Bulldogs hammer Hanover, Wingham

Kincardine now 5-0
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Bulldogs forward MikeBujold tries to swat a rebound past Hanover goaltender Tyler Felstead during the third period of Saturday night’s game at the Davidson Centre. Felstead entered the game late in the second period after Kincardine chased Scott Kuglin from the net with five goals. (Josh Howald photo)

Wingham and Hanover were supposed to test the Kincardine Bulldogs on the weekend.

However, neither club really challenged Kincardine, as the ‘Dogs improved to 5-0 on the season and continued to produce goals at a torrid pace.

Kincardine continued to dominate on the attack, finding the back of the net 13 times in two weekend wins. The first-place Bulldogs have lit the lamp 36 times this season, and now have seven of the league’s top-10 scorers.

Kincardine skated to a 7-1 romp over the Barons Saturday night at the Davidson Centre.  Hanover, the second highest scoring team in the league – with 19 goals – didn’t put up much of a fight.

The Bulldogs fired 41 shots at two Hanover goaltenders, while at the other end Drew Pegrum made 29 saves to earn his fifth win of the season.

Kincardine built a five-goal lead before the Barons pulled Scott Kulgin in favour of Tyler Felstead.

The Bulldogs weren’t affected by the absence of some key players, and opened the scoring with a powerplay goal from Bill Ceasar.

Tim Dwinnell scored unassisted before the end of the first to give Kincardine a 2-0 lead at the break.

 Joel Alton and Ryan Armstrong each scored once in the second period to make it 4-0, and Kincardine went ahead 5-0 with a powerplay goal late in the period. Taylor Lukasik scored a nice goal with help from Dave Chessell.

A frustrated Barons team played undisciplined hockey in the third, leaving Kincardine a man up for most of the period.  Underwood scored his league leading seventh goal before Mike Rutherford finished the scoring with a powerplay marker with a little more than two minutes remaining.

Underwood also added three assists to finish with four  points on the night. Chessell and Alton each had two assists.

Kevin Tremble was the only Baron to beat Pegrum, scoring Hanover’s lone goal on a second period powerplay.

Barons’ staff was not pleased with the team’s performance.

“They weren’t ready to play,” said Hanover’s assistant GM Brad Watson during the third period. “We’re coming off a 12-4 win last night (over Mount Forest) and the boys obviously didn’t come ready tonight.”

The previous night in Wingham, Kincardine snapped the Ironmen’s undefeated streak with a 6-3 win.

Kincardine also controlled this game from start to finish.

Underwood, Mike Bujold, Chessell, Brett Parsons, Rutherford and Garritt Vincent each scored once in the victory.

Rutherford added two assists, as did Lukasik and Ryan Armstrong. Devin Kemp had three assists, while Nathan Barfoot and Dwinnell each had one.

Unlike Saturday night, all of Kincardine’s goals came at even strength.

Wingham scored twice in the second period and added another in the third. Two of them came with a Bulldog in the penalty box.

Pegrum, who has started to turn some heads around the league, made 22 saves to earn the victory. Jason Hamilton took the loss for the Ironmen. He faced 27 shots.

Wingham and Kincardine will do battle again Saturday night, this time in Kincardine at the Davidson Centre.

But first, the Bulldogs will meet the Walkerton Hawks for the first time this season. The highly-anticipated game is a re-match of last year’s exciting league finals.

Walkerton (2-2) will host the match-up, which begins at 8:30 p.m Friday.