Sports News Archives for 2018-03

Newton and Lanfermann Win Big

 

 

The Flin Flon Bombers officially called it a season with their annual Awards night and Gala last night at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

A big thanks to Chicken Chef for a delicious supper and to all the players, coach's, board members, volunteers, fans , sponsors and parents for making it out for the festivities.

 

Four players will be graduating,  including Captain Ben Lanfermann, goalie Brenden Newton and forwards Jordan McCausland and Tyler Nyman. All four of these fine young men were great ambassadors for the hockey club and will all be successful in their next stage in life.

 

Lanfermann and Newton both cleaned up at the year end awards last night taking home 5 awards between them.

 

Here is last night's complete list of Award Winners.

 

Diane Krokosz Memorial- Most Gentlemanly Player- Caleb Moretz

 

FF Bombers - Most Popular- Calvon Boots

 

Howard Fox Courier- Mr Hustle- Daylan Marchi

 

Lavalley Artworks- Academic Award- Donovan Houle Villeneuve

 

Creighton Furniture- Defensive Player Of The Year- Ben Lanfermann

 

Royal Bank 3 Star Award- First- Brenden Newton, Second- Nate Hooper and Third- Chystopher Collin

 

George Leel- Most Points- Nate Hooper

 

Patty Ginnell- Most Improved- Donovan Houle Villeneuve

 

Nick Oklobdzija- Rookie Of The Year- Calvon Boots and Crystopher Collin

 

Darcy Bancroft- Best Defenseman- Ben Lanfermann

 

CFAR MVP- Brenden Newton

 

Chicken Chef Unsung Hero- Ethan Daniels

 

MVP- Playoffs for Burkees Sports Lounge- Brenden Newton

 

Pat Spiller- Top Goal Scorer- Crystopher Collin

 

Coach's Award- Tyler Nyman

 

The Bombers will now prepare for their spring camp in Saskatoon coming up May the 4th to the 6th.

 

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Bomber Awards Night

You will have one more opportunity to congratulate the Flin Flon Bombers on a gutsy and well played season this Thursday.

 

The annual Flin Flon Bomber Awards Gala will take place at the Flin Flon Community Hall with cocktails at 5:30. Dinner will be at 6:30 and the awards handed out at 8.

 

Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids, or just $15.00 for the awards.

 

You can pick up tickets at the Bomber office at the FF Community Hall til Wednesday at 4.

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Flinty Fishing Derby

The Flin Flon Rotary Club is preparing for one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, the Flinty Fishing Derby at Bakers Narrows on Sunday April the 8th between 11 and 2.

 

First prize is $25,000.00 and second prize is a boat while third place a quad. Over $100,000.00 worth of prizes will be handed out over the weekend.

 

Tickets are $100.00 and can be picked up at Kleen-All or purchased on line at flintyfishderby.com.

 

All proceeds will go to local projects across the north.

 

 

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A Performance For The Ages

 

It may go down as one of the most impressive goaltending displays in Flin Flon Bomber history. Brenden Newton did everything he could to extend the Bombers season on Friday night in Nipawin.

 

It took 54 shots before the Hawks were able to get a puck past the veteran goaltender in a game for the ages.

 

The game was scoreless after 60 minutes and it looked like we may be headed to a second overtime but the SJHL Defenseman of the year Josh McDougall would end it with 0.1 of a second left on the board.

 

McDougall was able to swoop in from the point and fire a nice shot over Newton's right shoulder for the 1-0 win and series victory.

 

This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Bombers who were killing off their third penalty of  overtime and a very controversial call to Ethan Daniels.

 

There were a lot of calls both ways in the series and for the life of me I just don't understand why they don't let these teams decide it 5 on 5.

 

Nipawin takes the SJHL Quarter Final 4 games to 1, but this series could of gone either way. The Bombers looked like they had game 2, but once again were short handed a lot late in the game and the Hawks were able to capitalize.

 

You have to give the Hawks goalie Declan Hobbs credit as well as he turned away all 33 Bomber shots and was very strong in the third period. Flin Flon out shot Nipawin 13-7 in the final frame and had some pretty good chances to win it.

 

Caleb Moretz had the best chances and was turned away at leat two times on point blank oppurtunities.

 

Flin Flon has nothing to hang their head about as they played their hearts out and got a very nice ovation from the Nipawin crowd as they skated off the ice Friday.

 

This is a team that has a very bright future and only turn over four players for next season.

 

Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan continues to be the leader in this league in recruiting and will add two players from Humboldt for the futures in the Nik Shumlanski trade.

 

Good luck to the four 20 year old's including captain Ben Lanfermann who Mike Reagan described as one of the best leaders that he ever had. I will miss a lot of the thunderous checks that Ben delivered and was in on almost every single Crunch Of The Game highlight on our Bomber radio broadcasts.

