Sports News Archives for 2023-03

Selects Sign Forward

The PBCN Selects continue to bolster their roster as they prepare for their second season in the Keystone Junior B Hockey League.

 

The Selects announced on social media yesterday that they have inked forward

Jarron Clarke.

 

Clarke is a 2005 forward who is a PBCN Band member from the community of Southend Saskatchewan. Last season Clarke started the season with the Norway House Northstars and scored 2 goals and 6 points in 11 games. The 6’1” 210 lbs Forward will provide the selects with grittiness and secondary scoring as they look to improve on a third place finish this past season.

 

Clarke will join fellow PBCN Band member Embry Roberts as the first two early commitments for the Selects this offseason. The two are expected to move to Creighton in early September in time for training camp.

 

 

 

Flin Flon Minor Hockey Awards Night

Flin Flon Minor Hockey will officially wrap up their season with their awards night and supper on Wednesday April the 5th at the Sportex.

 

It will start at 6 and players will have supper with the awards being presented shortly afterwards.

 

This is open to all players and coach's in the U-9 and 13 divisions as well as  all the officials.

 

The U-7'S and U-15'S are doing  their own celebrations.

 

A big thanks to Chicken Chef for sponsoring the event.

Bombers Moving On

It was a very strange way to win a hockey game, but the Flin Flon Bombers are off to the SJHL Semi- Finals.

 

The game was tied at one after 60 minutes and the Bombers got a huge break early in OT.

 

They would get an early powerplay when Kaelen Whittingham hauled down Jeremi Tremblay on his way to the Bruin net.

 

Estevan cleared the puck down the ice and looked like they might catch the Bombers with an odd man rush. Harmon Laser Hume raced out of the net and made a good pass to Cole Duperreault who then banked the puck off the boards at center ice , and Cam Hrdlicka came out anticipating the puck would go behind his net.

 

Well it didn't and it actually bounced into the open net stunning the Bruin netminder and the rest of the Estevan Bruins as the Bombers take game seven , 2 to 1 in OT. This was heartbreaking for the Bruins who played the Bombers very well and could of easilly won this game.

 

Ethan Mercer had the other goal for the Bombers in regulation and the Bruin Captain Kade Runke replied for Estevan with a nice partial break off the post and in.

 

The two goaltenders were the story once again and Flin Flon's  Harmon Laser Hume actually stopped Evan Forrest on a break away with just over 5 minutes remaining in regulation. Estevan was that close to winning last night's game  themselves.

 

Estevan who took gave 5 at the Whitney played their hearts out and nearly stole another one last night.

 

I take my hat off to the Bruins who played anything like a 6th place team and took the Bombers to the brink.

 

Cam Hrdlicka had one of the best performances I have ever seen in an SJHL playoff series and stopped over 100 shots in the last two games in Flin Flon alone.

 

He has nothing to hang his head about and will be one of the top goaltenders when he returns as a 20 year old next season.

 

The Bruins season comes to an end which means there will be a new SJHL Champion this year. Flin Flon moves on to face Humboldt with the best of 7 SJHL Semi- Final  final starting on Friday.

 

We will post the series schedule on this blog once we get confirmation from the league.

Spring Basketball Camp

If you would like to play high school basketball some day, Hapnot Collegiate is going to give you a chance to freshen your skills with a spring basketball camp.

 

This will be open to kids in grades 5 to 8 and will take place on Sunday's in April.

 

The camp will focus in on development and team work in a fun and challenging environment.

 

It is $50.00 to sign up  and each athlete will receive a Future Kings and Queens T-Shirt.

 

You can register by using the Hapnot google form.

Bombers Big Guns Come Alive

The Flin Flon Bombers staved off elimination with a giant performance at Affinity Place,  with a 4 to 1 win last night to even their best of 7 SJHL Quarter Final with the Estevan Bruins  at 3 games a piece.

 

The Bruins put themselves in a great position with a 2 to 1 OT win on Friday,  where Cam Hrdlicka stopped an incredible 66 shots and the Bruins were able to win at the Whitney Forum to go up 3 games to 2.

 

Flin Flon made the trek for game 6 and played one of their best games of the series and got a big boost as Cole Duperreault and Jeremi Tremblay both made their first appearances of the playoffs.

 

The Bruins did hit the board first when Mitch Kohner re-directed a point shot from Owen Miley on the pp midway through the first period and took a 1 to 0 lead after one.

 

Flin Flon came out and had a great second period and Jeremi Tremblay scored just 1:09 into the period , when he was left alone in front of the Bruins goal and tucked a puck in past Hrdlicka.

 

Alexi Sylvestre followed that up finishing up a 2 on 1 with a beautiful shot over Cam Hrdlicka's left shoulder for the eventual game winner. This was Sylvestre's team leading third of the series.

 

Cole Duperreault grabbed a rebound a few minutes later and the Maroon and White Express jumped up 3 to 1 after 2. You could see all kinds of emotion on the Flin Flon bench and you just had a feeling this was going to be their night.

 

The Bombers did let a 3 to 1 lead evaporate back in game 3, but would not be denied last night.

 

After killing a 5 on 3 ealy in the third, the Bombers went to work defensively and only allowed the Bruins to get 6 shots on goal in the final period.

 

Team captain Lucas Fry was able to pocket his second of the series into the empty net with just under 5 minutes remaining and Flin Flon was able to celebrate with the 4 to 1 win.

 

Harmon Laser Hume was incredible and played his best game of the playoffs stopping 27 shots including many timely saves to get his team even in the series.

 

The one big save off Cody Davis early in the second period is one that I remember vividly that was key for the Bomber come back.

 

This  series has had a little bit of everything including suspensions, tough  injuries, great goaltending, big hits, lots of air horns so why not a game 7?

