Sports News Archives for 2024-04

JR Northstars Finish 6th In Brandon

The 2013 JR Northstars officially wrapped up their season earlier today at a tournament in Brandon.

 

The Northstars went 1-1 in the round robin with a 6 to 4 loss in their first game against the Wheatland Wild, but rebounded with a 4 to 1 win over the Central Plains Red Wings.

 

That knocked them down to the B-Pool where they faced off against the Stealth Wolves and Kane Davis scored the winning goal as they beat them 7 to 6.

 

They played a good game against Yellowhead but lost a tough battle 7 to 4 and finish the tournament in 6th spot.

 

They end up going 2-2 and really improved over the course of the year and have 5 players from Flin Flon including  forwards Aiden Kemp, Brody Cooper and Luke Kowbell, defenseman Quinn Trubiak and goalie Eli Chrisp.

Schedule Set For Indoor Soccer Tournament

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club will be hosting their indoor tournament this weekend at the Sportex starting on Friday.

 

There are three teams in the 2010 to 2012 Division. There are four teams in the 2013 to 15 Division.

 

In the 2013 to 15 Division, the two  games on Friday are :

 

Team A VS Team C at 5pm.

Team B VS Team D at 7pm.

 

The 2010 to 12 Division there is one game on Friday with Team 1 VS Team 2 at 6pm.

 

Rest of the round robin will take place on Saturday with the playoffs starting at 3.

 

Rosters and full schedule can be seen on the Phantom Lake Soccer Club facebook page.

Bombers Taking The Series Back To Melfort

Another packed house at the Whitney Forum as the Flin Flon Bombers played their most complete game of the league final,  and beat the Melfort Mustangs 5 to 2 last night.

 

The Mustangs took the first three, but the Bombers have fought back to win the last two with their backs against the wall.

 

Riley Niven opened the scoring last night when he scored on a break away short handed , firing a shot low glove side on James Venne. This was Niven's first of the playoffs as he continues to be a real big force away from the puck.

 

Aidyn Hutchinson would answer when he scored on a partial break away of his own to tie the game late in the first period.

 

Melfort was able to take the lead briefly in the second when Danton Cox converted a rebound in front of the Bomber net for his third goal of the final.

 

After killing a penalty the Bombers caught fire and reeled off 4 straight with Anthony Piccininno, Alexi Sylvestre, Carter Anderson and Justin Lies all finding the back of the net.

 

Lies put his into the empty net as he converted a nice pass from Niven who could of scored himself, but decided to feed the puck to Lies for a totally unselfish act.

 

Harmon Laser Hume was dialled in and played his best game of the series and finished with 31 saves with a lot of them coming early in the game.

 

James Venne stopped 37 of 41 with one goal scored into the empty net.

 

It was a good night for Jacob Vockler who picked up three assists and now has 16 points in 11 playoff games.

 

The Bomber penalty kill was exceptional and was able to hold off all 5 Melfort man advantages. Flin Flon went 0 for 3.

 

With the win last night, that means we will have a game 6 in Melfort on Tuesday night. Don't forget if you can't make it to Melfort you will still have the best seat in the house.

 

We are back on the air with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff  Hockey including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8: 10 MB time.

 

Drop of the puck at 8:30.

 

 

Olafson Scores OT Winner And Bombers Stay Alive

It was a game for the ages, as the Flin Flon Bombers  finally found a way to knock off the Melfort Mustangs in the Canterra Seeds Cup Final  in a dramatic 4 to 3 OT win last night.

 

Facing elimination, down three games to none the Bombers came out to play with their backs against the wall.

 

Captain  Justin Lies opened the scoring when he converted a 2 on 1 with Carter Anderson who fed him the perfect pass and he went in to beat James Venne low glove side.

 

Flin Flon built off the momentum and scored a couple quick goals in the second period with Jacob Vockler and Anthony Piccininno both finding the back of the net.

 

It looked the Bombers were in control, but this Melfort Mustang team is deep and have been almost flawless in the league final.

 

The Mustangs chipped away and mounted a comeback courtesy of a couple of goals from Ryan Duguay, including the tieing goal with just over a minute left in regulation. 

 

Flin Flon also took a late penalty that carried over to over time and the Mustangs certainly had stolen the momentum and looked very good going into the extra period.

 

First order of business was to kill the Mustang powerplay, and the Bombers did just that as they slowly got back on track.

 

Both teams traded some good scoring chances before the pride of Lanigan Saskatchewan  Kylynn Olafson drove to the net and beat James Venne for his second of the playoffs and the biggest goal of his career.

 

This was poetic justice as Venne  absolutely robbed Olafson in game three the night earlier and the Bombers also dropped that game, a heartbreaker in doulble ot.

 

It was a controversial offside that led to the winner but I think it may have really motivated the Bombers going into the  elimination game.

