Sports News Archives for 2022-02

U-9 Northland Ford Bombers In Elkhorn

The U-9 Northland Ford Bombers got to travel down to Elkhorn for a tournament this past weekend.

 

The Bombers faced some stiff competition and had a great time playing some meaningful hockey again.

 

Flin Flon did lose all 4 games including a 11 to 5 setback against Vidren yesterday.

 

It was a great experience and the kids played hard.

 

This weekend the U-9 teams will be off to a house league tournament in The Pas and the schedule will be released later this week.

 

Hounds 3 Bombers 2

It looked like the Flin Flon Bombers were on their way to an important victory Saturday at the Whitney Forum.

 

Drew Kuzma scored just 1:39 into the opening period as the Bombers grabbed the quick 1-0 lead on the Notre Dame Hounds.

 

Kevin Anderson who is ranked by NHL Central Scouting tied it on a nice set up from Connor Nolan and Trey Taylor.

 

Flin Flon would once again take the lead on a nice effort from Gabriel Shipper who got to the front of the net to slip a back hander past Austin Elliot.

 

The Bombers were up 2 to 1 after 1 and looked to be in good shape but the offense once again dried up.

 

It was the Hounds the rest of the way,  as they tied the game midway through the second courtesy of Will Dawson who scored a strange goal outside the left circle.

 

That stood up til the midway point of the third when Landon Peterson jumped on a rebound to beat Ben Montgomery low stick side for the game winner. The Hounds held on for a 3 to 2 win and took 3 of the 4 meetings this season.

 

Flin Flon did press,  and with the goalie pulled got some great chances late in the game to tie it. Austin Elliot would not break and made 49 saves and once again was the difference in the game.

 

Ben Montgomery stopped 24 shots and suffered the loss.

 

Notre Dame entered the road trip on Friday in 9th spot but played some great hockey and won all 3 games including a 7 to 3 win in Laronge yesterday.

 

The Hounds are now in 8th with 53 points and are 5 up on Kindersley with a game in hand. They have 6 games left while the Klippers have 5.

 

Kindersley would have to win their last 5 while the Hounds would pretty much have to lose all their remaining games to miss the post season.

 

It looks like a good bet that Notre Dame will get the final playoff spot.

 

The Bombers continue to struggle and have lost 5 of their last 6 and find themselves in fourth place, one point behind Battleford.

 

The Stars are playing good hockey and are 6-4 in their last 10. Melfort has quietly moved into a tie with the Bombers for fourth with  67 points and  Flin Flon having a game in hand.

 

The good thing is the Bombers still have two games against the Mustangs and will close out the regular season in Battleford. Flin Flon can control their own destiny.

 

It will be a big week with the Bombers off to Nipawin tomorrow and a home and home with Laronge on the weekend.

 

All 3 games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

Good Tune Up For The Kings And Queens

The Senior Hapnot Kings and Queens basketball teams hosted the Senior RD Parker teams out of Thompson this past weekend in a tune up before Zones.

 

The Queens won both their games handilly by scores of 62 to 27 and 59 to 39, while the Kings dropped both their games 55 to 40 and 73 to 71.

 

Zones are back after a two year hiatus and Flin Flon will host both the JV and Senior Boys and Girls this weekend with games to start Friday.

 

Once the schedule is released we will post here and announce on 102.9 CFAR.

Koop Geotechnical Week 7 In The Books

Week number 7 of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series was a big success with warmer temperatures and lots of skiers out trying the trails.

 

23 women and 19 men came out logging a total of 172 km.

 

Here are this past week's winners.

 

Participation Event-Male- Paulo Strappazon-20.00 Gift Certificate from Chicken Chef

 

Participation Event-Female-Tara Dutkacwich-20.00 Gift Certificate from Chicken Chef.

 

Fastest skier Male-Deacon Anaka-6:15-20.00 certificate from North of 53 Co-op

 

Fastest skier-Female-Charlotte Unrau-7:15-20.00 gift certificate Pharmasave.

 

Rookie Ramble-Female Participation-Madison Senkow-50.00 from Koop Geotech

 

Rookie Ramble-Male Participation-Andrew Satsatin-50.00 from Koop Geotech

 

Rookie Racer (first time participant)-Dave’s time to beat was 13:00 and the winner was Deacon Anaka with a time of 6:15. -50.00 from Koop Geotech.

 

Week 8 is now under way and will be the final week of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series which will head around the 3.4 km loop. You can ski the course in counter clockwise direction. Start and finish in front of the chalet. This is a free technique (classic or skate.)

 

Once again don't forget to enter your names and times to bigisland5959@gmail.com for this week's prizes.

