Sports News Archives for 2016-09

Bombers Host Mills




After splitting a pair of games in Warman at the Showcase earlier this week, the Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum to face the Melville Millionaires in a weekend set.


The Bombers sit alone in first place in the Sherwood Division at 4-1-1-0 with 9 points and are just 1 point behind Humboldt for first overall.


Flin Flon hopes to take momentum into their weekend series against Melville after beating Yorkton in a shootout at the Showcase on Tuesday courtesy of Dondre Watson's first career SJHL hattrick.


Watson has been nothing short of explosive picking up 8 goals in 6 games to lead the league in goals and is second in overall points with 9. Kristian St. Onge has also been hot picking up 5 goals so far in 6 games with strong contributions also coming  from Brandon Lesko and Rylee Zimmer.


Melville started the season slow with 3 straight losses,  but have picked it up winning 3 in a row including wins at the Showcase over Humboldt and Battleford.


The biggest news for Melville entering the season is long time coach and gm Jamie Feisel has moved on handing over the reigns to former Hawk assistant Devin Windle.


For me it will be very weird not seeing Feisel behind the Mills bench as he is the one you automatically think of any time you discuss Melville, but it show's that nothing lasts forever. This will be a huge loss for the league as Feisel is one of those guys you can't wait to see to talk hockey or anything else for that matter.


I hope he resurfaces in our league one day as Jamie is a top quality individual who our league could really use as an ambassador and his humour and positive attitude will be missed from SJHL rinks.


Mike Reagan is currently on a scouting trip in Alberta where he has had a lot of success in the past acquiring players like Alex Smith, Joel Kocur, Devon Buffalo and Devin Mitzner just to name a few.


Reagan will return to the Bomber bench for tomorrow night's game.


The Mills are a team that does not score a lot and only have 14 in their first 6 games and do not have a single player in the top 20. Flin Flon have 4.


Melville is pretty good defensively only giving up 17 goals while the Bombers have given up 19.


No broadcast tonight, but we return to the air waves for Saturday including the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and play by play at 7:30.

Kodiak Boys In Nipawin

The Creighton Kodiak Boys Senior Volleyball team will be in Nipawin this weekend for the Bear Paws Tournament.


8 teams are taking part including Creighton who will play 2 round robin games Friday against Nipawin at 3 and ST.Mary's out of PA at 6PM.


Playoffs start Saturday at 9:15, with the Championship final set to go at 4.

Soccer Zone Schedule Released

High School Soccer Zones will take place in The Pas starting this Friday.


Hapnot is the defending champions for both boys and girls and both are excited to defend their title.


The Queens have won 10 in a row, while the Kings have won 7 out of the last 8.


Both teams have identical schedules and will open up against OCN Friday at 11, then play Cross Lake at 5.


Playoffs start Saturday, and 102.9 CFAR will have updates throughout the weekend.

Flin Flon Minor Hockey Needs Coachs

Flin Flon Minor Hockey is looking for coach's for the upcoming season for the Novice Vipers, Atom A and Pee Wee A Bombers.


Applications can be found on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey web-site and e-mailed to


Deadline for entries is this Friday September the 30th. Interviews will be conducted October the 2nd.



Creighton High School Athlete Shines

Congratulations to Creighton school's Lauren Fox on competing in the SHSAA Provincial Golf Championships this past weekend in Madge Lake.


Lauren finished 6th in the province, which is an incredible feat considering she was the only grade 9 to take part. Most of the competition was much older and Lauren had to overcome bad weather conditions all weekend.


Lauren looks to have a great career ahead of her and should be a fixture on the high school golf circuit for years to come.

Queens Continue To Roll

The Hapnot Queens and Kings were down in Swan River for another scoccer tuneup before Zones this weekend in The Pas.


The Queens remain undefeated knocking  off Birtle 8-1, Thompson 2-0 and Swan River 3-1. The Queens have only given up 2 goals in 6 games so far this year.


The Kings finished 0-2 losing to Thompson 3-2 in a shoot out and Swan River 3-2.