 

Harmon Laser Hume who had the biggest bulls eye on his chest entering this game was fantastick and came up with a couple really big saves early in overtime including a highlight reel glove save.

 

Harmon was really good both nights in Melfort and I have said many times before, any time the Bombers have needed him to step up and have a good game he has delivered.

 

Laser Hume stopped 43 out of 46 while Venne was good again with 42 saves on 46 shots.

 

Long story short, the Bombers will live to play another day  and will host game 5 at the Whitney Forum tomorrow night. It should be an absolute mad house and I am really hoping we can cram in over 2000 people.

 

If Flin Flon can pull out the win tomorrow they would be right back in the series and some of the pressure would make it's way to the Mustangs.

 

You will have the best seat in the house with Creighton Furniture Bomber hockey back on the air waves including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10 and drop of the puck at 7:30.

 

Bring your radios and mobile devices to the rink and please tune in if you can't be there any where around the world.

JR Northstars Heading To Brandon

The 2013 Junior Northstars spent the past few weekends getting prepped for their final tournament of the spring season which takes place this coming weekend in Brandon, MB where the team will take part in the AAA challenge.

 

The Northstars begin the tournament Thursday against the Wheatland Wild and finish up round robin play Friday where they will face off with the Central Plains Red Wings.

 

 Teams will then be seeded for playoffs which begin Saturday. Hockey fans can stay up to date with live scores,stats, and standings by visiting www.aaahockeychallenge.com/home .

 

There are 5 players from Flin Flon including forwards Aiden Kemp, Brody Cooper and Luke Kowbell, defenseman Quinn Trbiak and goalie Eli Chrisp.

ST Paul Wins Central Canada Cup

The ST Paul Canadiens are the winners of the Central Canada Cup after a 3 to 1 win yesterday over the Saskatoon Royals at the Whitney Forum.

 

It was a tight game going into the third period  with ST Paul ahead 1-0 on a powerplay goal from Quinn Szpak.

 

Mathew McAuley and Jarrett Boulianne  added goals in the third with the lone Saskatoon goal coming from Mathew Ripplinger.

 

It was a very physical game with a number of penalties and the game actually ended  with a line brawl that even included the goalies going at it. Quite the way to end a tournament.

 

Once the officials got everything sorted out, ST Paul was able to celebrate their victory.

 

Head Coach Corey Demoissac had this to say after their win yesterday afternoon. " Our guys came ready to play and we worked hard in every aspect of the game and hats off to Saskatoon, who have a very good team too. No better way to finish than hoisting the trophy."

 

The PBCN Selects were the host team and ended up going 1-3 over the week and were eliminated  in the Semi's against  St Paul on Saturday 4 to 1.

 

Paxton Moore was elevated to the number one spot after the injury to Ethan Fechter  and was brilliant in the Semi's  stopping 30 out of 34 and gave his team a chance to win the game.

 

The Selects want to thank all the teams, officials, volunteers, sponsors and fans for coming out and supporting the event.

 

 

 

Bombers Head To Melfort Down Two

It wasn't the start the Flin Flon Bombers were looking for or expecting to kick off the Canterra Seeds Cup final.

 

The Melfort Mustangs came into the Whitney Forum and blasted the Bombers by scores of 9 to 2 on Friday and a 4 to 1 win on Saturday,  and are up 2 heading home for games three and four  Wednesday and Thursday.

 

You have to tip your cap to the Mustangs who are taking advantage of all their opportunities and are limiting the Bomber offensive chances in tight.

 

Nothing against James Venne, but I don't feel the Bombers have tested him much in the first two games. Venne stopped 42 shots on Saturday,  but most of them were dump in's or shots from the outside as the Mustangs didn't give the Bombers much in close.

 

Harmon Laser Hume on the other hand has been under siege, and has given up 11 goals on 55 shots in the first two games. Laser Hume got pulled on Friday after giving up 7 goals on 30 shots to make way for Kenny Marquart who gave up 2 goals on 10 shots.

 

I am sure there are some shots that Laser would like to get back, but his team simply has to play a lot better in front of him and he did play better Saturday giving up 3 goals on 24 shots. The Mustangs would add one into the empty net.

 

Flin Flon who had nothing but momentum in the first two series against Kindersley and Battleford have had next to none in this series.

 

The Bombers did open up the scoring in both games when Anthony Piccininno scored 7 minutes into the opening period in game one. Melfort's Tye Evans came back just 15 seconds later to tie it and they never looked back.

 

Bomber Captain Justin Lies scored early in game two when he re-directed a nice pass from Carter Anderson just past the 13 minute mark. This was Lies team leading 11th of the playoffs who also scored a 5 on 3 powerplay goal in game one.

 

Once again the lead was short lived when stand out defenseman Chase Friedt Mohr would tie the game with a short handed break away.

 

Melfort rolled from there with Rhett Hamilton and the Cox boys, Danton and Logan both scoring  insurance goals.