 

 

10 Bombers Named To SJHL/MJHL Showcase Rosters

courtesy of bombers.ca

 

The SJHL has released their rosters for the 2021/22  SJHL/MJHL Showcase.

 

The annual cross-league showcase was originally supposed to take place in Winnipeg, MB.  However, it had been recently cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and complications.

 

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League still believes the great players in our league deserve to experience the spotlight that the showcase brings to schools and scouts every year.

 

Therefore, coaches around the league have assembled the three SJHL rosters that would be representing Saskatchewan.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce that Cal Schell, Xavier Lapointe, Cole Vardy, Cole Duperreault, Jaxon Martens, Jaeden Mercier, Cole Tanchuk, Kylynn Olafson, Jeremi Tremblay and Jacob Vockler have been named to the SJHL/MJHL Rosters.

 

Schell, 20, is currently tied for the SJHL lead in shutouts with 6 and sits 3rd among all SJHL goaltenders in wins with 23. The Burlington, Ontario, product is slated to suit up with the Oswego State Lakers (NCAA, DIII) in the fall of 2022.

 

Xavier Lapointe and Cole Vardy have arguably been the SJHL’s top pair this season. Lapointe lead’s all SJHL defencemen in scoring with 44 points (17g, 27a) in 51 games. Xavier is currently 2nd in team scoring, trailing Zak Smith by 1 point. Vardy has been hampered by injuries but has still had a very productive season producing 21 points (8g, 13a) in 34 games. Despite missing 17 games this season, Vardy is tied for 2nd among all SJHL defencemen in goals. Cole sits in the top 5 among all Bombers in +/- and blocked shots.

 

The trio of Duperreault, Martens and Mercier sit 3rd, 4th and 5th in team scoring with 37, 42 and 37 points each. Mercier’s 1.16 points-per-game-average is 7th among all SJHL players.

 

The Bombers youngest players in Cole Tanchuk and Kylynn Olafson have been named to the SJHL/MJHL Rookie Showcase Roster. Tanchuk currently has 7 points (2g, 5a) in 38 games this season. Cole has been a steady force on the blueline this season and has a +/- rating of +6. Olafson, the Bombers former 1st round draft pick from the 2019 SJHL Draft, has put up 15 points (4g, 11a) in 45 games. The last 17 year old forward to suit up in a full season for the Bombers was Jaeden Mercier during the 2019-20 season. Mercier produced 16 points in 44 games that season.

 

Rounding out the Rookie Showcase Roster are forwards Jeremi Tremblay and Jacob Vockler. Despite being sidelined for 14 games this season, Tremblay leads the Bombers in rookie scoring with 35 points (16g, 19a) in 37 games. Vockler currently sits in 2nd in team rookie scoring with 31 points (13g, 18a) in 45 games.

Big Rebound Win Over The Hawks

The Flin Flon Bombers were able to snap a 4 game losing streak last night with a great effort against the Nipawin Hawks for a 6 to 2 victory.

 

The Bombers were back at home and needed a confidence builder after a tough road trip which saw them get out scored 9 to 5 in the three games.

 

Flin Flon were the better team and really could of came home with all 6 points but could not bury on the majority of their scoring  chances.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan mentioned that they needed an early goal to get some confidence and that is exactly what happened.

 

Jaeden Mercier scored just 1:06 into the game and the Bombers got some swagger early.

 

Drew Kuzma continues to impress in a Bomber uniform and he picked up his 15th when he re-directed an Xavier Lapointe shot from inside the blue line to make it 2 zip.

 

Give the Hawks credit, they did battle back to tie it on goals from Rylan Lefebvre and Joel Mabin on the PP.

 

Flin Flon didn't panic and went on to score 4 straight including a pair from Jaxon Martens who has taken over the team lead with 19.

 

The other goals came from Kylynn Olafson (4) and Rylan Thiessen (4).

 

Ben Montgomery once again got the start for Cal Schell who remains out with an injury and did his job stopping 16 out of 18 for his fourth win in a Bomber uniform.

 

The Bombers fired 41 shots at the Nipawin goalies Laser Hume Harmon and Chase Hamm.

 

Hamm came in relief of Laser Hume after the Bombers jumped out 5 to 2 late in the second period.

 

The Bombers are back in the win column and now sit at 32-16-2-1. It was a very important 2 points with both the Battleford Stars and Melfort Mustangs on their heels for third overall.

 

Battleford beat Weyburn last night, so they sit just 1 point behind  Flin Flon with a game in hand. Melfort is 4 back and both teams have played 51 games.

 

Next up,  will be a hungry Notre Dame team who make their way to the Whitney Forum on Saturday in pursuit of the last overall playoff spot.

