Sports News Archives for 2019-12

Bombers Will Be Hosting Alumni Weekend

The Flin Flon Bombers will be hosting an alumni weekend coming up on the weekend of February the 21st and 22nd.


The Bombers will be hosting the Estevan Bruins on Friday night and the Notre Dame Hounds on Saturday night.


The weekend will include a dressing room and arena tour, alumni game on Saturday afternoon and a social to follow Saturday's game.


If you would like to be part of the festivities you can contact Tim Babcock at : 204-271-5160 or e-mail at


Alumni  can also join their facebook page.

Jason Morran Atom Tournament

The first minor hockey tournament of 2020 will take place the weekend of January the 3rd to the 5th with games at the Whitney Forum and Sportex.


It is the Jason Morran Atom Memorial tournament with teams taking part from Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN, Thompson, Snow Lake and Swan River.


Games will start Friday in the A1 Division with Flin Flon playing Snow Lake, 12:30 at the Sportex and Flin Flon will play the Pas at 2pm  in the A-Division at the Whitney Forum.


Here is the coplete schedule:

Fri Jan 3rd

Home Team Away Team
12:30 A1 Flin Flon vs Snow Lake Sportex
2:00 A Flin Flon vs The Pas Whitney
2:00 A1 Thompson vs OCN Sportex
3:30 A Thompson vs Swan River Whitney
3:30 A1 The Pas vs Flin Flon Sportex
5:00 A1 OCN vs Snow Lake Sportex


Saturday- Jan 4th
10:00 A1 The Pas vs Snow Lake Whitney
10:00 A Thompson vs The Pas Sportex
11:30 A1 Flin Flon vs Thompson Whitney
11:30 A Swan River vs Flin Flon Sportex
1:00 A1 OCN vs The Pas Whitney
2:30 A1 Snow Lake vs Thompson Sportex
4:00 A The Pas vs Swan River Whitney
4:00 A1 Flin Flon vs OCN Sportex
5:30 A Flin Flon vs Thompson Whitney
5:30 A1 Thompson vs The Pas Sportex


Sun Jan 5th
9:30 A1 4th Place vs 5th Place Sportex
11:00 A 3rd vs 4th Sportex
11:00 A 1st vs 2nd Whitney
12:30 A1 3rd vs Win of AM Sportex
12:30 A1 1st vs 2nd Whitney

Wolves Stun The Bombers


It wasn't the way the Flin Flon Bombers wanted to wrap up 2019 with a pair of losses to the up start Laronge Ice Wolves.


After being blasted 10 to 5 in Laronge on Friday, the Bombers had a chance to redeem them selves at the Whitney Forum on Saturday.


Flin Flon saw a 6 to 3 lead after two periods evaporate as they were back on their heels trying to protect the three goal lead and ended up losing 7 to 6 in OT.


The Bombers started well, scoring the first two goals when Reid Robertson batted a puck through the legs of Liam McGarva. Donavan Houle was back in the line up after serving a 4 game suspension and scored a beautiful short handed goal to put the B'S up 2 to 0.


Philpot answered for Laronge, but Flin Flon restored the two goal lead when Mercier potted his fourth of the year with less than two minute remaining in the first period.


Lots of offense in the second period with Daylon Mannon scoring his team leading 24th and 25th goals of the year for Laronge.  The Haygarth twins responded for the Bombers and Donavan Houle picked up his second of the contest.


Flin Flon would take a 6 to 3 lead into the third period and the wheels would start to slowly fall off.


Laronge came out and played a lot more aggressive and started to chip away at the lead scoring a goal mid-way through the final frame when Gudjonson re-directed a puck past Jordan Bersherminsky.


Bersherminsky, who plays Junior B, drove in from Regina to replace Jacob Delorme who got hurt the night before. He arrived in Flin Flon an hour before warm up and under the circumstances, did his job.


The Wolves kept coming and scored two goals in the last minute from Kevin Fillier and Aaron Greyeyes. Greyeyes goal came with just 8 seconds on the clock.


With the game now tied at 6 and into OT, the Wolves had all the momentum and you could see their bench jumping while the Bomber bench was in pure shock.


Aron Greyeyes wrapped up an incredible finish for him when he one timed a Jordan Mish pass, top of the circle to beat Bersherminsky top right corner for the huge come back victory.


I don't think it would of mattered who was in net as this was one of the best shots I witnessed in a while, and almost went through the net.


Over all I thought Bersherminsky played well and didn't have much chance on the 7 goals that beat him.


Flin Flon will pick up a point and their record going into the Christmas break is 23-8-5 and remain in first place in the Sherwood Division with 51 points, which is 5 up on Laronge who move into second.


The Wolves are red hot and are unbeaten in their last 8 games.


Both teams are on their Christmas break and will rekindle the rivalry in the new year with another home and home, January the 3rd and 4th.


we will broadcast Saturday's game from Laronge on the fourth.

Sherwood Showdown To Close Out 2019

Fans will be treated to a Sherwood Heavy weight battle this weekend as the Flin Flon Bombers and Laronge Ice Wolves will close out 2019 with a home and home series.


