Sports News Archives for 2022-05

FFMH Looking For Coachs

Flin Flon Minor Hockey is looking for coaching applications for rep teams for the up coming season.

 

They are looking for applications for the U-11 A team, U-13 A team and U-15 A team.

 

You can complete the application on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website and e-mail to technicaldirectorffmh@gmail.com.

 

Application deadline is June the 15th.

Season Comes To An End

The Flin Flon Bombers magnificant run has come to an end after a hard fought 3 to 2 shoot out loss to the Pickering Panthers.

 

After posting a record of 1-2-0-1 in the regulation round the Bombers found them selves in the Centennial Cup Quarter Finals.

 

Flin Flon was feeling very good about their game after a solid 2 to 1 OT win against  the MJHL champion Dauphin Kings in their final regulation game. 

 

This was by far the Bombers best effort in the tournament as they would prepare to face Pickering for the first time ever.

 

The game started well as the Maroon and White Express would build up a 2-0 early second period lead on a pair of power play goals by Jacob Vockler.

 

Flin Flon continued to frustrate the Panthers and found  them selves getting lots of chances with the extra attacker.

 

Unfortunately it was a short handed goal late in the second that turned the game around for Pickering. Their leading scorer Dustin Hutton intercepted a pass in the Bombers zone and fired a quick shot past Cal Schell.

 

Flin Flon continued their hard play in the third but believe it or not gave up another short handed goal, this time to Mathew Altomore.

 

Both teams continued to press for the equalizer, but neither goalie would give an inch and we would need over time.

 

Zac Roy got the start for the Panthers and didn't exactly have great numbers coming in but really got in the zone after the second Bomber goal.

 

Cal Schell continued his fine play and once again had great rebound control and was one of the top goalies in the entire tournament. His save % of .927 was second only to Dauphin's Carson Cherepak.

 

The first over time settled nothing and two very tired hockey teams came out for a second extra period.

 

You had a feeling with how tired both clubs were the second over time wouldn't last long,  and it would probabaley be an ugly goal to win it.

 

That's exactly what happened when Cael Cavallin barely kept the puck inside the Bomber zone and fired a quick wrist shot over the right shoulder of Cal Schell .

 

The shot stunned Schell, the Bombers and everyone watching inside at  Affinity Place in Estevan. Give the Panthers credit they came back from two goals down to beat a good Bomber team.

 

Matter of fact,  the Bombers only lost one game in the entire playoffs when leading after two.

 

Final score, Pickering 3, Flin Flon 2 in double OT. The final shots were 48 to 39 in favour of Flin Flon who went 2 for 9 on the man advantage. The two short handed goals really hurt.

 

This ends a tremendous run that saw the Bombers beat Battleford in 6, upset the heavilly favoured Humboldt Broncos in 5 and nearly beat the best team in the SJHL, the Estevan Bruins.

 

It took everything Estevan had to get by a very determined Bomber club with their HUGE  mass of fans from every where in a thrilling game 7.

 

This tournament also showed they can play with the best teams in Canada and were only a goal away from making it to the final four in the country.

 

Good luck to the graduating 20 year olds, Zac Smith, Gabriel Shipper, Rylan Thiessen, Brett Wieschorster, Matt Raymond, Cole Vardy, Mason Kaspick and Cal Schell.

 

This was as good as a group of leaders this team has had in a long time and one of the big reasons they were able to make it so far.

 

I want to thank the City of Estevan for doing an incredible job hosting and really enjoyed this special opportunity.

 

It was great to re-connect with my broadcast collegues Nolan Kowal of the Estevan Bruins and Darnell Duff from the Dauphin Kings. Both these young men are excellent broadcasters and I really enjoyed working with both of them.

 

Also great to re-connect with my old broadcasting partner and chum Kenny Stelnicki,  who brought his A game as usual and hasn't missed a beat at all through out the years.

