By Josh Howald
The Kincardine Legion peewees did not enter the 26th annual Regional Silver Stick tournament as favourites. They did, however, leave as champions, as well as with a berth to the International Silver Stick tournament in Port Huron, Michigan.
The Kincardine Legion peewees after winning a Silver Stick Regional championship Sunday on home ice. (Josh Howald photo)
Kincardine got stellar net minding from Jamie Brock and a three-point performance from Jacob Bishop in a 3-1 win over Tavistock in the bantam B Silver Stick Final Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. It was a measure of revenge for Kincardine, who lost to the same Tavistock team Friday morning during the preliminary portion of the tournament. That 3-1 loss put a semi-final berth in jeopardy, and the Kinucks had to battle back to earn a rematch in Sunday’s championship game.
Kincardine opened this tourney with a 4-0 win in Kincardine Thursday night against Hanover. After Friday morning’s loss, the Legion peewees needed to pad the stats to guarantee moving on, and it is a good thing they did. They got the final playoff spot on plus-minus after destroying West Lincoln 12-1 in Tiverton Thursday afternoon. Brock blocked every shot South Huron could send his way in a 6-0 win in Saturday’s semi-final to get another crack at Tavistock.
“It was good to see them again, get another shot,” said head coach Rob Bishop. “They have a good team and we’ve had some good battles with them. We knew we needed to flip the switch and get everyone going all out every shift – and the boys all stepped up and did that.”
Kincardine took a 2-0 lead on first period goals less than a minute apart. Jacob Bishop opened the scoring from Ripley product Brent Scott. Forty seconds later, Bryce McFadden made it 2-0 off a Bishop feed. Bishop picked up his second goal of the game midway through the second period, and Brock took over from there.
“This time we all went flat out,” said a smiling Brock, who was named the game’s most valuable player.
He made big, timely saves for Kincardine and was unbeatable even with Tavistock’s goalie on the bench for a 6-on-4 man advantage late in the game. Brock said it was as good as his team has played this season.
“Good work boys,” he said. “We earned this.”
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They certainly did. The Legion peewees entered the Silver Stick with a modest 9-5-4 record.
“We’ve had problems with consistency this season,” said Bishop. “But the boys played really well today. It was good to see it all come together.”
Kincardine will travel to Port Huron, Michigan later this month to compete for an International championship – much like the Kincardine Miller Insurance midgets, who try to repeat as International Silver Stick champions in Forest next weekend.
Kincardine’s other entry in the Silver Stick – the Home Hardware novices – failed to advance past the preliminary round. Kincardine was edged out 6-4 by Listowel in a barn burner Friday afternoon in Ripley, and then dropped one goal games to Tavistock and Mitchell. Mitchell, who eventually lost to BCH in the novice B final, beat Kincardine 4-3 while Mitchell edged out the novice Kinucks 5-4.