Sports News Archives for 2017-09

Bombers Host Mills


After a 3 day break the Flin Flon Bombers are ready to swing back into action this weekend at the Whitney Forum when they host the Melville Millionaires for the first time this season.


After the Showcase in Saskatoon Flin Flon sits third in the Sherwood Division with a record of 2-1-0-2, while Melville sit third in the Viterra at 1-3-0-1.


Both teams look significantly different since the last time they saw each other last year with lots of new faces on both teams.


These two teams hooked up in one of the biggest trades last year that saw SJHL defenseman of the year Eric Sinclair make his way to Flin Flon for future considerations which turned out to be Rylee Zimmer and Troy Williams.


Zimmer has left the Mills, awaiting a trade and Williams went back home for family reasons, so his status is unknown for the weekend. The Bombers also  traded veteran forward Tyler Millar to Melville last week and he should be in their  lineup this weekend.


Offense is a challenge for both these teams in the early part of the season with the Bombers only scoring  14 in their first 5 games, while the Mills have only struck 9 times in the first 5. Melville is also giving up too many goals allowing 18 in their first 5 compared to 13 for Flin Flon.


The Bombers have had the Mills number the last few years beating them all 4 times last season including a couple big deficits at the Whitney Forum,  but I realize this is a new year and past history means nothing.


The Bombers have a lot of new players that I feel just have to play more and get more experience under their belt and gain the confidence to be strong players in this league. The old saying which holds true "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day", and Bomber fans may  have to be patient.


The expectations in Melville may be a little different, as they have been re-building the last few years and made many significant trades which are supposed to make them a lot better hockey team.


We will see how it unfolds this weekend, with the game Saturday back on the air waves at 102.9 CFAR and including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

Northstars Start Season Friday

The Norman Northstars will try to put last year's disappointing season behind them when they kick off the Manitoba Midget AAA league season on Friday.


Norman who won only won 7 games all of last year, start the season with a 3 game road trip in Winnipeg against the newly formed Bruins Friday, and back to back games against Kenora Saturday and Sunday.


Norman will return for their home opener against Parkland next Friday October the 6th. Flin Flon has 5 Northstars on this year's team including goalie Keian Weseen, forwards Mitchell Reid and Frederick Ledoux, Defenseman Jordan Pfoh and AP Blake Lahonen.

Kodiaks Drop First Game To Cumberland House

The Creighton Kodiaks suffered their first loss of the Northern Saskatchewan Football League season today when they travelled to Cumberland House and lost 64-22.


Bailey Eastman and Linden Moore both scored touchdowns in a losing cause and Blake Alexander added two field goals and two converts.


The Kodiaks will fall to 2-1 on the season and Cumberland House improves to 3-0. Cumberland House looks like they are the team to beat as they have out scored their three opponents by a whopping  margin of 202 to 28.


Next up for the Kodiaks will be this Wednesday October the 4th VS Beauval at the Creighton field. Kick off is at 4.

A Silver Medal For Fox

Congratulations To Creighton's Lauren Fox who once again made provincial headlines this past weekend.


Lauren competed in High School Provincial golf in Estevan and was able to capture the Silver medal in the individual event. Lauren just missed the Gold by 1 stroke, and will end a very successful year which saw her win a big Junior tournament in Nipawin, a second place showing at Golf Regionals  also in Nipawin and she  won the Phantom Lake Ladies Open.


Lauren says she is very much looking forward to 2018 and competing in Golf Provincials next year in North Battleford.

Minor Hockey Try Outs

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will be holding rep team try-outs starting Sunday and going through next Thursday at the Whitney Forum.


Pre skates will take place on Sunday for Atom's at 2, Pee Wee's at 3:30 and Bantam at 5. Atom AA and Pee Wee AA tryouts will start Monday night at 6:30.


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Hounds Squeak One Out Over Bombers

The Flin Flon Bombers dropped their second straight game at the Showcase in Saskatoon after a 2-1 shootout loss last night against Notre Dame.


Ethan Daniels was the only Bomber to find the back of the net scoring his first ever SJHL goal in the second period to put the Bombers up 1-0.


It looked like one goal might be enough to win the game but Curtis Weibe would tie it with just over 4 minutes remaining in regulation to tie things at 1.


