queens Bring Home Banner

The JV Hapnot Queens went undefeated and won their second straight Basketball Zone in OCN on Saturday.

 

The Queens went 4-0 before knocking off the host team 46-38 in the final.

 

Hapnot will now move on to provincials in Somerset Manitoba the wekend of March the 9th and 10th.

 

The JV Kings also had a strong showing in going 4-0 in the round robin and semi-finals. Unfortunately the Kings dropped the final to OCN 47-44.

 

Rob Abbot the JV Kings head coach was very impressed with how his team performed as they played all weekend with just 6 players due to injury.

 

 

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Skiers Win Medals In North Battleford

 

The Saskatchewan Winter Games just wrapped up in North Battleford and Flin Flon was well represented by the Flin Flon Nordic Ski Team.

 

All 4 skiers represented their region and community very well.

 

David Richard finished first in the Male 8km Classic Race on Thursday.

 

Sarah Faktor finished second in the Female 8km race on Thursday.

 

On Saturday Grady Bedford and David Richard made up 2 parts of the 3 x 1km Gold winning  North team.

 

Sarah Faktor and Jesse Kozar made up 2 parts of the Female 3 x 1km Silver medal winning North team.

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Northstars and Wolves Season Comes To An End

Both the Norman Northstars and Bantam AAA Wolves saw their season come to an end this past weekend.

 

The Northstars hosted the Winnipeg Bruins and they dropped both games 8-2 and 16-1.

 

It was a tough season for Norman who finish with a record of 4-43-0-0-1. It was a good year for Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid who led the team in goals with 18 and finished fourth in points with 29.

 

Jordan Pfoh led all defensemen in scoring with 16 points in 48 games including 7 powerplay goals.

 

The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves were in Killarney for Provincials and they lost all three of their games to Interlake 8-2, 6-3 to Eastman and 8-4 to Central Plains.

 

Flin Flon's Justin Lies scored three goals in the three games and Odin Church played very well in goal  stopping  upwards of over 60 shots a game.

 

This will end the Wolves season, but Justin Lies year will continue as he has been selected to play in the Manitoba Games starting in Thompson this weekend.

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Chrisp Comes Out On Top

 

The Uptown Curling Club hosted the first ever 50 and over Mixed Bonspiel which wrapped up earlier this afternoon.

 

All proceeds went back into the club, with $1,425.00 raised.

 

In the Main Event Chrisp defeated McCluckie

 

Second Event- Dianne Burwash over Janice Cassidy

 

Consolation- Anne Hardy beat Dale Connolly

 

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Hawks Sweep Bombers

The Nipawin Hawks used their special teams to take all four points from the Flin Flon Bombers this past weekend in a home and home series.

 

On Friday is was the powerplay that propelled Nipawin to the victory. The Bombers looked poised to take Friday's game with a 2-1 lead with just under 5 minutes remaining in regulation.

 

That is when the game took a drastic change and the Bombers found themselves down two men for almost a full four minutes.

 

The number one powerplay in the league went to work and the Hawks scored twice to win the game 3-2 and shock the over 1000 in attendance.

 

Let's just say the Whitney Forum faithful were less than impressed and thought the referee decided the outcome of the game.

 

This last four minutes spoiled another brilliant performance from Brenden Newton who appeared to be on his game once again. I thought the way the game was going that the Hawks would be lucky to score one goal, let alone three.

 

Nipawin goals came from Harasymuk, McDougall and Arnold. Ben Lanfermann and Brandson Heine replied for the Bombers.

 

Saturday the venue would shift to the Cage in Nipawin where the Hawks have only lost twice in regulation all season.

 

This time the Bombers were on the powerplay five straight times in the first period,  including two five on threes.

 

Flin Flon couldn't convert and you knew as the night went on, that things would even out and the Hawks would get their chances.

