By Josh Howald
The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are on a roll, and could clinch a berth in the OMHA Finals with a Game 3 win Saturday night in Ingersoll. Kincardine won Game 2 of this OMHA semi-final series Wednesday evening at the Davidson Centre 5-2.
Kincardine, the defending All-Ontario champions, completed a three-game sweep of Lambeth in the OMHA quarter-finals Friday night, and didn’t waste any time getting into the next round. Sunday, the midget Kinucks travelled to Ingersoll to play Game 1 of the semi-finals, and came home with a 1-0 series lead.
Spencer Montgomery posted the shutout as an understaffed Kincardine team skated to a convincing 4-0 win over Ingersoll. Marcel Fohkens, Brody Hayes, Keegan McLelland and Derrick Bernath each scored once for Kincardine. Dealing with injuries and suspensions, head coach Steve Stepaniak was left looking at an empty bench a little too often in Game 1 Sunday night.
“We only had 11 skaters to start, and (defenceman Carter) Strachan got hurt on his first shift, so we played with 10.”
The midget AE team was also in action Sunday evening, so no affiliate players were available for Kincardine to use. They will be available, however, for tonight’s game. The Kinucks will have some players ready to go for tomorrow night that had previously been out of the line-up.
The midgets finished off Lambeth with a 3-2 win. Jordan Bell scored with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation time to give Kincardine a sweep of Lambeth. It was Bell’s second game winning goal in the three-game set.
The winner of this semi-final series will play for an OMHA title. The other side of the midget B bracket has Penetang facing off against Ennismore. Should the Kinucks finish off Ingersoll, this will mark the fourth consecutive time appearing in the All-Ontario Finals.