 

It is not like the Bombers didn't have their chances going 0 for 8 on the powerplay which included a 5 minute major and a 4 minute double minor late.

 

The Mustang penalty kill  was excellent and was one of the big factors in the game and ended up going  0 for 3 with the extra attacker.

 

The Bombers have dug a hole losing the first two games at home and out scored 13 to 3 in the two games with only Justin Lies and Anthony Piccininno finding the back of the net.

 

We will see how they battle through this adversity in a must win at the Northern Lights  Palace on Wednesday night. The Bombers need to penetrate that Melfort defense and start getting to the net and some secondary scoring would also be nice.

 

Don't forget to join us on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 MB time.

Canterra Seeds Cup Final Starts Tonight

Enough talk, it is time to get it on as the Flin Flon Bombers will face the Melfort Mustangs for the Canterra Seeds Cup starting tonight.

 

I guess it is fitting with these being the top two teams from the regular season.

 

The Bombers finished first overall at 44-9-2-1 and the Mustangs right behind at 38-14-3-1.

 

This is familliar territory for Flin Flon who find themselves in the league final for the fifth time in 7 years and third straight year.

 

This is the first time since 2019 that the Mustangs are in the final since losing four straight to the Battleford Stars.

 

Flin Flon has been sitting around for the last ten days after sweeping the Stars four straight while the Mustangs are coming off that marathon against Humboldt which went all 7 and wrapped up on Tuesday.

 

The regular  season series was 3-2-1 in the Bombers favour but you can throw that out in the playoffs as we all know it is a totally different season. 

 

Tonight will be interesting as I am wondering about the Bombers legs after sitting around for the last week and a half. I also wonder how tired and beat up Melfort will be as I know that last series took a lot out of them.

 

One thing for sure is the Mustangs will be riding a high coming in,  and I am sure will bring a lot of adeniline in to the opener tonight at a jam packed Whitney Forum.

 

The first ten minutes will tall a lot.

 

You don't get this far without your best players being your best players and both teams have had that.

 

The Bomber Captain Justin Lies leads the Bombers in scoring and has 14 points i 8 games including 9 goals. Carter Anderson, Alexi Sylveste, Noah Houle and Jacob Vockler have combined for an additional 45 points and have been good offensively.

 

Melfort is led by Aidyn Hutchinson who leads the league in playoff scoring with 22 points in 12 games including 10 goals and has been very good on the powerplay.

 

Ryan Duguay who has been absolutely lethal since coming back from injuries has picked up 17 points in 12 games,  and scored the series clinching  goal in OT against the Broncos on Tuesday.

 

Both teams are getting some timely secondary scoring and the goaltending has been solid both ways. Harmon Laser Hume the SJHL Goalie Of The Year has carried over his fine play in the post season.

 

Laser Hume has played every minute of the playoffs so far and brings in a 1.38 GAA and a save % of .955.

 

Not to be out done , the Stangs are led by the veteran James Venne who was a finalist for the League MVP and has played every minute for Melfort and has a 2.26 GAA and a save % of .917.

 

He is very capable of winning a lot of big games.

 

The one big difference may be the Mustangs blue line which is very stingy. Flin Flon has been allowed to skate and dominate the offensive zone in their first two series,  and may have a tough time finding room against a very good Melfort defense.

 

We will see who can make the adjustments.

 

Don't forget to listen in to 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com for every single minute of the Canterra Seeds Cup Final with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey.

 

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

Selects Fall To 1-2 At Central Canada Cup

After opening the Central Canada Cup with a 4 to 2 win over Peguis on Thursday, the PBCN Selects dropped both games yesterday.

 

PBCN dropped a hard fought 5 to 3 game to the Saskatoon Royals to open up the  action  at the Whitney Forum yesterday.

 

Leo Kaludjiak, Theron McGregor and Owen Angooteaulk scored for the Selects.

 

It was a tough loss for PBCN in more ways than one when their starting goalie Ethan Fechter left the game in the second period with an upper body injury. His staus for the rest of the tournament is unknown.

 

Fechter stopped 24 of 27 before making way for local product Paxton Moore who played well in relief with 23 saves on 25 shots.

 

The Selects had a tough go in their second game last night in getting blasted 7 to 0 against the ST.Paul Canadiens. Paxton Moore started and faced a lot of rubber turning back 58 out of 65 shots.

 

So far it looks like the Canadiens are the team to beat in this tournament.

 

The good news is the Selects will qualify for the playoff round because Peguis lost to the Current River Storm 6 to 2 and lost all four round robin games and have been eliminated.

 

Today's action has Saskatoon playing St.Paul at 11, and the Selects will play their final round robin game against Current River at 2.

 

The two Semi- Final games will go Saturday at 12 and 2.