 

The Hounds are 9th and one point back of Kindersley with 3 games in hand.

 

Notre Dame has taken 2 out of the 3 meetings this season. Game time will be 7:30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor New Voice Of Blue Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced their successor for the new voice of the football club to replace local legend Bob Irving.

 

The Blue Bombers and 680 CJOB announced that Derek Taylor will move to Wiinipeg from their arch rivals the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

 

Taylor, has been the voice of the Riders the last 3 years after 10 years working for TSN and Fox Sports World Canada.

 

Bob Irving retired at the end of last season after a half century calling Blue Bomber games on CJOB and he also called games for the CFN Television Network.

 

Taylor has experience and ties to Manitoba as he was the voice of the Manitoba Bisons for a 9 year stretch which included their Vanier Cup Championship in 2007.

 

Kings And Queens to Face Thompson

There will be lots of great high school basketball  to check out this weekend as the Senior Hapnot Kings and Queens will both be in action.

 

RD Parker out of Thompson will be in town for a pair of games on Saturday.

 

The Senior Kings will play the Trojans at noon and 3 and the Queens will play their two games at 1:30 and 4:30.

 

This will be a good tune up for all these teams as Flin Flon will host both JV and Senior Zones for boys and girls the weekend of March the 4th and 5th.

 

As soon as a schedule is complete I will post here and announce on the radio.

U-9 Bombers Off To Elkhorn

Good luck to the U-9 Northland Ford Bombers who will be travelling to Elkhorn this weekend for a tournament.

 

The Bombers will face off against Grand Plains on Friday at 3:30 then will play the host Elkhorn Canadiens at 6.

 

Teams will then be seeded into playoffs which will begin on  Saturday.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have results through out the weekend.

Koop Geotechnical Ready For Week 7

Mother nature wasn't too kind to skiers this past week,  but a number of brave souls came out and still participated in week number 6 of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series.

 

Here are the winners from week number 6

 

Participation Event-Male-Davey “Crash” Koop. 20.00 Gift Certificate from Chicken Chef.

 

Participation Event-Female-Penny Grove-20.00 Gift Certificate from The Orange Toad.

 

Fastest skier-Male-Cody Mitchell—39:00-20.00 certificate from Mugsy’s Deli.

 

Fastest skier-Female-Cindy Lee-23:03-20.00 gift certificate from Baba’s Bulk Bin.

 

Week number 7 is now under way and is a 1.2 km Free Technique on the Moonlight Trail.

 

Start and Finish at the Chalet and you can go in either direction around the course.

 

Once again,  don't forget to enter your times with your name  to bigisland5959@gmail.com to be eligible for this week's prizes.

Bombers Drop Their Fourth Straight

The Flin Flon Bombers were just over 4 minutes away from hitting the win column but a late push by the Battleford Stars on Sunday afternoon brought the Bomber losing streak to 4 games.

 

I didn't know what to expect with 3 games in 3 days including an afternoon game against Yorkton the day before,  but the Bombers came out flying.

 

Flin Flon controlled the play and led the game 2 to 1 after 2, on goals from Jaeden Mercier and Cole Duperreault who both scored their 16th goals of the season.

 

The Bombers continued to dictate the play in the third and looked like they were going to leave the Battleford's with points,  but the game took a drastic change with just over 4 minutes left.

 

Tynan Ewart was able to bury a shot past Ben Montgomery to tie the game with just over 4 minutes left in regulation.

 

This changed the momentum and the Stars crashed the net and Kelton Klein was left alone in front and he slipped a puck under Ben Montgomery's pad for the eventual game winner.

 

Klein  would also add a empty netter with just 9 seconds left to give the Stars the 4 to 2 win.

 

A valliant effort from Flin Flon who were playing the game without 5 regulars including starting goalie Cal Schell who got injured the day before in Yorkton.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan is hoping that Cal can return in a week.

 

It was a frustrating road trip with the Bombers losing all 3 games by one goal and Flin Flon could of easilly come home with 6 points.

 

The Bombers will get a chance to snap the losing streak at home with a pair of games this week.

 

Nipawin who beat Flin Flon last Tuesday are in town tomorrow and Notre Dame will be here on Saturday.

 

After the weekend, Flin Flon's record will drop to 31-16-2-1 and are just 3 points up on the Stars for third overall. Battleford has 2 games in hand.

 

Melfort who have been decimated with injuries are 4 points back and both teams have played 50 games.

 

Both home games this week will be broadcast on Hockey TV, and the next game on radio will be on Tuesday March the 1st from Nipawin.