 

Tyler Nyman, who missed a good chunk of the season with an injury but was able to make his way back to the lineup and created a lot of positive energy and scored some big goals down the stretch.

 

Jordan McCausland also had a tough year with injuries but stayed with the team and is the consimate team player and very popular in the locker room. His energy and the way he battled every night will be missed.

 

Brenden Newton played a lot of great games in a Bomber uniform and couldn't of played any better in his final game of junior hockey. I sure hope he gets a scholorship as he is one of the berst goalies I have seen in my 20 plus years covering this league.

 

A big thanks to the executive and all the volunteers as all your efforts are much appreciated and of course the best fans in the league. I think we can all agree that without you there is no team.

 

Good luck to the Nipawin Hawks who are in pursuit of their first championship since 1990. They will move on to face Humboldt who eliminated Melfort in 5 games, which wrapped up Saturday.

 

The Bombers will call it a season with their year end awards and banquet this Thursday at the Flin Flon Community Hall starting at 5:30 with cocktails. Dinner at 6:30 and the awards will be handed out at 8. You can pick up tickets for $25.00 at the Bomber office.

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Holmes and Evans Come Out On Top

 

For the third straight year both the men and women would hold their year end bonspiel  the same weekend.

 

This is a long standing tradition in our community and marked 87 years in the great sport of curling.

 

Ladies A-side Final   Evans over Chrisp

 

B-side   Hardy beat Petersen

 

C-side Salahub knocked off Kostochuk

 

 

 

Men's Results

 

Don Holmes beat Harley Eagle 7-5 in the A-side final and for the  Club Championship.

 

B-side Kennedy got by Groff 7-6

 

C-side- McCluckie slipped past Levers 8-5.

 

The Uptown Curling Club would like to thank all the major sponsors, Hudbay, FF Construction, FF Insurance and KFC.

 

 

 

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Electrical Win Hudbay Hockey Tournament

 

The 27th annual Hudbay Hockey tournament wrapped up earlier today at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Electrical Department won the A-side doubling up on Snow Lake 6-3. Brad Hancock led the way with a pair of goals and Ryan Fox had three assists. Last year's tournament MVP, Chris Bortis was a non-factor.

 

The Carpenters beat the Powerhouse 6-4 to take the B-side. Bo Leanard had three points.

 

The C side went right down the wire with Triple 7 squeezing by the Zinc Plant 8-7 in a shoot out. Alex Croft picked up the shoot out winner. Jesse Ewing scored 4 goals for the Zinc Plant.

 

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Opening Draws For Mens and Ladies Bonspiels

The 87th annual Men's and Ladies Bonspiels will kick off later tonight at the Uptown Curling Club. There will be 13 Men's teams and 12 Ladies teams.

 

Here are the opening Draws

 

Ladies- 6pm

Hardy VS Burwash

Rice VS Tower

Kostachuk VS Evans

 

9pm

Chrisp VS Gonzalwz

Streitle VS Petersen

Rodnisky VS Salahub

 

Men's 6pm

Holmes VS Groff

Munson VS McCluckie

Gogal VS Kennedy

 

9pm

Reeves VS Anderson

Connelly VS Needham

Peake VS Eagle

 

Draws will continue through out the weekend with the Finals Sunday at 3.

 

 

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27th Annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament

The 27th annual Hudbay Hockey Tournament will be taking place this weekend at the Whitney Forum with Triple 7, Electrical, Powerhouse, Carpenters, Zinc Plant, Boiler Makers and Snow Lake all taking part.

 

Here is the schedule

 

Friday

 

5:00- Triple 7 VS Electrical

6:30- Powerhouse VS Carpenters

8:00- Zinc Plant VS Boilermakers

9:30- Snow LaKe VS Triple 7

 

Saturday

 

9:00 Carpenters VS Zinc Plant

10:15- Electrical VS Powerhouse

11:30-Boliermakers VS Snow Lake

12:45- Triple 7 VS Zinc Plant

2:00- Electrical VS Carpenters

3:15- Powerhouse VS Boilermakers

4:30- Zinc Plant VS Snow Lake

 

Sunday

 

C-Final at 11:30

B-Final at 1

A-Final at 2:30

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Hawks Take Game Four

 

 

The Nipawin Hawks started slow, but picked it up when they had to and skated to a 5-2 victory last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

Issac Jackson would open up the scoring when he snuck a shot through from the blue line on a screened Declan Hobbs to put the Bombers up 1-0 and get the crowd going early.

 

Nipawin had gone almost eight periods without an even strength goal, but that changed when Jake Trembley converted on a three on one break, to tie the game at one.

 

The Hawks scored the only two goals of the second period courtesy of Harasymuk and a short handed goal from Brandan Arnold. Arnold is killing the Bombers in this series with 10 points in four games.