Over time settled nothing and Jack Flaman who suited up in his first game for the Hounds after being re-assigned from the WHL scored the only shoot out goal.


Both goalies played great with the Bombers Brenden Newton and the Hounds Jacob Standen both stopping 36 shots.


Flin Flon's record will drop to 2-1-0-2 and find themselves in  second spot in the Sherwood Division with 6 points, just 2 behind the front running Mustangs.


Notre Dame improves to 3-0-1-1 and are second in the Olymic Buildings Division, 1 point behind the defending champs  Battleford.


Next up for the Bombers will be a pair of games against the Melville Millionaires this weekend at the Whitney Forum. 102.9 CFAR and will have the broadcast on Saturday starting with the Murray GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30.


Congratulations to the Bombers Crystopher Collin who was chosen the SJHL Rookie Of The Week for putting up 6 goals in his first 4 games in the SJHL.

Zone Schedule Released

The Hapnot Kings and Queens will host Zone soccer this weekend with teams competing from Flin Flon, Cranberry, Thompson, Cross Lake, Moose Lake, OCN and Norway House.


Girls games will be played at Phantom Lake and the boys games at Foster Park.


The Queens first game will be against OCN Friday at 10 AM. They will also play Norway House at 4.


The Kings will open up Friday against Cranberry at 10, then play Cross Lake at 5:30 and Norway House Saturday at 9.


Girls playoffs start Saturday at 10:30 and the boys playoffs will start at noon.



Kodiaks Look Good In Game 2

The Creighton Kodiaks didn't miss a beat and easily picked up their second win of the Northern Saskatchewan Football league on Friday.


In the first ever regular season game with Pinehouse,  the Kodiaks  jumped out to a 24-6 lead at the half and then rolled to a 65-14 victory.


Shawn Francois and Linden Moore led the way offensively with two touchdowns a piece and Blake Alexander had another great day kicking the ball adding 14 points in converts.


Other touchdowns came from Evan Madarash, Bailey Eastman and Jaron McDermot. Noah Dickens had a strong game defensively adding a sack and forcing a fumble , and taking it back for a touchdown.


Devon Tinker accounted for all 14 Pinehouse points.


Creighton improve to 2-0 while Pinehouse will fall to 1-2. Next up for the Kodiaks will be a game in Cimberland House this Thursday, which could decide first place in the division.



Queens Take Two Out Of Three

The Hapnot Senior Kings and Queens soccer teams played their final tune up tournament before hosting Zones at the end of the month.


This time they were in Swan River and the Queens went 2 and 1. They blasted Dauphin 7-0,beat Swan River 2-0 before losing 2-1 to Thompson.


The Kings picked up their first win of the year beating Dauphin 2-1. The lost to Swan River 4-2 and Thompson 1-0.


Flin Flon will host Zones this weekend and both the Kings and Queens are the defending champions. The Queens have won 8 Zone titles in a row while the Kings have taken 6 out of the last 8.


I will have the Zone schedule posted here later in the week.

Hawks Over Bombers 5-2

The Nipawin Hawks came into Flin Flon Friday and snapped the Bombers 2 game winning streak with a 5-2 win at the Whitney Forum.


The Hawks were winless after a pair of tough outings against the Melfort Mustangs on opening weekend but  looked very determined on Friday.


Veteran Logan Casavant opened up the scoring in the first period on the power play, and the Hawks never looked back in powering to their first win of the season.


Rookie sensation Crystopher Collin tied it  mid way through the second but that is as close as the Bombers would come as Nipawin's Jake Tremblay answered that late in the frame to put Nipawin up 2-1 after 2.


Grant, Laferriere and Harasymuk into the empty net,  gave the Hawks all the offense they would need in the third period as they pulled out a solid 5-2 road win. Collin would score another goal late, but that is all the offense the Bombers could muster on Hawk net minder Jake Anthony.


Crystopher Collin has delivered as advertised and is the highest scoring rookie in the league with 6 goals in just 3 games, and is responsible for over half the Bombers offense so far this season.


Flin Flon out shot Nipawin 39-32 and ended up 0 for 4 on the power play while the Hawks went 2 for 6.


