Sports News Archives for 2019-03

Tonight's Opening Mixed Draw

The Uptown Curling Club will be hosting the last big event of the curling season with the annual mixed bonspiel which will start tonight.

 

There are 12 rinks entered and here is tonight's opening draw at 7:30.

 

Tetreault VS Kennedy

Odut VS Lies

Odut #2 VS Kirkup

 

There will also be draws tonight at 9 and tomorrow(Saturday) at 10, 12, 2 and 4.

 

 

 

Bombers Announce Awards Banquet

The Flin Flon Bomber Awards night will take place this Saturday at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

The night will include dinner, speeches, jersey auction, presentations and awards.

 

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids.

 

Cocktails start at 5 with dinner at 6.

 

Stop by the Bomber office on Main Street to get your tickets.

Bombers Season Is Over

 

After a valliant come back the Flin Flon Bombers season has come to an end after falling 4-1 to the Battleford Stars, Tuesday night at the Civic Centre.

 

Trailing 3 games to none , Flin Flon battled hard to win the next three and gave themselves a chance to complete the incredible come back in game 7.

 

Battleford was ready and got the jump early scoring three goals in the first period from Gammer, Summers and Buziak and never looked back.

 

There were no goals in the second and the Stars put the game away when Quinton Loon Stewardson re-directed a Cody Spagrud shot from the blue line mid-way through the third period.

 

Daylan Marchi did get the Bombers on the board a couple minutes later but it was too little too late.

 

Once again the Stars did a brilliant job of keeping the majority of the Bomber shots to the outside despite being out shot 40-35.

 

Most of Flin Flon's shots came from the perimeter and Joel Grzybowski when called upon made the big save.

 

Gabriel Waked faced a lot tougher shots and did everything he could to keep his team in it and once again played good enough to win.

 

In my opinion,  the Bombers looked like they ran out of gas and a very flat first period cost them the game. After the Stars got up 3 goals they were able to sit back and clog up the neautral zone.

 

I give a lot of credit to this fine group of young men , who never quit and gave themselves a chance getting it to game 7, coming up just a bit short.

 

This was a classic series with 4 of the 7 games going to OT including game 5 which needed three over times.

 

I will personally never forget that game,  as it was the longest game I called in Bomber history in over 22 years.

 

I was never so happy to see a game end as I didn't know if I would be able to get through another over time.

 

It was tough to see the season end on Tuesday and I immediately felt bad for the graduating players who put the Bomber sweater on for the final time.

 

These young men have done an outstanding job representing our team, community, league and the game of hockey and will all be missed.

 

Good luck to the 8 graduating 20 year old's, Tyler Higgins, Caleb Moretz, Daylan Marchi, Brandson Hein, Nate Hooper, Isaac Jackson, Calvon Boots and Ethan Daniels.

 

There will also be two Bombers moving on for scholorships including Cade Kowalski and Vaughan Bamford.

 

Any one of these players will tell you that playing junior hockey in Flin Flon has been one of the best times of their life and they are leaving Flin Flon as a better person.

 

Also,  I would like to thank the coaching staff Mike Reagan, Gary Childerhose, Chris Bortis, Cole McCaig and the trainor Json Savill for their hard work and countless hours of making the Bombers one of the strongest franchises in the league.

 

It was a fun entertaining season which will wrap up with the awards banquet expected to take place this weekend.

 

Bombers Force Game 7

In front of over 1200 raucous fans at the Whitney Forum on Sunday night, the Flin Flon Bombers continued their winning ways with a 6-3 victory over the Battleford Northstars. Trailing by a goal in the 3rd Period, the Bombers scored three times in the final frame to  force a deciding game seven. Caleb Moretz got the tying goal at 6:14, Cade Kowalski notched the winner at 13:20 and Daylan Marchi picked up the empty netter late. Alec Cokley, Caleb Franklin, and Jack Michell also scored for the Bombers. Game 7 is set for Tuesday night with the Great North GM Coaches show at 8:10 and puck drop for Creighton Furniture Bomber Playoff Hockey at 8:30.

 

 

Hudbay Hockey Results

 

The annual Hudbay hockey tournament took place this past weekend and all the playoff games took place earlier today.

 

A-Final

Powerhouse/Mill 3

Electricians 2 (OT)- B Barron scored the OT winner.