 

This will be the second straight year that these two clubs will have to settle things with a game 7, but this time it is the Bombers who will have home ice advantage at  the Whitney Forum.

 

This is also the first game 7 at the Whitney Forum since 2017 when the Bombers beat the Nipawin Hawks.

 

There is no reason that we shouldn't see 1500 fans tomorrow night for this great group of young men who continue to battle all kinds of elements for this great franchise and  community.

 

The roster has been decimated by injuries but this team continues to  find ways to win lots of big games  and are finally starting to get some regulars back.

 

It was great to have Cole Duperreault and Jeremi Trembley back and Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan says Matt Egan is making progress and expects Jaeden Mercier to be back if his team can make it to the next round.

 

You can pick up yout tickets for tomorrow's game 7 at the Bomber office on Main street from 1 to 5 tomorrow  and avoid standing in line at the game.

 

Don't forget to bring your radios and mobile devices and tune in to Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey with the pre game show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

Game 5 Tonight

The Flin Flon Bombers return to the Whitney Forum to host game 5 of their SJHL Quarter Final series tonight against the Estevan Bruins.

 

A lot has changed since the Bombers hosted game's  one and two.

 

The series went back to Estevan for games three and four and it was two totally different hockey games.

 

It looked like the Bombers had things in hand with a 3 to 1 lead after two periods on Tuesday. Estevan fought back to tie it and eventually won it in over time when Owen Barrow scored with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first OT  period.

 

The Bruins carried over the momentum into Wednesday and blanked the Bombers 3 to 0 and now the series is tied at two, with the best of 7 now a best of 3.

 

Estevan has made a few adjustments and they are getting playoff goaltending from Cam Hrdlicka who stopped all 35 Bomber shots for his first ever SJHL playoff  shutout.

 

If Flin Flon falls short in this series they might well remember that lead that slipped away in game three.

 

I hate to keep talking about it,  but the Bomber injury woes continue as Jaeden Mecrier  who just got back got injured again on Wednesday.

 

Mercier went down awkwardly behind the Bruins net early in the first and never returned on Wednesday. His status is unknown for tonight but it didn't look good to me.

 

Jacob Vockler has also been sidelined again and the club says he is day to day.

 

Head Coach and GM  Mike Reagan says he feels a few other players are getting close , and they can't get them back fast enough as the Bruins have been given new life.

 

Flin Flon was hoping to get a lot of their players back for round two, but you still have to get past round one. Estevan is beaming with confidence and know a win at the Whitney Forum tonight would put them in an outstanding position with game 6 in Estevan on Sunday.

 

From the Bombers standpoint, you want to get your big game players back in the line-up,  but you have to be careful you don't bring them back to soon or risk losing them all together.

 

Flin Flon is learning that with Mercier and Vockler, who have both been sidelined after just a few games.

 

One thing is for sure. The Whitney will be loud and ruckus and they will not make things easy for the Bruins tonight.

 

Even with a pile of injuries, the crowd may be the turning point to get the Bombers the pivotal victory as they were a big part of Flin Flon's success last year and have been loud in this series as well.

 

The Bombers played hard down the stretch to get home ice and have the luxury of getting two of the next three games at home.

 

No matter what go's down don't forget to bring your radios and mobile devices to tonight's game and tell who ever can't be there to listen to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com.

 

We hit the air at 7:10 tonight with the SJHL Coach's Show courtesy of Great North GM, and puck drop at 7:30.

Ledoux Selected As PBCN Player Of The Year

A big congratulations to Carson "Freddy " Ledoux on being selected this year's PBCN Player Of The Year.

 

Freddy is a Band member from Sandy Bay, and he had a big year offensively by picking up 55 points in 33 games  including 29 goals.

Freddy played 3 games in the post season where he was held pointless, however after game 2 vs Peguis Freddy was informed he was playing with a brain tumour and required emergency surgery ending his season.

Freddy is a strong offensive player and played both forward and Defence this season.

Congratulations and looking forward to a healthy Ledoux on the ice next season for the Selects.

Northern Rivals Off To Portage

Northern rivals from Flin Flon, Thompson and The Pas will put their differences aside this coming weekend to join forces and attend the Portage Cup.

 

This extended season tournament will run this weekend and is open to players born in 2013. In total , 12 teams from all over the province will be vying for the Portage Cup which should be a very competitive tournament.

 

The Northstars will begin round robin play on Friday where they face off against the Northeast Knights and will then play the Central Plains Red Wings on Saturday.

 

All teams will then be seeded for the playoffs. Team rosters, live scores and stats can be found at portagecup.ca

 

Couple Of Bombers Named Players Of The Week

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are up two games to none against the Estevan Bruins in their opening round SJHL Quarter Final Series.

 

They are getting contributions from the entire team and two of their players were awarded for their fine play.

 

Harmon Laser Hume was chosen the Sasktel  Goalie Of The Week and picked up his first ever two playoff wins. He only allowed 3 goals in the two games and stopped 56 out of 59 shots which works out to a .949 save %.

 

Akexi Sylvestre was chosen the Direct West  Rookie Of The Week, where he picked up 3 points in the two wins including 2 goals.

 

Sylvestre was one of the top rookie scorers in the regular season and has picked up a lot of the slack towards the end of the  year with lots of key injuries.

 

Don't forget the series shifts to beautiful Affinity Place for games three and four, tonight and tomorrow. We will have both broadcasts on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com beginning with the Great North GM Coach's Show  both nights at 7:40 .

Schwartz Named All Star

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Bailey Schwartz who was named to the U-15 Manitoba Midget Triple A Female All Star team.

 

Schwartz who is a goalie,  just finished her second season with the Norman Wild and was named a second team all star.

 

Bailey appeared in 23 games and ended the season with a sparkling .924 save % and a GAA of 3.49.

