Thompson Sports News Archives for 2016-11

King Helps Blizzard Defeat Wolverines

OCN Blizzard George King put the team on his back. The forward had 2 goals and 1 assist. Brett Epp had 29 saves in net and the OCN Blizzard beat the Wolverines 3-2 in Waywayseecappo last night.


The Blizzard will now travel to Dauphin to take on the Kings. Dauphin is coming in to the game with 14 points.

Bombers Hope to Continue Win Streak Against Division Foes

The Flin Flon Bombers will take their six game winning streak to Melfort to play the Mustangs tonight.


The Bombers last loss was on November 3rd to the Mustangs when the lost 5-4. The Mustangs are 10-13-1-3 and are third in the Sherwood Division, five points back of Nipawin. Because of the Bombers win streak, Flin Flon is third in the SJHL.

Wheat Kings Kick-Off Annual West Coast Trip

The Brandon Wheat Kings will start their annual West Coast road trip tonight when they visit the Victoria Royals.


The Wheaties will proceed to play all five BC Division teams in seven days time and then will play a few Alberta teams for a grand total seven game road trip. The Wheat Kings kicked off the road stretch with a 3-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.


The Winnipeg Jets will continue their home stand when they host the New Jersey Devils at the MTS Centre. The Jets just got off a terrible road trip when they went 0 and 5 only scoring five goals throughout the trip. Even after the 3-0 win against Nashville, Winnipeg only scored one goal which wasn’t an empty-net goal. Winnipeg is 7-4-0 on home ice.

OCN Blizzard Ready to Go On Long Road Trip

The OCN Blizzard will play their next 11 games away from home ice, a stretch taking them into January. It begins tonight as the Blizzard are in Waywayseecappo to face the Wovlerines. Wayway has been a still test for OCN as they’ve split their two previous meetings. OCN will play the Kings in Dauphin on Wednesday.

Weekend Sports Recap

The Norman Northstars had a weekend to remember and forget when they managed to win once and lose twice. The Northstars started the weekend on a strong note when they beat the Eastman Selects 7-3 even though they were outshot 40-22. The Northstars followed that performance with an 18-0 drubbing to the hands of the Winnipeg Wild. The Northstars finished the weekend with a 7-2 loss to the Interlake Lightning.




The OCN Blizzard were home this weekend.  They held the Swan Valley Stampeders to a tight game on Saturday night. In the end though, the Stampeders took the win 3-2. The Blizzard are on the road this week. They’ll play the Wolverines in Waywayseecappo tomorrow night. OCN is in Dauphin on Wednesday, Virden on Friday and back in Wayway on Sunday.




The Flin Flon Bombers (15-7-2-2) stayed six points up on Nipawin for the Sherwood Division lead, winning their sixth straight game, 4-1 over Humboldt. Greyson Reitmeier followed up Thursday's hat trick with another goal and an assist, and now has 17 points in eight games in November.  Jason Lavallee, Tyler Nyman and Kristian St. Onge also scored and Zac Robidoux made 21 of 22 saves.



Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves and Drew Stafford scored his first goal of the season Sunday afternoon as the Winnipeg Jets ended a five-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry added empty-net goals for the Jets. It was Hellebuyck's second shutout of the season and fourth of his career. The Predators had defeated Winnipeg 5-1 Friday in Nashville with Hellebuyck in net.


Former Wheat King Braylon Shmyr scored his second of the game with 42 seconds remaining to secure a 3-2 victory for the Saskatoon Blades over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Shmyr scored 12 seconds into the game to make it a 1-0 lead. Tyler Coulter and Schael Higson scored for the Wheat Kings and Logan Thompson stopped 25 of 28 shots for the loss. The Wheat Kings outshot the Blades 33 to 28.

Reitmeier Scores Hat Trick in Bombers Win

Greyson Reitmeier scored three times, Jason Lavallee had two goals and an assist, and Zac Robidoux made 25 saves for his third shutout this season, as the Flin Flon Bombers blanked the visiting Kindersley Klippers 6-0 on Thursday night.


Joseph Leonidas added a goal and an assist as the Bombers (14-7-2-2) pumped 65 shots on Kindersley goalie Nick Trenciansky.


The Bombers will now take on the Humboldt Broncos who sit second in the Finning Division at 31 points. Game time is 7:30PM.