Joey Lies Voted 2024 Community Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Flin Flon's Joey Lies who has been voted the RBC Community Ambassador Award.

 

A  $25,00.00 donation will be presented to Ruth Betts Community school on behalf of Joey's award.

 

Lies is a local player from Flin Flon that went through the Flin Flon Minor Hockey system and always dreamed of being a Flin Flon Bomber.

 

This is Lies's second year with the Bombers and put up 13 points in 36 games last season including 5 goals. This season Joey put up 18 points in 41 games including 5 goals.

 

This has also been a dream season for Joey who has had a chance to suit up with his older brother Justin,  as they are playing on the same team for the first time since their early minor hockey days.

 

The Flin Flon local was one of four finalists for this year’s award, alongside Jacob Cossette of the La Ronge Ice Wolves, Leith Olafson of the Melfort Mustangs, and Keagon Little of the Estevan Bruins.

 

Lies wil be honored by the SJHL during one of the games in the Canterra Seeds Cup Final which will start this Friday between the Flin Flon Bombers and Melfort Mustangs.

Selects Kick Off Central Canada Cup With A Win

The PBCN Selects were able to exact some revenge on the Peguis Juniors who swept them in the KJHL Final a few weeks back.

 

The Central Canada Cup is underway  in Flin Flon and PBCN picked up a huge win to open the tournament  with a 4 to 2 win over Peguis last night.

 

The Selects were led by a couple of local players in Maddox Dominey and Nole Pearson who both found the back of the net.

 

Owen Angooteaulk and Justin Eetuk scored the other Select goals.

 

Jeremiah Jacques scored both goals for Peguis.

 

Ethan Fechter was solid between the pipes and ended up stopping 33 out of 35 shots.

 

The Selects start the tournament at 1-0 and are on the ice as we speak playing the Saskatoon Royals who tied their first game yesterday 6-6 against the Current River Storm.

 

In the other game played yesterday ST Paul beat Peguis 5 to 2.

 

 

Here is today's schedule of games.

 

9:30  PBCN VS Saskatoon

 

Noon- Current River VS ST.Paul

 

2:30  Saskatoon VS Peguis

 

5pm PBCN VS ST Paul

 

7:30  Peguis VS Current River

Flin Flon Judo Club Dominate Provincials In Moose Jaw

The Flin Flon Judo Club were in Moose Jaw this past weekend for the Provincial Judo Championships. This was one of the largest in Provincial history with 244 athletes competing.

 

     The Flin Flon Judo Club sent 5 fighters to compete in 9 divisions, bringing home 9 medals, with 2 fighters being named Provincial Champions. 

This is only the second tournament they  have attended as a Club this year, and  really managed to make some waves on the Provincial Judo scene.

 

     The 5 fighters that went from the Flin Flon Judo Club were Rylan Santos, Jacob Hiebert, Caleb Masson, Jacob Wiens and Josie Wiens. The results were as follows:

 

Rylan Santos--- managed to snag a gold medal in the U12 light heavyweight ne-waza division. He fought very hard in a tough division, seeing great results.

 

Caleb Masson --- He managed to win both gold in the U12 ne-waza featherweight division and also became Provincial Champion going undefeated in the U12M featherweight division. He had some very tough matches, but was able to win them all.

 

Jacob Hiebert --- Jacob is also a double gold medalist, going undefeated in the U12 ne-waza lightweight division, and by absolutely dominating some very tough opponents he won gold in the U12M featherweight to become Provincial Champion.

 

Jacob Wiens --- Jacob had a great day in the U14 heavyweight ne-waza division, making it into the final, where he faced his cousin from Moose Jaw, but came up short losing a tough battle. He did manage to rebound and take a bronze in the U14M division.

 

Josie Wiens ---- had a very difficult task on Saturday, competing in the U16F divisions. If the division wasn't tough enough with medalists from the Pacific International and Edmonton International judo tournaments, organizers also combined the division with the Sr. Women heavyweights. Through the round robin of the ne-waza division, Josie found herself in a 3 way tie for 2nd place and was forced to have a fight off for silver. She ended up winning the fight off, claiming a silver medal. She then had to turn around and compete in the U16/Sr. Women division, where she managed to win a bronze medal.

 

Overall it was a very good showing for Flin Flon who had one of the smallest teams at the event and don't receive a lot of the opportunities that clubs do down south but the judo community was impressed by what Flin Flon is doing.

 

     They will now  finish up their  season with some belt testing and promotions. Classes will resume in September. People can watch their  Facebook page for any information they may need.

 

 

Tickets Are On Sale For Final

Tickets are now on sale for the Canterra Seeds Cup final starting this Friday and Saturday at the Whitney Forum.

 

If you are a season ticket holder you will have til tomorrow ( Wednesday) at noon to reserve your seat. If you don't purchase your tickets by noon tomorrow , the tickets will be released to the general public.

 

So if you want your regular seat, purchase them asap.