Zones start Friday in the Pas and the Queens will put their 10 straight titles on the line, while the Kings have won 7 out of the last 8.


Be listening to this Tuesday's Norman Sportsline Program when we will be joined by Queen's Head Coach Dean Grove and members of the Queens  who will be in to chat about going after their unpresidented 11th straight Zone title.


That is this Tuesday at 3:30.

Bombers Prevail 4-3

After a disappointing 4-3 loss in OT Friday, the Flin Flon Bombers rallied for a 4-3 win in regulation on Saturday and picked up their third win of the season in Laronge.


Let me be the first one to say that Laronge is a lot better than I thought they would be, as I thought they competed every shift  and came at the Bombers hard both nights.


In Saturday's game the Wolves scored first when Pejkovic was left alone in front of the Bomber net and he tapped a pass from Blaquire past a helpless Robidoux to make it 1-0 Laronge.


The Bombers quickly responded when St.Onge found the back of the net on a great feed behind the Laronge goal courtesy of Lesko to tie it at 1 after 1.


Flin Flon scored the only goal of the second when the exciting Dondre Watson flipped a puck over the shoulder of Laronge goalie Josh Dechaine to send the Bombers to the locker room up 2-1 after 2.


Watson is quickly becoming one of the most exciting players in the league and is a threat to score every time he is on the ice. Watson leads the Bombers with 4 goals so far this season.


The Bomber power play got going in the third period when Lesko and St.Onge struck with the extra attacker and seemed to be in control of the game, but the Wolves fought to the end.


Prouty and Elder both scored late in the game but it wasn't enough and the Bombers hung on for their third win in four tries this season.


Zac Robidoux made his first start of the year and looked solid stopping 32 out of 35 shots while Josh Dechaine stopped 26 out of 30 shots and suffered the loss. Final powerplays were Flin Flon 2 for 8 and Laronge 1 for 4.


Mike Reagan mentioned on the Murray GM Coach's Show before the game that he wanted to see his team start to bury on their scoring chances and was expecting his veterans to start leading the way.


That is exactly what he got with all 4 goals coming frm veterans including Lesko, who Reagan is expecting lots of offense from this season. St.Onge scored a pair,  to give him 3 on the season and looks like he may have a break through year and I think 20 goals is not out of the question.


After the weekend the Bombers improve to 3-0-1-0 and are alone in first place in the Sherwood Division. Laronge slips to 1-3-0-0.


Next up for Flin Flon is the Showcase in Warman which starts Monday. The Bombers face Weyburn Monday at 6:30 and Yorkton Tuesday at 12:30 SASK time.


Our next broadcast is this Saturday against Melville 7:30 at the Whitney Forum. We hit the air at 7:15 with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15.


Bombers Ready For Ice Wolves

The Flin Flon Bombers fresh off sweeping the Nipawin Hawks will host another division opponent toniight, welcoming the Laronge Ice Wolves to town.


This will be the first of a home and home at the Whitney Forum with puck drop tonight at 7:30. The rematch will take place at the Mel Hegland at 8pm MB time tomorrow.



The Bombers looked good  against the Hawks firing nearly 100 shots at the Hawks net in the two games and only giving up 3 goals including a shutout right in Nipawin.


Mike Reagan was very happy with their start after they opened up last season with a 2-10 record and got behind the 8-ball so early. These are always big games especially right in your own division.


The Bomber back end which features 7 returnees from last year's team looks to be what this group is building around and they are hard to play against. Not only are the Bombers getting a lot of shots, but they arn't giving up much either.


Flin Flon only allowed 18 shots in Nipawin Saturday and Brandon Newton hasn't had to face a lot of second shots and pretty much sees everything thrown in his direction.


Laronge comes to town reeling after a couple of setbacks against the Canalta Cup Champion Melfort Mustangs on opening weekend. Melfort out scored Laronge 12-2 on the weekend including a 7-0 blowout right in Laronge to open the season Friday.