 

She also won 8 games and faced well over 2000 shots in the season.

 

Schwartz also helped the Wild beat Central Plains in the opening round of the playoffs 2 games to 1, before losing out to Brandon last  weekend.

Queens Wrap Up Sensational Season

Congratulations to the Senior Hapnot Queens who wrapped up one of the most successful basketball seasons in decades.

 

The Queens were at Provincials in Souris and beat the host team and Prairie Mountain to get to the finals.

 

After leading for three quarters the Queens dropped a 67 to 60 decision to Rosenort for their only loss of the entire year.

 

Hapnot will finish the year at 27 and 1 and finish second in the province.

 

Congratulations to the tournament all stars: Shanti Church and Gianna Watt.

 

It was also a very good year and weekend for the Senior Kings.

 

The Kings were also competing at Provincials in Virdon.

 

Hapnot split their two round robin games against Gabrielle Roy and MacGregor. This would put the Kings in the Consolation Final against Immanuel Christian.

 

The Kings ended up winning a very exciting game by a score of 55 to 53. The game was decided by a couple of free throws.

 

A special congratulations to the King's Bryson Dumas who was awarded the Player's Choice Award for the tournament.

Up 2 Heading To The Energy City

The Flin Flon Bombers were one of the best teams at home in the SJHL regular season and that trend continued in the playoffs this past weekend.

 

Flin Flon is once again matched up with the Estevan Bruins, but this time the Maroon and White have home ice advantage.

 

And the B'S took advantage with  a pair of wins by scores of 4 to 1 and 5 to 2, Friday and Saturday night.

 

In front of over 1100 fans on Friday, the Bombers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on goals from Dawson Karol, Cory King and Alexi Sylvestre.

 

The game did settle down and the teams played to a 1-1 draw the rest of the way.

 

The Bruins leading scorer Kade Runke had the lone goal for Estevan while Ethan Mercer scored a late power play goal for Flin Flon.

 

Harmon Laser Hume picked up his first ever playoff win with 29 saves.

 

The next night, the Bombers knew the Bruins would be much better and they had to be ready.

 

Both teams traded goals in the first with Flin Flon's Jaeden Mercier opening up the scoring. Mercier who  just got back in the line-up was able to convert a nice feed from Kylynn Olafson to grab the 1-0 lead.

 

Estevan responded on a 5 minute powerplay when veteran defenseman Alexsa Babic,  fired a shot past Laser Hume just inside the blue line with lots of traffic in front of the Flin Flon  net.

 

The Bombers got the only goal in the second when Alexi Sylvestre jumped on a rebound in front of the Bruins net and flipped a puck over a fallen   Cam Hrdlicka.

 

Flin Flon came out flying in the third and scored three goals in less than 6 minutes to blow the game open at 5 to 1.

 

Jacob Vockler and Brock Mueller both scored their first of the series with Ethan  Mercer getting his second with another powerplay goal.

 

Jagjeevan Phangura scored a late goal for Estevan who dropped  the second game by a score of 5 to 2 .

 

Harmon Laser Hume was solid in making 27 saves for his second playoff win.

 

I thought Bruin netminder Cam Hrdlicka played well despite giving up 5 goals on 41 shots and didn't have much of a chance on the goals that managed to beat him.

 

The Bombers had the second best powerplay in the league in the regular season and that continued in the opening two games of this series.

 

Flin Flon went 3 for 6 in the two games and if the Bruins are going to get back in this series they need to find an answer for when the Bombers have the extra attacker.

 

The Bombers did what they were expected to do and won both games at a very loud Whitney Forum to take a 2 games to none lead in the opening round best of 7.

 

We will see if Estevan can hold serve and win on their home turf when they host game's three and four at beautiful  Affinity Place this Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

For as much as Estevan has struggled at the Whitney Forum, that go's ditto for the Bombers who only have one win in their last 7 in the energy city.

 

No matter what go's down,  don't forget to tune in to both games from Estevan with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:40 both nights Manitoba time.

 

Selects Drop 4 to 2 Decision Against Peguis

The PBCN Selects saw their season come to an end this past weekend with a 4 to 2 loss against the Peguis Juniors at the Whitney Forum on Saturday.

 

Keanu Woodhouse got the Juniors  on the board early with a short handed goal just 6 and a half minutes into the opening period.

 

The pride of Las Vegas, Dominic Surh answered a few minutes later but that was as close as the Selects would get Saturday afternoon.

 

Keenan McPherson and Jayden McPherson scored to put the Juniors up  3 to 1.

 

Leo Kaluudjak did make it a one goal game  again with his second of the playoffs on the power play to make it 3 to 2.

 

Woodhouse got his second of the game to give Peguis more breathing room late in the second period,  and Peguis took the 4 to 2 lead into the locker room.

 

There was no scoring in the third period.

 

Odin Church was spectacular in goal for PBCN and kept his team in the game with lots of big saves,  including 14 in the third period and stopped 44 out of 48 on the afternoon.

 

You can see why he was awarded the top goalie in the league.

 

Peguis sweeps the best of 5, three straight and will meet the winner of the NCN Flames, OCN Storm series.

 

That series is 2-1 right now in NCN'S favour.

 

Head Coach and GM of the Selects, Gatlin Church had this to say on his team's first season in the KJHL. "Over all I think we surprised a lot of people on the quality of hockey in this league. I think a lot of people thought it was going to be rock em sock em and lots of fights. Over all I am happy with the group of guys we had and I know lots of guys are loking forward to coming back. I think we will make some changes on and off the ice and hopefully things will go a lot smoother for season two."

 

The Selects finished third overall in the regular season at 19-11-0-4 and beat Cross Lake two games to none in their opening round best of 3 , before losing out to  the 5 time defending champs from Peguis.

