Sports News Archives for 2022-03

Bombers Off To Humboldt

It is off to the final four with the SJHL Semi- Finals set to begin tomorrow.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers will face the Humboldt Broncos for the second time in three years after their four game sweep back in 2020.

 

It looked like the Bombers may be on their way to their first league title since 1993, but the bottom fell out around the world with the Covid pandemic and the rest of the playoffs were cancelled.

 

No question that Flin Flon has rediscovered their mojo and seem to have battled out of their funk which saw them lose 8 of their last 11 heading into the post season.

 

After losing the first two games to Battleford in the SJHL Quarter Final, something dramatically changed. The fans showed up in droves at the Whitney Forum and the building was absolutely electric.

 

I haven't seen it like this since the RBC in 2001 and Head Coach and GM Mike Reagan said the fans support definately turned the series around for his club.

 

Flin Flon reeled off four straight wins including the series clincher on Sunday night 6 to 2.

 

Gabriel Shipper, Jacob Vockler and Brett Wieschorster all led the way offensively with 4 goals a piece.

 

Cal Schell rebounded after a tough start and only gave up 5 goals in the last 3 games.

 

The Humboldt Broncos also needed 6 games to eliminate the Laronge Ice Wolves and struggled early in the series.

 

Laronge won two of the first three and appeared to be on their way to winning game 4 with a early 3 to 0 lead. The Wolves got into penalty trouble and the mighty Bronco power play made them pay and turned around the series.

 

The Broncos won the next three out scoring Laronge 16 to 8.

 

The Bombers won the regular  season series going 2-1-1 head to head with the Broncos, but they will be the under dog in this play off  match up.

 

They have not played since December the 4th.

 

Humboldt can score and were second over all in goals for with 249. Only Estevan scored more with 262. The Bombers were 5th over all with 206.

 

Defensively the Broncos are also very  good with only giving up 128, second once again only to Estevan. Flin Flon ranked third with 158.

 

Specialty teams are always a big part of the post season and both these teams numbers were very similar through out the season.

 

Flin Flon had the second best PP at 22.7 5 while Humboldt was sixth at 21.4.

 

The Bomber PK did struggle in the regular season and was ranked 8th over all at 79.6 %

 

Humboldt was consistantly in the top 3 all year.

 

No matter what go's down we will continue to broadcast every single Flin Flon Bomber playoff game including the first two games in Humboldt tomorrow and Friday.

 

Remember we will be on the air with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 and drop of the puck at 8:30 MB time.

 

Here is the complete playoff schedule for this series

 

SJHL SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE

Friday, April 1st – Flin Flon @ Humboldt – 7:30 PM (SK)

Saturday, April 2nd – Flin Flon @ Humboldt – 7:30 PM (SK)

Friday, April 8th – Humboldt @ Flin Flon – 7:30 PM (MB)

Saturday, April 9th – Humboldt @ Flin Flon – 7:30 PM (MB)

*Tuesday, April 12th – Flin Flon @ Humboldt – 7:30 PM (SK)

*Friday, April 15th – Humboldt @ Flin Flon – 7:30 PM (MB)

*Sunday, April 17th – Flin Flon @ Humboldt – 6:00 PM (SK)

*IF NECESSARY

Nipawin Hawks Are Bringing Back Kozan

The Nipawin Hawks announced on social media yesterday that they have removed the interim tag from Tad Kozan who is now the full time Head  Coach and GM.

 

Kozan began the 2021-22 season as Assistant Coach and was handed the reigns when long time Head Coach and GM Doug Johnston was let go on December the 4th.

 

Scott Sanderson , the Nipawin Hawks President announced that the Hawks have given Kozan a two year contract with the possibility of an extension following his term.

 

The Hawks finished the season at 17-35-6, 11th overall and did miss the playoffs.

 

Kozan is a home town product and did suit up for the Hawks for three seasons between 2011-14.

 

He ended up with 146 career points including 79 goals in 143 games.

 

" I want to thank Scott and the Hawks organization  for this opportunity. I am excited and honored to be the next Head Coach and GM of this organization. I can't wait to continue on the Hawks tradition here in Nipawin " says Kozan.

Flin Flon Vying For Kraft Hockeyville

Flin Flon (Whitney Forum) has entered to become Kraft Hockeyville 2022. At this time we are in the rally portion of the contest and our community needs your help.

In order to earn rally points all you have to do is simply click the link below and register under the Whitney Forum. You may then share the link on social media, submit a story or photos online. The rally portion ends on April 3rd so you have to act quick.

 

Let's all do our part and help Flin Flon become Kraft Hockeyville. The winning community will receive $250,000 to be used towards rink upgrades and also have the opportunity to host a NHL preseason game.

