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Midget Bombers Off To Kindersley

The North Of 53 CO-OP Midget Bombers are off to a tournament in Kindersley this weekend.

 

The tournament will start tonight with the Bombers playing Cochrane at 7 PM.

 

Flin Flon will also play the Regina Mustangs tomorrow at 1:30.

 

Playoffs will start Friday at 3:30 with the B-side final at 10:30 on Sunday and the A-side final at 11.

Pfoh Rewarded For Fine Play

Flin Flon's own Jordan Pfoh of the Norman Northstars is the Manitoba Midget AAA, CCM Player Of The Week.

 

Pfoh had 7 points this past weekend against the Kenora Thistles including 3 goals and 4 assists.

 

On Saturday he had two goals and an assist in a tough 6 to 5 loss and collected 1 goal and four assists in Norman's first win of the season on Sunday 6 to 1.

 

His goal was a short handed marker.

 

He is the Captain this season with 19 points in 25 games and is a true leader both on and off the ice. He has a very positive outlook and volunteers with local charities in Thompson.

Hirst Is Defenseman Of The Week

Congratulations to new Flin Flon Bomber defenseman, Dane Hirst who has been rewarded for his fine play.

 

Hirst was acquired from the Kindersley Klippers in a big trade just before December the 1st which saw goalie Matt Sankner, forward Drayson Collyer and futures go the Klippers.

 

The SJHL named Hirst it's Defenseman Of The Week today after registering 2 goals and an assist this past weekend against Laronge and Nipawin.

 

Hirst scored power play goals in both games and now has 4 goals and 3 assists in 9 games as a Bomber.

 

The Bombers will get ready for one of their biggest road trips of the year as they travel to Humboldt on Thursday and will challege the number one team and defending league champion Battleford Stars on Friday and Saturday.

 

All three games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 each night.

 

 

Bill McDonald Classic

The biggest high school basketball tournament in the North will take place this weekend at MBCI and Scott Batemen in the Pas.

 

The 8th annual Bill McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament will start on Friday with teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Cranberry, Creighton, Norway House, Thompson, Gilbert Plains and Porcupine Plain all  taking part.

 

The tournament will feature both boy's and girl's games.

 

Games start Friday with  The Pas battling Cranberry at 2pm in the boys at MBCI, and the Hapnot girls will take on Creighton at Scott Batemen also at 2.

 

There will also be a skills competition Friday at 7 and playoffs start Saturday at 2 with the girls final at 4 and the boy's final at 5:30.

Three Out Of Four

 

It was another good weekend for the Flin Flon Bombers who took 3 out of a possible 4 points against a pair of Sherwood Division opponents.

 

Friday the Bombers travelled to Laronge and dropped a 6 to 5 game in Ot.

 

Down 5 to 3 late in the game, Easton Haygarth scored twice with just over two minutes on the clock to send the game to extra time.

 

Cole Rafuse had a chance to win it, but rang one off the post before Daylon Mannon potted the game winner from a strange angle back of the Bomber net.

 

Other Flin Flon goals came from Dane Hirst, Billy Klymchuk and Cole Rafuse.

 

Flin Flon out shot the Wolves 57 to 40, but Ice Wolve  goalie Liam McGarva was the difference and was  Laronge's best player on this night.

 

Jacob Delorme took the loss making 34 saves on 39 shots. One of the Ice Wolve goals was scored into the empty net.

 

This was the first meeting between these two teams since opening weekend and Laronge look like they are for real and won't be fun to play against no matter who they square off with.

 

The Bombers would get right back on the ice Saturday welcoming the Nipawin Hawks to town for just the second time this season.

 

It was Northland Ford Teddy Bear Toss Night and there was a lot of people in attendance.

 

Dane Hirst would score his second in as many nights to open up the scoring on the power play.

 

Cox would tie it on the power play before Easton Haygarth scored to put Flin Flon up 2 to 1 after 1.

 

Haygarth wrestled the puck away from two Hawks in the corner and made his way to the net and fired a beauty right under the cross bar for his 9th of the year.

 

Veteran Jordan Simoneau would tie it early in the second before Jaeden Mercier banged in a re-bound to put Flin Flon back up 3 to 2.

 

For the third straight time the Hawks would tie the game when Davis Chorney scored his first ever SJHL goal at the 5:37 mark.