 

Time To Get It On

 

It is time to stop talking and let the teams battle it out on the ice as the SJHL playoffs will begin on all 4 fronts tonight including the Bombers and Bruins.

 

It is the rematch of last Spring's exciting league final series in which the Bruins beat the Bombers 4 games to 3 to claim their first league title since 1999.

 

This time the Bombers are the favorite as they finished third overall at 37-15-2-2 good for 78 points and the top team in the Sherwood Division and will have home ice advantage.

 

Estevan finished sixth overall at 28-23-3-2 and claimed the Viterra Division with 58 points.

 

Flin Flon took 3 out of the 4 regular season meetings including both at the Whitney Forum back in January and a wild 7 to 6 win in Estevan in OT  on February the 11th.

 

The Bombers head into the post season 6-3-1 in their last 10 and what makes that even more impressive,  is that they have been winning games without 7 of their regular players in  the line-up.

 

Some good news, Flin Flon is expecting both Jacob Vockler and Jaeden Mercier back tonight. That still leaves Cole Duperreault, Zach Cain, Matt Egan and Jeremi Treblay all still out.

 

Head Coach and GM, Mike Reagan says there is a possibillity that we could see more guys back as this series moves ahead.

 

The Bruins limped into the playoffs at 4-4-2 in their last 10 but only need to win one game at the Whitney to take away home ice advantage,  and we all know anything can happen in the playoffs.

 

Despite their injuries the Bombers still had 5 of their players finish in the top 20 in league scoring while the Bruins only had one in Kade Runke who finished 14th overall with 54 points.

 

Cole Duperreault who missed the Bombers last 9 games still led his team in scoring with 64 points in 44 games and finished sixth overall and was nominated for the RBC Player Of The Year.

 

Duperreault also picked up a scholarship to Lindenwood University. He will join team mate Jaeden Mercier who is also heading there next season and former Bomber Drew Kuzma who is playing there right now.

 

It will be interesting to see how these teams go at each other after their very emotional league final which seems like it just wrapped up yesterday. Both these teams are a lot different with some very good players moving on with their lives and hockey careers.

 

One thing that both clubs are talking about is the atmosphere at the Whitney Forum,  in which it felt like the roof might actually come off the place every time the Bombers scored or did something special in last year's playoffs.

 

I know the Bombers are hoping for electric crowds in this series and if they can make things difficult for the Bruins, it could go a long way for this under manned team.

 

No matter what go's down, make sure you join us for every single Flin Flon Bomber playoff game including both from the Whitney this weekend.

 

Once again you can join us for the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow.

 

Here is the complete  schedule for this opening series.

 

Friday, March 17th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

Saturday, March 18th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

Tuesday, March 21st: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

Wednesday, March 22nd: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

*Friday, March 24th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

*Sunday, March 26th: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

*Tuesday, March 28th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

 

 

 

Duperreault Commits To Lindenwood University

courtesy of bombers.ca

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce that forward Cole Duperreault has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Lindenwood University.

 

Duperreault produced 64 points (37 G, 27 A) in just 44 regular season games. Cole’s 37 goals was 3rd among all SJHL players and his 1.45 points-per-game average was 4th.

 

Duperreault was recently nominated for the SJHL’s RBC Player of the Year award and is the Bombers recipient for the SJHL’s Community Ambassador award. Cole also participated in the SJHL & MJHL Showcase this past January.

 

During the 2021-2022 season, Cole put up 39 points (18 G, 21 A) in 56 regular season games. In his SJHL career, Cole produced 103 points (55 G, 48 A) in 102 regular season games.

 

Duperreault will be joining fellow Bomber Jaeden Mercier and former Bomber Drew Kuzma at Lindenwood next fall.

FFMH Transition Ice Session

If you are a hockey player graduating from U-9 to U-11 next season, Flin Flon Minor Hockey is going to give you a great opportunity.

 

You can take part in a U-11 Transition Ice Session tomorrow night starting at 5:30 at the Whitney Forum.

 

They will go over introduction to offsides, offensive and defensive positioning and shooting and passing.

 

This is open to all 2014 born FFMH players.

 

You can register by e-mailing technicaldirectorffmh@gmail.com.

Kings And Queens Off To Provincials

It is the biggest weekend of the High School basketball season as the best teams in the province will gather for Provincials.

 

The Senior Hapnot Queens who are having a very special season in which they have yet to lose a game are in Souris.

 

Teams will be competing from Souris, Virden, Prairie Mountain, Immanuel Christian, Rosenort, Carmen and Warren.

 

The Queens are ranked fifth and play Souris in their first game tomorrow at 10 am. The Championship Final is slated to go Saturday at 2.

 

The Kings will be in Virden and will be competing against teams from Immanuel Christian, Virden, Prairie Mountain, Westpark, Gabrielle Roy, MacGregor and Green Valley.

 

The Kings first game is against Gabrielle Roy on Thursday at 2:30. The Championship Final will be played Saturday at 2.

Reagan Signs Extension

courtesy of bombers.ca

 

The Flin Flon Bombers are proud to announce that Head Coach & General Manager Mike Reagan has signed a multi-year extension.

 

“Having secured Mike and an extension going into the playoffs is big for our organization. Having our recruits, current returning players and their parents know that we’ll have consistency in the staff after this season is very important. Taking out the cancelled seasons, Mike has had great success in both the regular season and playoffs including three times to the SJHL finals in the past five completed seasons.” Bombers President, Travis Rideout

 

Reagan was named the Bombers Head Coach & General Manager prior to the 2007-2008 season where he guided the team to a 32 point increase and finished 3rd in the Itech Division before falling to the eventual Royal Bank Cup Champion, Humboldt Broncos in the Division final. He has since guided the team to a 483-286-40-30 record in 839 regular season games. This past season, he led the Bombers to a Sherwood Division title with a record of 37-15-2-2 record.