This was a little revenge for Doug Johnson's crew who faced the Bombers for the first time since their thrilling 7 game playoff series in the spring. The Bombers stormed back after trailing 3 games to 1, to stun the Hawks in 7.


The Bomber record will slip to 2-1 and they sit second in the Sherwood with 4 points, 4 behind Melfort who are a perfect 4-0 to begin the year. Nipawin is 1-1-1, and are just 1 point behind  Flin Flon as both teams and the rest of the league prepare for the Showcase in Saskatoon.


Flin Flon will hit the ice Sunday against Weyburn, and play Notre Dame Monday. Next action at the Whitney Forum will be on Friday and Saturday September the 29th and 30th against new look Melville.


Saturday's game will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and



Kodiaks Look To Go 2-0

The Creighton Kodiaks swing back into action looking for their second win of the season in the Northern Saskatchewan Football league when they host Pinehouse on Friday afternoon.


Creighton is fresh off a 69-55 win over Sandy Bay on Monday. Pinehouse is 1-1 with a win over Beauval and a loss to Cumberland House.


Note the time change as kickoff will be 1PM at the Creighton field on Friday.

Senior Kings Off To Brandon

The Senior Hapnot Kings volleyball team head off to Brandon to compete in their first  tournament of the year this weekend.


Hapnot will have a busy weekend as they will play Strathclaire Friday at 10:30, Major Pratt at 1,Rocanville at 1:50 and Swan River at 3:30. Saturday they play Fort  Richmond at 9. Playoffs will start at noon.


102.9 CFAR will have full results on our Weekend Sports wrap up.

Kings and Queens Off To Swan River

The Hapnot Kings and Queens are both off to Swan River this weekend for another tune up soccer tournament.


Once again both teams will have identical schedules and will play three games Saturday including Dauphin at 10:30,Swan River at 1:30 and Thompson at 3PM.


The Queens are 2-1 on the season and the Kings are 0-3 and this is their last tournament before hosting Zones the final weekend of September.

Kodiaks Win Home Opener



The Creighton Kodiaks had their offense firing on all cylinders in a 69-55 win over the visiting Sandy Bay Timber Wolves  yesterday at the Creighton field.


This was one of the highest scoring games in the Northern Saskatchewan Football league's history and kept the fans on the edge of their seats all afternoon long.


Sandy Bay came out hard and took an early 19-1 lead in the first quarter, and seemed to have the Kodiaks flustered early in the game.


Creighton made adjustments and got their running game going with QB Bailey Eastman and running back Shawn Francois both having strong afternoons.


The Kodiaks had a very strong second quarter and led 31-28 at the half, then out scored Sandy Bay 38 to 27 the rest of the way.


Bailey Eastman led the way with 4 touch downs, Shawn Francois had 3 while the other TD came from Linden Moore.


Blake Alexander had an incredible day kicking the ball with 1 field goal and 7 converts which I was told was a new Northern Saskatchewan Football record. Keenan Campbell added a safety which accounted for the rest of the scoring.


Creighton will start the season 1-0, while Sandy Bay is 0-1. The Kodiaks will practise the rest of the week before preparing for Pinehouse who will be in town Friday. Pinehouse has already played two games and are 1-1.


Kickoff will be Friday 4pm at the Creighton field.


Kings and Queens In Neepawa

The high school soccer season started on the weekend, with the Hapnot Kings and Queens in Neepawa for the Tiger Invitational.


The Queens had a great weekend winning two out of three. After an opening 1-0 loss to Altona, the Queens rebounded with a 1-0 win over Neepawa and a 3-1 against Swan River.


The Kings lost all three of their games to Altona 5-2, Neepawa 7-1 and Swan River 4-1.


Both teams will travel to Swan River this weekend.

Closing Day Results

The Flin Flon golf season is winding down and the Phantom Lake Golf Club held their last big event of the year, the Closing Day tournament this past Saturday. Over 60 golfers took part and here are the results:


Mens Championship- Ray Shirran


1st Flight- Bob Davis


2nd Flight- Terry Anderson


3rd Flight- Gary Long


4th Flight- Derald Groff


Ladies Championship- Lori Salahub


1st Flight- Amanda Bilquist


2nd Flight- Tracey Woods


Junior Championship- Lauren Fox

Bombers Start Season 2-0


The SJHL regular season kicked off this past weekend and the Flin Flon Bombers started strong taking both games from a new look Laronge Ice Wolf team. The Ice Wolves started the season with only 7 players that were with them last season. while the Bombers brought back 12 from last year.