 

With the Hawks up 3-1 early in the third, Tyler Nyman would grab a loose puck in the neautral zone and streaked down the ice and put a wrist shot past Hobbs to make it 3-2.

 

The Bombers were back in buisiness and Dawson McKenzie would get a couple of glorious chances to tie the game but Hobbs stoned him on both occasions.

 

Nipawin weathered the strorm and scored two more goals in the third from Harasymuk and Arnold into the empty net to make the final score 5-2.

 

Once again I thought the Bombers played well but couldn't get a bounce. You also have to give Declan Hobbs credit for making some timely saves.

 

Special teams have been a big part of the series but neither team could muster a power play goal last night and were a combined 0 for 10. Although Nipawin did score a short handed goal.

 

Final shots were 38-29 in favour of the Bombers.

 

The Hawks are in the drivers seat and lead the series 3 games to 1 and will have a chance to close it out at home on Friday. I expect Nipawin to come out very hard as they remember what happened last year when they couldn't put away Flin Flon.

 

This will be a big challenge for the young Bombers as the Hawks have only lost two games at home in regulation all season. This team never gives up and want to desperately get the series back to Flin Flon for game 6 on Saturday.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 and drop of the puck from Nipawin at 8:30.

 

 

 

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Flin Flon Minor Hockey Awards

Flin Flon Minor Hockey officially wrapped up their season last night with the Tri- Ad Realty Awards Gala at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Awards were presented in the Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and Bantam Divisions

 

Here are all the award winners:

 

Novice
MVP-Lucas Reid
Most Inspirational-Sam Dallas
Most Improved- Caleb Jackson
Top Defenseman- Hailey Biberdorf
Most Sportsmanlike - Rory Ford
Top Goaltender - Joslyn Tetlock

 

Atom
MVP - tie- Kysen McCullum & Brayden Church
Most Inspirational - Myles Koivisto
Most Improved - tie - Kaleb Lycan & Thayden Mohr
Top Defenseman - Evin Davis
Most Sportsmanlike - Oliver Atchison
Top Goaltender - Bailey Schwartz

 

PeeWee
MVP - Evan Reid
Most Inspirational - Ethan Eberts
Most Improved - MacKenzi Schwartz
Top Defenseman - Marcus Kennedy
Most Sportsmanlike - Gianna Watt
Top Goaltender - tie- Lia Yaworski & Ryan Pedwell

 

Esso team awards were also handed out for all four divisions

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Bombers Back In Series

A solid effort last night, as the Bombers got back in their SJHL Quarter Final Series with the no.1 seed Nipawin Hawks.

 

Flin Flon picked up the hard fought 3-2 win and now trail the best of seven affair 2 games to 1.

 

After a scoreless first period, the Bombers found the back of the net twice when Brandson Heine scored just 1:24 into the middle frame. He picked up a loose puck and fired a shot over top of Declan Hobbs's right shoulder to send the Whitney Forum into a frenzy.

 

Ethan Daniels made it 2-0 when he swooped down the ice on a break away and flipped a puck over Hobbs's right pad. One of the nicest goals I have seen in a long time and maybe the goal of the playoffs so far.

 

Brandon Arnold answered that with his fourth of the series connecting on a one timer just outside the left circle on the powerplay. Flin Flon led 2-1 after 2.

 

You knew that a one goal lead wouldn't be enough to put Nipawin away so more offense would be needed. The Bombers got that, taking advantage of a 5 on 3 powerplay when Crystopher Collin parked himself in front of the net and jammed home his third of the playoffs.

 

Just what the doctor ordered with the Bombers jumping out 3-1. They really needed that goal as the SJHL Defemseman Of The Year, Josh McDougall would add his second of the series just inside the Bomber line for another powerplay goal.

 

That is as close as the Hawks would get, as Brenden Newton would hold them off the rest of the way including a huge save off McDougall in the dieing seconds. Newton ended up with 28 saves, while Hobbs stopped 39 out of 42.

 

Special teams remain a big part of the series as the Bombers were 1 for 6 on the PP, while the Hawks went 2 for 6. Flin Flon hasn't allowed a 5 on 5 goal in the last two games, and the Hawks have gone 7 and half periods with no goals  even strength.

 

Tonight's game 4 should be very interesting as to how Nipawin responds after last night's loss and are considered the huge favorites. This young Bomber squad has gained even more confidence and a win tonight could go a very long way.

 

No matter what go's down,  once again you will have the best seat in the house with Creighton Furniture Bomber Hockey, including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10, and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

 

 

 

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Series Shifts Back To Flin Flon

The Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum after dropping the first two games at the Cage in Nipawin last weekend in the SJHL Quarter Final Series.