 

B- Final

Carpenters 7

Snow Lake-5

 

C-Final

Main Office- 8

Triple 7- 5

 

D-Final

Zinc Plant-9

Boiler Makers-8

Game 6 Tonight

It seems like we just got off the ice,  and we are only a few hours from game 6 of this already classic SJHL Quater Final between the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars.

 

Nate Hooper not only scored the tieing goal with just 28 seconds left in regulation Friday,  but followed that up with the game winner at just over the 8 minute marker in the third over time period.

 

The Bombers stunned the North Stars 4-3 in triple OT  and are right back in the series trailing 3 games to 2.

 

I have never been so tired calling a hockey game in my life but it was worth it as the Bombers will now get a chance to even the series at the Whitney Forum tonight.

 

The goalies are stealing the show and Gabriel Waked is starting to make a name for him self after stopping 55 out of 58 Battleford shots on Friday night.

 

Waked has been over shadowed by Joel Grzybowski for much of the series but he was the difference in game 5 for sure. Waked has a 2.01 gaa and a save % of .936 in the series so far.

 

Grzybowski has a gaa of 1.50 and .957 save % and has stolen some games for his team in this series as well.

 

I can't recall a goaltending battle like this in the 22 years I have been covering this league.

 

You almost get a sense that the momentum is starting to change and Flin Flon's mind set is totally different after back to back victories.

 

The players feel that they are very capable of coming back and winning this series and the top offensive threats are strarting to make their presence felt.

 

Brandson Hein has 5 points in the last 2 games and Nate Hooper has climbed into second overall with 10 points in 7 games including two huge goals on Friday.

 

We have also seen Moretz, Jackson, Collin and Nardone start to chip in offensively. It is just a matter of time before this deep lineup starts to find the back of the net.

 

One of the question marks heading into game 6 tonight will be the availability of Calvon Boots.

 

Boots left game 5 after a hit to the head in the second period and even though he remained on the bench did not play the third or the three over time periods.

 

Mike Reagan wasn't sure if he would play tonight and will be a game time decision.

 

Win or lose tonight, this has been a series for the ages with 4 out of the first 5 games needing over time including the marathon on Friday night.

 

There is a big buzz in town and the Bomber faithful will be in full force cheering on the Maroon and White who will be looking to draw even tonight.

 

I am expecting over 1,200 and with their being no school tomorrow maybe we can hit 1,500. One thing for sure it will be loud.

 

Don't forget to bring those mobile devices and tell who ever can't be there to catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

Siblings Win Wrestling Gold In Saskatoon

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Hunter and Carson Lee who both won Gold medals at the 2019 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon.

 

They both dominated their fields with Carson winning the 79 kg Gold medal match with a pin.

 

Hunter won Gold by winning all three of his round robin matches by technical fall.

 

Carson and Hunter both began their careers by wrestling each other in their back yard and now train and compete for the Saskatoon Wrestling Club.

 

After their Gold medal victories this weekend, Hunter and Carson will now get to compete for the National team on the world stage.

 

 

Bombers Force A Game 5

 

With their backs against the wall, the Flin Flon Bombers found a way to get it done and staved off elimination last night at the Whitney Forum in their best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final against the Battleford Stars.

 

Brandson Hein scored just 17 seconds into the extra period to send the over 700 plus at the Whitney  into a frenzy.

 

Flin Flon was ready at puck drop and dominated last night's contest out shooting the Stars 47-25 and looked in control the entire game.

 

Battleford did score the first goal when Garrett Johnson found the back of the net with a fluky shot from just inside the blue line that I don't think Gabriel Waked saw.

 

Despite being heavilly out played , the Stars did take a 1-0 lead into the third period. The Bombers would tie it when Caleb Moretz picked up a loose puck in the Battleford zone and went in alone on Grzybowski , beating him with a shot just under neath the cross bar.

 

This tied the game early in the third and was also Flin Flon's first goal in the third period in this series.

 

The Bombers kept coming and peppered Grzybowski with lots of good shots but the Hafford product stood tall and got it to OT.

 

This game shouldn't of even got to OT, but Grzybowski was that good and was no question the Star's best player again last night.

 

Battleford ended it early in OT the night before and I honestly thought that it might take a little longer last night, but Brandson Hein capitalized on a Stars turn over early in the extra period with a back hander that eluded Grzybowski.