The Bombers opened up at home and used 5 different goal score'rs  en route to a convincing 5-1 victory.


The Montreal tandem of Crystopher Collin and Donavan Villeneuve opened up the scoring to give Flin Flon a 2-0 lead after 1. After Shumlanskiu scored to make it 3-0, Laronge drew a little closer in the second when Justin Bill fired a nice low shot stick side on Brenden Newton to make it a 3-1 deficit.


That is as close as Laronge would get as Kurtis Rutledge and Tyler Nyman would score in the third to put the game out of reach at 5-1.


Brenden Newton looked sharp stopping 25 out of 26 while Luke Lush was much busier for Laronge stopping 35 out of 40. The Bombers were 2 for 5 on the PP, and Laronge wound up 0 for 2.


It took all of 48 seconds for Crystopher Collin to find the back of the net the next night in Laronge as the Bombers skated away with a 4-2 win and a sweep of the home and home.


Collin would add two more for his first ever SJHL hat trick and leads the team with 4 goals in the first two games. The other Bomber goal came from Dylan Burton into the empty net with only 35 seconds left in the game.


The Laronge goals came from home town product Bryce Fiske and Jason Bednarski. Flin Flon out shot Laronge for the second straight night 43-39. Neither power play was effective with the Bombers finishing 0 for 9 and the Wolves 1 for 6.


This was a good start for Flin Flon who sit 2-0 and prepare for the Nipawin Hawks who come to town on Friday. Nipawin is 0-1-1 after an OT and regulation loss to Melfort on the weekend.


After Friday's home game against the Hawks, Flin Flon will travel to Saskatoon for the Showcase and play Weyburn and Notre Dame Sunday and Monday.


Next broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and will be Saturday September the 30th VS Melville.



Kodiaks Will Play Monday

With highway 106 re-opening the Creighton Kodiaks will finally get to play a football game to open up the 2017 Northern Saskatchewan 6 man football season.


Head Coach Ryan Karakochuk confirmed earlier today that they will play their home opener this Monday against Sandy Bay 4PM at the Creighton field.


Karakochuk also mentioned they will play Pinehouse on Friday September the 22nd also at 4 at the Creighton field to make up the two games they missed.


Here are the scores from the games that have already taken place:


Pinehouse 38

Beauval- 28


Cumberland House- 84

Pinehouse- 6


Beauval- 59

Laronge- 0

Special Awards For Lee Brothers

The Premier of Manitoba and Mayor of Winnipeg recognised the athletes who won medals at the 2017 Canada Summer games back in August including two brothers from Flin Flon.


There was a special ceremony at the Lesislative building yesterday, where the winning athletes received the Order Of The Buffalo Hunt Awards.


Manitoba athletes won 42 medals which was a new record for the province including 10 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze medals. Manitoba also received the Centennial Cup as the most improved team from the previous Canada Summer Games.


Flin Flon's Carson and Hunter Lee were a big part of Manitoba's team and both took home medals in wrestling.  Hunter a Gold in the 98kg Male, and Carson a Silver in the 76kg Male.


They became the first  brothers to ever win Gold and Silver from Flin Flon and Northern Manitoba.

High School Soccer Season Starts This Weekend

The Hapnot Kings and Queens will kick off another high school soccer season this weekend when they travel to Neepawa for the Tiger Invitational on Saturday.


The Kings and Queens have identical schedules and will play Altona at 10:30, Neepawa at 1:30 and Swan River at 3.


Hapnot will then travel to Swan River the following weekend before hosting Zones September the 29th and 30th.

SJHL Preview Show

Another exciting SJHL hockey season is set to begin this weekend when all 12 teams kick off another campaign to bring home the Canalta Cup.


In what is becoming an annual tradition I sat down with  Mike Stackhouse who has been following the league for a number of seasons and we have once again come up with our early season predictions.


