Thompson Sports News Archives for 2024-02

2023- 2024 Norman Northstars Awards


Barry Paterson Most Popular Player: Daylin Monias

Terry Murray Most Dedicated Player: Lincoln Richcoon

Neal Stapleton Memorial Volunteer Award: Gage Gogal

Ridgestone Financial Most Sportsmanlike Player: Austin Gibb

Most Improved Player: Malcolm Snooks

Cliff Duchesne Hardest Working Northstar: Isaac Tomchak

USW Local 6166 Top Defensive Forward: Gregory Wiseman

Defensive Player of the Year: Preston Kaludjak

Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Wamboldt

Paul Lafreniere Memorial Best Defenseman: Isaac Catcheway

Rookie of the Year: Chantyn Michell-Thompson & Tyler Wamboldt

Top Scorer: Chantyn Michell-Thompson

Most Valuable Player Award: Preston Kaludjak

Norman Northstars wraps up hockey season after two-game homestand with Southwest Cougars

The Norman Northstars wrapped up their regular season with a two-game home stand against the Southwest Cougars this weekend.

Saturday’s game went into overtime and then a shoot-out,  where the Northstars came out with a 4-3 win after a goal from Daylin Monias.

Sunday, the Northstars lost 5-2, leaving them out of playoff contention by just one point.

Congratulations to the players and coaches for such a great season.

54th MUNN Cup

The 54th Munn Cup saw Thompson teams at the top of all three divisions.

The Thompson King Miners 1 were tops in the AA division and were rewarded with the Munn Cup  while the Thompson King Miners 2 took home the Crockett Cup as winners of the A1 division. 

The Timmons Cup went to the Carrol Aviation Areos for winning the B division winners while the Twin Motors Vipers were third.

This year has 13 teams from Thompson, The Pas, Flin Flon, Norway House, Cross Lake, Gilliam and Swan River.

 

 

 

Northstar's Valentino named Coach of The Year

The Manitoba Triple A U18 Hockey league announced Justin Valentino as Coach of the Year for 2023-2024.

Valentino is his first year as head coach and has the Northstars in a playoff spot heading into the final week of the season. The league noted that Coach Valentino has been instrumental in redirecting the program and recruiting players from the north.  The Northstars boast the 2nd best power play in the league (21.5%).

Congratulations Justin!

NCN Flames Split With OCN Storm

The NCN Flames split their weekend home series with the OCN Storm.

 

On Friday night at the CA Nesbitt Arena the Flames poured in 6 goals in the 2nd period and cruised to a 10-4 victory.  Ethan Portey lead the way with 2 goals and 2 assists.

 

The action shifted to the Gilbert McDonald Arena on Saturday and Keilan Holland scored his 4 goal in overtime to lift the Storm to a 7-6 win. 

 

NCN travel to Peguis this Saturday for a game against the league-leading Juniors.

 

 

Blizzard Go 3 For 3

The Blizzard earned all 6 possible points over the weekend when they went to the southern end of the province.

 

On Friday the Blizzard were on the ice against the Niverville Nighthawks. The Blizzard proved once again that they are the least penalized team in the league, avoiding any time in the box for the whole 60 minutes of play while the Nighthawks spent a combined 23 minutes. Despite the Nighthawks serving most of those penalties during the first period, they opened up scoring late into the first period. Quincy Supprien tied the game early into the second period and again in the first 20 seconds of the third period. Carter Spirig scored a goal two minutes later as the Nighthawks pushed ahead 3-2. Riley See scored the game-tying goal with less than 4 minutes on the clock, pushing the game into overtime. An extensive shootout followed, featuring eight players from each team. Ethan Bibeau and Sebastian Hamming each scored, ending the shootout with a 4-3 victory for the Blizzard.

 

On Saturday, The Blizzard were in Selkirk in another close game. This time the teams were even in penalty minutes, spending 10 minutes in the box each. for the first 35 minutes of play, the game remained scoreless until Riley See took the puck from Sam Zagari and dumped it into the Steelers' net. Very early into the third period the Selkirk Steelers took advantage of a power play opportunity and tied the game 1-1 against the Blizzard. Adam Belzil scored minutes later, but that goal was tied once again by the Steelers as the game went into another overtime shootout for the Blizzard. Sebastian Hamming and Quincy Supprien each scored, earning the Blizzard another 2 points on the road.