#KraftHockeyville2022 #KraftHockeyvilleFlinFlon

Bombers Are Moving On

 

It was another electric night at the Whitney Forum with over 1300 fans in attendance to cheer on their home town Bombers in game 6 of the SJHL Quarter Final.

 

The Maroon and White express did not disappoint and fed off the energy of the crowd with a solid 6 to 2 victory and the series win.

 

After dropping the first two games in Battleford, the Bombers managed to win the last 4 including 3 on home ice.

 

It was a great start with Drew Kuzma and Zac Smith both scoring their second of the series in a 25 second span to make it 2-0 quickly.

 

Give the Stars credit, they never quit and were able to tie the game with Dylan Esau scoring the games only pp goal, his fourth of the series. Keiton Klein scored his second in as many games,  jumping on a loose puck in front of the Bomber net to tie the game early in the second.

 

You just had a feeling that the Bombers were not going to be denied and it was going to be their night.

 

They kept coming and Jacob Vockler scored another highlight reel goal when he brought the puck in over the Battleford line and went behind the net and came out front for the beautiful wrap around.

 

Battleford goalie Michael Harroch lost track of where Vockler was on the ice.

 

That stood up as the game winner with Brett Wieschorster burying his fourth of the series late in the period to put Flin Flon up 4 to 2.

 

More pandamonium in the third when crowd pleaser Gabriel Shipper got in on a break away to score his fourth just over a minute in.

 

The crowd went nuts and the celebration was on. Lucas Fry would score his first ever SJHL playoff goal into the empty net with just over a minute remaining to make the final 6 to 2.

 

The fans were loud all night and their participation in this series was nothing short of tremendous. They  were the turning point for the Bombers who trailed the series two games to none and added the spark that the team desperately needed.

 

Last night was the first game in the series where the Stars out shot the Bombers 42 to 36.

 

Now Flin Flon will have to wait and see who they play in the Semi- Finals. Melfort has forced a game 7 in their series with Yorkton.

 

The Mustangs won game 6 last night with a solid 5 to 3 win in Yorkton and host game 7 on Tuesday.

 

If Melfort wins then the Bombers will play Estevan, and if Yorkton wins it is off to Humboldt.

 

No matter who it is you will be able to catch all the playoff action once again on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

A big thanks to all the fans from Bomber nation for making the Whitney Forum the holy grail once again. We also appreciate all the fans for reaching out to us on social media with encouraging messages for the organization.

 

Can't wait to do it again in round 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electricians Win Hudbay Hockey Tournament

After a two year hiatus the Hudbay Hockey tournament returned with 7 teams hitting the ice this past weekend.

 

Congratulations to the Electricians who won the A- Event with a 7 to 4 win over the Power House. Brad Hancock and Josh Enns led the way with a pair of goals.

 

The speedy Jonathan Cooper was the top scorer on the weekend with 15 points all assists.

 

In the other finals.

 

Snow Lake claimed the B-side with a 9 to 6 win against Triple 7 and ZPL won the C-side 9 to 4 against the Carpenters.

 

 

Game 6 Tonight

Don't look now,  but the Flin Flon Bombers are just one win away from moving on to the SJHL Semi- Final.

 

After dropping the first 2 games, the Bombers have won 3 in a row including a 3 to 1 win in Battleford on Friday.

 

Gabriel Shipper led the way with a pair of goals including his second and third of the series.

 

Shipper scored the only goal in the first period, when he picked up a loose puck and drove to the net beating Michael Harroch 5 hole. It was a great effort and it just simply amazes me how hard and how and intense he is for a guy his size.

 

Shipper wasn't finished yet as he also scored in the second period. He grabbed a loose puck just inside the Battleford blue line, made a toe drag and scored top shelf just under neath the cross bar.

 

That would stand up as the game winner. Flin Flon did get an insurance goal from Brett Wieschorster when he scored off the face-off early in the third period.

 

Battleford did try to mount a come back midway through the third and did get rewarded with a goal from Keiton Klein.

 

The Bombers and their goalie Cal Schell did bear down and were able to hang on for the 3 to 1 victory and a 3 to 2 series lead.

 

Schell is playing better and ended up making 29 saves for his third win of the series.. Michael Harroch was once again the busier goalie and wound up with 

42 saves.

 

I was a little surprised with the lack of urgency on Battleford's part in such a big game but I know they will be a lot better tonight. The first 10 minutes will be critical for Flin Flon.

 

Game 6 is at the Whitney Forum and is expected to be a mad house. The Steelworkers have purchased tickets for the kids and we are expecting a crowd of at least 1000.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday were electric and I have been talking with a number of fans who tell me they have not felt this type of excitement since the RBC in 2001. I agree.

 

Don't forget to bring your radios and mobile devices for another installmet of Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey. It all begins with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

 

 

 

FF Minor Hockey Players Selected For Tournaments

Congratulations to the Flin Flon Minor Hockey players who were chosen to play for the Norman region at different Manitoba Hockey  events this weekend.