 

The Hawks have out scored the Bombers 8-2 in the two games with 4 of the 8 goals scored on the powerplay, including two 5 on 3's.

 

Some home cooking may be exactly what the Bombers need as they have always been a good team at the Whitney Forum. 16 of Flin Flon's 24 wins this season, came at the Forum including both their victories against the Hawks.

 

It was game three that turned the series around against Nipawin last year and Flin Flon is hoping history will repeat itself starting tonight.

 

One area that the Bombers will have to get better is getting more traffic and creating some offensive chances against Declan Hobbs. I can't recall one time in the first two games where Hobbs had to make a second or third save.

 

Give Nipawin credit, they are playing very tight in front of him and haven't given the Bombers much room  to create any offense.

 

If Flin Flon's snipers can break through and start getting chances, this could start to be a lot more interesting series. The Bombers are also going to have to find a way to slow down Brandon Arnold who is leading both teams with 6 points in the two games.

 

Brenden Newton continues to play well, and has kept the Bombers in the two games, and was exceptional in the 3-1 loss on Saturday.

 

The mood is very positive and this young Bomber squad is looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd for the first time in over a week. Dylan Burton and Brody Madarash will make their return to the lineup tonight, while Marchi, Houle and McCausland all remain out.

 

Don't forget to pick up your playoff tickets today at the Bomber office at the FF Community Hall between now and 3PM.

 

Puck drop is 7:30 and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have all the action including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

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87th Annual Ladies and Mens Bonspiel

The Uptown Curling rink will host the 87th annual Ladies and Men's Curling Bonspiels starting this Friday.

 

This will be the third year that both bonspiels will take place the same weekend.

 

Among the highlights, an elimination draw for a weekend fishing trip, a draw for a return flight to Winnipeg from Calm Air and a banquet.

 

It is $180.00 per rink and the entry deadline is today. You can enter at Kick It Sports. Junior Curlers can curl for free.

 

We will have the opening draws posted later in the week.

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Lee Brothers Win Medals In Montreal

Montreal hosted the Junior/Senior Wrestling Nationals this past weekend and Flin Flon's Hunter and Carson Lee continued their dominance in the sport.

 

Carson won a Bronze Medal in the 79 KG weight class.

 

Hunter won two Gold medals in the 92 KG weight class and Junior Greco- Roman Style. He also won a Silver medal in the over Senior 21 category.

 

Hunter has now qualified for the Junior National team and was awarded Outstanding Male Wrestler for Greco.

 

Carson will continue training for Cadet National/ Juvenile Provincials in Edmonton in April and will be looking to represent Canada with  the under 17 team once again.

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Queens Come Second

It was a great effort by the Senior Hapnot Queens who were representing the Northern region at Basketball Provincials in Dominion City over the weekend.

 

The Queens beat Killarney 52-46 and Gimli 54-42 to reach the final.

 

It looked like the Queens may take their first ever Provincial Basketball title, but came up a bucket short losing to Warren 45-43.

 

This will end one of the best Queen's basketball seasons in recent memory.

 

FCI out of Cranberry represented the boys and started well beating Green Valley 71-60 to kick off the tournament.

 

They lost to Niverville 100-50 in the Semi, before dropping an 84-80 game to Macgregor to finish fourth overall.

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Hawks Take First Two

The Flin Flon Bombers find themselves down two games to none in the SJHL Quarter Final Series against Nipawin, after a pair of losses on the weekend.

 

The Hawks took both games by scores of 5-1 and 3-1.

 

I thought if Flin Flon could weather the first ten minutes they would be ok. They had a couple of good chances early and couldn't convert before the Hawks went to work.

 

The Arnold brothers did a lot of the damage on Friday with 5 points between them including the first two goals in the opening period.

 

Brandon Arnold's first of the playoffs ended up the game winner at 18:26 of the first period. Adams, Mikesch and Baetsen scored the other Nipawin goals.

 

Nate Hooper had the lone Bomber goal, his first of the post season. Final shots were 32-31 in favour of the Bombers, but most were held to the outside.

 

Despite the opening game loss, Flin Flon was happy with how they played and realized that if they could have converted some of their early chances, the game may have had a different outcome.

 

The same two clubs squared off on Saturday,  and this time the Bombers scored first on an early powerplay goal from Isaac Jackson to put Flin Flon up 1-0 after 1.

 

The Bombers looked very determined to win this game and were skating hard and were holding their own with the top club in the league.

 

Penalties would change the momemtum in a hurry and Nipawin who had the top PP in the league turned things in their favour with a couple of 5 on 3 chances.

 

Arnold and McDougall both scored and Nipawin was once again in the driver's seat 2-1 after 2.

 

Flin Flon was still very much in this game, but had a tough time getting any close chances in tight on Declan Hobbs who only had to make 7 saves in the third period.

