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Blizzard Add WHL Experience

The OCN Blizzard got a big shot in the arm as the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL have reassigned Evan Herman and Justin Nachbaur to the Blizzard til December the 20th.

 

Both these players are from Northern Manitoba with Herman right from the Pas and Nachbaur from Cross Lake.

 

Herman has already suited up for a game and picked a goal in a loss to the Dauphin Kings last weekend.

 

Herman suited up for 59 games for the Raiders last season and picked up 22 points including 9 goals. He also won best conditioned Raider for his rookie season.

 

Nachbaur is entering his 20 year old season and played with the Blizzard as a 16 year old where he picked up 31 points in 55 games.

 

In three seasons with the Raiders he has 74 points and has been tremendous in the locker room. 

 

Head Coach and GM of the Blizzard, Billy Keane is excited for  what these players will bring to his program. " The addition of these players will elevate our skill level, pace and performance levels and all the guys around them will get better and that is our goal."

 

Keane also mentioned that the Blizzard will  be welcoming back Bryden Sinclair, a 19 year old defenseman who was recently with the Maryland Black Bears of the NAHL.

 

With Covid, Sinclair wants to remain in Canada.

 

All these players are expected to be in the Blizzard lineup this weekend against Dauphin.

Wolves Double Bombers

After opening up the pre season with an OT win on Thursday, the Bombers dropped a 4 to 2 decision in Laronge Saturday.

 

Flin Flon led the game 2 to 1 after the opening period on goals by Hayden Clayton and Jaeden Mercier. Clayton has scored three goals in the first two pre season games.

 

Holden Knights scored a short handed goal to get the Wolves on the board early in the frame.

 

Laronge kept coming and scored three straight from Logan Holm, Walker Jerome and Brandon Della Paolera.

 

Xavier Cannon made his first start of the pre season and stopped 31 out of 33 shots to get the win.

 

Jared Thompson, the rookie out of Regina made his first start in a Bomber uniform and stopped 29 out of 33.

 

Both teams had plenty of opportunities on the PP, with the Bombers going 1 for 10 and Laronge 2 for 8.

 

These two teams will meet two more times in the pre season including a meeting in Laronge on Wednesday and back in Flin Flon Saturday.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will broadcast Saturday's game with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

Wheat Kings Sweep Northstars

The Norman Northstars suited up for a pair of games against the Brandon Wheat Kings this past weekend at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.

 

Brandon had no problem finding the back of the net with impressive wins of 8 to 2 and 13 to 2 to improve to 5-0 on the season.

 

In Saturday's game,  Flin Flon's Connor Slugoski and Magnus Pearson both chalked up assists while  Odin Church came into the game in relief and stopped 11 out of 12 to keep the game respectable.

 

Cheechoo Lathlin from the Pas, scored both goals on Sunday.

 

Norman will fall to 0 and 3 on the season and will host Southwest this weekend.

 

The Norman Wolves also dropped a pair of game on the weekend against Pembina Valley by scores of 3 to 1 and 5 to 2.

 

Flin Flon's Ryder Mucha scored a goal in both games.

 

The Wolves will be back in action on November the 7th and 8th, when they travel to Winnipeg to face the Monarchs.

Northstars And Wolves Both In Acton

The Norman Bantam Triple A Wolves and Norman Northstars will both hit the ice this weekend in Thompson.

 

The Wolves will host Pembina Valley after a good opening weekend against Interlake where they picked up a win and a tie.

 

The Northstars will try to shake off a 10 to1 setback against Parkland.

 

Brandon comes to Thompson for a pair of games, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30.

 

Attendance will be limited to 100 spectators, so plan to get there early.

Bombers Win In OT

The Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves finally got back on the ice last night as the SJHL kicked off their pre-season.

 

In front of 150 spirited fans the Bombers knocked off the Wolves in OT,  3 to 2.

 

Laronge actually led 2-0 after one period but the Bombers kept getting better as the night went on and reeled off three straight goals to win the game.

 

Hayden Clayton and Nathan Gagne both scored in the second and third periods to send the game to OT.

 

The Bombers, who had the most lethal powerplay last season scored with the extra attacker in the extra period when Clayton would score his second of the contest.

 

Flin Flon heavilly out shot Laronge 51 to 29 and went 2 for 7 on the pp. Laronge was 0 for 4.

 

Cal Schell stopped 27 shots for the winm and local product Alex Bell turned away 48 shots in a losing cause,

 

Nolan Doell and Narek Alehsanyan scored the Laronge goals.

 

These two teams will battle three more times in exhibition with the next game Saturday in Laronge. This will be an 8:30 Manitoba start time.

Haygarth Named Assistant Captain

Congratulations to second year Flin Flon Bomber, Easton Haygarth who has been named an assistant captain for the up coming season.