 

Tied at three entering the third, one of the hardest workers in the league, Caleb Franklin would jump on a loose puck in front of the Nipawin net to score the game winner and his 5th of the season.

 

Easton Haygarth scored his second of the night and fourth of the weekend into the empty net to seel the game and make the final 5 to 3.

 

Final shots were 49 to 40 in favour of Flin Flon. Jacob Delorme stopped 37 to pick up his team leading 13th win of the year.

 

Flin Flon has beat Nipawin in all three meetings this season.

 

After the weekend the Bombers are first in the Sherwood Division at 21-6-4 and lead the second place Melfort Mustangs by 5 points.

 

Flin Flon is second overall and trail the first place Battleford Stars by 8 points and do have two games in hand.

 

These two teams will go head to head this weekend at the Civic Centre in North Battleford battling it out Friday and Saturday.

 

The road trip will start in Humboldt on Thursday and all three games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

 

 

Norman Hit The Win Column

26 games into the Manitoba Midget Triple A season, the Norman Northstars have picked up their first win of the season.

 

Norman was hosting the Kenora Thistles in a pair of games and looked like they may get the win on Saturday.

 

The Northstars had a two goal lead, up 5 to 3 entering the third when Kenora mounted the three goal come back to stun Norman 6 to 5.

 

The Northstars would not be denied on Sunday and came out with their best effort of the season and a solid 6 to 1 win.

 

It was a game that Flin Flon's Blake Lahonen won't forget as he picked up his first career hat-trick.

 

Jordan Pfoh picked up a goal and four assists and now has 19 points in 25 games.

 

The North Stars will hit the road for three games starting Friday in Yellowhead, before going on their Christmas break.

Kodiaks Finish Second At Border Bash

The Creighton Kodiaks hosted the Border Bash basketball tournament this past weekend at the Creighton gym.

 

Creighton went 2-0 in the round robin including a thrilling one point victory over Cranberry in the Semi- Final.

 

They would play Nipawin in the final and ended up losing 71 to 58.

 

Hapnot ended up placing third with a 53 to 48 win over Cranberry.

 

Laronge came 5th, followed by Norway House, Creighton B and Sandy Bay.

Lee Wins Bronze Medal

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Hunter Lee who continues to make a name for him self in the sport of wrestling.

 

Lee won a Bronze medal at the Canadian Olympic trials this past weekend in Niagara Falls Ontario.

 

After losing a tight match in the semi's, Lee responded with a solid victory , which is very impressive for one of the youngest athletes in this competition.

 

Lee was one of three athletes competing for the U of S. Hunter was competing in the 86 KG weight class and came third out of 17.

Fox Wins Officiating Award

Congratulations to Creighton's Lauren Fox who will be receiving the most improved officiating award for the Norman Region for Hockey Manitoba.

 

Lauren has been refereeing for the last 5 years and currently ref's Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam AAA and Midget.

 

Each year Hockey Manitoba proudlt certifies over 1,600 officials across the province.

Northstars Host Kenora

The Norman Nortstars who are still in search of their first win of the year will host Kenora in a pair of games this weekend at the C.A.Nesbitt Arena in Thompson.

 

Kenora has struggled this season as well going 1-21 heading into the weekend's action.

 

Games are Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30.

 

Norman continues to get a bulk of their offense from Flin Flon's Jordan Pfoh and Derek Koivisto who have combined for 24 points in 23 games.

Lee Off To Olympic Trials

Good luck to Flin Flon's Hunter Lee who is off to Canadian Olympic trials this weekend in Niagara Falls Ontario.

 

Hunter who attends the U of S, will be one of three athletes from that program who will be competing this weekend.

 

Lee won Bronze in Estonia at the Junior World's in August and is very excited about being one of the younger performers and says he is improving all the time. " I think it will be scary for a lot of the older guys as they know I am still improving and I am improving a lot faster than a lot of the older guys that have had already had these experiences."

 

Hunter and his brother Carson both competed at the recent Uof S, vs U of A duel last Friday and both brothers won their matches.

 

Both brothers also won their matches at a U of S home tournament on Saturday.

 

Hunter will be competing in the 86 KG class.

 

 

Basketball Season Starts This Weekend

The high school basketball season will start this weekend with the Creighton Kodiaks hosting the 2019 Border Bash.

 

There will be 8 teams from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan taking part including two teams from Creighton, Hapnot, Sandy Bay, Norway House, Cranberry, Laronge and Nipawin.