 

At the international level, Reagan has won 2 gold medals with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. First as the Video Coach during the 2015-16 tournament and then as the Head Coach in 2017-18. Mike was also a part of Team Canada West’s staff at the 2016-17 tournament as an Assistant Coach.

 

Reagan has also helped over 35 players advance to play in the NCAA Division I ranks.

 

Reagan, a Bombers alumnus, was a forward for the Bombers between 1996 and 2000. Reagan then went on to play 4 seasons of NCAA Division I hockey at Sacred Heart University.

McKenzie Is Player Of The Month

Dwayne McKenzie of the PBCN Selects has been chosen the KJHL Player Of The Month for February.

 

In 6 games, McKenzie picked up 14 points including 5 goals, 3 which were scored on the powerplay.

 

McKenzie had an outstanding regular season where he led the Selects in scoring with 78 points. McKenzie was also the first player ever signed by the Selects.

 

PBCN is back in action this weekend as they continue their second round playoff series against Peguis down two games to none. The game will be played Saturday afternoon 2pm at the Whitney Forum.

 

Everybody in attendance at Saturday's game is going to have a chance to win $500.00 worth of meat from Ernie's Wholesale LTD.

Lee Takes Silver At Nationals

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Hunter Lee who won a Silver medal at the Wrestling  Canadian Lutte National Championship's in Waterloo Ontario.

 

Hunter won all 3 of his matches to get to the final. The final match was intense and went for 6 minutes and the score was 4-0 in Hunter's favour.

 

This is one of the biggest events in Canadian Wrestling and over 600 athletes from across the country took part.

 

This is also used as a qualifier for the Olympics, World Championships and Pan Am Games.

Bombers, Bruins Playoff Dates Are Set

The 2023 Quarter-Final series between the Flin Flon Bombers and Estevan Bruins will start Friday night in Flin Flon.

 

Below is the schedule of the games.

 

Friday, March 17th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

Saturday, March 18th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

Tuesday, March 21st: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

Wednesday, March 22nd: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

*Friday, March 24th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

*Sunday, March 26th: Flin Flon @ Estevan / 7:00 PM (SK Time)

*Tuesday, March 28th: Estevan @ Flin Flon / 7:30 PM (MB Time)

Down Two, Coming Home

It was a tough weekend for the PBCN Selects who travelled to Peguis to open up their second round playoff series in the KJHL.

 

The Selects were fresh off eliminating Cross Lake two games to none in the opening series.

 

PBCN travelled up on Saturday and got off the bus and actually had a good effort coming up a little short, dropping game one 3 to 2 in OT.

 

The Selects led 2-0 early on a powerplay goal from Anson Favell and a shorthanded goal by Koby Connelly.

 

Peguis eventually tied it and won the game midway through the first OT on a goal from Keanu Woodhouse.

 

On Sunday, a tired Selects group dropped a 10 to 0 decision and find themselves down two games to none against the defending champs in the best of 5.

 

PBCN will get some rest before hosting game three at the Whitney Forum this Saturday at 2. Admission is $10.00.

 

If necessary. game four would be played in Flin Flon the following Saturday  March the 25th at 7:30.

Watt And Kennedy Win Year End Bonspiels

 

The Uptown Curling Club hosted the the annual Men's and Ladies curling bonspiels this past weekend.

 

There were 9 Ladies rinks that entered and here are the results from  yesterday.

 

A-Event saw Terry Kennedy beat Wendy Weseen. In the B-Event it was Kostochuk over Chistianson and the C Event saw Reierson defeat Chrisp.

 

There were only 5 rinks entered on the Men's side and the Watt rink captued the A-Event with a win over Smith in the final, Holmes beat Tom Kozar to take the second event.

 

A big thanks to all the teams that did enter a rink,  plus the organizors, volunteers, sponsors and Dave Salahub the ice man.

Bombers Close Out Regular Season In Style

The Flon Flon Bombers clashed with the Laronge Ice Wolves in a home and home this past weekend to close out the SJHL regular season.

 

On Friday the Wolves downed the Bombers 5 to 1 at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

 

Don't let the score fool you, the Bombers skated well but couldn't get many pucks past Dawson Smith.

 

Alex Von Sprecken was the only Bomber to find the back of the net,  when he scored a nice power play goal early in the second.

 

Flin Flon had a very good showing despite 8 regulars out of the line-up.

 

On Saturday, Flin Flon wanted to put on a good show for the fans and end the season on a positive note.

 

After falling down 2 to 0 early in the first period on goals from  Jacob Visintini and Liam McGinnis, the Bombers got rolling.

 

Brent Gulenchyn pounced on a big rebound and beat Dawson smith with just one second remaining in the first period.

 

This really sparked Flin Flon who were able to tie the game when Ethan Mercer fed a nice pass from back of the net , out front to Brock Mueller who beat Smith up high over his left shoulder.

 

This sent the crowd into a frenzy and it was tied at 2 after 2.

 

Laronge got a great opportunity to retake the lead when the Bombers took a double minor early in the third, but it was the Bombers who responded.

 

Brent Gulenchyn was able to grab a loose puck outside the Wolves blue line and cruised in on the break away and made an incredible move to beat Dawson Smith and scored the biggest goal of his career.

 

Flin Flon scratched and clawed the rest of the way and hung on for the 3 to 2 win and found a way to get it done yet again with a depleted line-up.

 

This was a statement game for Harmon Laser Hume who made 35 saves and was dialed in and made lots of timely saves especially in the third period.

 

The Bombers will end the season 6-3-1 in their last 10 and finish third overall at 37-15-2-2. They also end the year with 22 home wins.

 

Flin Flon is expecting some injured players back for their opening series against Estevan which will start at the Whitney Forum with game's one and two this Friday and Saturday.