 

A big thanks to Mike Slipp for his efforts through out the season and playoff run. I also want to thank our board op' s Raphael Saray, Jamie Smalley, Dallas Clarke and Austin Mattes.

 

Cheers to the Bomber nation including the players, coach's, volunteers, sponsors and of course the fans on a season to remember.

 

We will see you at training camp at the end of August.

Bombers Prepare For The Quarters

We are just a few hours away from the biggest game of the season for the Flin Flon Bombers.

 

The Quarter Finals will begin at 2022 Centennial Cup and the Bombers have a date with the Pickering Panthers.

 

Flin Flon enters this afternoons contest with a record of 1-2-1 and finished third in pool B, while the Panthers finished with a record of 2-1-1 and ended up second in pool A.

 

It is win or go home and the Bombers will once again be led by the goaltending heroics of Cal Schell who has continued his brilliant play at the National Championship.

 

Schell comes into todays game with the third best g.a.a in the tournament at 1.96 and second best save % at .927.

 

Xavier Lapointe has also been impressive and was named the top defenseman in the tournament and leads the Bombers with 5 points in 4 games including 3 goals.

 

If Flin Flon is going to advance to the Semi Finals they will need to play a solid 60 minutes like they did against Dauphin in their 2 to 1 OT win on Tuesday.

 

That means limiting turn overs, staying out of the box, good specialtry teams and keeping their composure. Pickering is very feisty and like to draw teams into penaltys.

 

They have played very chippy and have taken a whopping 31minor penaltys in the 4 preliminary games. They really like to engage with teams after the whistle and can suck the opposition into playing that type of game.

 

They can also score and have 3 players in the top 10 in tournament scoring including Dustin Hutton who has 12 points including 5 goals. Hutton is second over all just 1 point behind tournament leader Ryan McAllister of Brooks.

 

We will continue to have all your Flin Flon Bomber Centennial Cup coverage from beautiful Affinity Place in Estevan, so don't forget to tune in today with a special pre game show at 4:40 and puck drop at 5 Manitoba time.

 

 

Stinton Drafted By Pats

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Wyatt Stinton on being selected in the WHL Bantam Hockey Draft last week.

 

Stinton has been selected by the Regina Pats, in the fifth round , 102nd over all.

 

Stinton suited up for the U-15 Rink Hockey Academy out of Winnipeg this past season  and put up 47 points in 30 games. That included 23 goals.

 

Wyatt is the third player to be drafted out of Flin Flon in the last 5 years joining Justin Lies who was drafted in 2018 in the third round by the Vancouver Giants.

 

Joey Lies was drafted in 2020, in the seventh round by the Swift Current Broncos.

Bombers Take Battle Of Manitoba

It was the first meaningful game between the Flin Flon Bombers and Dauphin Kings since the  1993 Annavet Cup  and it did not disappoint.

 

These two legendary clubs met yesterday at the Centennial Cup in Estevan and the two goalies stole the show.

 

The Bombers Cal Schell and Kings Carson Cherepak went head to head in what has been the best goaltending display at this year's National Championship.

 

The game lived up to the billing and it isn't very often you get two Manitoba teams in a head to head match up at this tournament.

 

Flin Flon was coming off a 4 to 1 loss against Summerside which was their weakest game of the tournament and wanted to start quick.

 

The Bombers were able to score first when Jacob Vockler fired a shot stick side on a screened Carson Cherepak mid way through the first period. This was a power play goal and was the only goal the Bombers could muster in 60 minutes.

 

Dauphin scored their lone goal short handed,  when Logan Calder grabbed a Bomber turn over in front of the net and beat Cal Schell early in the second with a shot just under the bar.

 

Both teams had lots of good chances to try to win the game but both goalies were lights out and it remained tied at one through regulation.

 

Flin Flon would hit OT for the second time in the tournament and dominated the Kings out shooting them 5 to 0 but couldn't beat Cherepak. The Bombers also fired a couple off the post.