 

Battleford remains in the driver's seat leading 3-1, but this could easiily be 3-1 the other way in Flin Flon's favour.

 

This was an important win just for confidence and the Bomber players believe that they can come back and win this series. Three of the four games have been decided in over time and some of the key players are starting to score.

 

Gabriel Waked is also giving them good enough goaltending to win and was solid last night making 24 saves.

 

Flin Flon will hit the road for game 5 of the series which will shift back to the Battleford Civic Centre tomorrow night and once again you will be able to catch all the action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

It all starts with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 MB time. If their is a game 6, it will be played in Flin Flon Sunday at 7:30.

 

 

Stars Go Up 3-0

 

The Battleford Stars found the back of the net for the second straight game in OT as they knocked off the Flin Flon Bombers 3-2 and are just one win away from advancing to the SJHL Semi Final.

 

Braydon Buziak broke the hearts of the Bombers as he took a pass from Macgregor Sinclair and cut across the Bomber line and fired a bullet past Gabriel Waked just 43 seconds into the extra period.

 

This was a tough break for Waked who was steller once again,  making 41 saves and actually robbed Buziak on the PP late in the third period.

 

Flin Flon did some good things including getting the first goal of the game when Vincent Nardone picked up his second of the post season finishing up a nice feed from Cade Kowalski.

 

Nardone broke down the right side and beat Joel Grzybowski stick side with only 41 seconds remaining in the first period. This is the only time the Bombers have led in the first 3 games.

 

The Stars battled back with two goals in the second from Fletcher and Form who both picked up their first of the series.

 

With Battleford up 2-1, Crystopher Collin scored one of the nicest goals I have seen in a long time when he broke in alone on Grzybowski and beat him five hole with just one hand on his stick.

 

A highlight reel goal in any building in the country to make it 2-2 after 2.

 

For the second straight game neither team would muster a goal in the third period and OT would be needed with Buziak ending it 43 seconds in.

 

Joel Grzybowski is the series MVP so far stopping 30 out of 32 Bomber shots including an absolute beauty on Flin Flon's 5 minute advantage late in the second period.

 

Cade Kowalski broke in alone and made a nifty move with Grzybowski sliding post to post kicking out his right pad to stimie the talented Bomber forward.

 

It is now do or die with Flin Flon needing a win tonight to extend their season. The frustrating thing is this series could easilly be 3-0 the other way with the last two being decided in OT.

 

It was a great crowd and atmosphere last night and let's hope lots of people come back tonight and get behind the Maroon and White to push the series back to Battleford for game 5 on Friday.

 

Don't forget to catch tonight's game once again on your Bomber connection 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

Minor Hockey Awards Gala

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will officially wrap up their season with their Awards Gala on Tuesday April the 2nd at the Flin Flon Community Hall.

 

Awards will be handed out in the Novice, Atom, Pee-Wee and Bantam Divisions.

 

It will start at 5 with dinner and the awards will follow at 6.

Provincial Ski Results

The Flin Flon Ski Club hosted the Saskatchewan Provincial Cross Country XC Championships this past weekend and a number of local skiers did very well.

 

On Saturday in the Classic Event

Men

David Richard, Doug Scott and Brett Unrau won Gold

Robert Jarvis- Silver

 

Ladies

Sarah Faktor- Gold

Angie Simpson- Silver

 

Atom Girls

Janea Neaufeld-Bronze

Charlotte Unrau- fourth

 

Freestyle- Sunday

David Richard and Sarah Faktor- Gold

Doug Scott- Silver

 

Atom

Charlotte Unrau- Silver

 

Midget AA Bombers Finish Fourth

The North Of 53 Co-op Midget AA Bombers were at Provincials in Pine Falls.

 

The weekend started well with a 4-1 win over Sagkeeng Red and they beat Arborg 3-1.

 

This put the Bombers in the Semis against Gimli where they lost a heart breaker 4-3.

 

Flin Flon would play for trhe Bronze and ended up losing to Lake Winnipeg 7-1 to finish fourth.

Queens Win Consolation

The Senior Hapnot Queens wrapped up their basketball season this past weekend in Pine Falls with a very respectable showing.

 

Hapnot lost their first game to Goose Lake 51-37 but rebounded to beat Souris 65-35.