 

After a scoreless first period, Nipawin went to work and scored five unanswered goals in the second. The Hawks did get two powerplay goals from Josh McDougall and Brett Harasymuk with even strength goals from Arnold, Tremblay and Simoneau.

 

Jordan McCausland scored the Bombers only goal early in the third, when he grabbed a loose puck and went in and deeked out Declan Hobbs for his second of the season.

 

Nipawin would restore the five goal lead when Michael Grant buried a shot from the slot and the Hawks skated away with the convincing 6-1 win.

 

Brenden Newton got a rare night off and Colten Lancaster started and ended up stopping 36 out of 42  shots. Declan Hobbs started back to back nights and ended up with 24 saves on 25 shots, but wasn't really tested.

 

The Hawks win the season series 6-2.

 

Nipawin will now get a little more breathing room on both Battleford and Melfort for first overall. The Hawks lead the Stars by 6 points and the Mustangs by 7. Nipawin and Battleford both have 5 games left while Melfort has 6.

 

As for the Bombers, 9th is certainly not a lock as Melville has moved to within 2 points of Flin Flon with the Bombers having one game in hand.

 

They play each other once more at the Horizen Credit Union Centre in Melville this Wednesday. This will be the second game on the four in 5 night road trip which starts Tuesday in Yorkton.

 

Flin Flon will finish up in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan on Saturday before returning home to play Melfort and Laronge.

 

You can catch all four games from the Bomber road trip as our broadcast colleague Mike Stackhouse will have all the broadcasts for us here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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Bombers Tackle Hawks Again

The Flin Flon Bombers will meet the Nipawin Hawks for the second time this week and 7th time this season, tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

Flin Flon picked up the 3-2 win on Monday and starting goalie Brenden Newton was nothing short of spectacular making lots of key saves especially in the third period.

 

Newton picked up his 15th win of the season and has a gaa of 2.96 and save % of .911. You can't help but wonder if Newton was healthy all season, where the Bombers might be in the standings today.

 

After going 30 games without a loss in regulation, the Hawks have dropped two in a row and first place overall is certainly not guaranteed with Battleford just two points behind. Nipawin does have a game in hand.

 

Melfort still has a chance to catch Nipawin as well, as the Mustangs have moved to within 7 points of the Hawks for the Division lead and first overall. They still have to play two more times this season and Melfort has beaten them 6 out of 8 meetings this year.

 

Nipawin still has a lot to play for and this weekend's home and home with the Bombers could go a long way in the standings.

 

The Hawks lead the season series 4-2, but this is a different Bomber team, and I think will give Nipawin another good battle tonight. Flin Flon continues to play well in the second half of the season with only 5 regulation losses in 2018.

 

I think the pressure is on the Hawks as it looks like the Bombers are pretty poised to finish 9th as they remain 6 points behind Kindersley with only 8 games remaining. Flin Flon is more concerned just playing well down the stretch and want to make sure they stay ahead of Melville.

 

The Mills have been playing better and are only 4 points behind the Bombers with Flin Flon having two games in hand. They play each other one more time, next Wednesday.

 

We will not have tonight's broadcast from the Whitney Forum, but will have the re-match tomorrow from the Cage in Nipawin.

 

Once again we hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

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Northstars Wrap Up Season

In what has to be described as a very difficult season, the Norman Northstars will play their final two games of the year at home, hosting the Winnipeg Bruins.

 

Norman who are 4-41-0-0-1 on the season are coming off their biggest win of the season ,a 2-1 victory against the Thrashers last Friday.

 

The Bruins are 28-13 on the season and game times are 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at the C.A Nesbit Arena in Thompson.

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JV Basketball Zones In OCN

Junior Varsity Basketball Zones will be held this weekend at OCN. Both the JV Kings and Queens will take part.

 

The Kings are in a pool with OCN, Cranberry, ST Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and Easterville.

 

The Queens are in a pool with OCN, Cranberry, Chief Sam Cook, ST Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and Easterville.

