Walkerton wins Western League battle

Shorthanded Bulldogs bounce back against Goderich
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By Josh Howald

At least you can say the 'Dogs don't take defeat very well. It was power play - all day on Friday, and not for Kincardine.

Brett Catto lets David Gallo know what he thinks of Walkerton's hold on first place overall in the Western Junior C League on Friday night in Kincardine. It wasn't worth it, however, as Catto was given a four-game suspension after getting the instigator and the aggressor penalties on this play. (Richard Lawson photo)

The Walkerton Hawks all but clinched first place overall in the Western Junior C Hockey League Friday night at the Davidson Centre with a 4-1 win over the second place Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs. The Hawks now have five-points – and a game in hand – on the Bulldogs as the regular season heads down the homestretch.

What was supposed to be a tough, fast-paced match-up lost all flow early as officials Dennis Watson and Ryan Hollister sent a steady parade of players to the penalty boxes. The teams combined for more than 100 minutes in penalties, multiple game ejections and several injuries.

“What I was upset about is (the officials) weren’t protecting the players,” said Kincardine head coach Jeff Alcombrack, who was ejected at 16:24 of the third period after two of his players were sent to the box, along with one Hawk, immediately following a timeout Walkerton called after the Bulldogs scored to make it 3-1.

“There were a couple hits from behind, a spear to the groin, a huge head check on (Cody) Britton…the little things I can deal with, but when players are lying on the ice hurt and the referee is too stupid to put his hand up, it’s a joke. Shawn Stewart broke his wrist on a hit from behind in the first period – no call.”

Kincardine spent a considerable period of this game shorthanded, and the first three Walkerton goals came on the man advantage. Connor Patton scored the only goal of the first period, and Joel Bowman made it 2-0 early in the second. Patton’s second goal made it 3-0 headed for the third.

“Yes, we shot ourselves in the foot with bad penalties,” said Alcombrack. “They have a good power play, and 5-on-5 it was an even game.”

The Bulldogs finally got on the board with 10 minutes remaining, on a power play of their own. Goalie Gatlin Burt set up Brett Catto, who made it a 3-1 game. That goal was followed by the timeout, Alcombrack’s ejection, a one-sided Catto fight, Burt calling on Walkerton goalie Jeff Flagler, a nasty cross-check from Josh McDonald, another Walkerton goal and misconducts to the Hawks for taunting the Kincardine bench following that goal. It may not have been officially a power play goal, but Kincardine was still shorthanded when the newly acquired Brandon Lamothe made it 4-1. Burt had been replaced by Vielleux by that point.

Official Dennis Watson gives Walkerton a misconduct after they taunt the Kincardine bench following their fourth goal with minutes remaiining in Friday night's 4-1 game. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Alcombrack served his first of a two-game suspension Saturday night, while Catto sat his first of a four-game ban for getting an aggressor and an instigator penalty. A shorthanded ‘Dogs team scored three times in the second period and twice more in the third in a 5-1 win over the still-winless Goderich Sailors.

Gerrit Satosek had two goals for Kincardine, while Jared Colling, Cody Britton and Hayden Allen each scored once. Britton and Colling also had assists, as did Chad Simpson, Paul Lamont, Tanner Simpson, Mitch Dickson and Joel Alton.

“Both teams had a short line-up Saturday,” said Alcombrack. “We just played a simple game, got our two points and got out of there.”

Alcombrack called up Michael Osadca from the Kincardine midgets and Robert White from the Grey-Bruce major midget Highlanders, and said both did quite well. He expects to use them again this weekend in a rematch with the Sailors and a game with Mount Forest.

Veilleux stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win, while Jaden Shrier made 28 saves in defeat. Joseph Dykstra had the lone Goderich goal in the first period. With the loss, the Sailors fall to 0-22-1, while Kincardine is now 16-6-1.

Elsewhere on the weekend, Wingham beat Hanover 12-11 in a wild one Sunday afternoon at the P&H Centre. The only other weekend game saw Mount Forest beat Hanover 3-1 Friday. The Barons have now lost seven consecutive games.

This weekend, Kincardine will host the Sailors Friday night with the puck dropping at 8 p.m. Saturday, the ‘Dogs will head to Mount Forest for a 8 p.m. start against the Pats.