 

He and his brother Chase came to the Bombers in a trade from the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL before the beginning of last season.

 

Haygarth had a very good season with the Maroon and White picking up 53 points in 56 games including 19 goals. He also had 5 points in 4 playoff games.

 

Easton should be part of one of the best lines in the entire league with his brother Chase and former Saskatoon Blade Zach Huber.

 

The Bombers will announce the other capatains later this week.

How To Get Tickets For Thursdays Game

The SJHL announced a plan to play with the regular season starting on November the 2nd. Pre- season will start this Thursday.

 

Flin Flon will host Laronge on Thursday night and tickets will be sold to the general public this Wednesday (tomorrow) betwen 5 and 7 at the office at 35 Main street.

 

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first service basis with only 150 tickets available. These tickets are not included in season tickets packages.

 

No walk ups available and social distancing and masks will be required for the game.

 

This is for the first pre-season game only with details for the second to follow.

SJHL Approved To Start Play

The SJHL announced that they have been approved to play by the Saskatchewan Government and will start playing exhibition games immediately.

 

The regular season will begin starting November the 2nd.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers will play Laronge 4 times in exhibition with games scheduled for Thursday October the 22nd in Flin Flon, Saturday October the 24th in Laronge, Wednesday October the 28th in Laronge and Saturday October the 31st in Flin Flon.

 

There will be a maximum of 150 fans in attendance for exhibition and masks will be mandatory.

 

The SJHL will announce attendance for regular season games at a later date and the Bombers have a board meeting on Tuesday and will provide more information on how they will handle attendance for exhibition with an announcement Wednesday.

 

For more information call the Bomber office at 204-687-4404.

 

 

Wolves Have Good Opening Weekend

The Norman Bantam Triple A Wolves kicked off their season this past weekend in The Pas with a pair of games against Interlake.

 

On Saturday, the Wolves and Lightning fought to a 2-2 tie. Aiden Meyer and Matt O'Toole from the Pas provided the offense.

 

Flin Flon's Paxton Moore stopped 45 out of 47 shots.

 

On Sunday, the Wolves won 5 to 2 with two goals from Flin Flon's Wyatt Stinton, and one goal from Ryder Mucha.

 

Rachlan Hay and Matt O'Toole from the Pas also scored.

 

The Wolves will hit the ice in Thompson next weekend with a pair of games against Pembina Valley. 

PLGC AGM Highlights

The Phantom Lake Golf Club held their Fall AGM last night at the Clubhouse and reported on how everything went in 2020.

 

Dennis Hyndman gave a financial report and said revenue was down 18 % from the year before but the Club still made a profit.

 

Bad weather and all the Covid restrictions were the biggest reasons why.

 

Golf Pro, Kelly Mclaren also spoke and thanked his staff, volunteers and board for really pitching together in a very difficult year. He also said they have a better understanding on how to deal with Covid if it is still around next spring.

 

Greens Superintendant Brett Stephenson mentioned they have officially closed down the course and will be preparing the greens for winter. They will be looking for volunteers to put up snow fenses and lay straw down.

 

They will send out an e-mail when they are ready to do this.

 

The number 5 fairway should be ready for August and a big thanks to Roly Abel and Joey Werbicki on all their work.

 

Ray Shirran, Jeff Woods and Bruce Galay were all re-elected to the board with Jason Kozar and Scott Danko newly elected.

PLSC AGM

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club will be hosting their AGM on Wednesday October the 21st at 7 pm.

 

The meeting will take place at the Victoria Inn in the Northen room.

 

Everyone is welcome and don't forget masks are mandatory and social distancing must be maintained.

Norman Northstars Kick Off Season This Weekend

The Manitoba Midget Triple A League will kick off their new season this weekend and the Norman Northstars will host the Parkland Rangers in a pair of games.

 

Games will take place this Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1: 30 at the C.A.Nesbitt Arena. Capacity will be limited due to Covid 19 from 300 to 330 depending on seating arrangement.

 

The Northstars recommend you get their early.

 

Masks will be mandatory at all times and social distancing will be a must with households  required to sit together. The concession will not be available.

 

All other information will be available on the Northstars web-site.

 

Due to the Covid,  the Northstars will play their first 8 games at home and have a strong contingent from Flin Flon including Evan Reid, Connor Slugoski, Magnus Pearson, Nolan Rideout and Odin Church. 

Bomber Season Ticket Update

Flin Flon Bomber season tickets are now available to the general public, There are about 100 tickets still available and with the Covid situation they can only guarantee 450 seats to start the season.

 

You can pick up tickets at the Bomber office, Tuesday to Friday 12-4. You can also call the office for more details at 204-687-4404.

 

If you go on a payment plan for a season ticket, you will have to have it paid in full by November the 15th.