 

They couldn't settle it 3 on 3 so the ever popular shoot out would be needed.

 

With the way the two goalies were playing, I thought we might be there for a while.

 

The Bombers were determined not to let a great effort get away and scored two beautiful goals courtesy of Jaeden Mercier and Jacob Vockler. Mercier's in particular was a thing of beauty pulling Cherepak to one side and sliding the puck into the open side.

 

Schell stopped two out of three Dauphin shooters to preserve the win.

 

Flin Flon would get the shoot out win 2 to 1 and are guaranteed to go the playoff round.

 

Cal Schell was once again marvelous stopping 26 out of 27 while Carson Cherepak made 40 saves.

 

Penalties were also a big part of the story with the Bombers going 1 for 8 and Dauphin finished up 0 for 5 on the pp.

 

Flin Flon will finish the round robin at 3-1 and will play in the Quarter Finals on Friday against an opponent yet to be determined.

 

They should know who they are playing after the round robin concludes tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capitals 4 Bombers 1

The Flin Flon Bombers couldn't get much going yesterday and dropped their first game at the Centennial Cup to the Summerside Capitals by a score of 4 to 1.

 

The afternoon started well when Xavier Lapointe converted a nice feed from Ethan Antsey and put the Bombers on the board just 2:12 into the opening period.

 

Unfortunately the offense dried up and it was all Summerside after that.

 

They would score four unanswered courtesy of  Thomas Lacombe, Jacob Stewart, Aaron Brown and Colby MacArthur.

 

The Bombers were under siege for most of the afternoon and didn't start to get a lot of good chances til the third period.

 

Cal Schell held the Bombers in it and made 29 saves on 33 shots including a couple of great glove saves in the third period.

 

Flin Flon just seemed a step behind for much of the game.

 

Former Quebec Major Junior Star, Anthony Eithier did his job making 30 saves and was certainly good when he had to be and didn't give up a lot of rebounds.

 

Eithier got back on track after being pulled in his previous start against Dauphin.

 

The Bomber power play moved the puck around well but couldn't hit pay dirt and finished 0 for 5. Summerside was 1 for 4.

 

It doesn't get any easier for the Bombers who will finish the preliminary round against the MJHL champion Dauphin Kings who are 2-0.

 

The Kings are led by the fantastik goaltending of Carson Cherepak who has been lights out. Cherepak has only given up 2 goals in 2 games and comes into today's game with a very impressive save % of .970.

 

Flin Flon will have their hands full and need to stay out of the penalty box. The Kings scored 5 power play goals against Summerside on Monday.

 

The Bombers need to win today to guarantee a spot into the Quarter Finals. If they lose they would need Summerside to beat Ottawa.

 

No  matter what go's down join us today for more Flin Flon Bomber Centennial Cup action with the Great North Pre Game at 4:40 and opening face off at 5, MB time.

 

 

Over Time Magic

It wasn't the prettiest of games but the Flin Flon Bombers managed to be on the right side of a 3 to 2 OT score against the Ottawa Junior Senators yesterday.

 

Flin Flon came into yesterday's game with some momentum after a convincing 6 to 1 win over the Soo Thunderbirds to open the Centennial Cup on Tuesday.

 

For the second straight game the Bombers started slow and gave up the first goal just 2:40 into the opening period.

 

Massimo Gentile converted on an early power play to give the Senators just their second goal of the tournament.

 

Flin Flon would settle down and got rewarded with a power play goal of their own when Jaeden Mercier banked in a loose puck in front of the Sen's net.

 

That would hold up til early in the third when Gentile scored his second of the game capitalizing on a Bomber give away inside their own zone to put Ottawa up 2 to 1.

 

It looked like that might be enough with the Bombers struggling to get going offensively. Flin Flon was being out shot 25 to 14 through two periods.