 

Game's three and four will be in Estevan next Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Laronge will finish fifth overall and they travel to Melfort to kick off their series on Friday.

Opening Draws Set For Men's And Ladies Bonspiels

The opening draws are set for the Men's and Ladies Bonspiels which will both go this weekend at the Uptown Curling  Club.

 

Opening Draw for the Ladies is  tonight at 7.

 

Reierson VS Burwash

Weseen VS Kostochuk

Chistianson VS Kennedy

McLean VS Chrisp

 

Opening Draw for the Men is tomorrow at 1pm.

 

Holmes VS Salahub

Watt VS Barry Smith.

 

There are 9 Ladies rinks and 5 for the Men.

 

Action continues through out the weekend with the Finals this Sunday at 1.

Second Round Of The Playoffs Start For The Wild Tonight

The U-15  Norman Female Wild are in Brandon to kick off their second round playoff series this weekend.

 

The Wild stunned the second place Central Plains Capitals a few weeks back winning that best of three, 2 games to 1.

 

It doesn't get any easier as the Wild will now face the first place Brandon Wheat Kings. Norman did beat Brandon a couple of times in the regular season.

 

Games are set to go at Westoba Place tonight at 7:30.

 

Game two will be played tomorrow at 6 at J&G Homes Areana and if necessary, game three would be played Sunday at 11 at the J&G Homes Arena.

PLSC Team Practice

You can tell that Spring is just around the corner, as the Phantom Lake Soccer Club is starting to get ready for their season.

 

They will be holding a travel team practise this Sunday March the 12th, 11 am at the McIsaac gym.

 

This is open to all U-11 and U-13 Girls who are registered with PLSC.

 

Please bring workout wear, shinpads, socks and runners.

 

There will also be a parents meeting and for more information you can e-mail laura_maliteare@hotmail.com 

Selects Hold Off Cross Lake, Off To The Next Round

The PBCN Selects are headed to the second round of the KJHL playoffs.

 

PBCN went into Cross Lake last night and held off the Islanders 4 to 3, to take their opening round best of 3, 2 games to none.

 

The Selects started slow and were down 1 to 0 entering the second period on a goal from Kadin Ross.

 

Carson Favel scored a short handed goal early in the second and the Selects seemed to get a spark from there.

 

Owen Angootealuk, Israel Maktor and Flin Flon's Nole Pearson found the back of the net in the second period as the Selects took a 4 to 3 lead into the third.

 

There was no scoring in the third as both goalies stood on their heads.

 

Odin Church stopped all 15 shots in the third as Cross Lake wound up with 42 for the game.

 

And the Islander's Aidan Spraggs made 20 saves in the third and gave his team a chance to pull out the win. The Selects finished up with 37 total.

 

PBCN will now head to Peguis this weekend for the next round of the playoffs as they will kick off a best of 5.

 

Game one is Saturday at 7:30 and game two will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

 

Dates for Flin Flon have yet to be confirmed.

 

The season series was 4-1-1 in Peguis's favour and they have won the KJHL league title 5 years in a row.

Northstars Announce New Coaching Staff

The Norman Northstars have announced a new coaching staff for the up coming season.

 

They are three names very familliar to hockey fans across the North.

 

Justin Valentino is the new Head Coach. Valentino is from Thompson and played for the Northstars between 2009 and 2010. He went on to play junior for the Swan Valley Stampeders and Dauphin Kings of the MJHL.

 

Dave Caldwell has been named an Assistant Coach and played his Triple A hockey with the Interlake Lightning. He went on to Junior with the Lebret Eagles before ending up at the University of Brandon.

 

Former Flin Flon Bomber, Eddie Wood has also been named an Assistant Coach.

 

Wood played for the Bombers between 1995-98 capturing the SJHL'S Best Defenseman in his final season and also went on to college at Princeton where he won a National Championship.

U-13 Kinsmen Bombers Headed To Provincials

The U-13 Kinsmen Bombers are off to Lakeside for Provincials starting on Friday.

 

The Bombers are in a pool with Russell and Arborg.

 

Flin Flon's first game is against Russell on Friday at 5:30 and then they play Arborg on Saturday at 10:30.

 

The playoffs start Sunday at 9 with the Gold medal game going at 4:45.

Mustangs Double Up On Bombers

The Flin Flon Bombers lost for the  first time in regulation last night in their last 7  tries  as the Melfort Mustangs came to town and doubled the Bombers 6 to 3.

 

Melfort's best players played like it last night ,  as they were led by their captain Ben Tkachuk who  picked up  a pair of goals and continues to scorch the Bombers.

 

That is 6 points for Tkachuk against Flin Flon in the last two games.

 

Zac Somers also had a strong game with a goal and an assist.

 

The pass that Somers fed to Tye Evans was a picture of beauty as Harmon Laser Hume had no chance on the one timer.

 

The other Melfort goals came from Hayden Tuba and Ben Maxwell.

 

Flin Flon got their goals from Joey Lies (5), Reece Richmond (3) and Brock Mueller (4).

 

Mueller has been exceptional down the stretch and was able to score his goal by over powering the Melfort defenseman to get to the net and fired a shot low glove on Joel Favreau.

 

The Bombers battled hard at times last night, but I think their injury depleted line-up finally caught up with them against a really good team.

 

Final shots were 36 to 33 in favour of Melfort, with the Stangs 1 for 2 on the pp, and the Bombers 1 for 4.

 

I was informed just before last night's game that Zac Cain was injured at the end of the Nipawin game on Friday,  and will be out of the line-up for at least three weeks.

 

So that means the Bombers now have 7 regulars out of the line-up including their top 6 scorers. I have never seen devastating injuries  hit a team like I have this season.

 

There is some good news as the Bombers should get at least a few back in time for playoffs.