 

This put them in the Consolation Final where they beat Macgregor 63-45.

 

They end up finishing fourth in the province.

 

 

 

Down Two Coming Home

 

The Flin Flon Bombers return home to the Whitney Forum trailing their best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final against the Battleford Stars 2 games to none.

 

The Stars took both games at the Civic Centre 3-0 and 2-1 in OT last night as the two teams prepare for game's three and four this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Whitney Forum.

 

After getting shut out in game one, I thought Flin Flon was the better team last night and deserved a lot better result. After Braydon Buziak opened up the scoring on a nice individual effort in the first period, Caleb Franklin fired home his second of the post season to tie the game at one mid-way through the middle frame.

 

Cade Kowalski feathered a beautiful pass from behind the net and Franklin fired a perfect shot over Joel Grzybowski's left shoulder to tie the game and give the Bomber bench a much needed lift.

 

This was the first puck to beat Grzybowski who saw his shut out streak stopped at just over 90 minutes. He has been tough to beat and looks very confident and you get the feeling it is going to take a perfect shot to beat him.

 

The two club's couldn't decide it in the third so we would hit OT for the first time in the post season.

 

A tough call against Calvon Boots for high sticking and the Stars would score the first power play goal of the series when Kaden Boser picked up a loose puck in the neautral zone and skated across the Bomber line and fired a top shelf shot past Gabriel Waked.

 

Waked seemed to be caught off guard by the shot,  but he was very good in this game and just made a save off Elijah Loon Stewardson who was left alone on front of the net just moments before.

 

The two goalies stole the show with Grzybowski making 42 saves on 43 shots and Waked wound up with 33 saves on 35 shots. Both teams have struggled on the power play with the Bombers 0 for 6 and the Stars 1 for 6.

 

Funny how things go as the first power play goal of the series ends up being the game winner.

 

Not to take anything away from Grzybowski who has been a big factor in the first two games, but Flin Flon needs to find a way to get in more tight with better chances.

 

A number of the Bomber players have told me that they don't feel they have really tested him. You also have to give the Stars defense credit who are doing a good job keeping the Bombers to the outside, who have been shooting a lot from the perimeter.

 

Hopefully some home cooking will do the trick for Flin Flon who need a win on Tuesday to give them selves any chance of getting back in this series. You don't want to go down 3-0 to any team, but especially the Stars who have been really rolling the last several weeks.

 

One of the challenges for the Maroon and White will be to try and score first. Flin Flon has yet to lead in either game and have given up at least one goal in 5 of the 7 periods.

 

I expect the Bombers to open the tank and look forward to the atmosphere the league's best fans can provide this Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Don't forget to bring your mobile devices and tell anyone who can't be there to listen in to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com as we will hit the air both nights with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10.

 

Bombers/Stars Preview

 

 

The SJHL Quarter Final series will begin tonight between the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars at the North Battleford Civic Centre.

 

This will be the third playoff meeting in the last four years and first since the Stars swept the Bombers in the league final two years ago.

 

This is the fifth meeting all time with the Stars holding a 3-2 series edge.  Battleford has taken 12 out of the 20 head to head playoff games.

 

Flin Flon has the edge in the four matchups this year taking 3 out of the 4 meetings  including that dramatic come from behind over time win back on January the 26th.

 

Both teams are on a roll with the Bombers making quick work of the Weyburn Red Wings in the SJHL Wild Card series,taking both games by scores of 6-3 and 7-2.

 

Battleford went unbeaten in their last 10 regular season games including an OT win over Kindersley on the last day of the SJHL regular season to clinch first in the division and second overall.

 

What makes the Stars finish even more impressive is that they played the bulk of their games in the second half of the season on the road. Battleford only played at the Civic Centre, three times in February and March.

 

Battleford finished the season with 18 road wins which was second in the league behind Nipawin and Kindersley, The Bombers arn't a bad road team either going 15-12-0-2 away from the Whitney Forum.

 

The offensive edge has got to go to the Bombers who were  the third most explosive team in the league with 233 goals while the Stars scored 213.

 

Flin Flon had 6 players with 20 or more goals with a couple more players on the bubble while Battleford had 3.