Head Coach Shawn Martin has tweeked the lineup and the Wolves will welcome Tristan Elder back to the team. Elder was just released from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, and from what I have heard is happy to be back in the SJHL.


Laronge has also made a trade with Winkler of the MJHL, picking up 97 born forward Tayden Woods for 96 forward Tyler Picket and future considerations. Woods should be a good addition as he picked up 74 points in 52 games with the Castlegar Rebels of the KIJHL last season.


Both these new additions are expected to be in the Laronge lineup tonight.


This is one of the best rivalries in the league and I expect two very physical games with a great atmosphere in both buildings this weekend.


Flin Flon took 7 out of 8 meetings last year including 3 wins at the Mel. We will have the broadcast from Laronge on Saturday night starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:45 MB time.

Islanders 57 Kodiaks 26


It was a better effort but unfortunately the same  result for the Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football team, who dropped a 57-26 decision to the Cumberland House Islanders, spoiling the Kodiaks home opener.


After giving up a quick touchdown to start the game, the Kodiaks settled down and scored a couple of touchdowns to take the lead 14-6 after 1 quarter. Tristan Stomp and Logan Schanowski both scored on 1 yard plunges into the end zone.


Cumberland House shook that off and scored a couple of touchdowns in the second quarter and took a 20-14 lead into half time.


The Cumberland running attack took over in the third and they would score three more touchdowns on the strength of Keith Fiddler who broke away twice with romps of over 50 and 60 yards.


Creighton quaterback Bailey Eastman scored the lone Kodiak touchdown in the third, to pull his team within 15 points at 35-20 after three.


Cumberland's defense was a factor all game especially in the fourth quarter, when they intercepted a couple passes and recovered a fumble out scoring the Kodiaks 22-6  en route to the 57-26 win.


The lone touchdown from the Kodiaks in the fourth quater came from Jordan Schanowski who scored on a 20 yard run to give Creighton one last gasp.


The Kodiaks moved the ball down field but turned it over on their final 3 possesions and ended up with 7 total turnovers in the game compared to just 3 for Cumberland House.


Head Coach Ryan Karkakochuk had this to say after the game. "They picked up on a lot of our runs and adjusted well and in all honestly they did what they had to do. They have a lot of grade 12's on that team and they have a lot of power and we were not able to get off the line with the ball like we have done in past years but our guys played well and I am proud of them."


Cumberland House improves to 2-0 while the Kodiaks slip to 0-2. Creighton will get a bye next week before travelling to Laronge to take on  Churchill  Thursday October the 6th befrore closing out the season October the 11th at home.



Hapnot Ready For Swan River Invitational

The Hapnot Kings and Queens Senior soccer teams will head to Swan River for their invitational tournament this weekend.


The Queens are 3-0 so far this year and have not given up a single goal. They will play 3 games Saturday against Birtle at 10:30, RD Parker out of Thompson at noon and Swan River at 4:30.


The Kings play Thompson at 10:45 and Swan River at 12:30.


First plays second at 2:15. The Kings are 1-2 this season.


This will be the last tournament before Zones which will take place in The Pas Sept the 30th and October the 1st.


The Queens have won 10 Zone titles in a row, while the Kings have won 7 of the last 8.

Kodiaks Finally Play At Home

The Creighton Kodiaks will try to shake off a early season defeat at the hands of Sandy Bay, when they play their much awaited home opener against Cumberland House this Thursday in 6 man Northern Saskatchewan Football.


The Kodiaks were supposed to host Laronge at home September the 8th, but that game got moved til Tuesday October the 4th due to the resodding of Creighton field.


Cumberland House is a veteran team and racked up 96 points against Laronge last week and will pose a very strong challenge for the Kodiaks Thursday who only have 4 players remaining from last year's team.


Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk says his team will be ready." We have had a good week of practise, and I really think last week's game in Sandy Bay will help us as we were able to determine our strengths and our weakness's. A lot of our players were nervous stepping on the field for the first time in a game and it will be nice to play a game on our home field."