 

Once again  some one stepped up and it was three year vet Matt Raymond, who jumped on a puck in the corner and threw it to the front of the net and it bounced off the post fooling Sens goalie William Demarais.

 

This sent the Bombers and their fans into a frenzy. The rest of the third solved nothing and we would see 3 on 3 over time for the first time in the tournament.

 

Flin Flon was coming off their best period of the game and had all the momentum heading into 3 on 3.

 

It only took 21 seconds to decide it when Drew Kuzma won the faceoff, took off down the ice and made a perfect drop pass to Xavier Lapointe who went in all alone and beat Desmarais.

 

This was Lapointe's first of the Centennial Cup and one of the biggest goals of his career as Flin Flon  got the important win in OT.

 

The Bombers shocked the number 4 team in the country and improved to 2-0 with a very exciting come from behind win.

 

Ottawa falls to a surprising 0-2 and have just 3 goals in 2 games.

 

Cal Schell was the best player on the ice and stopped 31 out of 33 shots and was once again the games first star.

 

Flin Flon will enjoy today off and get ready for the Summerside Capitals on Monday  who won their opening game over the Soo 4 to 1.

 

Summerside is facing Dauphin today at 4.

 

Don't forget to join us for all the action from Affinity Place in Estevan tomorrow on 102.9 CFAR and flinflonline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 4:45 and drop of the puck at 5 MB time.

 

We will broadcast every Flin Flon Bomber game from the Centennial Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bombers Beat The Soo

The Flin Flon Bombers opened up the Centennial Cup in Estevan with a solid 6 to 1 win over the Soo Thunderbirds yesterday afternoon.

 

After a realatively slow start, the Bombers hit the board late in the first when Jaxon Martens fired a puck past the Soo net minder Noah Metivier. Gabriel Shipper carried the puck into the zone, fell down and Martens picked up the loose puck and fired it off the post.

 

The Soo argued the puck never crossed the line but the referee signaled goal right away.

 

Drew Kuzma made it 2-0 just a minute later when he beat Metivier on a nice wrap around and the Bombers carried the play the rest of the game.

 

Jacob Vockler, Xavier Lapointe, Jaeden Mercier and Brett Wieschorster all found the back of the net as the Bombers cruised to a 6 to 1 win.

 

Michael Chaffay was the only player to score on Cal Schell yesterday when he grabbed a Bomber turn over and fired a shot just under the cross bar.

 

Schell didn't have to make a lot of stops yesterday but was good when he had to be and ended up with 15 saves.

 

Noah Metivier was by far the busier goalie and stopped 24 out of 30 including at least 5 clear cut break aways. Metivier kept his team in it as long as he could.

 

The Bomber power play struggled early but found it's groove later in the game and went 2 for 6. The Soo were 0 for 2 as Flin Flon was very diciplined.

 

The Bombers did what they needed to do and it was nice to see them score some goals at Affinity place where they got shut out twice in the leaqgue final.

 

Flin Flon will get a day off  today before getting back on the ice to face the Ottawa JR Senators tomorrow.

 

This will be a tougher test as the Senators were ranked fourth in the country and 5 of their players are committed to NCAA schools.

 

Ottawa is facing Dauphin in their first game of the tournament today.

 

Don't forget to catch all the action once again tomorrow with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 4:45 MB time with drop of the puck at 5pm.

 

We will broadcast every Flin Flon Bomber game from the Centennial Cup here on 102.9 CFAR anfd flinflononline.com.

Bomber Award Winners

The Flin Flon Bombers held their year end awards and send off party for the Centennial Cup this past Friday night at the FF Community Hall.

 

It was a great night with the fans, parents, billets,volunteers, sponsors and organization able to come together and celebrate a successful season.

 

The Bombers are off to the Centennial Cup in Estevan and play their first game on Thursday.

 

Here is a complete list of the awatd winners from Friday night.

 

Bomber netminder Cal Schell was the big winner taking home 3 trophies including the CFAR Most Valuable Player, the Burkees Playoff MVP and First Star for the Royal Bank 3 Stars.