 

The Bombers also have a lot more experienced back end with veterans Tyler Higgins, Isaac Jackson and Calvon Boots who returns from suspension tonight. Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan is really looking for Boots's tenasity and energy to lead his team just like he did against Melfort in the regular season finaly.

 

The Stars have a much younger d-core but do sport the SJHL Defenseman of the year in Cody Spagrud. Spagrud has more career games than the rest of the Battleford d-men combined so I expect to see him on the ice lots.

 

He was a big part of the Stars sweeping the Bombers just 2 years ago.

 

Goaltending will be interesting with veteran Joel Grzybowski getting the bulk of the work for the Stars this year playing 44 out of the 58 games. He played all 4 games against the Bombers surrendering 17 goals in the 4 games.

 

Gabriel Waked played against the Stars just once giving up 5 goals in the Bombers OT win back on January the 26th.

 

Waked will be the starter heading into the playoffs as he has got in a groove winnning his last 5 starts including both in the Wild Card against Weyburn.

 

Specialty teams were fairly even with the Bombers ranked second on the PP at 21.6 % while the Stars were sixth at 18.9 %.

 

Flin Flon and Battleford were tied with the second best PK at 86.3 %.

 

I think this has the making of being a classic as both these teams compliment each other so well and really like to go at one another. If the Bombers can get a split in the first two games I think they will have a really good chance to advance.

 

The key tonight will be to try and match the Stars intensity, especially early , with Battleford off for the last 10 days.

 

It is expected to be a mad house with about 1,500 fans expected for tonight's opener. Don't forget every single Flin Flon Bomber playoff game will be heard on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including tonight's at 8:10 MB time.

Mixed Bonspiel Coming Up

The Uptown Curling Club has one more big event left before they get ready to wrap up a busy winter of curling.

 

The Mixed Bonspiel will take place the weekend of March the 29th and 30th and is $120.00 per team with 3 games and supper.

 

You must have one member of the opposite sex on each team. Minimum of 6 end games.

 

They will be accepting donations (supplies and money) for the local SPCA.

 

To register you can call Ken or Krissie at 204-687-7650.

Midget AA Provincials

The North Of 53 Consumers CO-OP Midget Bombers will wrap up their season with Midget AA Provincials in Peguis starting Friday.

 

The Bombers will play two round robin games against Sagkeeng Red Friday at 3:30 and Arborg Saturday at 10:30.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 9 and the Championship Final is at 5.

Senior Queens Off To Pine Falls

The High School basketball season will wrap up this weekend with Girls Senior Provincials taking place in Pine Falls.

 

The Hapnot Queens who won the Northern Zone will play Goose Lake at 4pm this Thursday.

 

If they win they will play Friday at noon and if they lose they will drop to the B-side and play Friday at 4.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 10.

Indoor Soccer Tournament

The soccer season is upon us and the annual indoor tournament will take place Thursday April the 11th to Saturday April the 13th at the Creighton Sportex.

 

This is open to any kids born between 2005 and 2010 and you can register at the Town Of Creighton Office or call 306-688-3538.

 

Deadline to sign up is Monday April the 1st and the cost is $40.00 per person.

 

This event is hosted by the Town Of Creighton and Phantom Lake Soccer Club.

Bring On The Stars

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are heading to the SJHL Quarer Final Series after two convincing wins over the Weyburn Red Wings in the SJHL Wild Card Series this past weekend.

 

Flin Flon used 7 different goal scorers in a 7-3 win in Weyburn Friday night and scored 6 times in a convincing 6-2 win last night.

 

Brandson Hein electrified the crowd when he scored on a short handed break away to open the scoring mid way through the first period. Hein led the league with 5 short handed goals in the regular season.

 

Nate Hooper made it 2-0  Bombers after one.

 

Give the Wings credit, as they did not quit and came out and tied the game at 2 after two on goals from former Bomber Dawson McKenzie and Connor Pyne.

 

Flin Flon would have a strong third period and got the eventual game winner when Donavan Houle would intercept a pass and go in alone on Cody Levesque to make it 3-2 just a couple minutes into the final frame.

 

The Bombers would score four unanswered with Franklin, Hein and Higgins all finding the back of the net to close out the game 6-2 in the Bombers favour.

 

I want to personally congratulate Weyburn goalie, Cody Levesque who gave an outstanding performance last night and did everything he could to keep his team in the game.

