By Josh Howald
The Kincardine Miller Insurance midgets can clinch a WOAA title with a win tonight (Wednesday) on the road.
Kincardine could sweep Listowel with a win tonight, a late 9:20 p.m. start. The midgets hold a 2-0 series lead after squeezing out a 7-6 win in a sloppy Game 2 Sunday night on the road.
“I like winning 2-0 a lot more than I like winning 7-6,” said head coach Steve Stepaniak following the game. “We have to tighten up defensively, but ultimately a win is a win.”
Kincardine shut out Listowel by that 2-0 score in Game 1 of the series, but spent too much time in the penalty box Sunday night in Game 2. The game started well, with Jory Norman scoring just 17 seconds into this game. Listowel tied the game at 10:43, but Kincardine regained the lead less than two minutes later when Matt Baker fired a slapshot down the ice while killing a penalty. As he headed for a change, the puck bounced off the end boards, off the back of the Listowel goaltender’s skate and into the net. Spencer Montgomery, who had the Game 1 shutout, picked up an assist on the play. Dickson made it 3-1 from Gerrit Satosek and Norman before the first period ended.
Matt Osadca made it 4-1 on a blast from the point, and Derrick Bernath made it 5-1 with a nice backhand deke early in the middle frame. But Kincardine, who took five minor penalties in the second period, finally paid the price for penalties. Jacob Askin and Zac McPhee scored to make it 5-3 heading into the third.
Dickson’s second goal of the night came just 22 seconds into the third period. Linemates Satosek and Norman had the assists before Sippel made it 6-5 with his second goal of the game on a 2-on-1 rush. Dickson completed his hattrick and put this game out of reach with Kincardine’s winning goal with six minutes to play. The line of Satosek, Dickson and Norman combined for 11 points in this game. Matt McCracken made it 7-6 on a solo rush late in the game, but that’s as close as Listowel would come.
“We’re in a good spot, being up two games,” said Stepaniak. “But the last win is always the toughest to win. Listowel was down 5-1 (in Game 2) and made a game out of it – so we know they aren’t going to quit.”
Should Listowel stay alive with a win tonight, Game 4 of this series would be played in Kincardine Saturday evening. A fifth game would be Sunday in Listowel, and in the event of a tie, Game 6 is back in Kincardine Tuesday night. Watch the Independent’s website for up-to-date results and details.