Bulldogs drop two

Play Mount Forest, Walkerton this weekend

The Kincardine Bulldogs lost back-to-back games on the weekend.

The ‘Dogs were downed 4-2 in Wingham Friday night and 8-4 at home Saturday night by the Hanover Barons.

The Bulldogs no longer have a chance at catching the Walkerton Hawks in the Western Junior C League standings, as Walkerton won both its weekend contests

Friday, Kincardine spotted the Ironmen a 3-0 lead before attempting to mount a late comeback. Josh Catto and Blake Underwood each scored and assisted on each other’s goals in a three minute span in the third period. However, Wingham’s Brady Houston added a goal with 38 seconds remaining to salt away the win. It was the first time Wingham has beaten Kincardine this season.

Drew Pegrum stopped 27 shots in the loss, while Jason Hamilton picked up the win in goal for Wingham.

Saturday night at the Davidson Centre, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Mike Rutherford goal.

However, Hanover scored four consecutive first period goals. Devin Kemp made it 4-2 before the end of the frame with assists to Rutherford and Taylor Lukasik.

Hanover’s Rob Hellyer made it 5-2 with a shorthanded marker early in the second period. Brock Spencer replied for the Bulldogs. Lukasik assisted.

The Barons then scored three times before the 15-mintue mark of the third period to take a stranglehold on the game. The Bulldogs made it 8-4 with about three minutes remaining in the game when Nathan Barfoot scored a power play goal from Spencer and Underwood.

Kincardine outshot the Barons 47-31. Michael Nigalis posted the win for Hanover, while George Grammenopoulos suffers the loss.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Hanover beat Mount Forest 7-2, Walkerton beat Goderich 6-2, Wingham beat Goderich 9-1 and Walkerton beat Goderich 13-1.

Kincardine has four regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Bulldogs will host the Mount Forest Patriots Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in what is all but certainly a preview of the opening round of the playoffs. Saturday night Kincardine will be in Walkerton for a game with the first place Hawks. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Kincardine will play Goderich at the Ripley Arena before the schedule ends with a Feb. 7 game against Mount Forest.