 

Gabriel Shipper also won three including  the FF Bombers Most Popular Player, the Howard Fox Courier for  MR Hustle and was selected for the Coach's Award.

 

Jeremi Tremblay took home both the Nick Oklobdzija Rookie Of The Year and Lavalley Artworks Academic Award.

 

Xavier Lapointe won the George Leel Trophy for most points and was also selected the Darcy Bancroft Memorial for best defenseman.

 

Other award winners included: 

Cole Duperreault- Diane Krokosz Memorial for Most Dedicated

Lucas Fry- Creighton Furniture Best Defensive Player

Cole Tanchuk- Paddy Ginnell Memorial for Most Improved

Drew Kuzma- Chicken Chef Unsung Hero

Zac Smith- Pat Spiller Memorial For Leading Goal Scorer

 

Kodiaks Ready For Combine

The Creighton Kodiaks football team are going to get a great opportunity with the rest of the teams from the Northern Saskatchewan Football League.

 

All 8 teams will be taking part in the first ever Northern Jamboree at Mosaic Field in Regina. The Jamboree will be led by players of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the University of Regina Rams.

 

This will take place June the 9th and 10th and all players and coach's will get tickets for the Rider home opener on June the 11th.

 

27 players and 3 coach's from the Kodiaks will be attending and are very much looking forward to the experience.

 

Also a big congratulations to 3 Senior Kodiaks, Myles Patterson, Noah Olivier and Brennen Haley who are heading to Saskatoon  to try out for the Senior Bowl this weekend.

 

We will have details next week.

 

 

Catching Up With The New League President

We had a chance to catch up with the brand new SJHL President Kyle Mcintyre who was in attendance for game 7 of the league final in Estevan this past Friday.

 

Kyle share some great stories about his playing time in the SJHL which included a stint with the Swift Current Indians under legenday coach Paddy Ginnell. McIntyre also played with Yorkton.

 

He also discussed what led him to apply for the league job and his goals for the SJHL moving forward.

 

You can listen to that that interview here: https://flinflononline.com/podcasts/nor-man-sportsline

Bomber Centennial Cup Send Off Party

It was a heck of a ride that saw the Bombers come within one game of their first league title since 1993.

 

The Bombers gave the heavilly favoured Estevan Bruins everything  they could handle before losing game 7, 2-0 last Friday in the Canalta Cup Championship.

 

The good news is that the Bomber season is not over and will get a chance to play for a National Championship starting next week.

 

With Estevan being the host team, the Bombers will get an automatic berth into the Centennial Cup and will be the SJHL represenitive.

 

Let's show our support for an incredible season with a Centennial Cup Send Off Party this Friday night.

 

The night will include the team awards at 8pm and a social featuring the Usual Suspects at 9:30.

 

you can pick up tickets at the Flin Flon Bomber office today through Friday between 1 to 5.

 

 

Local Golf Season Upon Us

As the weather continues to get warmer and the snow continues to melt, we are just days away from another Phantom Lake Golf season.

 

Greens Superintendant, Brett Stephanson and his staff are working very hard in getting the course ready for the May long weekend.

 

The Pro- Shop is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 4.

 

Pop by and check out all the new stock that is arriving weekly and the Clubhouse will be opening this weekend.

 

If you are looking to book the course for a tournament or special event, call asap as many weekends are filling up.

 

The club is also looking for people to work in the Club House and the Pro Shop, so if you are interested you can stop by.

 

For any additional information including paying dues for the up coming season you can call 306-688-5555 and continue to check out their facebook page.

 

 

Bombers Fall Just Short

The Flin Flon Bombers quest to bring a Canalta Cup  championship back to Northern Manitoba just came up short on Friday night in Estevan.

 

The Bruins played a text book game and didn't allow many good scoring opportunities in a low scoring 2-0 victory to claim theit first title since 1999.

