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Eight point night for Underwood

Blake Underwood may have clinched the Western Junior C scoring title, and it isn’t even Christmas.

Underwood had an eight-point night Friday at the Davidson Centre in a 13-2 Kincardine win over the Mount Forest Patriots.

Here is a stat for you to put things in perspective: Underwood has 57 points this season, while as a team the Patriots have scored 37 goals.

Kincardine has scored 44 times on Mount Forest alone, with Friday night being the fourth meeting of the year between the clubs.

Kincardine’s other scheduled weekend game, a Saturday night contest in Mitchell, was postponed due to weather conditions.

Kincardine (16-1-2) is currently one point up on the second place 15-2-1 Walkerton Hawks. The teams will meet this Sunday in Kincardine.

Against the Patriots, Tim Dwinnell and Brett Parsons each notched a hat trick, while Underwood and Mike Rutherford each scored twice. Garrett Vincent, Steve Crone and Mike Bujold rounded out the scoring.

Underwood added six assists, while Dwinnell had three of his own. Rutherford had a pair, while single helpers went to Vincent, Bill Ceaser, Ryan Armstrong, Brock Spencer, Bujold, Crone, Nathan Barfoot and Alex MacLeod.

Kincardine goaltender Drew Pegrum stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

Odds are, Mount Forest’s Brad Unruh is the best conditioned goaltender in the league. He made 50 saves in the loss, as the ‘Dogs sent 63 shots his way.

In other action around the Western Junior C League, Hanover beat Goderich 7-1, while Walkerton defeated the Mitchell Hawks by the same score.

The Wingham Ironmen shut out the Goderich Sailors 4-0 Saturday night, while in the lone Sunday game Walkerton beat Wingham 4-0.

This weekend will be a big one for Kincardine.  After visiting the Ironmen Friday night, the ‘Dogs will gear up for a Sunday afternoon tilt with the second place Walkerton Hawks. Kincardine has yet to beat Walkerton this season, dropping two of the three meetings in overtime.

Friday night’s game against Wingham begins at 8:30 p.m., while Sunday’s match against the rival Hawks will begin at 4 p.m.

DOG BITES: The Mitchell Hawks added goaltender 20-year-old Kyle Brodhagen, who had been playing Junior B in St. Thomas this season. To make room for Brodhagen, the Hawks moved goalie Josh Stirling to the Wingham Ironmen in a cash deal. Stirling will back up Wingham’s Josh Hamilton.