 

Flin Flon fired 60 shots at him and one of their 6 goals was scored into the empty net. He rebounded after a tough start in Weyburn on Friday night and has a very bright future in this league, only being 18 years old.

 

Gabriel Waked picked up his first two SJHL playoff victories including 22 saves on 24 shots last night.

 

Mike Reagan was on the CFAR Post Game Show last night and was very happy with how his team played on the weekend. "I told the guys in between the second and third it is a 2-2 hockey game , and I said guys this is good for us. Adversity is good and for us to have to go into the third period in a tied hockey game and find a way to win. This is huge for building playoff confidence and we are going to be in that situation in the next series and I liked how we played and found a way to get it done."

 

The Bombers will now move on to face the Battleford Stars in the SJHL Quarter Final Series starting Friday at the Battleford Civic Centre.

 

This will be the third meeting in the post season in the last four years, with Flin Flon knocking off Battleford in the semi's back in 2016, and the Stars swept the Bombers in the league final in 2017.

 

Battleford finished 8 points up on the Bombers in the regular season, but Flin Flon did take the season series 3-1 including that big come from behind OT win on January the 26th at the Whitney Forum.

 

I am looking forward to this one and I think both teams match up very well and this might go the distance and be decided in the 7th game.

 

Battleford went unbeaten in their last 10 and were the hottest club down the stretch. Flin Flon looks like they are back on track after a tough February and are starting to find their game again.

 

Injured forwards Crystopher Collin and Ethan Daniels are expected back in the lineup and Calvon Boots has also served both games of his suspension so he will be back in uniform for this series.

 

Don't forget to catch all the Bomber playoff action on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting at 8:10 this Friday and Saturday.

Mens And Ladies Bonspiel Results

 

Both the Ladies and Men's annual curling bonspiels wrapped up yesterday at the Uptown Curling Club. A total of 22 rinks took part.

 

Ladies results

 

the A- Final Evans beat Korchinski

 

B- Final- Burwash over Reitlo

 

C-Final- Kostochuk knocked off Petersen

 

Men's Results

 

A- Final Kennedy over Eagle

 

B-Final- Holmes beat McCluckie

 

C-Final- Anderson up ending Munson.

Werbicki Trucking Bombers Wrap Up Season

The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers travelled down to Stonewall for Provincial hockey action.

 

The Bombers won both their round robin games against Springfield  8-3 and Gimli 7-2.

 

That put them in the Semi Final against Stonewall where they lost 4-1 to knock them in to the Bronze Medal game.

 

This was the first regulation loss for the Bombers this season.

 

Flin Flon rebounded with a 3-2 win over Altona to claim the Bronze.

Queens Lose In Consolation Final

The JV Hapnot Queens basketball team went down to Carmen to represent the North in Provincials this past weekend.

 

The Queens got off to a great start beating  no. 7 ranked Immanuel Christian 37-30. They would lose their next game to no.2 ranked Ross L Grey 51-30, knocking them down to the B-side.

 

They would beat Macgregor 35-32 to advance to the Consolation final where they ended up losing 53-35 to Warren.

 

The Senior Queens are off to Pine Falls this for Provincials this weekend.

Mens And Ladies Bonspiels This Weekend

The annual Men's and Ladies bonspiels will both be taking place this weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

This is the fourth year that both bonspiels will take place the same weekend. There are 11 ladie's teams and 10 men's teams.

 

Here is the opening draws for Friday at 6:30

 

Ladies

Kostochuk VS Reierson

Burwash VS Korchinski

Rodnisky VS Reitlo

 

Men

Holmes VS Kendall

Anderson VS Munson

 

The Semi Finals will go Sunday at 11, with the finals at 1:30.

 

Bombers Wrap Up Regular Season With Win

 

The Flin Flon Bombers put on a show for their fans in the final regular season game of the year last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Bombers made their presence felt right off the start with a big hit from Donavan Houle and never looked back in a 3-1 win over the Melfort Mustangs.

 

Flin Flon's big guns led the way with Nate Hooper and Brandson Hein picking up 3 points each.

 

Hooper had two goals, 26 and 27 and one assist while Hein scored his 43rd and added two helpers.

 

Gabriel Waked picked up his 8th win in a Bomber uniform stopping 19 out of 20 Melfort shots. The defense played great in front of him and he didn't have to make a lot of second and third saves.