 

Brandon Arnold would score another powerplay goal late, for his third of the series as Nipawin picked up the 3-1 victory.

 

A frustrating night for the Maroon and White, who handled the Hawks 5 on 5, but spent too much time in the box. The Hawks were on the powerplay 9 times, converting on 3, which included two 5 on 3 goals.

 

Nipawin had the number one powerplay in the regular season, so they are always dangerous, especially when you are two men down. The Bombers finished 1 for 8.

 

Mike Reagan was very upset on the CFAR Post game Show and thought a lot of the penalties were not deserved,  but was optimistic that his club could get back in the series when it resumes in Flin Flon Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

They are certainly getting the goaltending as Brenden Newton is being called upon to make a lot of big saves and he is getting the job done. The sliding left pad save on Chrstian Bosa in the second period last night may be the save of the post season.

 

If the Bombers can stay out of the penalty box and start to get a little offense, they should be able to get back in this series. Brenden Newton is dialled in and continues to keep them in games.

 

Games three and four are back at the Whitney Forum this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have both broadcasts.

 

 

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Provincial Basketball Championships Under Way

The Senior Hapnot Queens are wrapping up their season at High School Basketball Provincials in Dominion City.

 

The Queens started well with a 52-46 win over Killarney and will play in the Semi Final tomorrow against Gimli at 2pm.

 

The Championship Final is set to go Saturday at 4.

 

FCI out of Cranberry is representing the North for boys, and they also won their first game beating Green Valley 71-60.

 

They play Niverville in the Quarters later today. The Championship Final is also Saturday at 4.

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Bombers Eliminate Hounds, Ready For Hawks

Even after dropping the first game 6-4 at the Whitney Forum on Sunday, the Bombers found a way to come back and take the Survivor Series 3 games to 2 over Notre Dame.

 

It didn't look good for Flin Flon who had their backs against the wall in a short series, needing to win both games in Wilcox.

 

Flin Flon took it game by game with a 4-3 OT win on Tuesday and followed that up with a 4-1 win last night.

 

Brandson Heine was the OT hero, scoring 3:48 into the extra period which added some much needed confidence for the deciding game.

 

Donovan Houle- Villeneuve was dialled in and let the way with the natural hat-trick as he ended up with 6 goals in the three games to pace the Bombers. Heine also scored into the empty net for his third of the series to cap the victory.

 

Houle seems to be anticipating where the puck is going on the ice and was a one man wrecking crew in the series and scored a lot of big goals.

 

Brenden Newton looks like the goalie of old and was key in both wins including 34 saves last night and it looks like it may take a perfect shot to beat him. He is seeing everything and has had incredible rebound control. He is moving very well and also looks very confident.

 

Newton is 20 and showed that he doesn't want this season to end any time soon.

 

Jack Flaman was the only Hound to beat him in Wilcox as he scored all four of their goals.

 

I wasn't surprised with last night's outcome as I mentioned to Mike Reagan on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that his team looked poised and were the team attacking all night long. A total reversal from what fans saw at the Whitney Forum on Sunday.

 

Flin Flon won't have long to celebrate as they are back on the ice tomorrow in Nipawin, to face the top team overall in the regular season in the SJHL Quarter Finals.

 

Nipawin finished with 93 points and only lost two games in regulation all season at the Cage. The Hawks also took 6 out of the 8 head to head meetings with the Bombers, but that really doesn't mean anything heading into the weekend.

 

We all know the playoffs are a different animal and I would never want to bet against one of Mike Reagan's teams. The Bombers have beat the Haks in the playoffs, twice in the last 6 years, including a nice come back last year.

 

Nipawin had the Bombers down 3-1 and couldn't put the final nail in the coffin, and Flin Flon just kept getting better in rallying for the 4-3 series victory.

 

Doug Johnson is also notorious for having good regular seasons, then struggling in the playoffs. Nipawin hasn't beat a Sherwood opponent in the playoffs in 8 years and may be the heavy favorite, but the pressure is all on them.

 

This young Flin Flon team is having fun, and like the role as the under dog and will give Nipawin everything that they can handle. This is a matchup that a lot of people wanted to see and will provide great entertainment for both communities.

 

Here is the series breakdown in MB time.

 

Friday March 16th at Nipawin- 8:30

Saturday March 17th at Nipawin-8:30

Tuesday March 20th at Flin Flon 7:30

Wednesday March 21st- at Flin Flon 7:30

 

if necessary

 

Friday March 23rd at Nipawin 8:30

Saturday March 24th at Flin Flon 7:30

Tuesday March 27th at Nipawin 8:30

 

All games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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Bantam AA Bombers Win Silver

 

 

 

The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers traveled to the Pas for provincials this past weekend, making it all the way to the champiosnhip game. They came up just short faling to Dauphin 3-1. Conner Colgan getting the lone goal for Flin Flon. Congratulations on their silver medal.