 

Pick up your tickets online at bombertickets.ca. The Bomber office on Main street will be open the rest of the week, Wednesday to Friday 10 to 5 to purchase rush seating.

PLSC Start Dates

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club is excited about the kickoff to the soccer season which is now just a few days away.

 

U-5 will start Tuesday May the 7th at Phantom Lake at 5:15

 

U-7 Tuesday May the 7th at Phantom Lake at 6:15.

 

U-11 Monday Aprl 15th at Sportex at 5pm

 

U-13 Monday April 15th at Sportex at 6pm.

 

U15-17- Tuesday April 16th 7:30 at Sportex

 

Adult May the 10th at Phantom Lake

 

see the full schedule at phantomlakesoccer.com

Northern Stars Place Fifth In Regina

The Northern Stars volleyball team made up of 15 and 16 year old girls from Flin Flon and the Pas  made their way down to Regina this past weekend for QCVC Under 16 tournament.

 

After dropping their first game, the Stars rebounded to beat the Wolf Pack out of Saskatoon  and SEAVC Black from Medicine Hat  to finish the tournament at 2-1 and finish fifth overall. That is very good for a northern team that hasn't played nearly as many games as the teams down south.

 

They made a good impression on the coach's and players in this tournament who recognized that this team from the North has a lot of talent.

 

The team is coached by Ray Shirran and the Stars will be getting ready for Winnipeg the weekend of May the 10th to the 12th for Provincials.

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball Season Starts On The 29th

The Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball season will start on Monday April 29th at the Creighton diamond.

 

They will have a table set up at the field to accept cash and cheque registration payments and volunteer cheques. They will also hand out 50/50 tickets to everybody.

 

Registration  continues for the season for all the age groups from U-5 up to U-18.

 

The schedule for Monday April the 29th is U-5- 5:15 to 6pm. U-7 6 to 6:45 and U-11 6:45 to 8pm.

 

The full schedule can be seen on the Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball facebook page.

 

You can register by going to http://creightonball.rampregistrations.com

Skills And Drills With The Bombers

The Flin Flon Bombers are inviting all minor hockey players to come out to the Whitney Forum this weekend for Skills and Drills.

 

It will take place on Sunday for 2013-14 born players from 12:30 to 1:30 and 2012 and older players from 4 til 5.

 

This is open to both skaters and goaltenders, so book your spot asap as there  are only 30 spots per group. Deadline to register is tomorrow at 6pm.

 

Sign up by contacting Cole McCaig at mccaig_coleathotmail.com or 204-573-1236.

Central Canada Cup Schedule Is Released

The 2024 Central Canada Cup Junior B Hockey Championships  will be taking place in Flin Flon next week from April the 17th to the 21st at the Whitney Forum.

 

The 5 teams taking part include the Saskatoon Royals, ST Paul JR Canadiens, Current River Storm, the Keystone Junior Champs  Peguis Juniors and host team PBCN Selects.

 

The Tournament starts Wednesday  with Peguis playing the ST Paul  at 1:30, the Saskatoon Royals will play Current River at 4:30 and the Selects will then play Peguis at 7:30.

 

The Selects wil open things up on Thursday at 9:30  against Saskatoon. Current River faces St Paul at at noon, Peguis VS Saskatoon at 2:30, ST Paul takes on PBCN at 5 and Current River will wrap up the day against Peguis at 7:30.

 

full schedule can be seen on the Central Canada Cup facebook page.

PLSC Looking For Refs and Coach's For Indoor Tournament

The Phantom Lake Soccer Club is looking for referees and coach's for their indoor tournament coming up on May the 3rd to the 5th at the Sportex.

 

It will be a fun weekend of indoor soccer and a great way to kick off the season. It will only be for a few hours a day and a great opportunity to do something positive in the community and help out the kids.

 

If you are interested you can contact Lindsay Shirran at 306-688-3538 or call or text 204-271-1283.

Play Ball

Flin Flon Creighton Minor Ball has confirmed that as soon as the fields are dry they will be kicking off another season.

 

Don't forget to register for all the different age groups including U-5, U-7. U-9,U-11,U-13 , U-15 and U-18.

 

You can sign up at http://creightonball.rampregistrations.com and e-transfers are available.

 

If you need any more information you can send an e-mail off to FFCRMINORBASEBALL@GMAIL.COM.

 

 

Bombers Are Heading Back To The Finals

Don't look now, but the Flin Flon Bombers are headed back to the SJHL Final for the fifth time in the last 7 years.

 

The Bombers punched their ticket with a 5 to 1 win last night in the Battlefords to sweep the SJHL Semi- Final against the defending champs  four straight.

 

Once again  the Maroon and White Express  played a very solid game and hit the back of the net just  33 seconds in,  when Koen Senft took a nice feed from Alexi Sylvestre and fired a laser over Logan Cunningham's left shoulder.