 

Rising Stars 2nd year Pee-wee in Morden. Ashton Harrison, Matthew Lavis, Gavin Desserre and Braden Thompson.

 

Director's Cup- 1st year Bantam In Dauphin- Brayden Church and Brody Grant.

 

Female's Prospect in Winnipeg- Sam Dallas, Ellis Pearson, Hailey Biberdorf and Jocelyn Tetlock.

All Even At Two

Down 3 to 1 after two periods last night, it looked like the Bombers were going to have to go to North  Battleford to stave off elimination on Friday.

 

The Maroon and White express emptied the tank and managed to score twice to get the game to OT.

 

Flin Flon attacked the crease and their third line produced both goals with Brett Wieschorster and Matt Raymond both finding the back of the net.

 

The large crowd jumped on their backs and you could see the Bombers starting to gain more confidence as the third period rolled along with lots of chances late to win it.

 

The Stars were actually the better team early in OT, and much of the play in the first few minutes was in the Bombers end.

 

All of a sudden Gabriel Shipper led a 3 on 2 rush down the ice and fed a picture perfect pass in front of the net to Jacob Vockler,  who fired it into the top of the net for his team leading third goal of the series.

 

Beautiful goal and the OT winner as the Bombers came from behind to stun the Stars 4 to 3 and pure mayhem after that. The crowd went wild and gave the team an incredible ovation as they left the ice.

 

Flin Flon's other goal came from Zac Smith who potted his first of the playoffs in the first period.

 

The Battleford goals came from Dylan Esau who scored a pair including a short handed goal and Evan Waldie.

 

Cal Schell played his best game of the series and looked to get his swagger back and was real good in the third and OT and ended up with 30 saves.

 

Michael Horroch was great once again and stopped 45 out of 49.

 

The best of 7 is now tied at two a piece and is now down to a best of 3. The two teams will play game 5 at Access Communications Centre on Friday and game 6 guaranteed to go this Sunday at the Whitney Forum.

 

Don't forget to catch both games on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononlione.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 Friday and 7:10 on Sunday.

Bombers Rebound At Home

It was an electric atmosphere at the Whitney Forum last night as fans were pumped up to watch a home playoff game for the first time in two years.

 

The home team didn't disappoint with a solid 4 to 2 win over the Battleford Stars to take game three and get back in the series.

 

Brett Wieschorster, Xavier Lapointe and Drew Kuzma all scored their first of the playoffs with Rylan Thiessen scoring his second of the series on the power play.

 

Jake Southgate and Ryan Kesslering responded for the Stars.

 

The game seemed to be played entirely in the Stars end and the Bombers out shot the Stars for the third straight game 44 to 23.

 

The Flin Flon power play also answered with two big goals last night and is now 3 for 18 in the series.

 

That was one of the big differences in the first two games in Battleford, where the Bombers lost  the specialty teams battles.

 

This was a must win for the Bombers who  didn't want to go down 3-0 in the series and found out how tough that was the last time these two teams met three years ago.

 

The crowd was loud and really was the extra man that Flin Flon needed, and you could tell the players fed off the energy.

 

This was by far the largest crowd of the season and the hockey club wants to thank every one for coming out and are hoping for a capacity crowd once again tonight.

 

The Whitney Forum truly is a special place and I know a number of Bomber parents got to enjoy the atmosphere for the first time.

 

Don't forget to join us once again for Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Hockey tonight as we will be back on the air at 7:10 with the Great North GM Coach's Show.

 

A big thanks to Raphael Saray and Mike Slip for covering last night's  game and doing a great job bringing the broadcast to the Bomber nation.

 

 

Senior Kodiaks Conclude Their Season

The Creighton Senior Kodiaks Boys and Girls wrapped up their basketball seasons on the weekend.

 

Both teams were competing at Regionals with the girls in Unity and the boys in Fort QuAppelle.

 

The Kodiak Girls started well beating Regina Christian in their first game 69 to 46. unfortunately they would lose their second game to the host team from Unity 78 to 41 and were eliminated.

 

The Kodiak Boys dropped their first game to Indian Head 65 to 52 in a game which saw them lose two of their starters to injury and  one fouled out. The Kodiaks actually led at the half 31 to 27.

 

Creighton did rebound with a 75 to 34 win against Oxbow to end their season on a positive note.

 

It was a very successful year in which the kids got to play full seasons and it was also the first time in the school's history that both teams got to go to Regionals at the same time.

 

This was the first trip to Regionals for the boy's team in 8 years.

 

 

Reierson and Holmes Top Teams At Weekend Bonspiels

 

It was nice to be back at the Uptown Curling Club for both the Men's and Ladies Bonspiels which took place over the weekend.