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Survivor Series Starts Tonight

 

The Flin Flon  Bombers head into tonight's Survivor Series with the Notre Dame Hounds on a bit of a roll after crushing Laronge 8-3 in the final game of the regular season Friday night.

 

Matter of fact, since Christmas this has been a different team going 14-8-2-2 down the stretch including some big wins over Nipawin, Melfort and Battleford, the top three clubs.

 

Flin Flon is also getting healthy at the right time with Doug Johnson, Tyler Nyman and Brody Madarash all getting back into the lineup. No word yet on Jordan McCausland.

 

Tonight's matchup at the Whitney Forum will be the first game in a best of 3, so a good start for the Bombers will be crucial with the next two at the Duncan Mcneill Arena in Wilcox.

 

The season series was even at 2 wins a piece. The Hounds beat the Bombers at the Showcase and their first meeting in Wilcox back on October the 12th.

 

Flin Flon won the last two meetings including the only game at the Whitney Forum, 4-3 at the end of October and their most recent meeting in Notre Dame 4-3, a little over a week ago.

 

The Hounds are a lot different team in the second half of the season after it looked like they may challenge for a top 5 spot earlier in the year.

 

Since the injury to their no.1 goalie Jacob Standen, wins have been tough to come by for the Hounds in the second half of the season.  Notre Dame only have 5 wins in their last 15 games and literally limped into the post season.

 

These two teams are no strangers to each other and will meet in the playoffs for the third time in 4 years including the Bombers 4-1 series win last Spring.

 

Goaltending will be a big factor, with the Bombers having the edge with the experienced Brenden Newton and six series wins already on his resume, including last year's 5 game winner against the Hounds in the opening round.

 

Notre Dame do have some dangerours forwards in Longjohn,Smedsrud and Hamm, and if they get on track they may be tough to stop. I believe Flin Flon is deeper and have more secondary scoring, so I will give them the edge in this category as well.

 

In a short three game series anything can happen and dicipline will go a long way's too.

 

It all kicks off tonight at the Whitney Forum at 7:30, with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10. We will broadcast all the Bomber playoff games including, games 2 and 3 (if necessary ) from Wilcox, Tuesday and Wednesday. Remember with the time change we arn't on the air til 8:10 MB time.

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Winter Games Wrap Up In Thompson

The Manitoba Winter Games wrapped up in Thompson this weekend, and the host community did a wonderful job hosting the event for a second time.

 

Final medal standings were : Winnipeg Gold- 156 total medals, Winnipeg Blue- 108, East 83, West 54, South 53 and Team North 21 including 7 Gold.

 

Flin Flon athletes did very well with the Flin Flon Aqua Jets picking up a number of medals in the pool.

 

Jordan Gorrell picked up two Bronze in the 100 Metre Backstroke and 100 Metre Individual Medley.

 

Connnor Brown won a Silver in the 200 Mixed Metre Relay and a Bronze in the Freestyle Relay.

 

Other members of the Flin Flon Aqua Jets that competed were: Madison Campbell, Savannah Thurston, Eli Plamondon, Brennen Sapergia Green, Dax Lawrence and Cory Lane.

 

In Boys Bantam Hockey Team North beat Team South 7-6 for the Bronze. Flin Flon's Justin Lies was on the team and had two assists in four games.

 

In Girls Bantam Hockey, Team North lost the Bronze Medal game to Winnipeg Gold 3-2 in OT. Flin Flon's Joie Simon, the youngest  player on the team had 3 assists in 5 games and played very well.

 

Flin Flon also had a number of athletes compete in gymnastics including coach Casey Ranks, Shayna Mucha, Navea Simard, Grace Dubinak and Shonte Church. All athletes were able to pick up personal best scores.

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JV Queens Wrap Up Season

The JV Queens Basketball team wrapped up their season yesterday at Provincials in Somerset.

 

Hapnot dropped a 45-29 game to Teulon on Friday, which sent them to the B-side. The Queens battled but lost to Prairie Mountain 50-40, which eliminated them from Provincials and ended their season.

 

The SR Queens are off to Provincials this weekend in Dominion City. Hapnot is ranked third going in. FCI out of Cranberry is off to Gretna for Boy's Provincials and they are ranked fifth.

 

You can see their schedules at: mhsaa.ca.

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Bombers Close Out Regular Season

It is game number 58 for the Flin Flon Bombers who will close out the SJHL regular season tonight against the Laronge Ice Wolves at the Whitney Forum.

 

With the come from behind win over Melfort on Tuesday, the Bombers locked down 9th place and will host game 1 of the best of 3 Survivor Series on Sunday.