 

Action starts Friday with the Kings playing Grand Rapids at 3:45 and Easterville at 6:15. The Queens play Easterville at 2:30 and Grand Rapids at 6:15.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 9, with the Girl's Championship at 1 and the Boy's Championship at 2:30.

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Mixed Bonspiel Draw

The Uptown Curling Club will host the first ever 50 and over Senior Mixed Bonspiel starting on Saturday.

 

There are 8 rinks taking part and here is the opening draw at 10AM.

 

Anne Hardy VS Sue Chrisp

Jim Meyer VS Russ Kennedy

Grant McCluckie VS Dale Connolly

Diane Burwash VS Janice Cassidy

 

There will be two more draws Saturday  at 1:30 and 4, with the finals Sunday at 2. All the proceeds from this bonspiel will go back into the club.

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Swimmers Bring Home Medals

The Flin Flon Aqua Jets had 7 swimmers travel down to Winnipeg for Junior Provincials this past weekend.

 

Congratulations to Ryan Nawrocki who picked up a Bronze in the 50 meter Fly, Tamika Dumas a Silver in the 100 Fly and Madison Campbell a Bronze in the 50 Freestyle.

 

All 7 swimmers who competed got personal bests and were able to take any where from 1 to 30 seconds off their personal time.

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Bombers 3 Hawks 2

 

It was a special Family day rare Monday night game at the Whitney Forum as the Flin Flon Bombers hosted the Nipawin Hawks in what turned out to be a very entertaining game.

 

Both teams were trying to shake off losses to the Melfort Mustangs over the weekend.

 

The Bombers started well and came out and hit everything in sight and were rewarded with the first goal of the game. Rob Johnson was able to re-direct a point shot past Jake Anthony to give Flin Flon an early 1-0 lead in the second.

 

The Hawks answered with a power play goal 5 minutes later when Casavant converted a feed from Arnold for his 14th of the year.

 

Ethan Daniels, who I think is one of the best penalty killers in the league broke in alone and fired a shot between Anthony's legs with under a minute remaining in the second period to put the Bombers up 2-1 after 2, on a beautiful short handed goal.

 

This was the turning point in the game and gave Flin Flon some much needed confidence coming out for the final period.

 

Nipawin is a very good team and you know they wern't just going to lie down and let Flin Flon coast for the victory.

 

Daven Smith stepped out of the penalty box and took a terrific feed from Arnold and busted in alone to beat Brenden Newton up high just underneath the bar to tie the game at two.

 

The Bombers shook that off and once again found the back of the net when Nate Hooper scored his 19th of the year to put the Maroon and White up 3-2 mid way through the third.

 

Brenden Newton did the rest and continues to give his team a chance to win every time he steps on the ice as he stopped 41 shots including a couple of dazzling saves in the final moments allowing the Bombers to hold on 3-2.

 

Final shots were 43-41 in favour of the Hawks. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the PP.

 

Good news for the Bombers as we near playoff time, Newton looks to be in playoff mode and relishes playing in the big games. He has been one of the best tenders in the second half of the season and looks as confident as I have seen him the past couple of seasons.

 

After going 30 games without a regulation loss, Nipawin has now dropped two in a row and are only two points up on Battleford for first overall. The Stars beat Weyburn yesterday.

 

The Bombers have moved to within 6 points of Kindersley for 8th and both teams have 8 games remaining in the regular season.

 

Flin Flon and Nipawin will meet two more times this week including a home and home on the weekend. Friday at the Whitney Forum and back at the Cage on Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast  Saturday's game.

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Bantam AA Bombers Finish Second In Swan River

The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers looked good in their last tune-up tournament before Provincials.

 

Flin Flon was in Sawn River where they went 2-0 in the round robin out scoring Thompson and Dauphin 9-6.

 

Blake Alexander led the way scoring 5 goals with  singles coming from Austin Mclean, Chase Busby, Austin Weseen and Morgan Daneliuk.