The Creighton field looks great and will feature a brand new electronic scoreboard. Kickoff is at 4, and 102.9 CFAR will have a complete game report.



Salamondra On Top Again

The Phantom Lake Golf Club hosted their last big event of the season, welcoming Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors for the Closing Day Tournament.


40 golfers took part and here are the results:


Mens Championship Flight


Darcy Salamondra with a 71, fresh off winning the Labor Day.


First Flight- Hugh Devlin


Second Flight- Murray Grimes


Third Flight- George Fontaine



Ladies Championship- Lori Salahub


First Flight- Lois Bryson



Junior Championship- Chris Reynolds


First Flight- Loren Fox

Bombers Are 2-0



The Flin Flon Bombers posted back to back wins on the opening weekend of the SJHL regular season at the expense of their division rivals from Nipawin.


Friday the Bombers opened up the season with a 4-3 win in ot in front of 1,200 strong at the Whitney Forum.


The Bombers started strong when Brandon Lesko opened up the scoring 2 minutes into the second period. Nipawin answered with a 3 on 5 short handed goal from Baetson to tie the game. Flin Flon was able to respond just a minute later on the same powerplay when Nik Shumlanski buried his first of the season.


Flin Flon took a 2-1 lead into the third before the Hawks scored 2 goals midway through the period to quiet the crowd at 3-2.


It looked like the Hawks might hang on but with less than 2 minutes remaining,  new comer Keegin Mathew scored the only even strength goal of the game placing a nice wrist shot past rookie netminder Visscher to tie the game and send it to ot.


Just like the NHL, the SJHL will decide ot games this year 3 on 3. I haven't been a big fan of a lot of the moves the SJ have made recently, but I really do like this. It is fun for the players and really exciting for the fans.


It didn't take the Bombers long to win it in the extra frame. Another newcomer Dondre Watson picked up the puck in front of the Hawk net during a mad scramble which saw the Hawk goalie Visscher lose his mask, but play continued and Watson fired it up into the empty net.


Everybody expected the play to be whistled down, but the referee signalled goal and the Bombers celebrated the victory in front of the Whitney Forum faithful. No explanation was given for why the official never blew this play dead.


Final shots Flin Flon 39, Nipawin 25 and powerplays saw The Bombers 2 for 7 while the Hawks were 2 for 4.


The two teams would head to Nipawin to complete the home and home Saturday and it took the Bombers only 1:13 to decide this one on a fluke goal that fooled the  usually  steady Kristian Stead.


Joseph Leonidas flipped a harmless looking shot on goal that caught the top of Stead's glove and dropped in behind him to put Flin Flon on the board before some fans had found their way to their seats.


That would hold up til early in the third when Kristian St.Onge tapped in a perfect pass from Hooper in behind the Hawk net to pad the lead 2-0.


No more goals were needed as the Bombers held the Hawks to just 18 shots and picked up their second straight victory 2-0. Brenden Newton was in net for the second straight night and was sharp when he had to be to pick up his second career shutout.


Stead made his first start of the year and stopped 27 out of 29 shots.


Neither team capitalized on the powerplay as the Bombers were 0 for 2, and Nipawin went  0 for 4.


Next up for the Bombers is another division opponent the Laronge Ive Wolves, who they will play in a home and home this weekend. We will broadcast the second game from Laronge Saturday with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:45 and play by play at 8 MB time.





Kings And Queens Enjoy Good Weekend

The Hapnot Kings and Queens kicked off their high school soccer seasons this past weekend in Neepawa.


The Queens went 3-0 and didn't give up a single goal  beating Altona 3-0, Neepawa 4-0 and Swan Valley 7-0.


The Kings were 1-2 dropping a 2-0 game to Altona, beat Neepawa 4-3 in a shoot out before losing 1-0 to Swan River despite dominating most of the game.


Both teams will get one more tuneup weekend before Zones, heading out to Swan River this weekend.

It Starts For Real Tonight

After appearing in the finals for just the second time in 30 years and coming within 2 wins of an SJHL Championship, the Flin Flon Bombers will go back to work tonight.


