For the first time in five years, the Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will play for a Western Junior C League championship.
Josh MacDonald knocks Mitchell's Ryan Sykes off the puck in Game 3 of Kincardine's sweep of the Mitchell Hawks. (Richard Lawson photo)
The Bulldogs clinched a spot in the league final by sweeping the Mitchell Hawks in four straight games. Kincardine won a 6-3 decision last night (Thursday) in Mitchell to close out the series.
"We played great. We kept our heads and played well in all zones," said Kincardine head coach Jeff Alcombrack. "I thought we were better in every game, now we just have to keep it going."
Six different players scored in last night's Game 4. Cody Britton, Jamie Miller and Garrett Simmons scored power play goals for Kincardine, while Adam Hughes, Jared Colling and Shawn Stewart had even strength markers. Hughes added two assists for a three-point night. Gatlin Burt stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced.
"Wehave a lot of guys scoring right now," said Alcombrack, "it's a good problem to have."
Another nice problem for the 'Dogs right now is the lack of an opponent. The Walkerton Hawks and Mount Forest Patrots are deadlocked at 2-2 after Walkerton pulled out an overtime win last night in Mount Forest. The Patriots led this series 2-0, but first place Walkerton has battled back. Game 5 is tonight in Walkerton at 8:30 p.m. Game 6 is back in Mount Forest tomorrow night at 8 p.m., and a seventh game, if needed, would be played Sunday in Walkerton at 3 p.m.
"It's good to be done (the semi-final series) quick," said Alcombrack. "We can have a few practices and prepare for whoever."
Last night's Game 4 also marked the fourth and final game of captain Brett Catto's suspension for spearing in the final regular season game of the year. Kincardine's leading scorer had to watch the semi-finals from the sidelines.
"We'll get a huge lift gettting Brett back," said Alcombrack. "I know he is ready to go."
The 'Dogs will practice tonight and tomorrow night to prepare for the next round.