 

Just like every thing else it was cancelled the last two years due to the pandemic.

 

There were 10 Ladies teams and 6 for the Men.

 

Ladies results saw Reierson beat Kennedy in an extra end to claim the A -Event.

 

Salahub beat McNeil in the B-Event and it was Cassidy over Barron in the C-Event.

 

The Men did something a little bit different with a total points to the pin format.

 

Don Holmes came first, Scott Nawrocki second followed by Mike Odut, Don Rose, Blaine Gogal and Dave Blatherwick.

 

A special thanks to Sue Chrisp, Della Chilson and Russ Kennedy for all their hard work in getting the bonspiels up and running again this year.

 

 

Hapnot Queens At Provincials

The Hapnot Queens Senior Basketball Girls got a chance to head to Provincials in Souris this past weekend.

 

The Queens were rewarded with a Wild card spot for their fine play this past year after a tough loss in the Zone final to MBCI from the Pas.

 

The Queens won their first game as they knocked off the number 7 seeded team from Teulon 67 to 48.

 

Hapnot then got to play the host team and number two seeds from Souris and with lots of family and friends from Flin Flon watching the live stream they almost pulled the upset.

 

They battled right to the wire losing a heart breaker 50 to 48.

 

The tournament concluded with a 55 to 45 loss to Carmen that ended the Queens season.

 

It was a great season that saw the Queens work very hard and put together one of their most talented teams in recent memory.

Down two Coming Home

It's not the way the Flin Flon Bombers wanted to start their opening round playoff series against the Battleford Stars.

 

Flin Flon dropped both games at Access Comunications Centre on the weekend by scores of 7 to 3 and 4 to 2 last night.

 

On Friday night, specialty teams were the difference with the Stars connecting on 2 pp opportunities while the Bombers went 0 for 5.

 

The Stars also scored a big short handed goal with only 12 seconds remaining in the first period Friday.

 

Flin Flon came out hard and played their best period of hockey the last month and did get rewarded with a quick goal by Mason Kaspick.

 

The lead was short lived and the Stars took advantage of every good scoring chance that they got the rest of the way.

 

Their captain, Ryland McNinch did most of the damage by registering his first career playoff hat-trick. He scored them all in different ways including the pp, short handed and 5 on 5.

 

The Bombers did have the edge in play,  but the return of goalie Michael Harrach was the difference making 47 saves including many quality chances in the opening period.

 

Gabriel Shipper and Jacob Vockler did find the back of the net but it wasn't enough as the Stars won 7 to 3.

 

It sure didn't seem like a 7 to 3 game and the Bombers deserved better than what they got and vowed that they would be better on Saturday.

 

The game unfortunately  didn't start well with rookie sensation Jake Southgate putting the Stars up early 2 to 0.

 

Southgate scored on the Stars first shot of the game when he was able to score from the corner finding a gap between Cal Schell's pad and the post.

 

He would also score on the pp just 3 minutes later.

 

Flin Flon did shake off the rough start and Jacob Vockler scored  his second in as many nights when he took advantage of a great drop pass from Drew Kuzma late in the first.

 

The offense once again dried up after that with the Stars bearing down and not allowing the Bombers to get a lot of chances in tight.

 

Battleford got a couple of insurance goals from Dace Prymak and Steven Kesserling to jump out 4 to 1.

 

Flin Flon did fianally get a power play goal when Rylan Thiessen snuck a shot under the bar with only 37 seconds left in the game. Hopefully they can build on this for the series shifting to Flin Flon.

 

Specialty teams have been a big factor with the Bombers going 1 for 8 in the first two games while the Stars are 4 for 9 with a short handed goal.

 

Cal Schell has also struggled a litttle in the first two games and has stopped 48 out of 64 shots and seems to be fighting the puck a little. His counterpart,  Michael Harroch who is coming back from a month long injury has been real good making 76 saves on 81 shots.

 

Hopefully the Bombers with a couple days off, can regroup and find a way to get their offense back and start executing their specialty teams to get back in the series.

 

They are back at the Whitney Forum where they went 21-6-1-1 in the regular season. We all know the Whitney Forum can be a tough spot for the visitors and if the Bombers can rebound in game 3, this series may be a long way from being over.

 

No question, if the Bombers are going to come back they need a good effort with a different result on Tuesday just to give them some much needed life. 

 

No matter what go's down,  you will get the best seat in the house with all the action on your Bomber Playoff Station 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

We hit the air with the Great North GM  Coach's Shows tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10.

Bomber Playoff Tickets Available

The SJHL opening round of the playoffs will start on Friday with the Bombers heading to the Battlefords to battle the Stars.

 

Don't forget game times Friday and Saturday from Access Communication Centre will be 8:30 MB time.

 

Games 3 and 4 are confirmed back in Flin Flon for Tuesday and Wednesday March the 22nd and 23rd at 7:30.