 

Flin Flon had lots of momentum coming into Friday after a big 6 to 1 win at the Whitney Forum on Tuesday. Matter of fact,  Flin Flon out scored the Bruins 15 to 5 in the last 3 games coming into the final game on Friday.

 

I give Estevan a lot of credit, they made adjustments and didn't give the Bombers anything and played as good as a  defensive game that I have ever seen.

 

The game winning goal came courtesy of Kian Calder when he put a shot through a big crowd in front of the Bomber net to beat Cal Schell early in the second period.

 

That would hold up  til Olivier Pouliot scored on a 4 on 3 power play late in the third to give the Bruins the all important insurance goal  on their way to the 2-0 win.

 

Cal Schell did everything he could to keep his team in the game and finished with 28 saves to go along with a staggering .934 save %. Word is,  if the Bombers would of won Friday he would of been awarded the playoff MVP.

 

The MVP went to Estevan goalie Boston Bilous who also played very well and shut the Bombers out twice in the final.

 

This was as close as the Bombers have been to a league  championship since 1992-93 getting the final to 7 games.

 

Flin Flon had been to the finals on two other occasions losing in 6 to Melfort in 2016 and got swept 4 straight by Battleford in 2017.

 

This doesn't take away from an incredible ride  that the whole community and Bomber nation  rallied around for their entire playoff run.

 

Lots of former players made their way to the Whitney Forum and gave their support as the current Bombers played their hearts out for these former great players and the entire community.

 

Who will ever forget the massive 50/50's, the horns, sirens, jerseys, shirts, bunny hugs, bus send offs and of course Krazz beating his drum. This was the most fun I  can ever remember calling Bomber games.

 

The tremendous large crowds made it so easy to get into it and I could hardly wait to get to the rink and jump on the air.

 

The nice thing is,  the Bombers arn't done playing yet, as they will get a chance to compete at the Centennial Cup.

 

Estevan is the host team so Flin Flon was given an automatic birth for going to the final.

 

A big thank you to all the fans, volunteers, sponsors and of course the players and coach's on making this a season to remember.

 

I will release a schedule on the Centennial Cup later in the week as the tournament will start on Thursday May the 19th.

 

 

 

 

 

Pearson Signs With Thunder Bay

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Magnus Pearson who has signed with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the SIJHL for the up coming season.

 

Magnus played two seasons for the Norman Northstars where he put up 24 points in 48 games including 11 goals.

 

Pearson recently suited up for the OCN Storm of the KJHL where put up really good numbers including 19 points in just 9 games with 9 goals.

 

Thunder Bay lost out to the Kam River Fighting Walleye in the SIJHL Semi- Finals a few weeks ago.

 

 

Game 7 Here We Come

Don't look now but the Flin Flon Bombers are just one win away from hoisting up the Canalta Cup.

 

The Bombers played their hearts out and took it to the Estevan Bruins by a tune of 6 to 1 to even the best of 7 league final at 3.

 

Flin Flon was able to erase the tough ending in game 5 when they gave up the tieing goal with just under 6 seconds remaining before losing in OT.

 

No dramatic finsish for the Bruins this time as the Maroon and White express had no intention of letting this game slip away.

 

After a scoreliss first period, Drew Kuzma was able to tap in  a nice pass from Jaeden Mercier early in the second period for his team leading 9th of the post season.

 

The Bombers never looked back and got goals from six different players including Xavier Lapointe (2), Cole Duperreault(1), Jaeden Mercier (7), Jaxon Martens (2) and Zac Smith (9).

 

Mark Rumsey picked up his 8th and scored the only Estevan goal.

 

Another superb performance from Cal Schell who turned aside 33 shots and made a lot of big saves early when the game was still in doubt.

 

Schell continues to battle game in and game out and is on one heck of a roll with a 2.39 gaa and a save % of .923.

