Chaos in Kincardine's crease

Goalttending situation uncertain after weekend debacle in Hanover

By Josh Howald

After 10 years of minor pro hockey, Kincardine coach Jeff Alcombrack thought he had seen it all.

Then Sunday happened.

Gatlin Burt and the Bulldogs makes a save Sunday prior to being ejected from a 7-2 loss to the Hanover Barons. (Richard Lawson photo)


“I have never been more embarrassed in hockey in all my life,” said Alcombrack Sunday evening. “I was embarrassed for my players, and their families in the stands.”

Tonight’s (Wednesday) rematch may be worth a look, if only just to see who is in net. As of right now, nobody knows.

The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs finished Sunday’s game in Hanover without a goaltender after both Gatlin Burt and Derek Mitchell were ejected in a 7-2 loss. The ‘Dogs were also dumped 7-2 Saturday in Walkerton, but lost more than a hockey game Sunday at the P&H Centre.

Alcombrack wouldn’t comment on the future of his goaltenders, but one gets the impression that one, if not both, goaltenders will be shipped out after Sunday’s debacle. Burt faces a possible suspension for accumulating several GM21s miscorducts (abuse of an offical).

Daniel Hnakto scored the only goal of the opening period, and Ryan Armstrong tied the game after taking  a pass from Burt early in the second period for a shorthanded tally. Rob Lucciantonio made it 2-1, and then Hnatko scored back-to-back goals in four minutes to make it 4-1 Barons. One of those goals came with a man in the box serving a roughing minor for Burt.

“(Burt) started taking stupid penalties, so I pulled him,” said Alcombrack. “He comes to the bench and breaks his stick over the penalty box, so (the officials) kicked him out.”

Mitchell took over, and Chad Simpson cut the lead to 4-2. But goals from Jacob Brown, Jason Demetrius and Jed Ironmonger made it 7-2 with six minutes left in the game.

 “Our other goalie, I can’t even explain,” said Alcombrack, who was also ejected. “He was blockering players, pushing linesmen, he was obviously going to get tossed. It was awful.“

Derek Mitchell may not be a Bulldog for too much longer. (Richard Lawson photo)

Mitchell was ejected with three minutes remaining after taking a roughing minor, major and game misconduct. That left Kincardine’s net empty.

 “Hanover was very classy about all the (expletive) that went on,” said Alcombrack.” They didn’t rub it in anymore. They didn’t shoot the puck on net at all, and I know some teams would have. I thought it was great of them, and I credit the Hanover coaching staff for that,” said Alcombrack.

The second loss of the weekend saw Kincardine fall to sixth place overall in the Western League, even with the Mount Forest Patriots. And it isn’t like the Bulldogs have much time to figure this out, with Hanover in town tonight (Wednesday) for the rematch at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night, both goalies saw action as Kincardine lost 7-2 in Walkerton. The Bulldogs followed up a great first period with an awful second period. It was 0-0 after the first, but 5-1 after the second. Andy Mitchell scored twice for Walkerton, while Jordan Turcotte, Dylan Bults, Adam Alexander, Jay Thomson and Shane MacDonald each scored once. Scott Miller and Dave Mercer, playing his first game for Kincardine, replied for the ‘Dogs. Mercer, a forward, looked very good and added an assist Sunday. He had a brief stint with Kincardine two years ago, and had not been playing anywhere this season.

Elsewhere, Wingham hammered the Barons 10-2 Friday night but were edged out 2-1 by Mitchell Saturday. Hanover beat Goderich 11-1 on Friday, and the Sailors dropped Saturday and Sunday games to Mount Forest with 5-2 and 4-2 scores.

Tonight (Wednesday) Kincardine hosts Hanover for a 7:30 p.m. start. Goderich is also in Wingham tonight, while Mount Forest will travel to Mitchell. Friday, Walkerton will host the Ironmen. Kincardine will play in Wingham Dec. 28 before breaking until 2012.

Keep an eye for updates on our website, If the ‘Dogs name a starter for tonight’s game, we’ll post it.