 

This may have been the most intense game of the season I had witnessed and the Bomber faithful were on the edge of their seats all night with big hits all over the place.

 

These two teams really went at each other and I really hope they meet in the playoffs as there is a real dislike for each other which makes for good intense hockey.

 

Calvot Boots played for the first time in 6 weeks and made an immediate impact. His team mates fed off his intensity and he was a thorn in the Mustangs side all night long.

 

He looked like he never missed a beat and is definately ready for the post season starting on Friday.

 

Bomber captain Nate Hooper says they are ready for the playoffs, " This is the last game of the year and you want to go into the playoffs with a win. We have been playing well with our win over Nipawin last week and we are really looking forward to playoffs. We are excited to get things started and tonight's win helped that."

 

Flin Flon now knows who they will play as they make their way to Weyburn for game one of the Wild Card Series on Friday night. Even though the Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to Yorkton last night, Melville lost in Nipawin 2-1 and both teams finish with 42 points.

 

Weyburn gets the nod as they had more wins with 18 compared to Melville's 16.

 

Game 2 and if needed game 3 looks like they will be played in Flin Flon, Sunday and Monday.

 

The Bombers wrap up the regular season with a record of 34-20-1-3 and end up 7th overall. More importantly Flin Flon is on a roll picking up 7 out of 8 points in their last 4 games heading into the playoffs.

 

The Bombers also take the season series with the Mustangs winning 4 out of the 6 head to head games.

 

Don't forget to join us for all the Flin Flon playoff games, home and away on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting Friday in Weyburn.

JV Provincial Basketball

The Hapnot JV Queens Basketball team are off to Carmen for Provincial Basketball starting on Thursday.

 

The Queens won the Northern Zone in Easterville at the end of February.

 

Hanot is ranked no. 10 and take on the no. 7 ranked Immanuel Christian Falcons Thursday at 10:45.

 

If the Queens win they would advance to play the no. 2 ranked Ross. L. Gray Raiders at 6:30. If they lose they would drop to the B bracket.

 

102.9 CFAR will have updates through out the weekend.

 

 

Werbicki Trucking Bantam Bombers Provincial Schedule

The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers have a chance to cap another successful season with a provincial banner this weekend in Stonewall.

 

The Bombers have won every tournament they have competed in as they take on the best teams in the province starting Friday.

 

Flin Flon will play Springfield at 2:30 and Gimli at 8.

 

Playoffs start Saturday at 3:15 with the Championship Final Sunday at 5.

 

The Bombers won the Provincial Championship two years ago and were the runner up last year.

Bombers Grab 3 Out Of 4 Points

 

The Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves collided for the 9th and 10th times this season in a home and home this past weekend.

 

The Bombers picked up the 3-1 on Friday and Jordan Frey stimied Flin Flon in a 4-3 shoot out win on Saturday.

 

Friday night I was impressed with the flow of the game and both teams skated well and entertained the 800 plus in attendance.

 

Donavan Houle led the way with a pair of goals his 17th and 18th of the year with Daylan Marchi picking up his 21st.

 

Grant Longtin broke Gabriel Waked's shut out early in the third for the lone Ice Wolf goal of the game.

 

Waked ended up making 28 saves on 29 shots while Jordan Frey made a whopping 55 saves on 58 shots.

 

The two teams headed to Laronge for the rematch Saturday and Jordan Frey once again was the story for Laronge.

 

Frey stopped 45 out of 48 Bomber shots including all 3 Flin Flon shooters in the shoot out to wrap up a dismal season on a bright note.

 

Alec Cokley and Vaughan Bamford both scored their first goals of the season for the Bombers with the other goal coming from Nate Hooper on the power play.

 

Ice Wolves leading scorer Zach Bannister had a good night with a goal and 2 assists and he also scored the shoot out winner.

 

This will wrap up the regular season for Laronge who finish the year at 12-44-1-1 and will miss the post season for the 7th time in 8 years.

 

The Wolves went 2-2 under interim coach Gaelan Patterson who gave the organization something to think about as they look for a new coach and gm for next year.

 

Flin Flon sits at 33-20-1-3 and can finish no higher than 7th. The Bombers have one game remaining against Melfort tomorrow night at the Whitney Forum.