PLSC AGM Highlights

Due to Covid, the Phantom Lake Soccer Club has not been able to hold a season the past couple of years.

 

They are starting to put things into place to make sure that kids will be able to get back on the field and start playing once again.

 

The PLSC held their AGM virtually last night and here are the highlights from last night's meeting:

 

  • PLSC was given provisional approval for Canada Soccer Licensing Program as a Quality Soccer Program (QSP).  This keeps the club in good standing with MSA and outlines best practices for youth soccer in this country.  We will be implementing their recommendations in the 2022 season.

  • Despite a generous effort by the board, the 2021 season was canceled due to covid and provincial border restrictions.  Summer programming was not seen as an option.     

  • Manitoba Winter Games were canceled in early fall due to covid restrictions.  Saskatchewan Winter Games canceled in early winter due to covid restrictions.

  • Work has continued with meetings with MSA including potential North-Westman Tournaments, Club and Coaching Culture, and potential pathways for player development in PLSC and the north.

 

Board positions:

 

President: Heather Jobes: Acclamation 

Vice-President: Name Stand: Jackie Crone - passed

Treasurer: Faryn Bergman

Secretary: Susan Thompson, Courtney Biberdorf: Acclamation

Registration: Angie Raddysh: Acclamation

Communications: EMPTY

Technical Director: Erica Christianson: Acclamation

Technical Director 2: Jolene

Referee Coordinator: Steve Bruschett: Acclamation

Fields: Phillip Jobes: Acclamation

Volunteer Coordinator: EMPTY

Travel Coordinator: Stephanie Stelmach: Acclamation
Fundraising Coordinator: EMPTY

Equipment Coordinator: EMPTY

Flinty Fishing Derby Is Back

After a 2 year hiatus the Flin Flon Rotary Club is back with their Flinty Fishing Derby which will have a few changes.

 

It is set to go March the 19th to April the 3rd and will be virtual.

 

Categories will include biggest Lake Trout, Pike, Pickerel and Burbot plus  there will be a JR. prize for biggest overall species this year.

 

You can use the fish donkey app and you can fish any lakes north of the 53rd parallel in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

 

Go to fishdonkey.com to download the app.

 

Funds raised will go towards the construction of the new community pool and tickets are $40.00 each.

 

Thousands of dollars will be awarded in prizes.

Hawks Snap Bombers 3 Game Winning Streak

The Nipawin Hawks rolled into Flin Flon last night and upset the Bombers 4 to 2 snapping the B'S 3 game winning streak.

 

The Hawks scored on their first two opportunities and led 2 to 0 after one on goals by Carter Wickenheiser and Maguire Ratzlaff.

 

Nipawin kept coming in the second period and jumped out 3 to 0 on Nikolaus Fomradas first ever SJHL goal. That would be the eventual game winner.

 

The Bombers did get a couple of late second period goals from Gabriel Shipper his 6th and captain Zac Smith who collected his 17th.

 

Maguire Ratzlaff scored his second of the night when he scored into the empty net with 19 seconds left in the game to make the final 4 to 2.

 

Hawk netminder Laser Hume Harmon was outstanding and held the Bombers at bay in the third stopping all 10 shots he faced turning aside 47 out of 49 total.

 

No question he was the best player on the ice and was one of the reasons Nipawin was able to come into the Whitney Forum and steal 2 points.

 

Ben Montgomery got the start for the Bombers and he suffered the loss stopping 20 out of 23. His record stands at 3-2 since coming over January the 10th.

 

It was a night of missed oportunities for the Bombers who failed to capitalize on a 4 minute power play in the second period.

 

The Bombers remain in third spot with a record of 31-13-2-1 and lead the fourth place Mustangs and Stars by 7 points.

 

Flin Flon has one game in hand on Melfort while the Stars have 2 in hand on the Bombers.

 

Nipawin will improve to 16-27-0-6 and they remain 11th overall.

 

Next up will be a 3 game road trip this weekend which will start with another team battling for a playoff spot the Melville Millionaires on Friday.

 

This will be their first meeting since October.

 

You can catch all the action from the Horizen Credit Union Centre this Friday beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

Kodiak Basketball Results

The Creighton Kodiak Senior Basketball teams were both in action this past weekend.

 

The Kodiak Girls were in Oxbow and came second winning their first game 63 to 34, losing their second game 67 to 48 and winning their third game 68 to 30.

 

The Kodiak Boys were in ST.Brieux and came fourth losing their first game 65 to 55, winning their second game 65 to 19 and losing their third game 53 to 44.

 

The Kodiak Boy's were also wearing Caleb Janzen's initials on their sleeves as they continue to honor their team mate.