 

Senft had a great semi- final that included 5 points in the last two games.

 

Hunter Burgeson would tie the game on the powerplay when he banged in a rebound at the side of the net, but that would be the only puck to beat Harmon Laser Hume all night.

 

The game wouldn't stay tied for long as the Bomber Captain Justin Lies would score a powerplay goal of his own,  when he finished up a nice tic tac toe play with Alexi Sylvestre and Noah Houle that  would stand up as the game winner.

 

This was Lies league leading 9th of the playoffs and you could argue the best player in the playoffs so far, although the Bombers are getting contibutions from everybody.

 

Matt Egan, Anthony Piccininno and Adam McNutt all addded goals as the Bombers dominated in every aspect of the game and picked up the 5 to 1 win to sweep the series.

 

Harmon Laser Hume was outstanding once again and ended up with 35 saves on 36 shots and is sitting with a staggering .955 save % so far in the post season.

 

Laser Hume made a lot of timely saves and had everybody at the  Access Community Centre in disbelief with a lot of his saves through out the series. The big stop on the Stars Josh Medernach in game three comes to mind, when he got his left pad out to rob Medernach who had a wide open net to shoot at and couldn't believe he didn't score.

 

You also  have to hand it to Logan Cunningham  the Stars goalie  who played his heart out,  but they  just didn't have the horses in front of him that could add any offense to help him out.

 

Flin Flon has reeled off 8 straight wins in the playoffs and their 5 on 5 play is one of the biggest reasons. The Bombers out scored the Stars 20 to 8 and only gave up 2 goals even strength the entire series. They didn't give up a single goal 5 on 5 in the opening round against Kindersley.

 

This team is dialled in defensively and they are getting contibutions from every single  line and don't have to depend on their top offensive players to do all the scoring.

 

That was another difference in this series with 11 different Bombers  finding the back of the net with only  three from the Battlefords able to do so.

 

I would like to wish Head Coach of the Stars Brayden Klimosko and the rest of the Stars the best of luck heading into next season,  and thank them for all the great hockey they have brought to the province the last several seasons.

 

The Stars had one of the best seasons in SJHL history last year and not only took home the league championship but ended up second in the country and you know they will be back. They have a very strong program.

 

Good luck to Mike Reagan, Cole McCaig and the rest of the Bomber organization as they head to the finals once again. Here is hoping they can finally get over the bubble and bring home the franchises first championship in over 30 years.

 

It won't be easy  as they will face either the Melfort Mustangs or Humboldt Broncos, two very strong teams in their own right, but who said it was supposed to be easy.

 

That series is 2-1 in favour of Melfort after Humboldt won in triple ot last night. Flin Flon will open up the Canterra Seeds Cup Final against the winner one week from this Friday and we look forward to seeing you back at the rink.

 

 

 

Series Hits North Battleford

The Flin Flon Bombers will make their way to Access Communications Centre tonight with a two games to none lead on the Battleford Stars in their best of 7 SJHL Semi Final.

 

The Bombers out scored the Stars 10 to 5 in the two games at the Whitney Forum and fired well over 100 shots at the Battleford net minder Logan Cunningham. Cunningham is doing everything he can to keep his team in it and has been their best player in the first  two games.

 

If your Flin Flon you don't want to get to ahead of your self, it was two years ago that the Stars had a two games to none lead only to see the Bombers storm back and win four straight. Playing on home ice is always a factor and the Stars as we know are very good and comfortable at Access.

 

Justin Lies, the Bomber captain has been one of their best players this series, scoring a pair of goals in the opener on Thursday including the game winner. He also opened up the scoring with a quick goal in game two to jump start the very large crowd  with over 13,00 in attendance.

 

Anthony Piccininno his line mate,  leads the Bombers in points in this series with 4 and scored his first of the playoffs on Friday.

 

Secondary scoring has been huge with Riley Niven, Jacob Vockler, Anthony Bax and Keefe Gruener all having a great series so far. I thought one of the things in the Bombers favour would be more spread out  scoring and so far that seems to be true.

 

Flin Flon for the most part has been able to shut down two time SJHL MVP Kian Bell holding him to 3 points and just one goal. The Bombers will have to continue to stay on top of Bell,  because if he cuts loose it could change the whole series.

 

Ben Portner has been great and leads the Stars in this series with three goals in the two games including two on the powerplay. Battleford needs some of their other players to step up and help out offensively as Portner and Bell can't do it all alone.

 

There may have been some concern as the way Flin Flon went into the playoffs, under .500 in their last 10 games but really look like the Bombers of old.

 

Flin Flon has reeled off 6 straight wins and are doing so many things right, including timely goals, good specialty teams, secondary scoring, big saves and terrific  speed that neither of their opponents have been able to counter yet.