 

You can purchase playoff tickets tomorrow (Thursday)  at the Bomber office on Main Street  between 1 and 5.

 

There weill be no increase in ticket prices for the first round and no restrictions.

 

Adults are $16.00, Seniors $14.00, Students $10.00 and Children $8.00.

 

You can also arrange for a group in the VIP Original 16 box. Contact the Bombers for more details at 204-687- 4404.

Soccer Club Registration

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club will be holding registration between April the 1st and April the 25th with the season starting up in May.

 

The Soccer Club is also looking for Division Co-ordinators, Coach's and Refs.

 

They also need to fill some board positions including Equipment Manager, Registrar, Fundraising and Communications.

 

If you are interested you can e-mail presidentplsc@gmail.com or plsctechnical@gmail.com.

 

 

SHSAA Basketball Locations Announced

There is a lot of excitement around Creighton School right now as both the boy's and girls basketball teams have advanced to Regionals.

 

This is the first time that both teams have gone to Regionals at the same time and the first time for the boys in 8 years.

 

The schedules and locations have been released. 

 

The Kodiak Girls will be heading to Unity and are ranked 10th. They play their first game on Friday against Regina Christian at 8pm.

 

If they win they move on to Saturday at 3:15.

 

The Kodiak Boys will travel to Fort Qu'appelle and will play Indian Head at at 6 and if they win,  would advance to Saturday at 1.

 

The Kodiak Boys are ranked 11th.

 

 

Bombers Drop Final Regular Season Game

It wasn't the way the Flin Flon Bombers wanted to enter the post season.

 

After a tough 5 to 4 loss in Melfort on Thursday, the Bombers got beat 4 to 1 in Battleford on Friday.

 

Flin Flon will face either one of these teams in the post season depending on what happens tonight between Battleford and Notre Dame.

 

The Stars are just 1 point back of Melfort for third over all and need just a point  to clinch third. Battleford would get the tie breaker because they have more wins.

 

No matter who Flin Flon plays  they need to figure things out quickly as they have been in a free fall the last few weeks which saw them lose 8 out of their last 11.

 

As a result they finish fifth overall and will not have home ice when the playoffs start on Friday.

 

Friday was a familliar result lately with lots of shots and not very many goals.

 

Flin Flon out shot the Stars 49 to 34 but found them selves on the wrong end of a 4 to 1 score.

 

Jaeden Mercier was the only Bomber to find the back of the net when he beat Austin Schwab with a nice wrister ealy in the first period.

 

The Stars got offense from Jake Southgate, Bradley Blake, Wilson Steele and Keiton Klein for their second win over the Bombers.

 

The season series ends 2-2 with both teams winning their two home games.

 

To make thngs even worse, Flin Flon will not have one of their top offensive players in Cole Duperreault who has a fractured jaw.

 

Duperreault is expected to be out 5 weeks and this injury couldn't of come at a worse time with the Bombers really struggling to score goals.

 

We will see who steps up as the Bombers will enjoy a few days off before the second season starts this weekend.

 

Flin Flon will finish the regular season at 34-21-2-1 and a tough 3 game losing skid heading into the playoffs.

 

Once again,  depending on what happens between Battleford and Notre Dame tonight the Bombers will either start the post season In Battleford or Melfort on Friday.

 

 

Minor Hockey Round Up

This past weekend a number of Flin Flon Minor Hockey teams were out playing in tournaments.

 

McKeens Trucking and the Flin Flon Firemen were in Thompson for the 31st annual Jack Burden Memorial Tournament.

 

The FF Firemen finished the round robin at 1-2 with a win against the Thompson Senators and two losses against a very good Rankin Inlet team and the Pas Huskies.

 

The Firemen did defeat the Thompson Senators to claim the C Side Final.

 

McKeens Trucking finished the round robin with two wins and a tie and ended up losing the A-Side Final to Rankin Inlet.

 

The Pee Wee Kinsmen Bombers were in Killarney for Provincials and they lost both their round robin games to Arborg 3 to 1 and 4 to 0 to Rock Lake.

 

They did end their season on a bright note with a 3 to 1 win against Gladstone to claim the Consolation Final.

Kodiaks Are Conference Champions

 

The Senior Kodiak Basketball teams both had great weekends, competing in the Conference Championships.

 

The Senior Boys were in Prince Albert and after a rough first quarter rebounded with a solid 78 to 63 win over Senator Myles out of Laronge.

 

That would put them in the final against PACI and they won that game 58 to 42 to capture the Conference Championship and now advance to Regionals.

 

The Senior Girls were in Shellbrook and they beat Kinistino 81 to 33 in their first game. They then lost a heart breaker to to Shellbrook 64 to 63.