 

The Bombers pounded OCN 8-1 in the semi's on a hat-trick from Nolan Rideout, two goals from Morgan Daneliuk and singles from Blake Alexander, Chase Busby and Connor Colgan.

 

Flin Flon would face Dauphin in the final and this time came up short losing 3-0.

 

Just one more tournament to go and the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers will not have to travel far for provincials.

 

They will take place in the Pas March the 2nd to the 4th.

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Family Day Game

 

 

The Flin Flon Bombers return to action tonight as they will host the hottest team in Junior hockey, the Nipawin Hawks in a special Family Day Monday night affair at the Whitney Forum.

 

Both teams are coming off losses to the Melfort Mustangs with the Bombers dropping a 3-2 decision at the Palace on Friday night.

 

It looked like we were headed to extra time but the Mustangs crashed the Bomber net and scored with just under a second left to stun the visitors.

 

I thought the Bombers played a very good road game and actually led 2-1 on Doug Johnson's first ever SJHL goal early in the third period. The Stangs came right back on the next face off and tied it which I thought was the turninig point of the game.

 

Saying that, Flin Flon is playing good hockey and know they deserve a better fate from their good effort on Friday.

 

Nipawin comes to town after a 7-3 loss to Melfort on Saturday which snapped Nipawin's 29 game unbeaten streak in regulation. The last time Nipawin lost a game in regulation was November the 10th, also to Melfort 2-1.

 

The Hawks took all kinds of penalties and were short handed for a good chunk of the game. I expect them to be in a foul mood for the first of three head to head games this week.

 

They will play tonight and Friday at the Whitney Forum, with the third game in Nipawin on Saturday.

 

The Hawks lead the season series 4 games to 1, with the Bomber win coming at the Whitney Forum, 4-3 in OT on December the 2nd. Calvon Boots had the winner  and this was also the first ever SJHL win for goalie Colten Lancaster.

 

The Bombers remain 9th overall at 19-23-3-4 which is 8 points behind Kindersley. Flin Flon does have a game in hand.

 

Even though Nipawin has been on quite a run, they still have lots left to play for as well. The Hawks are first overall at 38-6-2-4, but are just 4 points up on Battleford for first overall. Melfort isn't out of the woods yet either as they have crept up to 7 points within the Hawks and division lead.

 

There is special pricing for the family day game tonight which includes 2 adults and 2 children for $35.00. Puck drop is 7:30 and there will be no broadcast tonight.

 

 

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Back To Melfort

The Flin Flon Bombers will face the Melfort Mustangs for the third time in just over a week, as they will meet tonight at the Northern Lights Palace.

 

Home ice meant nothing last weekend, with both teams winning on the road. Flin Flon went into Melfort last Friday and won 6-4, while the Mustangs returned the favour winning 6-3 at the Whitney Forum, one night later.

 

The Bombers are playing their best hockey of the season going 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 as they try to land 8th spot and home ice advantage for the Survivor Series.

 

Entering play tonight Flin Flon is 19-22-3-4 and have 45 points, which is 6 behind Kindersley and both teams have played 48 games.

 

It looks like they have a bonified no.1 line again with the likes Of Crystopher Collin, Nate Hooper and Brandson Heine.

 

These three players have combined for 40 points in their last 10 games and literally make something happen every time they are on the ice.

 

Heine has been nothing short of spectacular since arriving from the WHL and you can't help but wonder how many points he would have if he suited up at the beginning of the season.

 

A number of Bomber rookies are also playing well including Ethan Daniels, Calvon Boots, Caleb Moretz and Mason Martin who keep getting better with each passing game. The future looks bright.

 

The Mustangs have taken 4 out of the 6 meetings and have out scored the Bombers 25 to 15 in the 6 head to head contests.

 

Melfort continues to be one of the best teams in the league at 33-11-4-1 and sit fourth overall, but they do have the third best record. Estevan occupies third because they are first in their division.