 

The SHA has put together a return to hockey plan for Junior, Senior and U-18-AAA with the different guidelines being approved by the Saskatchewan government.

 

“The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is implementing a phased-in approach for minor hockey in the province. The ‘Return to Hockey’ plan will include four phases, which must be approved by the chief medical officer before proceeding to the next,” said the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in its return strategy. 

 

“Each phase within the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s Safety Guidelines is subject to approval. Dates, procedures and protocols may change as deemed necessary by the Government of Saskatchewan and/or Saskatchewan Hockey Association.”

 

The SJHL could start their pre-season by October the 17th and the regular season by November the 1st.

 

Wolves Will Play Exhibition Game

The Norman Bantam Triple A Wolves will be holding a practise in the Pas,  Friday night as they will play their first exhibition game against Parkland in Swan River on Saturday at 12 pm.

 

Their season will start the following weekend at a location yet to be determined.

 

The Wolves feature 13 and 14 year olds from right across Northern Manitoba including a strong contingent from Flin Flon.

 

 

Higgins Signs Pro Deal

Congratulations to former Flin Flon Bomber defenseman Tyler Higgins on signing a pro contract with SC Langenthal of the Swiss League.

 

After spending parts of three seasons in the QMJHL, the Bombers picked up Higgins from the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2018-19 season where he suited up for 24 games.

 

He picked up 10 points and added another 4 points in 9 playoff games.

 

After graduating from Junior hockey, Higgins went on to play one season at York University.

Bomber Season Tickets On Sale

The Flin Flon Bombers are excited to announce that they will be selling season tickets starting tomorrow for the up coming season.

 

Things will lok a lot different this year with all the protocols that need to be followed by the hockey club, SJHL, City Of Flin Flon, and health authorities.

 

Due to COVID-19, the Bombers will be selling 450 season tickets and with capacity restrictions it might be the only way to see hockey this winter.

 

Ticket prices are $370.00 for adults, $320.00 for Seniors, $200.00 for students and $150.00 for children 6-12.

 

Starting tomorrow (October the 1st), you can call the Bomber office at 204-687-4404 to reserve tickets.

 

Season ticket reservations will be availavle for existing season ticket holders, Thursday and Friday October the 1st and 2nd, and again on Tuesday October the 6th.

 

Wednesday October the 7th for everybody else.

 

You can contact the Bomber office for more information at 204-687-4404.

 

 

PLGC AGM

The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be hosting their Fall AGM on Wednesday October the 14th, 7 pm at the club house.

 

The agenda will include a report from the President, Golf Pro and Greens- Superintendant.

 

There will also be a financial statement provided and election of officers.

 

This meeting is open to the general public but only members will be able to vote.

RSAC Karate Looking To Start Up In Flin Flon

If you are interested in something new and competitive ,  RSAC karate is looking at setting up in Flin Flon.

 

This is something that can be enjoyed by all age groups starting at 7 and over.

 

Some of the other benefits include competitive training and self defense, low fees, great exercise, high level coaching and something that the whole family can try together.

 

They also still take part in competitions.

 

If you are interested in joining,  you can message them on facebook and they will give you more information.

Northern Saskatchewan Football Cancels Season

Due to the recent upswing of Covid cases around the country and in  Saskatchewan, the Northern Saskatchewan Football season will not happen.

 

The league officials met with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the different school boards from the northern centers and decided not to put anyone's health at risk and will not pursue a season this fall.

 

This was tough news for the Creighton Kodiaks who were returning a strong contingent of players from last season and now many seniors will graduate without a chance to compete for a league title.

 

Ryan Karakochuk, the Head Coach of the Kodiaks was in the CFAR studio this past Friday and talked about the cancellation of the season and how the league will go further from here.

 

We also had a chance to out our two cents in for everything else happening in the sports world right now.

 

Ryan is always a great guest and you can hear the full interview here: https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

Flin Flon Bomber Cash Draw Winners

The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up a very successful cash draw fundraiser at the Whitney Forum last night with all their draws announced live on facebook.

 

Congratulations to Joseph Bouchard who was the big winner, collecting $20,000.00 with winning ticket number 330, in the final draw announced last night.

 

Other winners were Rick Jackson, Keith Rumak, Kim Etherington, Daryl Bauman, Ashton Crone, Jolene Gardner,Brian and Holenna Furber, Paul and Lori Bada, Al Kohlenberg and Erica Husberg and June Hoglander who all won $200.00

 

Bob Gogal, Brenda and Gail Neaufeld, Adrienne Petryk, Brian Danko and Laurie Stephenson. Diane Lebel, Darren Campbell, Mavis Strom, 777 Miners McBurnie, Landi Raymond and R and R Biberdorf for winning $500.00.

 

Cindy and Murray, Myron Nordick and Duane Davis all took home $1000.00.