 

Good news for the Girls as they will still to go to Regionals because they finished in the top 4. St Walburg beat Shellbrook in the final 78 to 47.

 

The locations for Regionals this weekend will be announced later this afternoon.

Curling Bonspiels This Weekend

The Flin Flon Curling Club is set to bring back both the Men's and Ladies Bonspiels next weekend at the Uptown Curling Club.

 

It has been over two years since the last bonspiels and you can take part for only $180.00 per team.

 

The bonspiel will start next Friday March the 18th and wrap up on Sunday March the 20th.

 

Deadline to register is Tuesday March the 15th.

 

Paid entries can be left at the Curling Club Lounge and paid entries can be mailed to FF Bonspiel Committee, Box 492 Flin Flon MB, R8A 1N3.

 

For more information contact Della at: 306-688-6663.

Pee Wee Provincials In Killarney

The Pee Wee Kinsmen Bombers are in Killarney for Provincial Hockey starting later today.

 

The Bombers open the tournament against Arborg tonight at 7:15. They will also play Rock Lake tomorrow at noon.

 

Playoffs start tomorrow afternoon at 4.

 

The Championship Finals will be played on Sunday with the Consolation Final at 1 followed by the Bronze Medal game at 2:45 and Gold Medal game at 4:45.

U-9'S Off To Thompson

The U-9 FF Minor Hockey teams continue to get in lots of games and will be headed to Thompson for the 31st annual Jack Burdon Memorial Tournament.

 

There will be ten teams taking part including the FF Firemen and McKeens as well as two teams from Rankin Inlet.

 

Games will start tomorrow with the FF Firemen taking on the Thompson Stars at 4:15.

 

McKeens play their first game tomorrow night against Gillam at 7.

 

Round robin games continue Saturday with the Playoffs starting Sunday at 9.

Mustangs 3 Bombers 2

A heart breaking loss at the Whitney Forum last night which may have cost the Flin Flon Bombers third place.

 

The Melfort Mustang were in town and they had a two point lead on the Maroon and White for third before last night's puck drop. 

 

The night started well with the Bombers jumping out 2-0, but they couldn't with stand the lead.

 

Melfort clawed their way back and eventually took the contest 3 to 2.

 

Flin Flon got  their goals  from Drew Kuzma who continue's to deliver every time he steps on the ice. Kuzma got his 19th less than 5 minutes in.

 

Mason Kaspick would score a late first period goal and the Bombers seemed in control with a 2-0 lead after one.

 

It was all Mustangs the rest of the way with Logan Cox, Trenton Curtis and Nolan Doell all finding the back of the net in the second period despite being out shot 14 to 7.

 

Melfort held the fort in the third as the Bombers couldn't get the equalizer.

 

It was Flin Flon's 5th loss in their last 8 despite out shooting the Mustangs 39 to 30.

 

With last night's win the Mustangs now have a 4 point lead on the Bombers for third with the rematch in Melfort tomorrow.

 

The Good news is,  the Bombers have two more games while Melfort has just one.

 

If Flin Flon could beat Melfort in regulation tomorrow and Battleford Friday they could at least get fourth as they would be tied for points with 75.

 

The Bombers would get the tie breaker due to more wins.

 

Flin Flon could still finish third if they win their last two and Battleford lose two of their last 3.

 

One thing is for sure, the last few games will really be interesting.

 

The Bombers wrap up the regular season in Melfort tomorrow and Battleford Friday and both games will be broadcast on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

Join us both nights with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and puck drop at 7:30.

Creighton Hosting Lacrosse Clinic

If you are looking for something fun and new to try, Creighton Rec along with Northern Healthy Communities Association will be bringing Lacrosse to town.

 

They will be hosting a free Lacrosse Clinic, March the 28th 9-4 and March 29th 9-noon at the Creighton School Gym.

 

This is open to anybody 10 and up.

 

Please bring a bag lunch, water bottle and proper gym attire.

 

You can register by contacting Lindsay at 306-688-3538.

Kodiaks Off To Conferences

A big weekend for the Creighton Senior Basketball teams who will both be travelling for Conferences.

 

The Kodiak Girls are ranked 3rd and will be in Shellbrook and the Kodiak Boys are ranked 1st and are off to PA.

 

The Kodiak Girls play Kinistino Friday at 7:30 and if they win will play Shellbrook at 12:45 on Saturday. The championship will be played at 4:45.

 

The Boys play Senator Myles out of Laronge Saturday at 11. If they win they would play for the Conference Championship at 4:45.

 

102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com will have full results.

 

 

Koop Geotechnical Wraps Up With Centaloppet

Skiers took advantage of the warmer temperatures and snow on the trails and enjoyed their best week yet for the final week of the Koop Geotechnical Ski Series.

 

19 men and 30 ladies sent in entries this past week.

 

Here are the categories and winners for Centaloppet week.