 

This is a nothing game for Flin Flon but is huge for the Mustangs who need a win to clinch first place over all.

 

The Mustangs trail the Nipawin Hawks by 1 point and the Hawks will host Melville tomorrow. Melville will need to win and hope that Yorkton beats Weyburn to grab the 10th seed.

 

Either way the Bombers will hit the road and play either the Wings or Mills on Friday.

 

Game 2 is in Flin Flon Sunday and game 3 ( if necessary) would go on Monday.

 

We will not broadcast the final regular season game with Melfort on Tuesday but will have every single playoff game on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting Friday.

 

 

Pee Wee AA Bomber Provincial Results

The Kinsmen Pee Wee AA Bombers travelled down to Morden for Provincials this past weekend.

 

The Bombers got off to a good start beating Winkler and Lorette by scores of 7-4 in both their games Friday.

 

They made it to the Quarter Finals,  losing to Portage 5-0 on Saturday which knocked them out of the tournament.

 

The Norman AAA Bantam Wolves were in Provincials in Niverville on the weekend.

 

The Wolves dropped all 3 of their games to Brandon 5-4. Eastman 12-0 and Parkland 5-4.

 

Flin Flon's Joey Lies picked up 1 goal and 2 assists in the three games,  while Magnus Pearson added 2 goals and an assist.

Queens Win Zone Banner

The Senior Hapnot Queens are Zone Basketball Champions  after going undefeated in OCN this past weekend.

 

The Queens beat Split Lake, Nelson House and OCN in the round robin. Hapnot went on to crush Split Lake in the semis 55-5 before beating OCN 58-26 in the final.

 

After a weekend off the Queens travel to Boissevain for Provincials March the 15th and 16th.

 

The Kings had a compettitive weekend beating OCN and Split Lake in the round robin with their one loss coming to Cranberry.

 

Hapnot rebounded with a win over OCN 62-53 in the semi's putting them in the final against Cranberry.

 

Cranberry prevailed with an impressive 100-43 win to take the Boy's Zone.

Bombers Prepare For Wolves

The Flin Flon Bombers enter the final weekend of the SJHL regular season, 7th overall and in a wild card situation.

 

There is still a chance they could move up to 6th, if they win their three remaining games and hope the Humboldt Broncos lose  their last two.

 

Flin Flon is 32-20-1-2 while Humboldt is 34-18-3-1. If the two teams were to be tied at the end of the season, the team with more wins would win the tie breaker.

 

Fresh off a 3-1 win over the defending champion Nipawin Hawks on Tuesday, the Bombers are hoping they turned the page and can roll into the post season on a high.

 

Regardless if they wind up 6th or 7th, they need to put together a streak just to get their confidence back and give themselves a fighting chance heading into the playoffs.

 

Flin Flon is coming off a miserable February which saw them go 3-7, but they did wrap up the month with an impressive win over the Hawks.

 

Tyler Higgins made his return to the club on Tuesday, and made his presence felt scoring a goal and using his massive frame to deliver a lot of good hits. Not to mention his long reach and experience go's a long way as well.

 

There appears to be more good news on the way as veteran d-man Calvon Boots is back skating with the club and should be ready for the playoffs. Boots could even play this weekend, but the team may not want to rush him back.

 

Mike Reagan is confident that his team can still be a factor. " We are not out of this thing, as we feel we have the deepest group of forwards in the league and if we can get some goaltending I like our chances against anybody. Right before our latest slump, we won 9 in a row and know what we are capable of."

 

Flin Flon will face the Laronge Ice Wolves in a home and home this weekend, and the Wolves will not be a push over. Laronge proved that the last time they played on January the 8th, when the Bombers built up a 4-1 lead and had to hang on for a 5-4 win.

 

The Wolves also made a coaching change late in the season, informing Evan Vossen that he would not be returning as Head Coach and GM next season. Both parties agreed to part ways for the remainder of this year.

 

Assistant Coach and local product Gaelan Patterson will man the bench for the rest of the year and is 1-1 so far in his brief tenure.

 

The Bombers lead the season series 7-1, but a lot of the games have been tight , especially at the Whitney Forum and I am expecting the Wolves to throw everything at Flin Flon this weekend.

 

You can catch all the action in both games this weekend including tonight's game on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com. We will 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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