Pegrum picks up shutout in Dogs debut

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The Kincardine Bulldogs have found a goaltender.

Drew Pegrum was perfect in his Davidson Centre debut Saturday night, shutting out the Fergus Devils in preseason exhibition Junior C action.

The 17‑year‑old made 29 saves in a 3‑0 win as the æDogs swept a home‑and‑home series with Fergus of the Georgian Bay Mid‑Ontario Junior C League.

Kincardine is now 4‑0 in preseason action.

"I thought he faced a lot of quality chances tonight," said Kincardine coach Brian Royle following the game. "I'm glad he was able to get the shutout. He seems to be able to stay focused out there, and he handled the puck much better (than in Friday's game in Fergus)."

Friday night Pegrum entered the game in the second period, and didn't allow a goal as Kincardine rallied for a 4‑3 win.

Signing the Orangeville native became a high priority for the Bulldogs after Andrew Smith, who didn't lose a game last season, decided not to return to the team. Last winter Pedrum started for the Grey‑Bruce AAA Highlanders.

"We're very happy with (Pegrum)," said Royle, adding that the team is still looking for another solid netminder to share the minutes.

"He's still young and we don't want to put too much pressure on him."

Kincardine also signed Lucknow's Joel Alton, who has already found a home on the club's top line with veterans Tim Dwinnell and Blake Underwood. The trio had a big weekend on the score sheet, and looked dangerous each time they stepped on the ice Saturday night.

"I'll definitely be leaving them together for a while," said Royle.

The line opened the scoring Saturday night, as Alton and Dwinnell set up Underwood for a first period tally.
Mike Bujold and Derek Regier each scored in the second period to bolster Kincardine's lead on Fergus. Kincardine controlled the third period and kept Pedrum's shutout intact to take the 3‑0 win. Tyler Lukasik had an assist on Regier's goal. Regier had a very good game on the 'Dogs blueline, calmly breaking the puck out repeatedly.

The previous night in Fergus, Dwinnell scored with 3:36 remaining to give Kincardine a 4‑3 victory in a game that featured more than 130 minutes in penalties.

The game winner came with Kincardine on the man advantage, with assists to Underwood and Alton. The line combined for nine points.

Underwood had two goals and two helpers, while Dwinnell had three assists in addition to the winner.
Kincardine has signed 16 players to a card, and will trim down slightly before this weekend, when the team will play in the Wingham Ironmen tournament.

"We're getting closer (to finalizing the roster)," said Royle, who will use the tournament to get a final look at his prospects. "Some of the younger kids are playing really well and making tough decisions for us. But we'll have to cut down soon," as the regular season begins Sept. 19.

Junior C rules prohibit teams from signing more than two 16‑years‑olds, and Kincardine still has four in camp.

The Wingham tournament will begin Friday night with the host Ironmen facing Exeter at 7 p.m. The only other contest that night will see the Walkerton Hawks face the Mount Forest Patriots.

Kincardine will face Wingham in its first weekend game, at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The 'Dogs will play again at noon against Exeter. The tournament, which also features teams from Wellesley and Paris, wraps up Sunday. The finals are set for 1:30 p.m at the Wescast Community Complex.