 

Flin Flon still doesn't know who they will play as Notre Dame leads Weyburn by 1 point for 7th. The Wings are in Yorktin tonight and need a victory to leap frog the Hounds. If Weyburn loses or ties, Notre Dame will finish 7th and play Melville, and the Wings will face the Bombers.

 

I am sure there will be a lot of scoreboard watching tonight.

 

Mike Reagan is expected to sit a few of his regulars as the Bombers are a bit banged up and do not have a lot of time to get rest for Sunday.

 

Nik Anderson, Flin Flon's third string goalie is expected to get the start tonight.

 

Laronge comes to town reeling, losing 8 out of their last 10 and will miss the playoffs for the second straight year with only 10 wins on the entire season.

 

How ever the Wolves have played the Bombers tough and have beaten them three times including a 4-3 OT win in Flin Flon on January the 19th. Laronge also mounted a nice third period come back in their last meeting, dropping a 7-6 SO loss on February the 3rd.

 

Wins have not been easy against the Wolves and I expect them to play their hearts out and try to wrap up their season with a win.

 

The Bombers look good heading into the post season with a record of: 11-8-2-2 since Christmas and are starting to find ways to win on the road.

 

Flin Flon only had two road wins before Christmas, but have reeled off 6 in the past couple of months.

 

Game time is 7:30 tonight and 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the broadcast, plus all the playoff games.

 

You can pick up your playoff tickets today at the Bomber office at the Community Hall, between 12-4.

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Mixed Bonspiel Coming Up

The Uptown Curling Club will host a Mixed Open Bonspiel on Friday and Saturday March the 16th and 17th.

 

You will play 6 end games, minimum 4 ends to be played. Poker Style Draw, best hand wins.

 

The deadline to register is Wednesday March the 14th at 9pm.

 

Entry fee is $120.00,with 12 teams only.

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Bombers Come Back To Beat Stangs

The Flin Flon Bombers found themselves down by a goal after two periods of play, but a strong third period helped them come back to beat a solid Melfort Mustangs team last night at the Whitney Forum 4-3.

 

Rob Johnson would tie the game with a short handed goal midway through the final frame to spark the Maroon and White who kept pouring on the pressure.

 

Hunter Arps was holding the Stangs in there with some quality saves late in the game and it looked like we might  need extra time.

 

Flin Flon really wanted this one bad and Brandson Heine was able to score his second of the game with only 34 seconds remaining ,  to power the Bombers to their 23rd win of the year and 13th since Christmas.

 

Ben Lanfermann had the other Bomber goal, with Warkentine (2) and Ruschkowski replying for Melfort.

 

Over 700 in attendance last night and I think it is safe to say that the Bomber faithful are ready for the post season.

 

The Bombers out shot the Mustangs 35-30 last night including 13-7 in the third period. Special teams were also in Flin Flon's favour going 2 for 4 on the PP, while Melfort was 0 for 4. Rob Johnson also had the big short handed goal.

 

The Mustangs take the season series 5-3, but the Bombers did play Melfort very well with two games being decided by 1 goal.

 

With last night's win Flin Flon will clinch 9th overall with 54 points and one game remaining in the season. Melville has two games left with 50 points, but the Bombers own the tie breaker.

 

Flin Flon will close out the regular season this Friday against Laronge at the Whitney Forum. 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have the call.

 

The Bombers still don't know who they will play in the Survivor Series as Notre Dame beat Humboldt last night to jump one point up on Weyburn for 7th.

 

The Hounds don't have any more games left and the Wings will close out their season in Yorkton Friday needing a win to finish 7th. Notre Dame has the tie breaker.

 

No matter who the Bombers opponent will be, the Survivor Series will start at the Whitney Forum on Sunday with games two and three if necessary on the road Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The Pas will Host Bantam AA Hockey Provincials

The Pas will host Bantam AA Hockey Provincials this weekend at the Roy H Johnston Arena. The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers are the defending Provincial champions and will be in a pool with OCN, Cross Lake, Dauphin, Peguis, Thompson and Sagkeeng.

 

Flin Flon will open up against OCN, Friday at 2 and will face Sagkeeng Saturday at 10.

 

Playoffs will start later on Saturday afternoon with all the Championship games on Sunday.

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JV Basketball Provincials This Weekend

The Hapnot JV Queens Basketball team are off to Somerset Manitoba this weekend for Provincials.

 

Hapnot will take on Teulon this Friday at 2, and if they win they will play Friday night at 7:15.

 

If they lose they will move to the B-side and play Saturday at 11:45.

 

The Championship Final is set to go Saturday at 5.

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Strong Road Trip

Even though the Bombers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Estevan Bruins on Saturday it was still a very successful road trip.

 

Flin Flon will come home with 5 out of a possible 8 points and are holding on to 9th spot with two more games remaining on the season.