 

Participation Event-Male-Shaun Nabe

Participation Event-Female-Elizabeth Muldoon

Oldest skier- Jan Imrie (70)

Youngest skier- Luke Unrau-(5)

Largest Family- Unrau family (5)

Best Costume-Jan Imrie and Deannie Olsen (see photo)

Best Happy Face-Cindy Lee-Cookie Loppet (see photo)

Best Skiing Photo from the trail Christine Williams- (see photo)

Group Mileage participation Draw-Patty Evans

 

This ends the official Koop Geotech Series for 2022. Thanks to Koop Geotechnical Services for sponsoring this event for a second year and to our local businesses for their support.

Bombers Find Their Offensive Touch

In a game that the Bombers absolutely had to win , the team found their offensive mojo once again in a 5 to 3 win against the Ice Wolves on Saturday.

 

Entering Saturday, the Bombers had dropped 6 of their last 8 games including a 4 to 1 setback in Laronge on Friday night.

 

In their last 9 games the Bombers were only able to muster 20 goals, so just a little more than 2 a game.

 

Saturday it looked like the Wolves were on their way to the weekend sweep when they scored just 8 minutes into the opening period.

 

Parker Fofonoff picked up just his 2nd of the season to open the scoring.

 

Flin Flon would answer when Cole Duperreault fired home his 17th of the season on the PP.

 

Laronge came back less than a minute later when Bryan Gilman scored his 5th when he jammed a rebound past Cal Schell.

 

The turning point for me was Xavier Lapointe scoring to tie the game with just over a minute remaining in the first with a perfect shot off the post.

 

Drew Kuzma won the face off and dropped a picture perfect pass to Lapointe who was able to score his league leading 18th among defensemen.

 

That was the momentum the Bombers needed and they came out flying and got rewarded with 3 goals in the second.

 

Zac Smith became the first Bomber to hit 20 goals this season as he scored just 28 seconds in.

 

Cole Duperreault picked up his second of the night and 18th of the year and Brett Wieschorster also scored,  burying his 8th.

 

With a 5 to 2 lead going into the third, Flin Flon held the fort and gave up just one goal late when Brandon Della Paolera was able to jam a loose puck over Cal Schell in a goal line scramble.

 

The Wolves had the goalie pulled and managed to get a lot of pressure but could only muster the one goal.

 

Cal Schell finished up with 24 saves to secure his 25th win of the season.

 

Dawson Smith was the busier of the two goalies and stopped 42 shots in the loss.

 

A much needed win for the Bombers who win the season series against the Wolves 6-3-1.

 

The win also propells the Bombers to fourth overall at 34-18-2-1. They trail third place Melfort by 2 points with a game in hand and lead Battleford by 1 point with the Stars having a game in hand.

 

The schedule makers couldn't of done a better job with Flin Flon having 3 games remaining against the two teams that they are directly battling with for thid spot.

 

Flin Flon will close out with a home and home against the Mustangs Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday at the Whitney Forum and back to Melfort on Thursday.

 

Friday,  they play their last game in the Battlefords to close out the regular season.

 

We will broadcast the two road games on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com beginning both nights with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

 

 

MBCI Dominates Basketball Zones

 

There was a lot of excitement at Hapnot Collegiate this past weekend,  as for the first time in two years,  Senior Basketball Zones took place.

 

MBCI from the Pas came in the heavy favorites for both the boys and girls. The girls team was ranked no.1 in the province while the boys team was ranked no.4.

 

Neither team lost a game and took home both  Zone banners.

 

The MBCI Girls went 4-0 and beat Hapnot in the final 61 to 50. It was a very spirited affair and the gym was packed with fans cheering for both teams.

 

A great effort from Hapnot who gave MBCI everything they wanted in the final game. Hapnot may still get a chance to go to Provincials as they may get a chance at a Wild Card.

 

Details should be released later this week.

 

The MBCI Boys also went 4-0 and dominated their competition including a 83 to 49 win over Hapnot in the final.

 

A big thank you to all the coach's , players, officials, volunteers and good luck to all the graduating players. 

U-9 Results From The Pas

Funky Threads and the A & W hosted a U-9 Hockey Toyrnament in the Pas this weekend with the final games just wrapping up this afternoon.

 

The tournament once again featured house league teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Swan River.

 

Flin Flon sent three teams including McKeens Trucking, The FF Firemen and the Steelworkers.

 

The Firemen finished the round robin with a win, loss and a tie. Steelworkers were 1-2 and McKeens finished with 2 wins and a loss.

 

In the Finals played today.

 

The FF Firemen beat the Steelworkers 6 to 5 in the C Final.

 

McKeens finished third over all beating the Pas Huskies 10 to 7 in a very exciting game. Aubree Vancoughnett played very well in net while Brody Cooper was the game star with a hat-trick.