Northstars Looking to Continue Success Against Opponents

The Norman Northstars will head out on the road for the first time this month. They will play three games this weekend the Eastman Selects, Winnipeg wild and the Interlake Lightning. The Northstars have managed to get five of their seven points against those teams so far this year. They beat Interlake twice and lost in a shootout against the Wild.


Eastman and Interlake are both below .500 on the year, while the Wild are first in the league.

Blizzard Play Rare Home Game

The OCN Blizzard will be in their own barn for the first time since November 6th when they face the Swan Valley Stampeders.


Since the 6th, the Blizzard were set to play just two home games before the Christmas break, this will be the first of those games. Even though the two teams are on the opposite side for the league standings, they have played two overtime games so far in their season series, and the total score is 13-13.


OCN is second in the MJHL, one point ahead of Winkler.

Jets-Preds Play Home and Away This Weekend

The Winnipeg Jets will get ready to get very familiar with the Nashville Predators this weekend. The teams will play a home and away set as the Jets will finish their dreadful road trip in Nashville on Tonight, and then take on the Preds at the MTS Centre on Sunday.


The Jets have lost four straight games, all on the road and have fallen to sixth in the division. The Sunday game will be the first of a three game home stand.

Blades Looking for Revenge vs. Wheat Kings

After sweeping them last weekend, the Brandon Wheat kings will travel to Saskatoon to take on the Blades tonight.  After losing to the Tigers and snapping their five game win streak, the Wheaties will try to get back to their winning ways.


The Wheat Kings beat Saskatoon last weekend, 8-1 and 6-3 both on home ice. Saskatoon is two points back of Lethbridge for the final wildcard spot.

Wheat Kings Win Streak Ends

Three straight Medicine Hat goals secured a victory for the Tigers as they buried the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-3 last night.


Mark Rassell got his second of the night with less than a minute left in the third when he put it into the empty net to make it 4-3.


The Tigers have now won seven straight games and give the Wheat Kings their first loss in six games. Reid Duke scored twice for the Wheat Kings.

Jets Losing Streak Extends

Mikko Koivu, Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise scored to lead the Minnesota Wild past the road-weary Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday night.


Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 shots for Minnesota, which has totalled eight goals while going 2-2-1 in the last five games.


Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg, which is 0-4 on a five-game road trip - its longest of the season.

Bombers Start Back to Back on Home Ice

The Flin Flon Bombers will play the first of two games in a row at home tonight. The Bombers who are on a four game win streak are set to play the Kindersley Klippers at the Whitney Forum.


Kindersley is last in the Finning Division with 21 points and is playing their second of two straight games.


The Bombers are trying to keep a safe distance away from the Nipawin Hawks for first in the Sherwood Division.

Two Hottest Teams Go Head to Head

The Western Hockey League's two hottest teams are facing off at Westman Place tonight.


The Brandon Wheat Kings and the Medicine Hat Tigers have both won their last five games as they face off tonight. The tigers have the better record in the last ten games, going 8-2-0-0, while the Wheaties were slumping before their win streak.


The Tigers are playing their second game in two nights after they played the Moose Jaw Warriors last night.

Jets Hope to Turn Road Trip Around

The Winnipeg Jets have gotten off to rotten start for their five game road trip losing their first three games, but the Jets are hoping their fortunes will change starting tonight.


Winnipeg will move back to the Western part of the league when they play against division rival Minnesota Wild in Minneapolis.


The Jets have dropped the last three games by a collective score of 12-4. Winnipeg has a record of 3-6-2 away from the MTS Centre.

Wild Win in Close Affair

The Norman Wild split the weekend series versus the Central Plains Capitals including winning the last game which was a back and forth affair.


The Wild were up 3-0 before the third period, and then the Capitals threatened the lead when they got within a goal.


Coach Lee Cummings says it's disappointing the team couldn't get the shutout, but close games gain experience that the team can use later in the season.


Cummings also praised goaltender Shayna Moore's performance. She stopped 36 saves in the win and kept shutout going until halfway through the third period.


Along with the strong play by Moore, Kali Cummings scored three goals and had two assists in the win.


The Wild have a two week break until their next games versus the Interlake Lightning.

Sports This Weekend

The OCN Blizzard went 1 and 1 in Neepawa on the weekend. The Natives had a 4-2 win last night after losing to the Blizzard 3-1 on Saturday. The 3 game road trip started with OCN blanking the Pistons 3-0 in Steinbach on Friday. OCN has this week to get ready for a home game against Swan Valley on Saturday.