 

Flin Flon will have their hands full again tonight and will have to try and shut down Melfort's leading scorer in defenseman Loch Morrison who has 55 points in 46 games. Morrison has 10 points against the Bombers in 5 meetings and will be on the ice alot.

 

No matter what go's down you will have the best seat in the house with all the action here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com, starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

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Queens Off To Russell

The Senior Hapnot Queens basketball team  will get one more tuneup tournament before Zones, as they head off to Russell to take part in the Lady Trojan Varsity Girls Invitational.

 

There will be 6 teams including Hapnot, Russell, Killarney, OCN, Moosimin and Goose Lake.

 

Hapnot will play Moosimin Friday at 5:15 and Goose Lake Saturday at 11:15.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 2, with the Championship Final at 5:15.

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Saskatchewan Winter Games

The Saskatchewan Winter Games will kick off in North Battleford starting this Monday and will last about a week.

 

Flin Flon will be represented as the Flin Flon Nordic Cross Country Racing Team will have four members of their team competing.

 

The skiers  will be Sarah Faktor, Jessie Kozar, David Richard and Grady Bedford.

 

These athletes qualified by attending the Sask Cup which took place in Laronge December the 14th and 15th and were the four fastest skiers in the region.

 

Their part of the competition starts on Wednesday the 21st at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in North Battleford.

 

You can follow the results at : www.saskgames.ca.

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Aqua Jets Off To Provincials

Good luck to the 7 swimmers from the Flin Flon Aqua Jets  who are off to Winnipeg for Junior Provincials starting this Friday.

 

The 7 swimmers are Ryan Nawrocki, Connor Brown, Dax Lawrence, Jordan Gorrell, Madison Campbell, Savannah Thurston and Tamika Dumas.

 

These are the swimmers that qualified from the Norman swim meet in The Pas. They will swim 9 races over the weekend starting Friday at 5 and ending Sunday.

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Bombers And Mustangs Split

 

Home ice advantage meant nothing as the Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs both picked up wins in the visitors rinks this past weekend.

 

The Bombers went into Melfort and won for just the 6th time on the road this season with a 6-4 victory on Friday.

 

It was another good night for first year standout Crystopher Collin who picked up 4 points including two of the nicest goals you will ever see. The first goal he scored was a thing of beauty, flipping the puck in the air and ending the play with a dipsy doodle move to beat Evan Plotnick.

 

Nate Hooper added three points including his 16th and 17th goals of the season. Brenden Newton picked up the win stopping 34 out of 38 shots.

 

Flin Flon looked to be in a good spot heading back to the Whitney Forum on Saturday where they have

played a lot of good hockey this season.

 

Saturday's game did not start well with the Mustangs scoring quickly,  when Drew Warkentine banked a puck off the back of Brenden Newton's skate to give the Mustangs the quick start.

 

Reed Gunville then went in alone on a short handed break away to put Melfort in front 2-0.

 

Branson Heine continues to impress in his short time with the Maroon and White as he would score his 6th in 10 games since being re-assigned from the WHL, to get the Bombers on the board 2-1.

 

Another short handed goal by Ben Allen with just 9 seconds left in the first put Melfort ahead 3-1 after 1.

 

The Bombers were able to shake that off and scored the only two goals of the second courtesy of Calvon Boots and Nate Hooper to tie the game at 3. How about the play of Nate Hooper, he is really coming into his own with 15 points in his last 10 games.

 

The Bombers had a tough time getting anything going offensively in the third period and didn't register a shot until their was 6 minutes left in the frame.

 

Loch Morrison's laser beam from the blue line decided it when he beat a screened Brenden Newton half way through the third. Reed Gunville added a late powerplay goal, and Ben Allen scored his second of the game into the empty net for a 6-3 Mustang victory.

 

Final shots were 31-27 in favour of the Stangs and powerplays were 1for 4 for Melfort, while the Bombers were 1 for 6.

 

The big story was the three short handed goals for the Stangs.