 

the tournament starts Friday with Creighton playing Sandy Bay at 2:30 and Hapnot against Creighton B at 4pm.

 

Playoffs start Saturday with the B- side Championship at 4:30 and the A-side Championship at 7:30.

Mel Pearson Tournament Results

 

The 2019 Mel Pearson Memorial Tournament wrapped up yesterday with 10 teams taking part from all over Northern Manitoba.

 

When it was all said and done it was the Pas Red defeated the Thompson Wild 7 to 4 to win the A-Final the Mel Pearson Event.

 

In the B- Final the Jack Turner Event, the Thompson Flyers beat McKeens Trucking 15 to 6.

 

C- Final- Scott Davidson Event- Pas Black -11, Thompson Kings 5

 

D-Final- Paddy Ginnell Event- Snow Lake 10, Firemen 8

 

E-Final- Cementation Event- Steelworkers 15, Thompson Coyotes 6

Queens Season Is Over

After winning their fourth straight Zone title on home soil a few weeks ago, the senior Hapnot Queens saw their volleyball season come to an end this past weekend at Provincials.

 

Hapnot respresented the North in Boissevain and were in a pool with Major Pratt out of Russell, Minnedosa, Prairie Mountain and Gabrielle Roy.

 

The Queens dropped all 4 matches to finish fifth in their pool and did not make the playoff round.

 

The still had a very successful season which included their fourth straight Zone and an 8th place finish at the biggest tournament of the year in Brandon at the Neelin Dig.

 

The Queens finished 8th out of 44 teams.

 

Good luck to all the graduating seniors.

November To Remember

The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up their four game in five night road trip with a 4 to 2 win in Weyburn last night to take all 4 games out scoring their opponents 19 to 9.

 

Cole Rafuse who picked up a hat trick the night before in Estevan led the way with two points including his team leading 23rd goal of the season.

 

Dane Hirst also chipped in with his first two goals as a Bomber and Donavan Houle who was back in the line up colllected his 21st of the year.

 

Jacob Delorme picked up his 12th win of the season and was rock solid, making 19 saves on 21 shots including 9 in the third period.

 

Flin Flon is on a roll going 8 and 2 in November and sit first in the Sherwood Division at : 20-6-3, good enough for a 6 point lead on second place Melfort. The Mustangs do have a game in hand.

 

The Bombers are also second overall, trailing the first place Battleford Stars by 9 points. Both teams have played 29 times and will meet for a pair of games at the Civic Centre in the middle of December.

 

Cole Rafuse was the hottest Bomber in November racking up 22 points including 11 goals and was named the Paper Works Plus Player of the month.

 

He was also selected the SJHL Player Of The Week, 14 days ago and may get some consideration again this week after finishing the road trip with 10 points including 4 goals.

 

Rafuse and Alec Malo are now tied for second overall in the SJHL scoring race with 50 points in 29 games.

 

Yorkton's Chance Petruic continues to lead the way with 61 points in 31 games.

 

The Bombers enter December with some big games on the way including a trip to the Mel Hegland Uniplex in Laronge this Friday.

 

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since opening weekend and no doubt this is the best Ice Wolf  team in many years. Laronge is right in the thick of things in the Sherwood Division at 15-14-2-1.

 

They trail second place Melfort by just 4 points.

 

Flin Flon will also play another big division game against Nipawin who will be in town Saturday.

 

The Bombers have won both meetings so far this year including a come from behind 4 to 3 win at the Cage a couple weeks ago.

 

After a little break, we will broadcast both games this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com including Friday's game from Laronge with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

Mel Pearson Memorial Tournament

The Mel Pearson  Novice Memorial Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend at both the Sportex and the Whitney Forum.

 

There will be teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Snow Lake taking part.

 

Games start Friday with The Thompson Wild taking on the Pas Black, 4:30 at the Sportex. First game at the Whitney Forum has the Steelworkers against the Pas Red at 4:30.

 

Action will take place through out the entire weekend with the playoffs starting Sunday at 9 and the Championship final at 12:15.

 

 

 

 

Queens Provincial Volleyball Schedule

Good luck to the Senior Hapnot Queens volleyball team who are off to Boissevain later this week for Provincial volleyball.

 

The Queens are in a pool with the Prairie Mountain Predators, Minnedosa Chancellors, Major Pratt Trojans and Gabrielle Roy.