The Norman Northstars fell back to earth this weekend when they took on the Winnipeg Thrashers. Coming off three wins in four games, the Northstars lost both games to the Thrashers 11-1 and 9-0. With the losses, Norman falls to 3-16-0-1 on the year with seven points, five points back of Interlake.


The Norman Wild played two close games this weekend against the Central Plains Capitals. The Friday game was a close 2-1 loss that came down to the final seconds. Saturday's game was a victory for the Wild as the Kali Cummings scored three goals and had two assists in a 5-3 victory. The Wild had to stave off a late comeback to secure the victory.


The Flin Flon Bombers had a perfect weekend road trip as they played three games in three nights and won all of them. It started with a 4-3 win over Nipawin on Friday which got them tied for first in the Sherwood Division. They then beat Humboldt 5-2 on Saturday and completed the weekend with a 4-0 win over Melville. The Bombers lead the division by four points.


The Winnipeg Jets have not enjoyed their road trip so far, as they lost both games over the weekend.  The Jets scored a total of two goals in the back to back games to lose to Boston 4-1 on Saturday and Carolina 3-1 on Sunday. The Jets who were riding high a week ago have now dropped below .500 but still sit third in the Central Division.


The Brandon Wheat Kings offense continued their dominance with big wins over the Saskatoon Blades this weekend. With both games in Brandon, the Wheat Kings lit up the Blades net with a big 8-1 win on Friday and a 6-3 win on Saturday. The Wheaties are one of the hottest teams in the league with five straight victories.


Jets Lose to Flyers, Continue Road Trip

Steve Mason stopped 30 shots as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. Sean Coutourier and Michael Raffl scored 34 seconds apart in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. Wayne Simmonds got the insurance goal in third period to ice the game for the Flyers


The Jets continue their road trip when they head to Boston and Carolina for a back to back scenario. This will be the second games versus both teams, the lost to Boston and beat Carolina.

Blizzard Face Tough Road Trip

The OCN Blizzard will face go through the always tough three games in three nights situation this weekend.


On Friday the Blizzard will play a much anticipated game when they play the MJHL leaders, Steinbach Pistons. The Pistons are four points ahead of OCN. The Blizzard beat the Pistons twice earlier this season to gain some ground on the best team, and are hoping to send a message in the game.


The Blizzard will then travel to Neepawa to take on the Natives Saturday and Sunday to round out the weekend.

Bombers Face Nipawin for Top of Sherwood

The Flin Flon Bombers will have a tough weekend playing three games in three nights, but tonight's battle might be the most anticipated match.


The Bombers will play division rivals Nipawin Hawks today. The two teams are separated by two points for the top spot in the Sherwood division.


The Bombers will also be on the road to play the Humboldt Broncos tomorrow and the Melville Millionaires on Sunday.

Wheaties Take on Blades At Home

The Brandon Wheat kings will get an extended look at the Saskatoon Blades this weekend, when they host back to back games.


The Wheaties are bringing their three game win streak with them when they play a slumping blades team who is four points back.


With the last three wins, the Wheat kings are starting to get back in the East Division conversation, and two wins this weekend could put them into the top three.

Northstars Look At Physical Matchup vs. Thrashers

The Norman Northstars are home for the third straight weekend when they take on the Winnipeg Thrashers.


Northstars Coach James Buchanan says the Thrashers play a different style than most southern teams.


The Northstars play on Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 1:30PM. Saturday’s game will be aired live on 102.9 CHTM. Bruce Cameron and Tom O’Brien have the call.


Wild Coach Cummings Giving Young Players Opportunity

The Norman Wild will be on home ice this weekend when they take on the Central Plains Capitals and they will also have a few AP Players.


A few bantam aged girls have gotten a shot this season, as Taylor Kristjanson and Joie Simon will get the start against the Capitols. Wild coach Lee Cummings says the opportunity is a great for development.


The Wild are two points back of Central Plains for sixth in the MFMHL.



The Winnipeg Jets are hoping to continue their point streak tonight when they play in Philadelphia against the Flyers.


The Jets will start a five game road trip which will start on the Northeast and move its way back to the Central.


The Jets have the leading point scorer and leading goal scorer as Mark Scheifele has 21 points and Patrick Laine has 12 goals.