 

No game was bigger than the Bombers beating Melville 4-3 in OT on Wednesday, as they lead the Mills by 2 points with both teams playing 56 games.

 

I think Flin Flon ran out of gas in Estevan,  as it was their fouth game in five nights and they really take their toll on you especially at this time of year.

 

Goals came from Marchi, Daniels and Boots. The Bombers were heavilly out shot 47-34 and Brenden Newton once again kept his team in the game.

 

Flin Flon still doesn't know who they are going to play in the Survivor Series as Kindersley has 63 points, Weyburn 62 and Notre Dame 61. The Klippers are in the drivers seat with two games remaing while the Wings and Hounds just have one.

 

The Bombers will finsh up with two games at home including Melfort on Tuesday and Laronge on Friday.

 

102.9 CFAR will broadcast the last game of the regular season against Laronge and all Bomber playoff games including the Survivor Series which could start as early as Sunday. We will have more information later in the week.

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Pee Wee AA Bombers Pick Up Silver Medal

The Pee Wee Kinsmen Bombers wrapped up Provincials in Dauphin yesterday and have come home with a Silver medal.

 

The Bombers rolled through the round robin beating Springfield 6-4 and peguis 17-0.

 

Flin Flon then beat Morden 4-0 in the Semi to get to the Gold Medal game. Joey Lies led the way with two goals with singles from Wyatt Stinton and Tanner Werbicki. Logan Salamondra had the shut-out.

 

The Bombers faced Dauphin in the final and played their hearts out, losing  4-3 to finish second in the province.

 

Goals came from Connor Slugoski, Ryder Mucha and Joey Lies.

 

Congratulations to the coach's Darin Mansell, Dennis Zboril, Tyler Stinton and James Dauk as well as all the players and volunteers on a great season.

 

Good luck to the Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers who are off to the Pas for Provincials this weekend.

 

 

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Senior Queens Are Zone Champs

 

Hapnot hosted Senior Zone Basketball this past weekend and were very impressive on home soil.

 

The Queens went 3-0 including a convincing 44-16 win over Oscar Lathlin in the final.

 

Oscar Lathlin finished 2-2 while Nelson House was 0-3.

 

FCI out of Cranberry won the Boys going 4-0 including a 68-48 victory over Oscar Lathlin in the final.

 

Oscar Lathlin finished 3-1, the Hapnot Kings were 1-3 and Nelson House was 0-4.

 

The Queens will represent the north at Girls Provincials in Dominion City, March the 16th and 17th.

 

FCI is off to Boys Provincials in Grunthal the same weekend of March the 16th and 17th.

 

 

 

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Flin Flon Swimmers Added To Manitoba Games

The Manitoba Winter Games are just a couple days away in Thompson, and Flin Flon/Creighton will be well represented in swimming by members of the Flin Flon Aqua Jets.

 

Madison Campbell and Savannah Thurston will take part in the Junior Female. Connor Brown, Eli Plamondon and Brennen Sapergia Green are in the Youth Male. Jordan Gorrell, Dax Lawrence and Cory Lane will compete in the Junior Male.

 

Fawn Brown is the manager. Opening Ceremonies start this Sunday with the swimming part of the games starting next Thursday March the 8th.

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Bombers Mount Comeback

The Flin Flon Bombers were able to over come a two goal deficit and fought back to win their 7th road game of the season last night in Melville, 4-3 in over time.

 

Melville built up a 2-0 lead after one on goals from Bentz and Eisler.

 

All Bombers in the second,  as Marchi would score his 12th and Nate Hooper would add his team leading 20th of the year to tie the game at 2 after 2.

 

Flin Flon actually took the lead in the third when Marchi scored his second of the night, firing a beautiful shot top corner on Brandon Wells.

 

That held up til the 12 minute mark when Foster would tie the game on the powerplay. Both goalies shut the door for the rest of regulation, and the Bombers would go to extra time for the second straight night.

 

Flin Flon would not be denied and Caleb Moretz who has already scored some big goals this season, would end the game with an unassisted goal with a minute and a half remaining in extra time.

 

Great start  for the Bombers who take 3 out of a possible 4 points so far on this 4 game road trip.

More importantly, they will give themselves a little more breathing room for 9th overall, with a 4 point lead on the Mills. Both teams have 4 games remaining on the season.

 

Final shots last night favoured Flin Flon 37-29 and the Bombers were 0 for 3 on the pp, and Melville went 1 for 5.

 

Brenden Newton was a big factor again last night,  and with his team trailing 2-0 early in the game made several key saves to keep Flin Flon in it and was the best player on the ice.

 

The Bomber record stands at 21-25-3-5 and will enjoy a day off before resuming the trip in Notre Dame Friday and Estevan Saturday.

 

Both these games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

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