Bulldogs back in second spot

Post two wins at home over the weekend

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs are back in second place after a four-point weekend in Western Junior C Hockey action.

Matthew Mah cuts around a Goderich defender Friday night at the Davidson Centre in a 9-3 rout over the Flyers. (Richard Lawson photo)

Kincardine posted a pair of wins at home, thumping the Goderich Flyers Friday night and just edging out the Hanover Barons 4-3 Saturday evening. The wins improve the Bulldogs' record to 7-4-1 and gives them a one point edge on third place Wingham. Walkerton remains at the top of the league standings, three points ahead of Kincardine.

Saturday, the Bulldogs trailed Hanover 3-2 heading into third period, but Brycin Morrison scored twice in a three minute span in the third period to give Kincardine a 4-3 win.

Tyson Soers gave the Barons a 1-0 lead with an unassisted shorthanded tally six minutes into this game, but Dalton Hnatko evened things up with a power play goal 1:35 later. Jordan Bell and Matthew Mah drew the assists to tie it up, but Justin D. Graham gave Hanover the lead with a goal before the end of the period. Graham scored again in the second period to make it 3-1, but Brady Richards pulled Kinardine to within one after converting a pass from Colton Culbert. With time beginning to run out, Morrison scored from Shawn Moore and Hnatko to pull the 'Dogs even. Minutes later, he scored the eventual game winner from Moore and Hnatko.

Mitch Campbell posted the win over his former team with 31 saves in goal. Cody van der Heide made 32 stops for Hanover.

Friday night at home, it was all Kincardine in a 9-3 rout of the Goderich Flyers. The Bulldogs scored five power play goals in this contest, more than enough to take the two points.

Bell scored the only goal of the first period, from Luke Czuczman and Jordan Van Haelemeesch. Trent Petrie made it 1-1 early in the second for the Flyers, but that's where things got ugly for the Flyers. Patrick Weijak scored to make it 1-1, and a steady stream of Flyers to the penalty box really opened things up. Sam Feagan scored a power play goal from Mike Smailes and Van Haelemeesch, and Mah made it 3-1 with another power play snipe. Moore, a former Goderich Sailor, scored three times in the middle stanza, two of them with the man advantage. Feagan also scored a power play goal to make it 4-1. Shawn Moore scored twice in the third period for a hat trick, while Derrick Bernath had an even strength tally. Mah and Hnatko each had three third period assists, while Brett Burrows had a pair of helpers. Kincardine's final two goals were also power play markers.

Luke Althouse remained undefeated in the Kincardine crease with another solid performance. He made 30 saves for the 'Dogs. Nathan Watson stopped 30 shots for the Patriots at the other end.

Elsewhere in the West on the weekend, Hanover beat Mitchell and Walkerton squeezed by Wingham in Friday night action. Saturday, Walkerton edged out Mount Forest 4-3 in a tight game. Goderich posted a second win of the season with a 7-5 win in a wild one Sunday afternoon.

This weekend, the Bulldogs have just one game, a Saturday night tilt with the Patriots in Mount Forest. Game time is 8:30 p.m.