By Josh Howald
It was a big two points for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.
Lucas Johnson tries to explain his side of things to Western League scoring champion Aaron Armstrong, left, and the two linesmen last night at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)
And while the points were of no use to first-place Ironmen, Wingham wanted to cap off the 2013-14 Western Junior C campaign with a victory. Wingham did just that, flexing a bit of first place muscle in a 6-4 win over Kincardine last night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.
The win gave Wingham a final regular season record of 26-6-3. It also makes tonight's action meaningful. The Ironmen and the Walkerton Hawks clinched first and second last weekend, and they will receive opening round byes. Right now, Mount Forest is in third place with 37 points and Kincardine is in fourth with 36. The Patriots have two games remaining, a home-and-home set against Walkerton. The Bulldogs have just one game left, tonight in Mitchell. The team to finish third will draw the sixth place Hanover Barons in the opening round, while the fourth place finisher will face fifth place Mitchell.
Last night in Kincardine, the league's best player did his thing. Aaron Armstrong set up five Wingham goals in a 6-4 win, which leaves him with 39 goals, 65 assists and 104 points. The next closest player in the scoring race was his 16-year-old teammate Jamie Huber. Huber put up a four-point performance last night. He had two assists to go along with two goals, including the game winner late in the second period. Armstrong fed him a great pass in the slot, and Huber put his 41st goal of the season up and over the glove of Kincardine goalie Paul Boyadjian.
Despite several power play opportunities in the third period, Kincardine failed to even the score. With the goalie pulled for a two-man advantage late in the game, Armstrong won a loose puck and sent Justin Jacklin in alone on an empty net. He skated it in to make it a 6-3 final with 23 seconds left to play.
Sam Feagan scored twice of the 'Dogs, while Shawn Moore and Tanner Simpson each scored once. Jordan Skerrett had two power play goals for Wingham. Liam Nemett rounded out the scoring for the Ironmen, scoring from local boy Greg Scott.
A melee broke out with 3.9 seconds left on the clock, with four players ejected for fighting. In all, the Bulldogs had eight players ejected from this hockey game from start to finish. None of them, however, should be suspended for tonight's tilt in Mitchell. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m.
For the full story, as well as the Western Junior C League playoff picture, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.