Northstars Go 1-2 To End Season

The Norman Northstars went 1-2 on the road this past weekend to finish up their season in the Manitoba Midget Triple A League.

 

On Friday the Northstars lost to Yellowhead 8 to 1, but did rebound to beat the Southwest Cougars 4 to 1 on Saturday.

 

Flin Flon's Magnus Pearson scored two goals in that game. The Cougars did win the rematch yesterday 6 to 0.

 

Norman's season has come to an end and they will finish up at 9-27-4, 10th overall.

 

Even though they will not qualify for the post season they did show a significant improvement this year.

 

Norman was led offensively by Thompson's Brady Krentz who was their top scorer this year with 64 points including 26 goals.

Koop Geotechnical Week 5 Results Are In

The cold weather did not stop lots of skiers from coming out and enjoying week number 5 of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series.

 

This was the best week so far with 11 men and 7 women sending in entries and here are this past week's results.

 

Participation Event-Male-Rick Hall-25.00 Gift Certificate from Rubi’s Outdoors

Participation Event-Female-Emily Sparling-25.00 Gift Certificate from Frontline Sport.

Group Mileage Draw Winner-Christine Williams-25.00 Gift Certificate from Chicken Chef

Fastest skier-Male-Brett Unrau—47:16-20.00 certificate from the Orange Toad

Fastest skier-Female-Ruth Unrau-1:23-25.00 Gift Certificate from Mugsy’s

 

Week number 6 is underway and will be a 3.4 km event on the Boundary Trail. Skate or classic style is allowed. Start and finish at the Chalet and go clockwise around the course.

 

Once again don't forget to e-mail your name and times to bigisland5959@gmail.com by this Saturday at 10pm.

Vockler Hat-Trick Leads To Weekend Sweep

Jacob Vockler picked up his first career SJHL hat-trick on Saturday and the Bombers doubled the Battleford Stars 6 to 3 to sweep the weekend series.

 

Vockler now has 14 goals on the season. The other goals were scored by Drew Kuzma (13), Cole Duperreault (15) and Zak Smith (16).

 

Flin Flon shows no signs of slowing down and put forth an incredible effort in securing both victories against a strong Battleford team.

 

Ben Montgomery was a surprize starter and played another solid game stopping 26 shots for his third win in a Bomber uniform.

 

Battleford got their goals from Steven Kesserling, Holden Doell and Dylan Esau. Michael Harroch returned between the pipes and gave up 6 goals on 50 shots.

 

Cal Schell was the big story on Friday stopping all 36 shots fired in his direction for his 6th shut-out of the season for a 4-0 win. It is now official,  as he has tied the Bomber record for shut-outs in a season with Zac Robidoux who did it in the 2016-17 season.

 

Robidoux also has the record for shut-outs all time with 11. What makes that even more impressive is he did it in only 73 career starts.

 

Schell still has a few more games to break the record as Flin Flon has 12 games remaining in the season.

 

Xavier Lapointe led the way with a pair of goals and has 17 on the season and is tied for the team lead with Jaxon Martens. He is also the only defenseman in the league in double figures in goals.

 

After the weekend the Bombers remain third overall at 31-12-2-1 and lead the fourth place Melfort Mustangs by 7 points with 2 games in hand.

 

Flin Flon is 9 points behind second place Humboldt with 3 games in hand.

 

It will be another busy week with Nipawin coming to town Tuesday before the Bombers hit the road for three starting Friday in Melville.

 

The trip will also include afternoon games in Yorkton Saturday at 2 and Battleford Sunday at 4.

 

Our next broadcast will be Friday in Melville at the Horizen Credit Union Centre with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15.

 

 

Bombers And Stars Will Finally Meet

We are almost through the entire SJHL season and the Flin Flon Bombers will play the Battleford Stars for the first time this weekend.

 

Both teams are near the top of the standings and are battling for third overall.

 

Flin Flon sits in third at: 29-12-2-1, good for 61 points while Battleford is 25-11-5-1 and have 56 points. The Stars also have 2 games in hand.

 

Both teams are very similar and have very quick talented forwards with the offense very well spread out.

 

Flin Flon has scored 164 goals in 44 games while the Stars have found the back of the net 154 times in 42 games.

 

Zac Smith is the only Bomber player in the top 20 in league scoring but Flin Flon does have 6 players with at least 30 points.

 

Jake Southgate would be the only Battleford player in the top 20 but the Stars scoring is also spread out with 5 of their players with at least 30 points.

 

Both these teams have been pleasant surprises and were not expected to be in contention for a league title. no  one knew heading into the season that the Bombers would be able to score enough.