The SJHL regular season will begin with 10 of the league's 12 teams seeing action including Flin Flon hosting Nipawin in the first of a home and home at the Whitney Forum.


The Bombers are coming off an impressive pre season where they were a perfect 4-0 and put up 66 shots in their last pre season game against the OCN Blizzard.


16 players will return from last seasons team including both goalies Zac Robidoux and Brendan Newton. The back end will feature 7 returnees including new captain Braden Lacoursiere and up front 7 players return including Rylee Zimmer who had a fantastick post season including a double ot winner that eliminated Battleford in 5 games.


Some newcomers to be excited about include former flonner Isaac Jackson and Brody Madarash, son of all time Bomber leading scorer Tim Madarash.


Flin Flon started slow out of the gate last year, not winning a game until October, and Mike Reagan is hoping for and expecting a lot better start this year.


Nipawin has been one of the Bombers best rivals over the years and ended the regular season with a win at the Whitney Forum  and also  took the season series.


The Hawks have lost some scoring from last season, but have great goaltending and always play a good in your face style with one of the league's best bench bosses in Doug Johnson.


Make sure you get to the game early, there will be lots of prizes courtesy of Northland Ford and kids tickets are being provided by Hudbay.


This will be our first broadcast of the season, and we will be on the air with the Murray GM COach's Show at 7:15, play by play at 7:30.

T-Wolves Beat Kodiaks 39-22


For the first time in 3 seasons the Creighton Kodiaks 6 man football has lost a game in the Northern Saskatchewan Football league.


After going undefeated the last 2 seasons and picking up 2 straight Ralph Pilz Trophys, the Kodiaks got beat by Sandy Bay today 39-22.


This was the first game of the season for the Kodiaks and second for Sandy Bay who lost 56-24 to Churchill out of Laronge last week.


Creighton has had a huge turn over in players this year and have pretty much had to revamp their entire offense including a new offensive line, quarterback and running back.


The Kodiaks started well building up a 12-0 lead but after a few turn overs Sandy Bay was able to take over.


New quarterback Baily Eastman had a strong game running for  a pair of touchdowns and throwing a 50 yard strike to Linden Moore. The other Kodiak points came off a safety.


Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk had this to say after the game. "We played hard,  we just killed ourselves giving up the big pass, and on offense we had a few key turnovers at bad times. We did gain a lot of valuable experience and hope to get better for a tough matchup against a good Cumberland House team."


The Kodiaks will host Cumberland House at a revamped Creighton field next Thursday September the 22nd with kickoff at 4.

High School Soccer Season Starts This Weekend

Hapnot Collegiate will kick off their high school soccer season this weekend in Neepawa, at the Tigers Invitational.



The Kings and Queens will have identical schedules, playing 3 games on Saturday.


10:30 against Altona, 1:30 against Neepawa and wrapping up the tournament with Swan River at 3.


Hapnot will travel to Swan River next Saturday September the 24th, before heading to the Pas for Zones September the 30th.

Former Flonner Sets Canadian Record


Paralympic rookie Samantha Ryan who moved to Flin Flon from England when she was only 3 achieved  a long life dream at the Paralympic games in Rio yesterday setting a new Canadian record in the pool.


Competing in the women's 100 M Butterfly, she set the new Canadian record at 1 minute 9.73 seconds to finish 5th overall. The previous record was held by team mate Aurellie Rivard, who already has 2 Rio medals in her pocket.


Sam is 17 years old and  swims for the Goldfins Swim Club out of  Saskatoon.


Her mom has a paper gold medal that Sam made when she was in kindergarten and said back then her life long dream was to win a Gold medal at the Olympics.


Sam will swim in the 100 Freestyle later today and her family has made the trip to Rio to cheer her on and are sporting Team Ryan Canadian t-shirts.


Team Canada sits  14th overall in the medal standings with 12 medals including 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Kings Win First Border Battle

The Hapnot Kings had a great weekend going undefeated and beating MBCI out of the Pas to win the first Border Battle Volleyball Tournament.