 

It will be interesting to see how these teams measure up on the bigger ice in Battleford. They say you are never in trouble til you lose a game at home and I fully expect the defending champs to come out flying tonight.

 

They have their backs against the wall and know how tough it will be to mount a come back if they fall behind 3 games to none. If your the Bombers you want a good start and will have to weather the first ten minutes and keep their crowd out of it.

 

If the Bombers can have a good first period, it will help  alot trying to take a strangle hold on the series. You can follow all the action  tonight for Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff Hockey live from Access Communications Centre.

 

We hit the air on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 8:10 and drop of the puck at 8:30 Manitoba time.

 

Hudbay Hockey Tournament Starts Tomorrow

The Hudbay Hockey Tournament will return for the first time since Covid starting tomorrow.

 

All the games will be at the Whitney Forum with four teams taking part including the Electrical, Boiler Makers, Steeves and the Mill.

 

Games start Saturday at 11am with Electrical VS Boiler Makers, 1pm The Mill against Steeves, 4pm the Boiler Makers take on the Mill and at 6pm it is Steeves against Electrical.

 

Action will pick up again on Sunday with Electrical against the Mill at 11 and Steeves VS Boiler Makers at 1.

 

The A-Side Final will go at 3pm.

Lies Scores The Game Winner

The Flin Flon Bombers have drawn first blood in their SJHL Semi Final Series with the Battleford Stars.

 

It was very close, but the Bombers pulled out the 4 to 3 victory, due in large part to the play of their home town captain Justin Lies.

 

Lies scored a pair of powerplay goals including the game winner just over 5 minutes into the final period. Lies took a nice pass from Jacob Vockler behind the Battleford net and beat Logan Cunningham five hole to whip the huge crowd into a frenzy.

 

Flin Flon also got goals from Anthony Bax and Matt Egan, while SJHL Goalie Of The Year, Harmon Laser Hume stopped 20 out of 23 for his fifth straight win in the playoffs.

 

Logan Cunningham was brilliant for the Stars and put on a clinic and ended up with an amazing 55 saves on 59 shots. Despite being out played for much of the night, Cunningham showed what a hot goalie could do and almost stole last night's game.

 

The Stars goals came from Ben Portner who had two on the powerplay and Hunter Burgeson.

 

Both team's powerplays were good with Battleford going 2 for 3 and Flin Flon 2 for 5.

 

The Bombers also did a good job containing league MVP Kian Bell to one assist, who I expect will be a lot better tonight.

 

Game two at the Whitney Forum is tonight at 7:30 and we are back with Creighton Furniture Flin Flon Bomber Playoff  Hockey on 102.9 CFAR and flinflononline.com  including the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

Rep Team Coach's Wanted For FFMH

Flin Flon Minor Hockey is looking for rep coach's for the up coming 2024-2025 hockey season.

 

FFMH is now accepting applications til May the 21st.

 

Applications can be found on the Flin Flon Minor Hockey website at flinflonminorhockey.com.

 

Applications can be submitted to technicaldirectorffmh.com.

 

That will include all divisions from U-11 to U-18.

Here We Go Again

For the 6th time since 2016 the Flin Flon Bombers will meet the Battleford Stars in the SJHL Play Offs.

 

They met in last spring's league final where the Stars swept the Bombers four straight  for their second title in the last 4 years.

 

This year the Bombers may be  the favorites and will have home ice advantage after finishing first overall.

 

Both teams swept their first round opponent with the Bombers dismantling of Kindersley and the Stars were terrific defensively against Melville allowing just 7 goals in the four games.

 

Flin Flon took 3 of 4 head to head meetings in the regular season but we all know the playoffs is a totally different season.

 

This might not be as deep a team for the Stars who won it all last year and made it to  the National final,  but  it is still a very talented team featuring one of the top players in the country.

 

What can you say about Kian Bell who just took home his second straight league MVP trophy.

 

Bell has taken over right where he left off in the regular season with 10 points in 4 playoff games including 5 goals and in my opinion is a modern day Wayne Gretzky.

 

Flin Flon is going to have to be able to do something no one else has been able to figure out the last two years and that is stop Bell.

 

The Stars have other players that can score too, including Ben Portner and a couple of other hold overs from last year's championship team in Bradley Blake and Tanner Gold.

 

Throw in stud defenseman Alex Izyk and this is a very dangerous team.

 

One thing that may be in the Bombers favour is they may have more balanced scoring with the likes of Justin Lies, Carter Anderson, Alexi Sylvestre, Noah Houle and Jacob Vockler all having a good opening series.

 

They have combined for 33 points so far this post season.

 

Another big factor will be goaltending with the SJHL Goalie Of The Year, Harmon Laser Hume who is dialled in with a .755 gaa and a .975 save %. Laser always shows up for the big games and will certainly be tested in this round.

 

Logan Cunningham  has been great for Battleford and brings a 1.71 gaa and .940 save % into this series and did beat the Bombers in the regular season.