The Last time the Jets have lost in regulation was on November 6th against the Rangers.

Jets Shutout Blackhawks

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled in the third period as the Winnipeg Jets gave the Blackhawks their first regulation loss in almost a month.


Patrick Laine got his 12th of the year when the Jets won 4-0. Josh Morrissey got his first of the year in the first period and it stood as the game winner.


Crawford was pulled after only stopping 16 of 20 shots halfway through the third period, and was pulled after the Nic Petan goal.


The Blackhawks lost for the first time in regulation since October 21st when they lost to Columbus.


The Jets stay in second in the Central Division with the win and have the second best record in the Western Conference.

Blizzard Down Quickly; Lose to Stampeders

The Swan Valley Stampeders jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first period, and they didn't let the lead go as they went on to win 5-3 over the OCN Blizzard.


The Stampeders led 5-1 after the first period, scoring all their five goals before the 13 minute mark in the period. Swan Valley scored two powerplay goals during the frame.


Trevor Mann scored twice for the Stampeders, who finished 2 for 4 on the powerplay.

Emiliem Boily had a shaky start as he stopped only 26 of 31 shots in the game.


Thompson product Jordan Valentino had three assists for the Stampeders in the win.

OCN falls to 15-4-3 with 33 points, and the Stampeders get two points but don't pass anyone and just get to a record of 7-10-2.

Jets Looking to Stop Hawks Run

The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to take down the hottest team in the NHL tonight at the MTS Centre.


The Jets will host the Chicago Blackhawks who have failed to lose in regulation since October 21st when they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


The Jets have also been on a point streak, as they have got points in their last four games.

The streak has launched the team to second in the Central Division, only behind Chicago.

Blizzard Move into Top 20; Play in Swan River Tonight

The OCN Blizzard are ranked 13th in CJHL top 20 rankings.


The Blizzard, who were an honourable mention last week, moved up to 13th and is of the two MJHL teams to be the rankings. The other team was the Steinbach Pistons.

The Blizzard will try to catch Steinbach tonight when they play the Swan Valley Stampeders in Swan River. The two teams squared off on Saturday when OCN won 5-4 in overtime.

The Blizzard are only two points back of the Pistons.


You can catch the game on 102.9 CJAR on Jaret Schneider will have the call at 7:30PM

Weekend Recap

It was a split weekend for the OCN Blizzard. The Blizzard had the Winkler Flyers at the GLMC for games on Saturday and Sunday. OCN beat Winkler 3-1 Saturday night then lost the Sunday matinee game 3-2 in overtime. The Blizzard are now tied with Winkler for 2nd place in the MJHL. They take today off and will face the Wolverines in Waywayseecappo tomorrow night.


The Norman Northstars managed to get their first win of the season and then get another to establish their first winning streak of the season. The Northstars hosted the Interlake Lightning on back to back days. On the Saturday night game, it was a barn burner as the two teams combined for 14 goals as the Northstars won 8-7 in a shootout.  On Sunday, Norman staved off a late Lightning comeback to hold on to a 5-4 win.


It was a tough weekend for the Norman Wild as they went on the road. Playing the Westman Wildcats twice, they lost 5-1 on Friday and lost 5-2 on Sunday. The Saturday afternoon game was against the Winnipeg Avros in which they were shutout 1-0. The Wild are tied for 6th with the Central Plains Capitals with four points.


The CFL playoff matchups are set. After a Winnipeg Blue bombers win and a Saskatchewan Roughriders loss in the final weekend of the CFL schedule, the Bombers will travel to Vancouver to take on the BC Lions next Sunday. On the Eastern side of the bracket, the Edmonton Eskimos will crossover to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Hamilton. The Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks have byes.


The Winnipeg Jets finished their weekend 1 and 1 after beating the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and losing to the New York Rangers last night. Three goals in five minutes was what put the Rangers in the driver's seat in the second period to skate their way to a victory. The loss puts the Jets out of a playoff spot and the team is currently ninth in the Western Conference.


The Brandon Wheat Kings split their weekend as well. The Friday night game was a rematch of the 2016 WHL Finals when they played the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Wheat Kings edged the Birds 3-2 to keep up their domination of the team. But on Saturday, the Wheaties gave up six straight goals to lose 6-3 to the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Wheat Kings have managed to stay in a playoff spot, sitting in the first wildcard spot with 17 points.


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