By Josh Howald
It isn’t quite now or never, but the Kincardine midgets would rather not play a Game 5 Sunday on the road.
Expect to see Spencer Montgomery start for the midgets tonight in Game 4 of the WOAA finals. (Independent File/Howald photo)
The Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will host Game 4 of the WOAA championship series tonight (Thursday) night. The puck drops at 9 p.m., the main event of a minor hockey playoff triple header at the Davidson Centre.
It will be Kincardine’s second chance to clinch the 2013 WOAA playoff banner. The Kinucks won Games 1 and 2 of this series, but couldn’t finish the job Sunday night at home.
Every game of this series has been close.
Kincardine took the opener last Tuesday on the road thanks in part to a pair of goals from Jordan Bell. Austin Rees also scored in the 3-2 win, while Ashton Wilken picked up the win in goal. Game 2 was played in Kincardine on Saturday, with Spencer Montgomery backstopping Kincardine to a 3-1 win and 2-0 series lead. Keegan McLelland, Derrick Bernath and Riley Cook each scored for the Kinucks.
Listowel staved off elimination Sunday night at the Davidson Centre with a narrow 3-2 win that didn’t overly impress head coach Steve Stepaniak.
“I thought we outplayed them,” he said.
“It was just one of those nights where we couldn’t get a break.”
McLelland scored both Kincardine goals, while Wilken suffered Kincardine’s first playoff loss between the pipes.
That sets the stage for what should be an entertaining Game 4 tonight. Listowel and Kincardine have met the last three years – at least – to determine a WOAA champion, with Kincardine emerging victorious three times. If Listowel can pull out a win, they will host a fifth and deciding game Sunday evening at 7:45 p.m.
Perhaps the midgets will be inspired by the Legion peewees. The Kincardine peewees posted a 3-1 earlier this evening over Walkerton to clinch the WOAA playoff championship in Game 4 at the Davidson Centre.
After being edged out 3-2 in Game 1 of a best-of-five, Kincardine rebounded with a 7-1 win in Game 2 before taking Game 3 Monday night at 3-1 tonight.
The TIM-BR Mart bantams, however, are currently playing for thier playoff lives. Down two games to Goderich, Kincardine hosts Game 3 tonight prior to the midget game. If Kincardine stays alive, Game 3 will be played Sunday in Goderich.