 

Flin Flon now sits at 19-22-3-4 and are 5 points behind Kindersley for 8th, and the Klippers having 2 games in hand.

 

The Bombers will now get a 5 day break before heading back to Melfort this Friday to face the Mustangs, and once again we will have all the action here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

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McCluckie and Holmes Come Out On Top

 

The Uptown Curling Club played host to the over 60 Men's Curling Bonspiel which wrapped up earlier today with the A and B finals.

 

In the A-Final sponsored by Creighton Furniture, Grant McCluckie knocked off Dave Blatherwick 9-5.

 

The B- Final for CIBC, it was Don Holmes defeating Jim Meyer 7-2.

 

8 rinks took part,  and the next big event will be the over 50 mixed bonspiel taking place the weekend of February the 23rd and 24th. All proceeds will go back into the club.

 

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Tigers Slip Past Queens

Hapnot hosted a Senior Girls Varsity basketball tournament this past Friday and Saturday that had 8 teams taking part including the Senior Queens, JV Queens and Creighton Kodiaks.

 

Both the Senior Queens and Swan Valley Tigers went through the round robin undefeated and would meet in the final.

 

The Tigers took a thriller 47-42 in a game that kept the crowd on the edge of their seat the entire afternoon.

 

After starting the tournament with a loss to OCN, the Hapnot JV'S won three in a row including the Consolation over Norway House 48-30.

 

The Kodiaks went 2-1 and finished third beating OCN 66-59.

 

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Norman In Winnipeg

The Norman Northstars hit the road for the last time this season as they make their way to Winnipeg to take on the top team in the Manitoba Midget AAA League, the Winnipeg Wild.

 

Tomorrow they hit Central Plains before wrapping up the trip Sunday in Interlake.

 

The Northstars will try to snap a 9 game losing streak and have only three wins on the season.

 

They will play their final four games at home to close out the year.

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Masters Opening Draw

The Men's  Masters 60 and over bonspiel will take place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club with 8 teams taking part.

 

The opening draw is Saturday at noon.

 

John Munson VS Harley Eagle

Jim Meyer VS Dave Blatherwick

Dale Connelly VS Russ Kennedy

Don Holmes VS Grant McCluckie

 

There will be two more draws Sunday at 10:30 and Finals at 1.

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Hawks Win Thriller

The Nipawin Hawks continue to make history every time they step on the ice as their regulation unbeaten streak has now reached 29 games after a 2-1 win  last night against the Flin Flon Bombers.

 

Before fans got a chance to sit down with their popcorn and coffee, the Hawks scored early when Grant Baetsen re-directed a puck past Brenden Newton just 1:41 into the game for the only goal of the first period.

 

Nipawin scored early in the second which did stand up as the eventual game winner when Harasymuk jumped on a loose puck in the slot.

 

The Bombers would answer with a powerplay goal later in the frame when Daylan Marchi converted a cross ice pass from Moretz to cut the lead to 2-1.

 

That goal sparked the Bombers who would take it to the Hawks the rest of the way but they could not put any more pucks past Declan Hobbs.

 

Hobbs shut the door the rest of the way and saved his best for a 4 minute Bomber powerplay. Ante Mustapic took a double minor for high sticking and Flin Flon got several good chances.

 

Hobbs made point blank saves off Hooper, Daniels and Heine on the four man advantage.

 

I thought this game was there for the taking and was impressed with how the Bombers were able to come out and battle one of the best teams in the country. Hobbs was definately the difference and the first star of the game.

 

Final shots were 31-28 in favour of Nipawin, with 15 coming in the first period. Flin Flon managed to go 1 for 5 against the league's best PK, while the Hawks were 0 for 3.

 

The Bomber record will fall to 18-21-3-4, 1 point behind Kindersley for 8th. The Klippers play Laronge tonight and will have two games in hand.

 

Next up will be another power house team from the Sherwood, the Melfort Mustangs who are no slouches at 31-10-4-1 and have beaten the Bombers 3 out of 4 this season.