 

Tara Anderson was the 50/50 winner which came out to $5,200.00.

 

The Flin Flon Bomber Hockey Club want to thank everybody who purhased a ticket.

FF Curling Club Looking To Start Season

The Flin Flon Curling Club is looking at starting their season following all the Covid regulations.

 

They are waiting to get word from the city as to when they can start.

 

They would like to get an idea as to how many people would like to curl this winter, so please sign up if you are interested.

 

You can sign up for Mixed, Hot Stove Afternoon Men's, Ladies and league curling. You can sign up to play on a regular basis or as a spare.

 

Any questions can be directed to Sue at 204-687-5560 or Della at 306-688-6663.

Darcy Sal Is the 2020 Club Champion

It was a great day at the Phantom Lake Golf Club as 86 golfers came out to take part in the Closing Day Event and Club Championship.

 

Darcy Salamondra carried over his fine play from Labour day to take the Men's Championship with a sizzling 63.

 

Jeff Woods and Cole Slipp finished second with a 69, followed by Ray Shirran with a 70.

 

Brad Fox took the second flight with an 81. Congratulations to Laurie Salahub who continues to dominate the Ladies Division and win this event year after year with a 73 yesterday.

 

Here are the rest of the results from yesterday:

 

Mens Senior (50-64)—1st Flight

1st      Dave Salahub              74     

 

Mens Senior (50-64)—2nd Flight

2nd     Scott Greenwood        83  

 

Mens Super Senior 65+-1st Flight

1st      Brett Davie                   76             

 

Mens Super Senior 65+ 2nd Flight

1st      Garry Long           86

 

Ladies Club Champ

1st      Lori Salahub                73    

 

Ladies Senior (50-64)

1st      Sue Murray         81       

 

Super Senior Ladies 65+

1st Judy Freeborn   104-Club Champ

 

Juniors

1st      Gage Gogal        84      

 

 

 

Team White Beats Team Maroon 5 to 3

Despite a lack of atmosphere, a spirited affair went down at the Whitney Forum Sunday afternoon for the annual Flin Flon Bomber Maroon and White intersquad game.

 

In front of a crowd of approximately 20 fans composed of billet parents -  lineups entirely composed of newcomers showed off their ability. The game featured a unique format of two 30 minute halves.

 

Hunter Lolacher (03) got the start in net for Team White while Max Hildebrand (04) was in between the pipes for Team Maroon.

 

Team White’s Nathan Flodde(03) kicked off the scoring with a marker just before the midway point of the first half assisted by Jakin Lawrence (04). Jordan Pfoh (02) responded for Team Maroon approximately three minutes later with a feed from Adam Beamin (05) who has been a defensive stand out during camp.

 

If crunch of the game awards were to be handed out, one would have to go to a hip check late in the 1st half as Marek Schneider (03) of Team Maroon almost sent Nate Gagne into his own Team White Bench.

 

 

New netminders were brought in for the 2nd half with Jared Thompson (02)  in goal for Team White and Justin Duck (03) being the netminder for Team Maroon.

 

Things opened up early  with Cole Duerreault (02) scoring for Team White, assisted by Ashton Ferstrer (03)  which was quickly responded by Nate Gagne’s (02) goal for the Maroons with assists from Kylynn Olafson (04) and Morgan Daneiluk (03).

 

Fireworks flew with the game’s lone fight as Hassen Himour (02) of Team White dropped the gloves with Justin Lies of Team Maroon in a short but energetic scrap. Lies went on to score moments later  with an assist from Jordan Pfoh (02)

 

The highlight reel goal of the game came from Ashton Ferster of Team White who was able to put a breakaway goal past Dueck for the game winner. Himour added an empty netter before time ran out to give Team White the 5-3 victory.

Main Camp Interview With Mike Reagan

The SJHL season remains in limbo, but it will be back to buisiness for the Flin Flon Bombers who kick off Main Camp tomorrow with registration starting at 10 am.

 

Once again camp will be closed to the general public, but the hockey club will have video highlights and information on their website and facebook page.

 

Scrimmages will take place throughout the weekend with the big Maroon and White game to wrap it up on Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

 

I caught up with the Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan last night at the Whitney Forum and we talked about what to expect at this year's camp and how they are preparing for a season with an undetermined start date.

 

You can hear that interview here: https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

FF Skating Club Registration

FLIN FLON SKATING CLUB'S SKATING SEASON is gearing up for another great year and is open to anybody in Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and the surrounding areas.

 

Registration for the Flin Flon Skating Club is ONLINE!

 

Register Early As  some of their  programs are filled up already and some others are close to capacity.

To Register go to flinflonskatingclub.com

 

Questions can be  emailed to the club at flinflonskatingclub@gmail.com

 

They will also be at the rink this week Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm to 630pm to take any payments.

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