 

Hapnot will play their first game on Thursday at 10 am against Gabrielle Roy. Friday they play Major Pratt at 9, Minnedosa at noon and Prairie Mountain at 2.

 

Playoffs will start Saturday at 9.

 

102.9 CFAR will have updates through out the weekend.

Mustangs Topple Bombers

 

The Melfort Mustangs, on a strong goaltending performance from Shawn Parkinson downed the Flin Flon Bombers 3 to 1 on Saturday night.

 

Parkinson was definitely the difference in the game stopping 32 out of 33 Bomber shots.

 

Jacob Delorme also played well stopping 36 out of 38, with one of the Melfort goals in to the empty net.

 

Melfort came out and played a very good first period, and held the Bombers to only 7 shots with very few good scoring opportunities.

 

They also scored the only goal when Schell re-directed a point shot past Delorme on the power play to put the Mustangs up 1 to 0 after one.

 

That stood up til the 6:15 mark of the third period when Mr. Hustle, Caleb Frankilin jumped on a Dane Hirst re-bound to tie the game early in the third.

 

This was Melfort's night, as Lopez was left alone in front of the Bomber net to score the eventual game winner mid way through the final frame.

 

Ryley Lanthier, would seal it with an empty netter and less than two minutes on the clock.

 

With the Melfort win, the Bombers and Mustangs are once again tied a top the Sherwood Division with 35 points. Flin Flon does have a game in hand.  

 

The Bombers have had a tough time with the Stangs this season and saw their record fall to 0-2-1 in the three meetings.

 

The Maroon and White pulled out a nice come from behind win in Nipawin on Friday.

 

Trailing 3 to 0, the Bombers reeled off four straight goals to stun the Hawks 4 to 3.

 

Reid Robertson had a 3 point night and was the game's first star. Mason Martin scored the winner with the other goals coming from Trystan Lemyre and Billy Klymchuk.

 

Kyle Jessiman picked up the victory with 22 saves on 25 shots.

 

Despite Saturday's loss, the Bombers are playing good hockey and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

 

Flin Flon will hit the road for 4 games in 5 nights starting tomorrow in Melville, before hitting Notre Dame, Estevan and Weyburn.

 

We will not be broadcasting these games and won't be back on the air until December the 6th in Laronge.

 

Kinsmen Bombers Win Wescana Cup

The Pas and OCN hosted the annual Pee Wee Wescana Cup tournament this past weekend at the Roy H Johnston Arena and GLMC.

 

The Kinsmen AA Bombers were unbeaten picking up 2 wins and a tie in the round robin and ended up beating Thompson 4 to 3 in the final to win the Wescana Cup.

 

The Eddies Family Foods Bombers went 3-0 in the round robin and lost the A- Final to Hudson Bay 8 to 2.

 

The Pas beat Snow Lake 7 to 2 in the C-Final.

Off To Nipawin

A big weekend for the Flin Flon Bombers who travel to the Cage to face the Nipawin Hawks tonight before returning home to face Melfort tomorrow.

 

The Bombers are coming off a successful weekend in which they knocked off Humboldt in the shoot out on Thursday 6 to 5 and a convincing 9 to 3 win over Notre Dame on Friday.

 

Flin Flon is 7-2-1 in their last 10 and find them selves tied with Melfort for top spot in the Sherwood Division with 33 points.

 

The Sherwood is very competitive this season with only 3 points separating first and fourth spot.

 

It is a log jam,  but the Bombers have games in hand on every body with 3 games in hand on Nipawin, 2 on Melfort and 5 on Laronge.

 

Flin Flon has lost just 5 times in regulation which is second best in the league only behind Nort Battleford.

 

Mike Reagan has made some very good moves so far this season in particular to shore up the blue line.

 

The addidtions of veteran's Troy Quinn and Dane Hirst have rounded out the line- up nicely, and their forward group is as deep as anyone.

 

Cole Rafuse is red hot and was just awarded the SJHL Player Of The Week after adding 8 points in 2 games including 5 goals. He sits third in league scoring, 2 points behind team mate Alec Malo.

 

Congratulations to third year Bomber forward, Donavan Houle who has committed to the University of Maine, Division 1.

 

The 20 year old from Montreal has 19 goals and 13 assists in only 22 games.