Sturgeon Lake came third, followed by Tisdale in 4th,Hapnot JV'S 5th and Creighton 6th.



The Hapnot Queens were undefeated til the final when they got beat by Sturgeon Lake. MBCI out of the Pas was third, Creighton 4th, Laronge 5th and Canora 6th.

Bombers Perfect In The Pre Season


The Flin Flon Bombers have wrapped up the pre-season with 4 straight wins including a 5-3 victory against their Northern neighbors the OCN Blizzard on Friday.


OCN came in with  more of a  veteran presence than they had on Tuesday and put up a decent effort despite being outshot 61-18.


The Blizzard opened up the scoring on their first shot of the game when veteran Brady Keeper fired a snap shot past Bomber net minder Zac Robidoux. Keeper has just come back from a brief stint in the USHL and will certainly be one of the most dominant d-men in the MJHL.


Nice to see this kid from Northen Manitoba commit to a US scholorship for next season and he is one of the best players from the North I have seen in years. He is special and will be a good cornerstone for the Blizzard to build around this season.


Rest of the scoring summary looked like this. Mason Etter answered Keeper's goal with a blast from the point that got through lots of traffic to tie the game at 1 at 7:22. Brayden Dale would restore the Blizzard lead when he was left alone in front of the Bomber net and tapped in a pass from Keeper to put OCN up 2-1 after 1 despite only registering 3 shots on goal.


Flin Flon had the only 2 goals of the second period. Smooth skating Joseph Leonidas picked up a rebound and put home his first of the pre season to tie the game at 2 mid way through the second. Nick Shumlanski gave the Bombers their first lead when he took a stretch pass from Thomas and went in to beat Allan Kholi and put Flin Flon up 3-2 after 2.


OCN never quit fighting and tied the game on an unassisted goal from Campbell 13 minutes into the final period.


That goal lit a spark under the Bombers and new comer Shawn Weber who just came over in a trade with Fort Mac scored the game winner just 40 seconds later, before Rylee Zimmer scored an insurance goal with just over 5 minutes remaining in the game to make the final 5-3.




A couple big things that jumped out at me were how  the Bombers were  able to move the puck around very effectively and it looked like everyone on the ice was able to get involved. They have moved the puck around very well in all three games I watched in the pre season. I missed the all rooikie game in Nipawin.


The Bombers did have a tough time burying in this game and a lot of credit has to go the OCN goalies who stopped 56 out of 61 Bomber shots and it looked like they might help their team steal this one.


The tandem of Kholi and Taylor both looked great and are challenging for a spot on the Blizzard roster this season. Flin Flon didn't have an answer for them til midway through the second.


OCN spent a lot of time in the penalty box and played almost the entire second period short handed. Final powerplays ended with the Bombers going 1 for 10, including a couple 5 on 3's. The two young OCN goalies were solid and kept them in the game when the Bombers had a chance to bust it open.


The Blizzard finished up 0 for 3 including one 5 on 3. Final shots were 61-18 in favour of the Bombers.


Flin Flon will now trim their roster and get ready for the SJHL regular season and their home opener on Friday against Nipawin at 7:30. This will also be our first broadcast of the season, and we will be on the air with player introductions at 7:10.


OCN will finish the pre season with a pair of games against Swan Valley before opening the regular season  Sept 24th at home against Dauphin.

First Annual Border Battle

The school year is just underway and already the first volleyball tournament is planned for this weekend.


The Creighton Kodiaks and Hapnot Collegiate  will host the 1st annual Saskman Border Battle with teams competing from Creighton, Hapnot, Tisdale, , Sturgeon Lake, The Pas, Canora and Laronge.


Action starts Friday afternoon at 2 with Hapnot battling Creighton in the boys at Hapnot, and the Creighton girls play the Hapnot JVS at Creighton also starting at 2.


Consolation Finals are Saturday at 5, followed by the Finals at 6.

