By Josh Howald
The Beisel Contracting midget AE Kinucks are headed for Mooretown, looking for a win.
Kincardine trails Mooretown 1-0 in the OMHA Midget AEGR3 Championship Series after being edged out 3-1 on home ice Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. Tomorrow (Thursday), the team will board a bus for Mooretown, looking to even the best-of-five series.
“It will be tied coming home,” said forward Mitch Burrows. “We just have to keep our heads in line and put it to them in their own town. We have to want it a lot more than them.”
The Kinucks wanted it Sunday, they just didn’t get it. Mooretown, who has not lost a game on this playoff run to the OMHA finals, is a deep, quick club, but certainly did not dominate a shorthanded Kincardine squad. The Kinucks will have big defenceman Coulten Hendrie back from suspension for Game 2 tomorrow night, and hopefully and handful of others will have returned from vacations.
Kincardine struck first in Game 1, taking a 1-0 lead when Burrows scored on a first period power play. Evan Brown and Cass Carruthers assisted on the goal. Dalton Regier was superb in the Kincardine net, holding Mooretown off the scoreboard until late in the opening frame. Mooretown made it 2-1 in the second period, and Kincardine had some pressure early in the third before running into penalty trouble. The Kinucks were shorthanded late in the game when Mooretown put a lid on any comeback with a third goal.
Kincardine players and coaches were confident this series will be tied when it shifts back to Kincardine for Game 3 Saturday, the first of an OMHA double-header at the Davidson Centre. The Beisel Contracting midgets will play first, at 6 p.m., followed by the Miller Insurance midgets against Penetang in Game 2 of that OMHA B Final.
Game 4 would be played Sunday in Mooretown at 5:20 p.m., with a potential Game 5 in Kincardine at 6 p.m. on March 30.
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