Bulldogs win two of three weekend contests

Home to Walkerton Friday night

The Kincardine Bulldogs won two of three weekend games.

After dropping a Friday night road contest to the Hanover Barons, the ‘Dogs rebounded with 4-1 wins over Wingham and Hanover.

Had the Bulldogs beaten Hanover Friday night, they would see themselves just a point behind the Walkerton Hawks in the standings. The Hawks were also defeated on the weekend, 2-0 by the Mitchell Hawks Saturday night. Walkerton is three points up on Kincardine in the Western Junior C points race.

Kincardine forward Joel Alton fires a shot at Wingham goalie Jason Hamilton during Saturday  night's game at the Davidson Centre. (Kiel Edge photo)

Friday night in Hanover, the Barons defeated Kincardine by a 6-2 score in a penalty filled affair.

Kincardine took a two-goal lead in the first period, but the Barons came back to score four unanswered goals to put the game away.

Tim Dwinnell and Mike Rutherford each scored before the 12-minute mark of the first, but Hanover tied the game before the intermission with a pair of shorthanded goals.

Drew Pegrum stopped 34 shots in the loss, while Micheal Nigalis got the win for Hanover, making 28 saves.

The following night at the Davidson Centre, Josh Catto and Devin Kemp got Kincardine a 2-0 lead in the first period. This time, the ‘Dogs hung onto it. Wingham made it 2-1 in the second period but Mike Rutherford made it 3-1 early in third period from Kemp and Nathan Barfoot.

Blake Underwood added an empty net goal for Kincardine.

Both Mike Johnstone and Jordan Doig made their debuts for Kincardine. Doig was signed from Wingham the previous day, while Johnstone had been playing for Cobourg Junior A Cougars.

George Grammenopoulos stopped 26 of 27 shots to pick up the win. Jason Hamilton stopped 36 of 39 shots in the loss.

Sunday in Hanover, the ‘Dogs exacted some revenge for Friday night’s loss, taking a 4-1 win in a close game.

Alex MacLeod scored a power play goal from Dave Chessell early in the game, but the Barons tied the game with two minutes left in the first.

Kincardine jumped to a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals in the second. Kemp scored a shorthanded goal from Rutherford and Derek Regier, and Mike Bujold scored from Graeme Brown and Barfoot.

Kemp sealed the win with his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker with about five minutes to play in the game.

Pegrum made 27 saves for the win, while Nigalis faced 30 shots, stopping 26 in the loss.

Kincardine has a big weekend coming up. The ‘Dogs will host the Walkerton Hawks for an 8:30 p.m. start at the Davidson Centre. Kincardine has not beaten Walkerton yet this season and trails them in the standings by three points.

Sunday, the ‘Dogs will be in Mitchell to face the surging Hawks. Mitchell lost in a shootout to Walkerton Friday before beating the Hawks Saturday night. The Bulldogs will also visit Mitchell for a rare Tuesday night game. The game is a make-up date from earlier this season.