 

It will be a home and home with the first game at the Palace on Friday and the re-match in Flin Flon Saturday. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 both nights.

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Queens Will Host Varsity Tournament

The Senior Hapnot Queens will host a Varsity Girls Basketball tournament  starting this  Friday afternoon.

 

Teams will be coming in from The Pas, OCN, Creighton, Norway House, Swan River and Laronge. Hapnot will have both the Senior's and JV'S taking part.

 

The Senior Queens first game is against MBCI, and the JV'S will play OCN.

 

Playoffs start Saturday morning with the Championship Final at 3.

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Bring On The Hawks

 

 

After a weekend sweep of the Laronge Ice Wolves, the Flin Flon Bombers will make their way to the cage to face the hottest team in the country the Nipawin Hawks.

 

The Hawks streak has reached 28 without a regulation loss and seem to have no signs of slowing down after a 4-2 win over Melfort on Saturday night.

 

Their last regulation loss came to Melfort on November the 10th, when they dropped a 2-1 decision. They are currently 11 points up on the Stangs for first in the Sherwood and 8 on Battleford for first overall and are ranked third in the country.

 

They will also enjoy a 10 day break after tonight's game against the Bombers.

 

This young Bomber squad is also playing some good hockey and have only lost twice in regulation since the Christmas break and are 5-2-2-1 in their last 10. The Maroon and White also have an OT win over Nipawin this year back on December 2nd when Calvon Boots potted the winner.

 

Flin Flon is also starting to get some results on the road with 7 out of 8 points in their last 4 away from the Whitney Forum. Saying that,  a win at the Cage would be a tall order with the Hawks 18-1-0-2 at home so far this season.

 

Mike Reagan is optimistic and no question this team is playing their best hockey of the season and feel they have a chance to win on any given night with Brenden Newton between the pipes. Newton is 13-8-2-4 and the Bombers feel they would be a lot higher in the standings if he wasn't injured earlier in the season.

 

Flin Flon are just 1 point back of Kindersley for 8th overall and home ice in the Survivor Series, but the Klippers do have two games in hand. A win in Nipawin tonight, would go a long way in the standings and confidence department.

 

No matter what go's down, we will have all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

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Bombers Get By Wolves In Shoot Out

 

It was an old fashioned shoot out at the Whitney Forum on Saturday with the Bombers and Ice Wolves combining for 13 goals in a 7-6 shootout win for the Bombers.

 

Flin Flon took it to the Wolves 6-1 on Friday and felt pretty good about themselves in the re-match for Hockey Night In The North Saturday back in the Flon.

 

It was the Wolves who tallied first on Saturday with Connor Smith finding the back of the net for the only goal of the opening period, his 5th against the Maroon and White this season.

 

The Bombers shook off a bad first period and came out and tied the game just 15 seconds in with Nate Hooper collecting his team leading 15th of the year. That would spark the club as Marchi and Madarash quickly made it 3-1 Flin Flon.

 

Laronge kept battling when Doell buried a nice shot from the slot to cut the deficit to 3-2. Houle would re-establish the two goal lead when he scored right off the face off  through Merek Pipe's five hole to make it 4-2 Bombers  after two.

 

It looked like Flin Flon might run away with it, when McKenzie converted a nice pass from Houle to make the score 5-2 early in the third.

 

Give the Wolves credit as they reeled off three quick goals in just under 3 minutes to tie the game at 5 and stun the Whitney Forum crowd of over 1200 plus.

 

Daylan Marchi added his second of the night to once again give the Bombers the lead at 6-5, but Laronge answered that with a powerplay goal from Bannister.

 

The two teams couldn't decide it in the final four minutes of regulation or the extra 5 minutes of Ot, so we would get to see a shoot out.

 

You could tell the Bombers felt a lot more confident in the shoot out after their 11 round battle with Yorkton a week ago and beat Merek Pipes twice on goals from Hooper and Moretz.

