Wins keep 'Dogs in first

Hawks two points back with game in hand
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The Kincardine Bulldogs maintained a grip on first place with a pair of weekend wins in Western Junior C hockey action.

The Bulldogs edged out Hanover on the road before pasting the Goderich Sailors 7-2 at home Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Walkerton Hawks kept pace, but still trail Kincardine by two points after beating Mount Forest twice on the weekend.

Saturday night the Bulldogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Goderich got on the board in the third period.

George Grammenopoulos stopped 17 shots to pick up the win for the ‘Dogs, while Goderich’s Cory Gascho faced 49 shots in defeat.

Blake Underwood, the league’s leading scorer, had a goal and two assists in the win. Tim Dwinnell scored a shorthanded goal and added a helper, while Nathan Barfoot scored once and added a pair of assists. Devin Kemp, Mike Bujold, Brett Parsons and Joel Alton each scored once in the win.

Ryan Armstrong had a pair of assists in the game, while Mike Rutherford also added an assist.

The previous night in Hanover, the Bulldogs just got by the Barons by a 3-2 score.

Kemp scored the game winning goal late in the third period while killing a penalty. His unassisted marker lifted Kincardine past the Barons, who tied the game early in the third with a power play goal.

It was Kincardine’s second shorthanded goal of the night, as Bujold also scored while killing off a penalty in the second period.

The teams traded goals in the first period, with Alton scoring from Rutherford for Kincardine.

Drew Pegrum was very good in the Kincardine net, stopping 22 shots for the win. The Bulldogs outshot Hanover 27-22.

In other Western Junior C weekend action, Mitchell beat the Sailors 6-3 while Walkerton shut out the Pats 5-0 Friday night. Saturday night, the Barons beat Wingham 5-2 while Walkerton once again beat Mount Forest, this time by an 8-2 score.

Kincardine visits Hanover again Friday night for a rematch with the Barons. The ‘Dogs are idle Saturday, but face the Mitchell Hawks at home Sunday at 4 p.m.