 

The Stars were considered to be at least a year away with only a handful of 20 year olds but have exceeded expectations and are a team to contend with right now.

 

Both teams also have excellent goaltending with the Bombers being led by Cal Schell who is once again having a career season. Schell is fresh off his league leading 5th shutout against Weyburn.

 

I apologize as I reported that he had tied the Bomber season record of 5 with Danny Dennis who did it in 1992-93. It turns out the record is 6 and was accomplished by Zac Robidoux who did it in the 2016-17 season.

 

Robidoux also has the Bomber all time record of 11 which he did in an amazing 73 games. Sorry for all the confusion.

 

Cal will still get a chance to tie or beat the record with 14 games remaining on the season.

 

The Stars are led by a former Humboldt Bronco in Michael Harroch. Harroch has emerged as their undisputed number one and is 12-3-3-1 on the year with two shutouts.

 

This will be a special weekend as former Bomber Assistant Coach, Gary Childerhose will make his much awaited return to Flin Flon.

 

Gary spent 5 years with the Bombers between 2014 and 19 and was with them for their two trips to the league final. Childerhose was very instrumental in helping many of the Bomber players get to the NCAA.

 

This is Childerhose's first season as the Assistant with his hometown Northstars and it will be great to see Chilly at the rink once again.

 

Join us for all the action from the Whitney Forum tonight including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Senior Kodiak Teams Head Back Out On The Road

The Senior Creighton Kodiak Basketball teams will both hit the road for tournaments this weekend.

 

The Senior Kodiak Boys are off to ST. Brieux for the 2022 Crusader  Classic.

 

Creighton's first game is against Coranach Friday night at 7. If they win they will play Saturday at 11:30. If they lose they will have to play at 8:30.

 

Championship final is Saturday at 7.

 

The Senior Kodiak Girls are in Oxbow and will play their first game Friday night at 7:30 against Davidson.

 

If they win their first game they will play Saturday at noon and if they lose they will play Saturday at 1:30.

 

Once again 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline will have details through out the weekend.

Mercier Chosen Forward Of The Week

Jaeden Mercier was one of the top point getters in the league when he got hurt in late  October,  and the 20 year old forward has once again found his scoring touch since returning to the line-up.

 

Mercier returned January the 4th and has picked up 14 points in 11 games and was one of their best players on the last road trip which saw the Bombers pick up 5 out of a possible 8 points. 

 

Mercier was named the SJHL RBC Forward Of The Week today after leading all SJHL players in goals last week with 5 goals in 4 games. He wound up with 6 points total.

 

In 25 games this season he has 30 points including 14 goals and despite missing 19 games he sits 6th on the team in overall scoring.

Blizzard Sign Top Players From Norman

The OCN Blizzard have signed the three top scorers from the Norman Northstars for a letter of intent for the 2022-23 season.

 

The Blizzard have signed forwards Clark Skaddan, Brady Krentz and Ian Snooks who all hail from Thompson.

 

All three players are having very good seasons with Krentz leading the way with 63 points in 39 games including 25 goals. Scaddan is the team captain and he has 48 points in 38 games.

 

Snooks has picked up 46 points in 39 games including 18 goals.

 

The Blizzard are looking forward to having all three of these players in their lineup for the up coming season and are excited about having talented players from the North.

Northstars Drop A Pair To The Wild

The Norman Northstars had a tough weekend and ended up losing both games to a very good Winnipeg Wild club for their final two home games of the year.

 

The Wild took Saturday's game 8 to 1 and also won convincingly yesterday 7 to 2.

 

Thompson's Brady Krentz scored two of the team's three goals on the weekend to give him 25 on the season.

 

Norman will fall to 8-25-4 on the season and will play their final three games on the road this weekend against Yellowhead and two against the Southwest Cougars.

Week Number Four Of Koop Geotechnical In The Books

Week number four of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series wrapped up this past Saturday with lower numbers due to the extreme cold weather.

 

The feature course was the 2.2 km Centoba trail.

 

Here are this past week's winners:  

 

 Male Participation- Duane Davis-25.00 certificate from Kick It.

 Female Participation-Laurie Shaw-25.00 certificate from Ped's Threads

 Fastest Female- Ruth Unrau-12:20-20.00 certificate from Baba's Bulk Bin

 Fastest Male-No male entry sent in a time this week. 

 

Week number 5 will be the most challenging so far with the McCrae trail. They say this trail is not for beginners, and  you will start and finish at the North end of the Carlisle Loop.

 

The total distance is about 12km and you are encouraged to ski with a buddy. Don't forget to enter your names and times to bigisland5959@gmail.com for this weeks prizes.