 

Flin Flon has been able to get to Boston Bilous and have scored 15 goals in the last 3 games and chased him in game 4.

 

Bilous wound up with 37 saves last night and didn't have a lot of help as he was under seige for most of the second and third periods.

 

The crowd was a big factor again with an atmosphere second to none and the Bombers responded with their 7th home win of the playoffs.

 

It was also great to see all the Bomber alumni at the rink last night and I know the current Bomber team appreciates all the support.

 

This is the closest the Bombers have been to a league title since 1992-93 and will play for the Canalta Cup in a winner take all on Friday night.

 

No matter what go's down you will have the best seat in the house as we will be good to go with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey once again  including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:40 MB time.

 

 

FF Creighton Minor Ball Update

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball is very excited for the up- coming season and have over 100 kids signed up this year.

 

Indoor practises will start at the Sportex the week of May the 9th and they will be announcing the teams by the end of this week.

 

You can continue to receive information by following the FF.Creighton Minor Ball Facebook page.

Heart Breaker In The Energy City

The Flin Flon Bombers were just 5.8 seconds away from stealing home ice advantage and taking a 3 to 2 series lead in the Canalta Cup Final against Estevan on Saturday night.

 

The Bombers were up late  2 to 1 on power play goals from Zac Smith who scored his 5th in the final and Jaeden Mercier who picked up his 5th of the playoffs back in the first period.

 

Eric Pearce was the only Bruin to find the back of the net when he beat Cal Schell on a nice wrap around early in the second period.

 

It looked like the Bombers were going to hang on as they won a big face off and got the puck down the ice in the dieing seconds but could not hit the empty net.

 

Drew Kuzma got hauled down by Olivier Pouliot and the Bruins were able to come back up the ice and Nolan Jones leaned into a shot just inside the Bomber blue line to beat Cal Schell.

 

There was so much traffic in front of the Bomber net I don't think Schell saw the shot.

 

The Bomber bench was furious that there was no call on Pouliot and we would get OT for the first time in the league final.

 

Estevan was riding the momentum and were the better team in over time and were getting the majority of the good chances.

 

Saying that, Cal Schell was making lots of brilliant saves and you felt if Flin Flon could get a good chance they may be able to still win the game.

 

Go figure,  a fluky goal would win it off a face off in the Bombers zone when Von Sprecken fired a shot off Pouliot's back that went past Cal Schell and sent sold out Affinity Place into utter jubilation.

 

Estevan was able to snag victory from defeat and can win their first league  championship since 1999 in Flin Flon Tuesday night.

 

I felt really bad for the guys who worked so hard and really should of won this game. Flin Flon played their hearts out with out 5 regulars in the line up including Gabriel Shipper, Rylan Theissen and Jeremi Trembley who did not dress.

 

Mason Kaspick and Cole Vardy both got injured early in the game and had to leave the ice and did not return.

 

Cal Schell was once again his incredible self and took the team on his back making 48 saves.

 

Specialty teams were a big factor once again with Flin Flon going 2 for 8 with the extra man ,  and if they could of found the back of the net one more time would have seeled the game and put them selves in a real good position for Tuesday.

 

Give the Bruins credit, they did what they had to do and found a way to win their biggest game of the season.

 

Boston Bilous was good when he had to be making 33 saves in a nice rebound win after getting pulled in game number four.

 

One thing we do know is that Tuesday will be the final game of the year at the Whitney Forum and the Bombers need to win to get it back to Estevan for game 7 on Friday.

 

I am hearing from lots of former Bomber players who plan to be in Flin Flon Tuesday and I really think we will hit 2000 fans for the first time in over 20 years.

 

This has been an incredible run , and I have said it before there is no better place to watch a hockey game than the Whitney Forum.

 

Get your tickets at the office asap and get ready  for an atmosphere that is second to none as the Maroon and White express hit the ice at home for the final time this season.

 

We are excited to get back on the air with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and play by play at 7:30.

 

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