 

Brenden Newton stopped both Smith and Zambon. Final shots through OT were 51-42 in favour of the Bombers. Laronge was 2 for 5 on the PP, while the Bombers were 0 for 4.

 

This was a big four point weekend as Flin Flon kept pace with Kindersley and trail the Klippers by 1 point for 8th and home ice advantage in the Survivor Series. The Klippers do have two games in hand. The Bombers also stay 9 points up on Melville with a game in hand.

 

Flin Flon will now travel to the Cage in Nipawin Tuesday to take on the hottest team in Western Canada as the Hawks are unbeaten in regulation in their last 28,  and will pose a great challenge for the young Bombers.

 

We hit the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

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Parkland Sweep Wolves

It was a tough weekend for the Triple A Bantam Wolves who dropped a couple of lopsided games to the Parkland Rangers.

 

On Saturday Norman had a 4-1 lead after one period but ended up on the wrong end of a 10-6 score. Parkland won handilly on Sunday 12-4. Despite the two losses, It was another good weekend for Justin Lies who picked up 6 points including two goal to give him 37 on the season.

 

This will end the regular season for Norman who finish up at 6-27-0-0-2. They will now get ready for provincials February the 22nd to the 24th in Killarney.

 

The Norman Northstars dropped a pair of games to the Eastman Selects 5-3 and 9-3. Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid scored one of the goals to give him a team leading 17 in 27 games.

 

Norman remain 3-37-0-0-1 and kick off a three game road trip on Friday against the Winnipeg Wild.

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Flin Flon Dominates Teagan Quinn Tournament

 

It was a great weekend for Flin Flon Minor Hockey who hosted the Teagan Quinn Memorial Pee Wee tournament at both the Creighton Sportex and Whitney Forum.

 

The tournament was well organized and all the kids had fun.

 

In the AA Final, the Kinsmen Pee Wee Bombers knocked off Thompson 10-3 to finish the weekend undefeated. Wyatt Stinton led the way with 4 goals, and Joey Lies chipped in with 2. The Pas finished third.

 

Flin Flon also took the A Final 6-2 over Swan River, while Pelican Narrows finished third with a 5-3 over Thompson.

 

 

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Queens Claim Curling Banner

 

Hapnot hosted Curling Zones this past Friday and Saturday at the Uptown Curling Club, with 4 girls teams and 4 boys teams.

 

Hapnot No.1 took the Girl's Zone with a 8-3 win over RD Parker No. 2 in the championship final. Hapnot No. 1 finished 4-1, while RD Parker No.2 was 3-2 , Hapnot No.2 finished 0-4 with RD Parker No.1 going 2-2.

 

In the Boy's,  MBCI No.1 took the zone with a convincing 8-0 win over Gillam in 5 ends. Final standings MBCI No.1 5-0, Gillam 4-1, MBCI No.2- 2-2 and MBCI No. 3, 0-4.

 

The Queens and MBCI out of the Pas will now represent the north at Provincials coming up  February the 23rd and 24th in Winkler. The Queens are represented by Kalena Kittle- Skip, Chloe Reitlo-Second, Ryan Nawrocki-Third and Hannah Baynton- Lead.

 

A big thanks to the Uptown Curling Club, for letting these high school teams curl this past weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolves Will Wrap Up Season

The Norman Wolves will wrap up the Triple A Bantam hockey season this weekend on home ice against the Parkland Rangers.

 

Norman sits at 6-26-0-0-2 on the season and are led offensively by Chase Bertholet from the Pas who sits fourth in league scoring with 61 points in 34 games. Flin Flon's Justin Lies sits second in goals with 32 in 33 games. He is also seventh in points with 56.

 

Games are at 4 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.

 

The Norman Northstars are also in action this weekend, trying to snap a seven game losing streak against Eastman.

 

Both games are in Thompson at 7:30, Friday and Saturday night.

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