Kodiaks Go Undefeated

 

The Creighton Senior Kodiaks Basketball team travelled down to Nipawin this past weekend and looked very good hitting the court for the first time in 2022.

 

Creighton beat Prince Albert 61 to 43, then knocked off Nipawin 53 to 46 and wrapped things up with a 70 to 42 win against Tisdale.

 

The Senior Kodiak Girls were in Wynyard and dropped both their games and got eliminated early.

 

Next up for the Senior Boys will be a tournament in Porcupine Plain on March the 4th and 5th. The Senior Girls are off to Lake Lenore Feb 11th and 12th.

Bombers Wrap Up Road Trip In Style

The Flin Flon Bombers looked anything but tired as they picked up a huge win to complete the 4 game in 5 night road trip in Weyburn last night.

 

The Bombers torched the Wings 6 to 0 en route to their 29th win of the season.

 

Flin Flon's power play was on fire going 4 for 9 and was a big factor in the win.

 

The Bombers scored two power play goals before the game was 6 minutes old courtesy of Jaeden Mercier (14) and captain Zak Smith (15) and went on cruize control after that.

 

Vockler ( 10), Martens (16), Thiessen (3) and Kuzma (12) rounded out the scoring, as 6 different players found the back of the net.

 

Drew Kuzma was facing his old team for the first time and ended up picking up 3 points to give him 9 points in 12 games since coming over January the 10th.

 

Cal Schell was betwen the pipes and picked up his 5th shut out of the season and is tied with Estevan's Boston Bilous for the league lead.

 

This is a milestone for Schell as he has tied Danny Dennis for the most shut-outs in a season for a Bomber goalie. Dennis did it in the Bombers championship season of 92-93. 

 

The Bombers come home with 5 out of a possible 8 points which included a win in Yorkton on Tuesday, a OT loss in Notre Dame Wednesday and a heart breaking 3 to 2 loss in Estevan on Friday.

 

I want to personally thank Mike Stackhouse for broadcasting all 4 games for us and doing a sensational job. I couldn't make the trip so I really appreciate Mike taking the time to bring the games to the Bomber fans.

 

Flin Flon remains first in the Sherwood and third overall at 29-12-2-1. They are 4 points up on Melfort with 2 games in hand and 6 points up on Battleford.

 

The Stars have 3 games in hand and will finally play the Bombers this weekend. We are almost through the entire regular season and these two teams will play for the first time this weekend.

 

They were supposed to meet back in January but Covid changed that.

 

Battleford will make their way to the Whitney Forum for games Friday and Saturday night. We will broadcast Friday's game here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

It all begins with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

Bombers Sign Big Forward

courtesy of bombers.ca

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are thrilled to announce the signing of 6’5 power forward Greg Diamond(04).

 

The product of West Chester, Pennsylvania, currently plays for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers and has recorded 20 points (14g, 6a) in 33 games.

 

“Greg is a power forward we are very excited about. He is a big and strong kid that moves very well and plays the game the right way. One of our scouts, Travis Baber, identified him and he feels he is ready to play a big role on our team. Greg and his family are looking forward to playing in Canada and being a Bomber. He is sure to be a fan favourite.” – Bombers Head Scout & Director of Player Personnel, Jon Klassen

 

The Flin Flon Bombers would like to welcome Greg and his family to the organization.

Northstars Prepare For Their Final Homestand

Hard to believe but the Norman Northstars will play their final two home games of the season this weekend.

 

They will host one of the best teams in the league, the Winnipeg Wild who come to Thompson third overall at : 27-3-2 and are just 3 points behind the front running Eastman Selects.

 

Norman have struggled so far in 2022 winning just 1 of their last 6 games but are coming off a convincing win over Yellowhead 7 to 2.

 

Flin Flon's Magnus Pearson had two goals in that game.

 

The games will take place this Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 1:30 at the C.A. Nesbit Arena.

 

The Northstars sit 10th overall at 8-23-4, good for 20 points.

Kodiak Basketball Teams Resume Season

The senior Creighton Kodiak basketball teams will get back on the court for the first time in 2022 this weekend.

 

The Senior Kodiak girls will be in Wynyard starting on Friday. The Kodiaks will play their first game against the home team Friday night at 8.

 

If they win they will play Saturday at 1 and 10 if they lose.

 

Championsip will go Saturday at 7.

 

The Kodiak boys will be in Nipawin and will play Prince Albert to start thngs off on Friday at 6:30, then play Nipawin at 9 on Saturday and Tisdale at 2.

 

There are no playoffs and will strictly be a round robin tournament.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have full results on Monday.