We will mostly look at the Sherwood Division, but will provide some predictions for the other teams as well and you can hear that interview here:


Fox Off To Provincials

The Nessac Golf Regionals wrapped up yesterday in Nipawin and Creighton had 2 golfers competing.


Congratulations to Lauren Fox who finished second and will now qualify for Provincials in Estevan September the 22nd and 23rd.


Congratulations as well to Blake Alexander who finished fourth and missed qualifying by only one stroke.


Their coach is Maureen Fox.

Golf Zones In The Pas

Good Luck to the Hapnot Golf team who will be in the Pas tomorrow for Golf Zones.


The Flin Flon team is coached by Patty Korchinski and will have 10 kids competing including 4 boys and 6 girls.


The 4 boys are Brayden Abbot, Brady Hoffman, Joel Hucaluk and Riley Scwartz. The 6 girls are: Bria Atkinson, Sarah Faktor,Aaron Mansell,Ella Pickering, Chloe Reitlo and Nevada Shirran.


If Hapnot wins the Zone banner they would qualify for Provincials coming up in Gilbert Plains September the 29th and 30th.

Fox Ready For Golf Regionals

Good luck to Creighton's Lauren Fox who is off to Nipawin to compete in  High School Golf Regionals happening tomorrow in Nipawin.


The top 3 from each age group will advance to Provincials in Estevan the weekend of September the 22nd.

Bombers Take Battle Of Northern Manitoba


In the rematch that featured mostly vets, the Flin Flon Bombers put together a solid effort and held off a very determined OCN Blizzard squad 5-3 last night at the Whitney Forum.


Nick Shumlanski who is the top returning offensive Bomber forward had a tremendous night which saw Nick score the first two goals of the night including a nice tic tac toe play with Mckenzie and Daniels.


Daniels flipped a pass to Mckenzie who streaked down the right wing into the Blizzard zone,  and he fed a perfect pass to Shumlanski who fired a nice shot along the ice low stick side on Blizzard tender Matt Kustra.


Kurtis Rutledge got his first look in a Bomber uniform and he also had a 3 point night including a powerplay goal early in the third period.


Other Bomber goals came from Nate Hooper and  Crystopher Collins who continues to light it up with his 5th of the pre season.


The Blizzard goal scorers were: Anthony Keeper, Travis Roch and Brayden Dale.


Final shots were in the Bombers favor at 46-23. Veteran goaltender Brenden Newton who the Bombers are expecting big things from went the distance giving up 3 goals on 23 shots and I thought a pretty solid effort for his first look in the pre season.


OCN used the tandem of veteran Matt Kustra who started giving up 3 goals on 25 shots while rookie Dorian Laganiere looked good giving up 2 goals on 21 shots.


Flin Flon takes this battle of Northern Manitoba with a combined 12-3 score from the two games and will once again move to a best of 3 next season.


The Bombers improve to 3-1 in the pre season and still could face Laronge on Monday if the 106 highway re-opens. No word if they will look for another day if they can't play Monday.


I would think Laronge would  do what ever they could to play since they have yet to get a pre season game in and would like to get a look at what they have before the season starts on Friday.


Don't forget you can still sign up for the Bomber golf tournament tomorrow. Tee times start at 1 and it costs $75.00 which includes prizes, 9 holes of golf and a steak dinner. Each group will include a Bomber player and this is a big fund raiser for the team.



Reagan Named Coach For Canada West

Congratulations to Flin Flon Bomber Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan who will be the Head Coach for Canada West at this year's World Junior A Challenge in Truro Nova Scotia.


Reagan  is entering his 12th season as Head Coach and GM with the Bombers and is the Bombers winningest coach in the team's history including two trips to the league final the past two seasons.


This is Reagan's  third opportunity to work with Canada West as he was an Assistant Coach last year and he was the Video Coach when they won Gold in 2015.


Reagan will be joined by Joe Martin, Head Coach and GM of the Merrit Centennials of the BCHL, Rick Swan Head Coach and GM of the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL and  Derek Sweet Coulter the Head Coach and GM of the English River Miners of the SIJHL.


The tournament will take place December the 10th to the 16th in Truro Nova Scotia.


Flin Flon will host OCN in the second installment of the Battle of Northern Manitoba tonight at the Whitney Forum starting at 7:30. Twin Motors will award the winning team $2500.00 and a trophy.