Bombers 6 Blizzard 1



The Flin Flon Bombers fired over 50 shots on net and put together a solid effort from the opening and closing buzzers en route to a 6-1 win in the latest installment of the battle of Northern Manitoba.


Flin Flon made their way to the GLMC to tackle the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard in a game that once again featured a lot of rookies. The Bombers dressed 12  rookies while the Blizzard went with 13.


It didn't take the Bombers long to hit the score sheet as one of the veterans who did dress, Brandon Lesko scored  twice in the opening period to give team Maroon a 2-0 lead after one.


OCN would hit the score sheet early in the second when Kierean Raknerud would score on a tough angle out of the corner with lots of traffic in front of the Bomber net.


The Bombers responded with 3 more goals to end the second courtesy of new comers Hooper, Fischer and Pickler.


Keegin Mathews would add his second of the pre season just 43 seconds into the third period to make the final 6-1.


Bomber goaltending duties were split between Brenden Newton and Dakota Delbridge, while the Blizzard went with the tandem of Logan Thiessen and vet Emilien Boily.


The highlight of the night was a good scrap betwen local favorite Willy Eikel and OCN'S Hayden Yaremko who got into a good dust up in the second period. Eikel gave up a lot of height and weight but was able to land some good shots and brought the crowd to their feet after saluting his bench with the decision.


A decent crowd on hand with 296 the announced attendance which is more than I have seen there the past couple of years when we make our annual trip.


Flin Flon improves to 3-0 in the pre season and will wrap up exhibition play hosting OCN this friday 7:30 at the Whitney Forum. The Blzzard played their first pre-season game last night.


Don't forget the Bomber golf tournament this Saturday with a shotgun start at 1PM. There are still tee times available so contact the Bomber office at 204-687-4404. It is a great way to mix with players and the coach's and you will also get a steak dinner and have a chance at great prizes.







Salamondra Wins Walt Cunningham Classic

82 golfers competed for the Walt Cunningham Labour Day Classic this past weekend at the Phantom Lake Golf Club.


When it was all said and done this is how it shook down yesterday afternoon.


Championship Flight


1st- Darcy Salamondra

2nd- Jeff Woods

3rd- Cory Norman

4th- Scott Skeavington


First Flight


Chris Harris


Second Flight


Blaine Gogal


Third Flight


DJ Wilson


Fourth Flight


Harold Harris


Fifth Flight


Brett Stephenson


Sixth Flight


Dave Knutson


Seventh Flight


Dwayne Highmoor


Eighth Flight


Brian Barret


Ninth Flight


Grant McCluckie

Bombers go To 2-0 In The Pre- Season


It might only be the pre-season but the Flin Flon Bombers are 2-0 after a couple of tough matchups against the Nipawin Hawks.


Flin Flon rookies went into the Cage on Saturday and knocked off the Hawk rookies 5-4 on a Brody Madarash hat trick. Brody played for the Beardy's Blackhawks the past couple of seasons and is the son of former Flin Flonner and Bomber Tim Madarsh,  who by the way is the Bombers all time leading scorer since their re-entry into the SJHL.


Nice to see Brody  donning Tim's old  no.22.


The two teams would get it on again at the Forum last night and this time it was the Hawks coming out like a house on fire building  up a 3-0 lead after 2 on goals from Winch and a pair from Olson.


Flin Flon responded and came out and scored four  unanswered in the third period  en route to the 4-3 victory.


It all started when new comer Dondre Watson broke in alone on Hawk goalie Barabash and made a nice move to get the Bombers on the board just 48 seconds into the final frame.


Lacoursiere fired a nice shot from the point that made it's way through traffic and got the Bombers to within one at 3-2. That was a powerplay goal.


Zimmer scored the prettiest goal of the night to tie the game when he took a sweet  pass from Watson and out waited Barabash and tucked it underneath his fallen body to deadlock the score at 3 with six and a half minutes remaining.


Veteran Brandon Lesko scored the winner when he bolted down the wing and fired it into the top right hand corner to complete the comeback and send the Bomber to their second pre season win 4-3.