The first game will take place at the Mel Hegland Uniplex tonight where the Wolves best the Bombers in OT just two weeks ago.


Flin Flon does lead the season series two games to one, but both those wins came on opening weekend and Laronge is a totally different team then they were in September.


This is definately the best Ice Wolf club since the Bob Beatty era and they are the hottest team in the league entering this weekend with points in six straight games.


Laronge is also starting to put some distance between them and Nipawin and lead the Hawks by 6 points for third in the division.


They trail second place Melfort by just one point and a weekend sweep of the Bombers could get them to within 4 points of the division lead.


Flin Flon hasn't played since last Saturday's statement 10 to 1 win over first place Battleford.


Alec Malo picked up 5 assists in that game and is tied with team mate Cole Rafuse for second overall in league scoring with 61 points. Malo doesn't get the hype that Donavan Houle and Cole Rafuse get, but he go's about his buisiness and is one of the best play makers in the league.


Tristan Lemyre enters the game with 19 points in his last 9 games and is the current SJHL Rookie Of The Week after picking up 10 points on the last road trip.


Lemyre capped off the week with a hat trick against the Stars last Saturday.


Flin Flon is starting to turn heads and have the first place Battleford Stars in their sights and enter the weekend 10 points behind Battleford with 3 games in hand.


Flin Flon continues to have the league's best  special teams with the best power play at 28.5 % and best penalty kill at 86.9 %. They also score more than anyone else averaging 5 goals a game and have found the back of the net 155 times in 34 games.


The Wolves are good offensively and sit fourth overall in goals  scored with 125.


No question,  Laronge will give Flin Flon all they can handle and this will be a very good test for the Maroon and White heading into the Christmas break.


You can catch both games here on 102.9 CFAR and beginning both nights with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.


2020 A Big Year For FFMH

2020 is just around the corner and Flin Flon Minor Hockey has a number of tournaments scheduled.


Things will get rolling quickly with the Jason Morran Memorial Atom tournament taking place the first weekend of 2020, January the 3rd to the 5th.


Hockey D, the Lil Prospects Cup is happening January the 11th.  There will be a Midget tournament on the weekend of January the 17th to the 19th.


The annual Pee Wee, Teagan Quinn Memorial tournament will happen on Jan 31st til Feb 2nd.


We will post the schedules on as they become available closer to the dates.

SJHL Recognizes Malo and Lemyre

The SJHL have handed out their players of the week and two of the players selected are Flin Flon Bombers.


Congratulations to SJHL Player Of The Week, Alec Malo who collected 1 goal and 8 assists in the three game road trip.


Malo helped the Bombers go 2-1 on the trip and went off the shelf with 5 assists in a 10 to 1 win in Battleford on Saturday.


Malo is second in league scoring, tied with team-mate Cole Rafuse with 61 points.


Tristan Lemyre is the SJHL Rookie Of The Week as he enjoyed a spectacular weekend with 10 points in 3 games including 6 goals.


Lemyre was in on all 5 goals in a win over Humboldt on Thursday, had both goals against the Stars on Friday and finished with a hat-trick on Saturday.


He has 19 points in his last 9 games.


Flin Flon will now prepare to close out 2019 with a home and home against Laronge this weekend.


The Wolves are red hot with wins in 5 of their last 6 games including an OT win over the Bombers back on December the 6th.


You can catch both games on 102.9 CFAR and this weekend beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 both nights.



Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey Tournament

This Saturday December the 21st will mark the 15th anniversary of the Shayne Pearson Memorial Bunk Hockey Tournament taking place at the Creekside bunk.


It is only $10.00 a player and you are guaranteed at least 3 games. It will be a three on three tournament and teams will be capped at 7 players with two lines and a goalie.


All the money raised will go to a good cause in Shayne's name.


If you are looking to sign up and need more information you can find out more by going to their  facebook page.

Bill McDonald Results

The biggest high school basketball tournament in the North took place this past weekend at both Scott Batemen and MBCI in The Pas.


The Hapnot Queens won both their games against Creighton and Gilbert Plains before losing to a very good RD Parker squad 69-41 in the final.


Creighton was 1-1 and lost the third place game to MBCI 55-44.


In the boy's, The Hapnot Kopper Kings were 1-1 and lost the third place game to Cranberry.


MBCI finished first with a 83 to 55 win against Porcupine Plain in the final.

Pee Wee Bombers Win B-Side

Congratulations to the Eddies A1 Pee Wee Bombers who were down at a tournament in Swan River this past weekend.


The Bombers dropped their first two games to The Pas 7 to 4 and 5 to 4 against Dauphin.


They rebounded with a solid 5 to 1 win against Swan River then took the B-Side with a  convincing 10 to 4 win against The Pas.


The North Of 53 CO-OP Midget AA Bombers were in Kindersley and lost both their games to Cochrane and the Regina Mustangs.

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 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




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 including Friday's game from Laronge with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.


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