This year's battle will be decided with a goals for and against and will move to a best of three next year.

Last night's game against Laronge which was postponed due to  Highway 106 being closed will be made up this Monday at 7:30 as long as the road re-opens.








Closing Day Tournament

The Phantom Lake Golf Club will be hosting their final tournament of the year, the Closing Day Tourney on Saturday September the 16th.


Shotgun start at 11 and everyone is welcome. Entry fee is $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members.


You get 18 holes of golf,dinner and prizes. Sign up at the Pro Shop at 306-688-5555.

Game Cancellations

Due to the Hanson Lake road closure,tonight's Flin Flon Bomber exhibition game with the Laronge Ice Wolves has been postponed.


Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan says they hope to make the game up this Monday should the road re-open.



The Creighton Kodiak High School football game which was supposed to be played in Laronge on Wednesday will also be made up on Monday if the road re-opens.


Keep on listening to 102.CFAR for updates.

Bombers Down Blizzard

The Flin Flon Bombers erupted for five goals in the first period en route to a 7-0 win over the MJHL'S OCN Blizzard last night at the GLMC.


In a game that featured mostly rookies, Montreal's Crystopher Collin scored his third of the pre season to open up the scoring just 2 minutes into the opening period, which would stand up as the eventual game winner.


Flin Flon would also get first period goals from Connor Beebee,Dylan Burton, Donovan Villeneuve and Collin's added his second of the night.


Ethan Daniels scored the lone goal in the second and Drew Wilde added his first of the pre season early in the third for the 7-0 win.


Final shots favored the Bombers 37-19, and once again Flin Flon used three goalies with Braeden Funke the busiest stopping 11 shots, Niklas Anderson made 6 saves and Chris Wielenga only had to stop 2.


OCN used two goalies with Devin Allen giving up 6 goals on 23 shots and Randy Cooke only getting beat once on 17 shots.


The Bombers improve to 2-1 on the pre season and will face Laronge at home Thursday, before the Blizzard make their way to town on Friday for the rematch and the second phase of the battle of Northern Manitoba.


Last night was OCN'S first pre season game and their lineup should have a lot different look for the rematch on Friday. The Blizzard didn't dress 1 vet last night while the Bombers went with 3 including Madarash, Beebee and Pickler. All 3 played well and stood out.


Mike Reagan commented on last night's CFAR Post Game Show that he will dress more vets Thursday and Friday as they have been giving a number of rookies a look to give them every opportunity to make the team.



Don't forget to sign up for the Bomber golf tournament this Sunday. It is $75.00 which includes a steak dinner, prizes and a round of golf. Every group includes a Bomber player and this is a big fundraiser for the team.


Walt Cunningham Labor Day Results

The biggest golf tournament of the year wrapped up yesterday at the Phantom Lake Golf Club with 82 golfers taking part in the Walt Cunningham Labor Day Golf Classic.


Congratulations to Darcy Salamondra on wiinning this year's event knocking off Jeff Woods, Ray Shirran and Chris Bortis in the Championship flight for Eddies Family Foods and Kick It Sports


1st Flight- Hudbay

Chris Harris


2nd Flight- KFC

Ryan Hanson


3rd Flight- North Of 53 CO-OP

Doug Anderson


4th Flight- Ginnell,Bauman and Watt and Home Hardware

Hugh Devlin


5th Flight- McMunn and Yates and Nasselquist

Bob Davis


6th Flight- Vic Inn , Pharmasave and Hooter

Doug Gawiak


7th Flight- McKeens and Creighton Furniture

Nevin O'Donnell


8th Flight- AJ'S and Pharmasave

Ron Breedon


9th Flight- Northern Services and the Hooter

Cody Phair


10th Flight- Canadien Tire

Bob Cluff



Hawks Double Bombers



After coming from behind to beat the Nipawin Hawks 3-2 on Saturday, Nipawin returned the favor last night doubling the Bombers 6-3 at the Whitney Forum.


After opening up the scoring in the first period, on a powerplay goal from Montreal's Crystopher Collin, the Bombers had a tough time keeping the puck out of the back of their own net.