 

After last night's loss, Flin Flon will fall to 36-14-2-2 and lost at home for just the fourth time in regulation all season.

 

The Bombers still sit second overall, one point up on Humboldt, but the Broncos have four games remaining. The Bombers only have two.

 

This was a huge win for Melfort who move two points up on Laronge for fourth overall. The Mustangs only have one game left while the Wolves play two.

 

If Laronge wins both games against Flin Flon  this weekend, they will clinch fourth overall and own the tie breaker.

 

Flin Flon heads to Laronge on Friday and will host the Wolves on Saturday as we close out the SJHL regular season.

 

Don't forget you can catch both games right here on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com,  with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

Bombers Host Mustangs

Just 3 games remaining in the SJHL regular season as the Flin Flon Bombers will host the Melfort Mustangs tonight at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Bombers,  despite missing 6 regulars from the line up are playing good hockey and are unbeaten in their last 6 games.

 

They are fresh off a 4 to 3 win over Nipawin this past Friday and have the second best home record in the league at 21-3-1-1. They are also 8-1-1 in their last 10.

 

Flin Flon continues to hold on to second overall, but the team they are battling with the Humboldt Bronco's have 4 games remaining and will finish second if they win their final 4.

 

Saying that, the Bombers can finish no lower than third and just want to finish the season strong and try and get some bodies back.

 

The Mustangs come to town tied with the Laronge Ice Wolves for fourth overall and these two teams will clash  in the opening round of the playoffs.

 

Both Melfort and Laronge have two games remaining in the regular season and Laronge owns the tie breaker if they end up tied at the end of the season.

 

Melfort is 6-2-2 in their last 10 and are another one of those teams that is a lot better at home than they are on the road with 17 wins at the Palace and just 12 on the road.

 

They always play the Bombers tough and the season series is 3 to 2 in the Bombers favour.

 

I expect a desperate Melfort team tonight who will need one of their best efforts this season, with home ice advantage on the line for the first round of the playoffs.

 

Melfort will also need a favour from the Bombers who close out the regular season this weekend with a home and home against Laronge.

 

No broadcast tonight, but we will have both games this weekend including the game in Laronge on Friday.

 

Don't forget  to join us for the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

Masters Curling Championships Are In Thompson

Thompson is hosting the Manitoba Credit Union’s Master Men’s and Women’s Provincial Curling Championship's  this week.

 

This is the first time that Thompson  is hosting this particular tournament, which features curlers ages 60 and older.

 

Sam Antila, the chair of the tournament’s hosting committee who’s also participating in the competition, shares the details.

 

"For the Men's side we have 16 teams from all over the province and they are divided into two pools of 8. They will start pool play this Thursday and continue on til Sunday at which time the top two teams will advance to a playoff format. The Semi Finals and Final will be played on Monday March the 13th."

 

On the women’s side, they will be playing a round-robin before the playoffs instead.

 

There are 16 men’s teams and five women’s teams competing this year.

 

 

 

Selects Impressive In Playoff Debut

The PBCN Selects had no trouble filling the back of the net and cruised to a 9 to 3 win over Cross Lake this past Saturday in their first ever playoff game.

 

It was game one of a best of three for the opening round of the playoffs in the KJHL.

 

One of the Selects top scorers from the regular season, Dwayne McKenzie led the way with a 4 point game including his first playoff hat-trick.

 

The other Select goals came from Antonio Constant with a pair, Carson Favel, Israel Maktor, Leo Kaludjak and local product Gage Gogal scored his first ever goal for the Selects.

 

Wilfred McLeod led Cross Lake with a pair of goals.

 

Odin Church played well and stopped 36 out of 39. Aidan Spraggs had a tough night giving up 9 goals on 29 shots.

 

Game two will go in Cross Lake on Wednesday. If necessary, game three would go at the Whitney Forum on Thursday.

 

In the other opening series  the NCN Flames swept Norway Hose two games to none, winning both games on the weekend 5 to 4 in OT and 6 to 3 yesterday afternoon.

Kings And Queens Top Teams In The North

 

What a weekend for the Senior Kings and Queens basketball teams.

 

It was the Zone playdowns which took place in the Pas for the girls and Norway House for the boys.

 

The Queens were able to keep their undefeated streak going and went 4-0 in the round robin against Cranberry, The Pas, Norway House and OCN.

 

That put them in the final against MBCI out of the Pas and they won 56 to 46 to claim the Zone banner.

 

The Kings were also undefeated with wins over Cranberry, Norway House, Cross Lake and The Pas.

 

The Kings faced Cranberry in the final and pulled out the win by a single bucket 59 to 57.

 

Both Hapnot teams will represent the North in Provincials with the Kings going to Virden and the Queens are off to Souris the weekend of March the 16th to the 18th.

Bombers Hang On To Clip Hawks

It may not have been their most complete game, but the Flin Flon Bombers still took care of buisiness last night and held off the Nipawin Hawks 4 to 3.

 

Flin Flon is unbeaten in regulation in their last 6 games and sit in second spot overall with just 3 games reamaining in the regular season.

 

The Bombers came out flying in the opening period, out shooting the Hawks 21 to 11, but Nipawin had the only goal of the opening frame.

 

The Hawks actually scored on their first shot of the game when Alyandro Deleon fed a nice pass in front of the Bomber net  to Xavier Bedard who netted his 10th of the year. 

 

That held up til very late in the second period, when Flin Flon got a big break and a puck bounced off Damon Cunningham's shoulder and Alexi Sylvestre shovelled in the rebound.

 

This came with less than 2 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

 

The Bombers rode the momentum into the third period and scored three quick goals courtesy of Ethan Mercer (5), Brent Gulenchyn (7) and Joey Lies picking up his 4th.