Final shots were 38-34 in favour of Nipawin.


The Bombers played 3 goalies including Newbury who stopped 10 out of 12, Delbridge stopped 16 out of 17 and the veteran Robidoux came in the third and stopped all 9 shots he faced.


Nipawin played 2 goalies including Josh Laferriere and Michael Barabash.


The Bombers have traded 19 year old defenseman Curtis Roach to the Fort McMurray Oil Barrens of the AJHL for 19 year old forward Shawn Weber and future considerations.


Weber suited up for 56 games for Fort Mac last season  and ended up with 23 points including 13 goals.


This is what Mike Reagan had to say about the trade.


" Curtis was a warrior for us in the playoffs last season and I am sure there are a lot of people out there that are shaking  their heads as to why we would move our no.1 defenseman but we have our reasons and we are going to keep them internal and wish Curtis all the best.  In Shawn Weber we are getting a guy who scored 13 goals as an 18 year old and we think he will be able to score 20 goals and add 25 assists and also  bring us some experience and is a real character guy. We are excited about the trade and have a veteran d-core and feel comfortable with where we are at and have added a guy that will hopefully be able to get us two more wins than last year."


The Bombers will wrap up the pre-season with a home and home against  the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard with the first game set to go at the GLMC, Tuesday at 7 and the rematch Friday in Flin Flon at 7:30.

Main Camp Wraps Up


The Flin Flon Bomber Maroon and White game wrapped up Main Camp at the Whitney Forum on Friday in front of a decent crowd .


Team White defeated team Maroon 5-2 which featured a mixture of vets and rookies. I was impressed with new comers Nate Hooper out of Winnipeg, Mathew Lenz out of Regina, Jordan Bairos out of Saskatoon and Brett Pickler out of Arizona.


Zimmer, Reitmeier and Masson were some of the vets who caught my eye. All in all it was a great pace and Mike Reagan and his coaching staff will have some difficult decisions to make.


Here are the goal scorers.


Pickler, Lacousiere, Lesko, Hooper and Bairos for team White.


Zimmer and Watson for Maroon.


goalie stats


Team Maroon - Flin Flon's Jeremy Dutcawich stopped 17 out of 20 shots. Dakota Delbride stopped 17 out of 19


Team White- Stephen Newbury stopped 13 out of 14, Ethan Anders stopped 15 out of 16 and Matthew Lenz stopped all 11 .


We caught up to Mike Reagan after the game and this is what he had to say about this year's Main Camp.




Flin Flon kicks off exhibition with a home and home against Nipawin including an all rookie game in Nipawin tonight at 8:30 MB time.


Back in Flin Flon for a 7PM start on Sunday.


Main Camp Continues



Flin Flon Bomber Main Camp continues today at the Whitney Forum with a Prospects/Rookie game at 11 AM and the annual intrasquad game tonight at 7:30.


I had a chance to check out some of the action yesterday and the one big thing that jumped out at me is the speed of this year's camp.


Newcomers like Owen Ozar, Evan Katelnikov and Connor Beebe have all impressed so far, and returning vets Ben Lanfermann, Greyson Reitmeier and Brandon Lesko all look like they are ready for the season.


We caught up to Mike Reagan last night and he shared some of his thoughts on this year's camp.


"We are pretty happy with day 1, a long day for a lot of these kids. They practised in the morning and played a couple of games tonight , the energy was there and I liked the speed and pace of the game and thought it was pretty entertaining."


I also asked  Mike how he will trim down the roster as they approach exhibition.


" We are going to narrow our numbers down and get our draft picks in the rookie game against Nipawin Saturday. We have a pretty good idea on the group of guys we want to select from, in saying that we have the prospects and rookie game and we will go from there."



Don't forget the Maroon and White game will be tonight at 7:30, then the Bombers will play Nipawin in a pair of exhibition games this weekend including the all rookie game in Nipawin Saturday at 8:30 MB time.


The return game is at the Whitney Forum this Sunday starting at 7PM.



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