 

One thing for sure it will be fun and it will be loud with games one and two at the Whitney Forum tonight and tomorrow and back to the Battlefords for games three and four on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Don't forget to catch every single Flin Flon  Bomber playoff game with Creighton Furniture Bomber Hockey set to go once again tonight with the Great North GM Coach's Show at 7:10.

Peguis Wins Their 7th Straight KJHL Title

Congratulations to the Peguis Juniors who continue to make KJHL history after claiming their 7th straight league championship last night.

 

The Juniors knocked off the PBCN Selects 6 to 1 to complete the four game sweep out scoring PBCN 25 to 6 in the four games.

 

After barely squeeking by Cross Lake in the semi's, Peguis certainly found another gear for the final.

 

Jeremiah Jacques hat the hot hand for the Juniors last night leading the way with four goals. Jacey Melnyk had the lone goal for the Selects.

 

Tucker ST. John was once again steady between the pipes for Peguis with 28 saves on 29 shots while Ethan Fechter stopped 39 out of 46.

 

The good news for PBCN is that their season is not over as they will host the Central Canada Cup later this month from the 17th to the 21st.

 

The Selects and Juniors will be joined by teams from the PJHL, Lakeland Junior Hockey League, Northern Junior Hockey League and the Interior BC Junior league.

 

 

Selects On The Brink Of Elimination

A change of Venue didn't seem to help the PBCN Selects last night as the KJHL League Final made it's way to the Whitney Forum.

 

The Peguis Juniors who are in pursuit of their 7th straight league title  took a commanding three games to none lead after a convincing 9 to 2 win last night.

 

The Juniors have now out scored the Selects 21 to 5 in the three games.

 

Lyle Murdock who led the league in scoring in the regular season led the way for Peguis last night with 3 points including a pair of goals.

 

Leo Kaludjak and Owen Angooteaulk scored for PBCN.

 

The Selects who have a number of players out of their lineup  including some key defensemen had no answer for a very strong Peguis offensive  attack.

 

The Junior's  chased PBCN starter Ethan Fechter on 6 goals on 29 shots and were able to beat local product Paxton Moore 3 times on 13 shots. 

 

Tucker St. John looke very good last night and ended  up with 35 saves on 37 shots. St. John was good when he had to be including an incredible glove save early in the third period.

 

The Selects will need a win tonight to extend their season and try to get it back to Peguis for game 5 on Friday night.

 

Once again puck drop tonight is 7:30 at the Whitney Forum.

 

 

Former Bomber Signs In The American Hockey League

(Article courtesy San Jose Barracuda)

 

 The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), top affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), and General Manager Joe Will announced today that the team has signed forward Donavan Houle (Hool) to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).

 

Houle, 24, just wrapped up his senior season at the University of Maine, where he notched 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists), 33 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 36 games.

 

Over his four years with the Black Bears, the six-foot-one, 195-pounder, appeared in 120 games, collecting 64 points (28 goals, 36 assists), 258 shots, 107 penalty minutes, six power-play goals, two shorthanded goals, and four game-winners.

 

Prior to his collegiate career, the Montreal, Quebec, native spent three seasons with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), totaling 134 points. (56 goals, 78 assists), and 244 penalty minutes in 155 games.

Refereeing Courses Available For Soccer

If you would like to learn the rules of the game of soccer and make some extra money, PLSC is offering a SSA Referee Clinic for 2024.

 

It will be held in two parts including an online module through the ramp registration. On field practical will be held on May the 11th.

 

12 and 13 year olds can do a small sided referee course and anyone 14 and over can do an entry  level referee course.

 

If you have any questions, email plsctechncial@gmail.com .

 

You can also sign up and find out more at : https://www.sasksoccer.com/content/i-want-to-referee

Selects Look To Rebound At Home

The PBCN Selects return home for games three and four of the KJHL Final after dropping the first two games in Peguis.

 

The Juniors,  who have won the league 6 years in a row dominated on home ice winning 5 to 2 Friday  and a convincing 7 to 1 win on Saturday.

 

PBCN is banged up and were missing 10 regulars out of their lineup and hope to have two key defensemen Bryson Francour and Gage Gogal back in the lineup for Friday.

 

The good news for the Selects is they played very good against Peguis on home ice this year beating them in all thee meetings.

 

Head Coach and GM, Gatlin Church says they are looking forward to getting back on home ice. " We arn't done, our backs are against the wall being down two games to none against a good team who is used to being in  these situations. We finished second this season and we arn't expected to win as this is Peguis's championship to lose. We want to play well on home ice and if we can have a good first period and build on that, I think we have a chance to claw back in this series."

 

Puck drop at the Whitney Forum is 7:30 tonight and tomorrow and the Selects are hoping for good crowds both nights that will hopefully make lots of noise and help them claw back into the Championship Final.

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