 

Lies scored the nicest goal of the night finishing a nice tic tac toe play  with Mercer and Zac Cain.

 

This put the Bombers up 4 to 1, but the game was far from over.

 

Nipawin was able to score a late power play goal when Tre Fouquette fired a puck in from the blue line. Then with the goalie pulled, the Hawks scored again when Carson Dobson put a puck in on the wrap around with only 10 seconds remaining.

 

The Hawks did win the next face-off and got the puck in deep, but the Bombers were able to hang on.

 

I give Nipawin a lot of credit, they definately didn't quit and if the game would of had more time left they may have pulled this one out. They were all over the Bombers in the final few minutes.

 

Final shots were 41 to 32 in the Bombers favour and Harmon Laser Hume beat his former team for the 5th time this season.

 

This was a big two points for the Bombers who have guaranteed themselves at least third place. Flin Flon will improve to 36-13-2-2 and also won their 21st game at home.

 

Melfort remains 10 points behind Flin Flon with just 3 games to go and Laronge is 9 back with 2 left on their schedule.

 

The Bombers and Wolves will meet for a home and home next weekend to close out the regular  season. Melfort will be in town on Tuesday.

 

Flin Flon still could finish second, but it will depend on what Humboldt does in their last 5 games. They picked up a big 5 to 3 win last night in Battleford.

 

Those two teams will play again tonight in Humboldt.

 

Congratulations to a couple of Members of the Bombers organization who are nominated for year end awards.

 

Cole Duperreault has been nominated for the RBC Player Of The Year.

 

Before Duperreault was sidelined with a hand injury, he was having a career season with 64 points including 37 goals.

 

Long time Bomber bench boss, Mike Reagan has been nominated for the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association Coach Of The Year.

 

Reagan is in his 17th year coaching the Bombers and has never missed the playoffs. His team is currently second overall and have 36 wins on the year.

 

Winners will be announced on the SJHL Insiders Show on March the 9th.

Johnson A Finalist For MJHL Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to Doug Johnson of the OCN Blizzard on being named a finalist for the Muzz Macpherson Memorial Award for Coach Of The Year.

 

Johnson  who has won the SJHL Coach Of The Year on three separate occasions while coaching the Nipawin Hawks,  has done an outstanding job since taking over the Blizzard at the beginning of the season.

 

The Blizzard are currently first place in the Western Conference with 30 wins and 65 points. At this time last year OCN had just 18 wins and missed the post season.

 

OCN has 4 games remaining in the regular season and don't play again til next Friday March the 10th  when they host Niverville.

Local Athletes Come Home With Medals From Winter Games

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Josie Wiens and Cole Fisher who represented Team North at the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Regina.

 

Both athletes competed in Judo and brought back medals.

 

Cole Fisher brought home a Bronze Medal in the 40KG  event. Josie just missed a medal in the 53KG event and finished 5th.

 

They competed as a team in the Kata event which was new to the games this year. Even though they didn't attend a single Kata event this year they put together an excellent performance and won a  Bronze medal.

 

Both athletes represented their community and region well and both have very bright futures in the sport.

 

Josie was also chosen to carry the North banner for the closing ceremonies.

 

 

Senior Basketball Zones This Weekend

It is a big weekend for the Senior Kings and Queens basketball teams who will both be competing in Zones starting today.

 

The Queens who are still undefeated on the season and ranked number 6 in the province will be in The Pas.

 

The Queens will play Cranberry today at 4:30. On Friday  they face The Pas at 3:30 and Norway House at 7:30.

 

Saturday the Queens play OCN at 10:45 and the Final will go at 2:30.

 

The Kings are going to be in Norway House this weekend and they will play their first game tomorrow.

 

The Kings face Cranberry at 2:30, Norway House at 5:30. On Saturday they play Cross Lake at 11 and MBCI out of the Pas at 2.

 

The final will be played at 4:30. 

 

 

Bombers Drop Heartbreaker In Humboldt

The undermanned Flin Flon Bombers made their way to Humboldt last night for a wednseday showdown at the Elgar Petersen Arena with the Bronco's.

 

The Bombers came in riding a high with 4 straight wins including a 4 to 1 win in Yorkton a night earlier.

 

Flin Flon had also retaken second overall, with a two point cushion over the Bronco's with Humboldt having two games in hand.

 

The Bombers knew thay would have to be at their best against one of the deepest teams in the league which haven't lost a game at home since December the 14th.

 

It was a valiant effort, but the Bombers came up just a little bit short with a 3 to 2 setback in the shootout.

 

Brock Mueller scored both Bomber goals without actually shooting the puck in the net.

 

The first goal bounced off Bronco goalie Benjamim Motew and then deflected off one of his own players. The second goal was actually scored by Reese Richmond who fired a shot off the boards that trickled behind Motew and was across the line before Mueller swatted it in.

 

The two Bronco goals in regulation were scored by Ethan Zielke and Daylan Weigel.

 

 

Flin Flon looked poised to keep their winning streak intact after tieing the game midway through the third period , but couldn't solve Motew the rest of the game.

 

The game made it to overtime but both teams could only muster one shot a piece.

 

The shootout came along and both Bronco's buried their chances with Cage Newans and Timothy Kim both beating Harmon Laser Hume.

 

Motew stopped both Bomber shooters, Alexi Sylveste and Noah Houle.

 

Final shots were 28 to 24 in favour of the Broncos. Flin Flon couldn't get much going on their powerplay and wound up 0 for 4. Humboldt was 1 for 2.

 

The good news is with the one point, the Bombers still hang on to second with 74 points. The Bonco's have 73 but do have two games in hand.

 

Just 4 games remaining in the regular season with the Bombers hosting the Nipawin Hawks in a big game this Friday at the Whitney Forum.

 

No broadcast of this game on radio but we will be on Hockey TV.

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