Hounds Mount Come Back

The Flin Flon Bombers were just over 5 minutes away from winning their second straight on their southern road trip last night in Wilcox.

 

The Bombers had the Notre Dame  Hounds down 3 to 1 late in the third period but couldn't hang on and dropped a 4 to 3 decision in OT.

 

After a scoreless first period, Johno Hoins put the Hounds up 1-0 before Flin Flon stormed back with 3 straight courtesy of Drew Kuzma (11), Jaeden Mercier (12) and Brett Wieschorster (7).

 

Flin Flon looked like they had the game in hand with the two goal lead and were handily out shooting the Hounds but things quickly changed.

 

Nolen Coventry scored around the 13 minute mark and the Hounds continued to press and got a late 5 on 3  in the game.

 

Down 2 men and the big ice surface in Wilcox, the Bombers coudn't fight the Hounds off and they tied it when one of their best players Nik Sombrowski found the back of the net.

 

Notre Dame took all the momentum and eventually scored in OT when Elliot Dutill got a rebound behind Ben Montgomery.

 

Both goalies were spectacular with Austin Elliot stopping 45 out of 48 and was the big reason that his team was able to stay in the game.

 

Ben Montgomery suffered the loss for Flin Flon but made some big saves, blocking 32 out of 36.

 

The Hounds caught fire mid-way through the third and ended up out shooting the Bombers 20 to 2 the rest of the way including OT.

 

Flin Flon will still get a point and their record is now 28-11-2-1 and lead the Melfort Mustangs by 3 points for first in the Sherwood and third overall. The Bombers also have 2 games in hand,

 

The Hounds are now 17-18-3-2 and picked up a very big 2 points as they have leap frogged Kindersley for the final playoff spot.

 

Flin Flon will enjoy a much needed day off before resuming the trip in Estevan tomorrow and finishing up in Weyburn Saturday.

 

Join Mike Stackhouse both nights with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:15 and drop of the puck at 7:30 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Trip Off To A Great Start

The Flin Flon Bombers only managed to fire 20 shots at the Yorkton net but still pulled off a 4 to 1 win last night to start the southern road trip in style.

 

After a scoreless first period, the Bombers beat starting goalie Kael Depape 3 times in a span of about 6 minutes in the second period.

 

Martens and Mercier would both score on break aways and captain Zac Smith scored his 14th on the PP.

 

Flin Flon was very opportunistic and took advantage of the few offensive chances that they did get.

 

Jaeden Mercier would get his second of the game just 1:27 into the final period to put the game out of reach at 4-0.

 

The Terriers did break Cal Schell's shutout a few minutes later when Zack McIntire redirected a puck shot from just inside the blue line.

 

Schell continues to have a great season and stopped 31 shots for his 21st win of the season. Only Rayce Ramsay from Humboldt has won more games.

 

This was a big win for lots of reasons. They get some much needed momentum to start the long trip and they are once again first place in the Sherwood Division.

 

Flin Flon will improve to 28-11-1-1 and lead Melfort by 2 points with 3 games in hand. They also sit third overall.

 

Yorkton will fall to 20-18-1-4 and continue to battle with Laronge for 6th overall.

 

The Bombers have beaten the Terriers in all 3 meetings this year.

 

The road trip will continue in Notre Dame tonight and will be an 8pm start. The two teams have split the two meetings so far with the Hounds winning on home ice back on October the 22nd 4 to 2. Flin Flon beat them at the Whitney Forum 9 to 3 on November the 13th.

 

Join Mike Stackhouse for the call tonight beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:45 and drop of the puck at 8 on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

Chow Steps Down

courtesy of sjhl.ca

 

This is a notification of my role as Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Jr Hockey league (SJHL).

 

Effective May 31st 2022, I will be stepping down from the position of Commissioner of the SJHL. I will not be back to complete the contract that is currently in place and set to expire on May 31st 2023. I will continue to fulfil my duties as the Commissioner of the SJHL as I have for the past 10 plus years. There have been many factors that have gone into my final decision.

 

This notice to the Board of Governors that I will cease being the commissioner on May 31st 2022, provides the Board of Governors 4 months to conduct a thorough hiring process in their bid to find the next commissioner.

Thiessen Named Player Of The Month

courtesy of bombers.ca

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce that defenceman Rylan Thiessen has been named the Shaw Communications Player of the Month for January.

 

In 8 games, Thiessen produced 8 points (2g, 6a) to help the Bombers to a 6-1-1-0 record in January. Since joining the Bombers the Brandon, Manitoba, product currently has 12 points (2g, 10a) in 15 points. Thiessen’s 0.80 Points-Per-Game is 4th among all SJHL blueliners.

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