 

Houle will be the first Bomber to attend Maine since Eddy Wood who won a national championship with that program in 1998-99.

 

The Hawks have struggled a bit lately going 4-4-2 in their last 10 but are unbeaten in their last 3.

 

Offense is definately a problem as they have only scored 70 goals in 26 games which is 34 less than Flin Flon who has played 23 times.

 

Nipawin also doesn't have a player in the top 20 in league scoring while the Bombers have 5.

 

Saying that, the Hawks are always tough to beat in their own building and are 8-3-2 at the Cage this season.

 

Flin Flon has had as much success there as anyone and are 7-7 in their last 14 visits.

 

You can catch tonight's game on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com starting with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

Peds Threads Bombers Off To Swan River

Good Luck to the Peds Threads Atom Bombers who are off to Swan River for their first tournament of the year this weekend.

 

Flin Flon will play four round robin games against Dauphin, Friday at 3, Swan Valley Saturday at 11, The Pas, Saturday at 5 and Thompson Sunday at 8.

 

Playoffs start Sunday at 9:30 with the Gold Medal game at 2.

Kodiak Football Award Winners

 

The Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team handed out their year end awards last night at the Creighton Community Hall.

 

It was their fifth annual event with more than 200 people in attendance.

 

A big thanks to BnB Rockyview for preparing a delicious supper.

 

Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk addressed the crowd with a re-cap of the season and a farewell to the Senior's.

 

He also thanked all the sponsors,parents and volunteers.

 

Here are last night's award winners:

 

Rookie Of The Year- Marcus Kennedy

 

Most Dedicated Award- Brenden Haley and Davin Eastman

 

Special Teams Award- Austin McLean

 

Most Improved Player- Aidan Collard

 

Warrior Of The Year- Offense- Evan Madarash, Defense- Brady Carmichael

 

Leadership Award- Hayden Kanto

 

Offensive Player Of The Year- Blake Alexander

 

Defensive Player Of The Year- Hayden Kanto

2019 Wecana Inn Hockey Tournament

The Pas will be hosting the Wescana Inn Pee Wee Tournament this weekend at both the Roy H. Johnston Arena and GLMC.

 

Flin Flon will be well represented with two teams competing including the Eddies Family Food Bombers and Flin Flon Kinsmen Bombers.

 

The tournament will start Friday at 1:30 with the Pas Huskies playing the Eddies Family Foods Bombers at the Roy.

 

The Flin Flon Kinsmen Bombers play the Pas Huskies in their first game at 3:05 also at the Roy.

 

Playoffs begin Sunday at 9 with the Gold Medal game at 3.

Good Effort Falls Short

The Norman Northstars were in action this past weekend with a couple of games against the Southwest Cougars.

 

After a 4 to 0 loss on Saturday, Norman came out with a gutsy effort on Sunday afternoon.

 

Norman took a 4 to 2 lead into the third period but couldn't hang on and ended up losing 6 to 5.

 

It was a good afternoon for the Pas's Branden Hill who had two goals and an assist. Ryan Monias from Thompson chipped in with a goal and two assists.

 

Flin Flon's Derek Koivisto also scored his fourth of the season.

 

Norman will drop to 0-18-0-1 and hit the road for three games starting Friday against Eastman.

 

The Werbicki Trucking Bantam AA Bombers were in Lac du Bonnet this past weekend and dropped all three of their games to the Pembina Rockets 6 to 2, Pembina Flyers 6 to 1 and 7 to 1 against the Northern Knights.

Queens Win Fourth Straight Zone

 

Flin Flon and Cranberry hosted Senior Volleyball Zones this past weekend with teams from all over the North competing.

 

The Hapnot Queens were able to win their fourth straight Zone with an undefeated weekend.

 

Hapnot went 4-0 in the round robin then beat Cross Lake in the semi's 25 to 22 and 25 to 11 setting up the final against MBCI from The Pas. 

 

The Queens would not be denied and took both games convincingly 25 to 13 and 25 to 11.

 

 

The Boy's games took place in Cranberry and the Hapnot Kings went 3 and 3 in the round robin before losing in the semi's to Oxford House.

 

Oxford House then went on to beat The Pas 25 to 18 and 25 to 16 to win the Boy's Zone for the very first time in their school's history.

 

The Queens move on to Provincials in Boissevain and Oxford House is off to Killarney the weekend of November the 28th to the 30th.

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