 

The kids had a blast and the tournament was well organized and  lots of spectators made their way to the rink through out the weekend.

 

 

Schell Talks About The Record

After having a couple of days to soak in the remarkable achievement for setting the all time franchise record for shut-outs in a season, I had a chance to catch up to Cal Schell.

 

To say that Schell is having a break out season would be a huge under statement.

 

Schell is among the league leaders in every goalie category including wins (24), save % of .928 and gaa of 2.22.

 

The 20 year old from Burlington Ontario has established himself as a top notch goalie in the league and now stands alone in Bomber history.

 

His 29 save performance at the Cage in Nipawin Tuesday allowed him to pick up his league leading 7th shut-out of the season and break the club record of 6.

 

Schell was tied with Zac Robidoux heading into the game Tuesday with Robidoux setting the mark in 2016-17.

 

Schell,  a team guy all the way gave credit to his team mates and talked about his experience in the SJHL and the life of a Junior hockey player in Flin Flon.

 

You can hear the interview here:https://soundcloud.com/102-9-cfar-podcasts

 

 

Hapnot Hosting Senior Basketball Zones This Weekend

A big weekend coming up for Hapnot basketball as they will host Senior Zones for both the Boys and Girls.

 

There will be 4 teams competing in the Girls including Flin Flon, The Pas, OCN and Cross Lake.

 

There are 3 teams in the Boys pool including Flin Flon, The Pas and Cross Lake.

 

Games start Friday at 9 with the Queens playing OCN and the Kings will play their first game at 11 against Cross Lake.

 

Round robin wraps up Sat at 9 and the Boy's Final is at 3 followed by the Girl's Final at 5.

 

 

Senior Kodiak Basketball Teams Hit The Road

The Senior Kodiak basketball teams will hit the road for tournaments this weekend.

 

The Kodiak Girls will be in Middle Lake and play their first game against Humboldt Friday at 8.

 

If they win they will play Saturday at 1. Playoffs will start at 5:30 with the Championship Final at 7.

 

The Kodiak Boys will be in Porcupine Plain and play their first game against Watrous, Friday at 4.

 

If they win they would play Saturday at noon. The Championship Final is Saturday at 7:30.

Schell Makes History

Cal Schell made a couple of big saves late last night in Nipawin and ended up with 29 total for one of the biggest wins of his career.

 

Schell now stands alone in the Bomber record books as he picked up the franchise record for shutouts in a season with 7.

 

Cal and Zac Robidoux were tied with 6 heading into last night's game. Robidoux accomplished the feat in 2016-17 and has the all time mark of 11 for a career.

 

It was awesome to see the final seconds count down and the team race on the ice to hug and congratulate their team mate.

 

Schell was returning from an injury that sidelined him for the last week and he was his usual dominant self and picked up  his 24th win of the season.

 

Jacob Vockler opened up the scoring just 4:24 into the opening period with his 14th of the season which stood up as the game winner.

 

The Bomber specialty teams took over and Zac Smith scored his 18th and 19th of the year on the PP, with Dew Kuzma scoring a short handed goal to seal it  4-0.

 

This was a big win for the Maroon and White who hit the win column for just the second time in their last 7.

 

The Bombers take the season series against the Hawks 6 to2 and won all 4 meetings at the Cage this year. I don't recall that ever happening before.

 

Flin Flon reclaims third overall with a record of 33-17-2-2, 69 points which is one more than Battleford. The Stars have a game in hand.

 

A big test for the Bombers this weekend who will take on their arch rivals the Laronge Ice Wolves in a home and home, Friday and Saturday.

 

This could still be a first round playoff preview and if the playoffs were to start today they would meet in the first round.

 

Listen in to both games this weekend on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 both nights.

 

Indoor Soccer Tournament Is Back

Kids will get a great chance to get back in the swing of things for another soccer season this spring with the return of the indoor soccer tournament in April.

 

Creighton Rec announced on their facebook page that the indoor tournament will return on April the 22nd to the 24th at the Sportex.

 

Registration has started for anyone  born between 2008 and 2013.

 

You can register at the Town Of Creighton or the Creighton Recreation Office.

 

Deadline is April the 1st at 5pm and fee is $40.00 per player.

26th Annual A &W Funky Threads U-9 Tournament

The Roy H Johnston Arena in the Pas is all set for the 26th annual A&W, Funky Threads U-9 Minor Hockey Tournament this  weekend.

 

This will be a tournament that will feature house league teams from Flin Flon, The Pas, Thompson and Swan River.

 

Flin Flon will send three teams including McKeen's Trucking, Flin Flon Firemen and Flin Flon Steelworkers.

 

Round robin games will start Friday at 3 and continue through out Saturday.

 

Playoffs begin Sunday at 9 with the Gold Medal game at 1.

 

 

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