Nipawin would score three times before the first was over and took a 3-2 lead into the locker room after one.  The Hawks out scored the Bombers 2-1 in the second and led 5-3 after two before adding an insurance goal in the third for a 6-3 victory.


The game once again featured all rookies and a couple guys really looked impressive. The tandem from Quebec,  Chrystopher Collin added two goals while Donovan Villeneuve had a strong showing flying all over the ice and both players should be able to fill the void offensively up front this season.


A couple other guys who I thought looked good were Vaughan Bamford from Delta BC, who looked pretty  steady on the backend along with Calvon Boots from Fairbanks Alaska.


Once again the Bomber coaching staff are going to have some tough decisions to make as they continue to put the roster together for opening weekend September the 15th.


For a pre-season game I thought both teams moved the puck well and there was pretty good flow with a lot of good skaters both ways.


Jacob Siebenga from Surrey BC got the other Bomber goal last night. Doug Johnson and the Nipawin Hawks look to have done a good job scouting once again and had a number of impressive youngsters in their lineup.


Nipawin goals came from: Austin Mikesch and Jordan Simoneau who both had a pair with singles from Jeremy Bisson and Jayden Bexte.


Shots favored Flin Flon 37 to 27 and Chris Wielenga and Brayden Funk split last night's game between the pipes for the Bombers while the Hawks went with Jake Anthony and Lance Alm.


Flin Flon now sits at 1-1 in the pre-season and will be off to OCN for a Tuesday tilt with the Blizzard in the latest installment of the battle of Northern Manitoba. This will be the Blizzard's first pre season game with their camp wrapping up Sunday.


This rivaly is even more interesting this year with both teams going to the league final this past spring and Twin Motors has jumped on board with a trophy and cash for the winning team in the head to head matchups.


It will be decided in a goals for and against this year and go to a best of 3 next year. 102. 9 CFAR and will have the call from the GLMC including the Murray GM Pre- Game Show at 6:45.

Team White- 5 Maroon- 4


The Flin Flon Bombers wrapped up Main Camp with the traditional Maroon and White game last night at the Whitney Forum.


It was a very entertaining game with lots of flow and a lot of guys who could turn on the jets. Mike Reagan has preached speed the last number of seasons and this year's group can really fly.


Team White started strong and squeeked out a 5-4 OT win over team Maroon, when returning forward Nate Hooper scored his second of the game, 3:58 into the extra frame.


Hooper,  last year's Bomber Rookie of the year really stood out and finished up with 4 points including 2 goals and 2 assists and was able to bring back the chemistry that he and Dawson Mckenzie had in the Manitoba Midget AAA League together with Winnipeg.


Mckenzie was one of the top Bomber prospects heading into camp and he and Hooper played on the same line with the Winnipeg Wild and will be fun to watch play together in the junior ranks.


Kurtis Rutledge made his way to Flin Flon yesterday and did play last night and Reagan said he thought he looked good. " We are happy with him, he has a presence back there and you can tell he's got experience and with as many d-men as we lost last year we need a guy with experience. He will take some pressure off Benny Lanferman and Isaac Jackson , to have another d-man back there and it will be good for our young guys as well to learn from a guy like that."


Rutledge came over in a trade with the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL for a player development fee and has experience in the WHL with Tri- Cities and Kootney.



The Bombers will now play 5 pre-season games including a home and home with Nipawin this weekend. Flin Flon heads to Nipawin tonight for an all rookie affair with the re-match tomorrow at the Whitney Forum at 7:30.


Here is last night's scoring summary


Team White


First Period- Nate Hooper from Jacob Siebenga at 4:23

First Period- Dawson McKenzie from Nate Hooper at 10:28

Second Period- Tristan Weigel from Ben Lanferman at 3:49

Second Period- Christopher Collin from Donovan Villeneuve and Nate Hooper at 10:51

Over- Time- Nate Hooper at 3:58


Team Maroon


Second Period- Nick Shumlanski from Dylan Burton at 1:00

Second Period- Talon Thomas from Boston Bird and Dylan Burton at 16:30

Third Period- Boston Bird from Thomas Lavalley and Talon Thomas at 5:40

Third Period- Nick Shumlanski from Jarid Mohart at 11:46




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