 

On Sunday, despite two long games of hockey the nights before, Ethan Bibeau and Adam Belzil each scored during the second period as Loic Morin stopped all 20 shots on goal, earning the Blizzard a 2-0 shutout win over the Winnipeg Freeze.


The Blizzard have widened the gap between them and the third-place Dauphin Kings in the MGEU West division at 64 points this season as the countdown to the MJHL Playoffs is well underway.

 

The Blizzard stay home this weekend, as they prepare to face the Waywayseecappo Wolverines on Saturday and the division-leading Virden Oil Capitals on Sunday.

Bombers Earn Split

It was another terrific weekend of hockey between the two  SJHL power houses as the Flin Flon Bombers and Battleford Stars split the weekend series at the Whitney Forum.

 

On Friday, the Bombers pulled out the 5 to 3 win. The Bombers saw a two goal lead disappear as the Stars were able to tie the game mid way through the third.

 

If it wasn't  for Harmon Laser Hume and an incredible save in a goal line scramble, Flin Flon may not have pulled out Friday's win. The Bombers rode the momentum and got a short handed goal from Alexi Sylvestre which proved to be the game winner.

 

Jacob Vockler added a goal with less than a minute left for a little extra insurance. The other Bomber goals came from Carter Anderson who scored a pair including his 34th and 35th and the home town captain Justin Lies who netted his 36th.

 

The Battleford goals came from Jordan Grill, Bradley Blake and Hunter Burgeson. Harmon Laser Hume out duelled Matthew MacArthur and made 38 saves for his league leading 26th win of the year.

 

Saturday was even more explosive and the Stars wouldn't be denied this night and picked up a wild 8 to 6 win.

 

The Stars came out to play and scored two quick goals before the game was even 5 minutes old courtesy of Evan Waldie and SJHL leading scorer Kian Bell.

 

This game had all kinds of ebb and flows and momentum shifts throughout the entire game and was the most exciting game that I have personally witnessed in a long time.

 

Bomber captain, Justin Lies was able to convert on the powerplay with a pefect shot top corner on Stars netminder Logan Cunningham to cut the deficit to 2-1 after 1.

 

The Stars kept coming and restored the two goal lead when Jackson Allan scored a powerplay goal of his own.

 

Flin Flon looked like they might be in business when they scored 4 of the next 5 including two more powerplay goals from Jacob Vockler and Noah Houle. Alexi Sylvestre then  scored a pair which gave Flin Flon a brief lead at 5 to 4.

 

The lead lasted just over a minute as sharp shooter Ben Portner scored on a wrap around to tie the game at 5 with exactly one minute left in the second period.

 

It was all Stars in the third as Hunter Burgeson would get his second in as many games and Alex Izyk and Josh Medernach also found the back of the net. Bomber captain scored his second powerplay goal of the game and is back in the league with 38 on the season.

 

A couple of goal posts on a late Flin Flon powerplay, but they couldn't get any closer and dropped just their fourth of the year in regulation 8 to 6.

 

The Bomber powerplay was smokin and wound up 4 for 6 while the Stars could only bury 1 goal on 7 chances.

 

Kenny Marquart suffered his first regulation loss of the year and gave up 7 goals on 37 shots before making way for Harmon Laser Hume who came in relief and stopped 3 of 3. The Stars added a late empty net goal.

 

Logan Cunningham picked up the win and ended up with 39 saves on 45 shots.

 

The weekend lived up to all the hype and if these two teams to meet up in the playoffs it could go down as one of the most historic playoff series of all time. They have already clashed in some memorable playogff matchups, but this looks like it may end up as the most entertaining of them all.

 

After the weekend split the Bombers sit at 40-4-2 and 82 points. The Stars are now 33-10-3-1 and are 12 points behind Flin Flon for first overall.

 

The Bombers have exactly 10 games left and only 3  at the Whitney Forum. They hit the road for a big three game road trip starting Thursday in Humboldt and a pair of games in Kindersley on Friday and Saturday.

 

Hard to believe, but this is Flin Flon's first visit to the Elgar Petersen Arena this year and beat the Broncos in all three meetings earlier this year at the Whitney Forum. This could be another possible playoff meeting and the Bombers better be ready.

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