Peewees power past Walkerton

Kincardine comes from behind to win sixth straight

By Josh Howald

A natural hat trick from Liam Colhoun in the third period powered the Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks to a come-from-behind win over Walkerton last Wednesday night on the road.

Liam Colhoun drives past a Walkerton defender in peewee hockey action last Wednesday evening in Walkerton. Colhoun had a natural hat trick in the third period that helped the Kinucks to a 4-3 win. (Josh Howald photo)

Despite giving up an early goal, Kincardine controlled the bulk of the play in the opening period, but couldn't find a way get a puck past Walkerton Capitals goalie Reegan Zettel. The peewees might have had some better luck around the net if their shots had been on target. Countless point shots and chances from the slot ended up banging off the boards and rattling the glass, far from their mark.

Walkerton took a two-goal lead late in the second period when Aiden Hinsperger, Walkerton's best player in this game, scored off a chance, rushing in from the left wing.

Things didn't look good for Kincardine at the intermission. But that changed quickly when Colhoun seized control of this game. He broke the Walkerton shut out, and then tied the game with a dandy wraparound move behind the Walkerton net.

A questionable holding call led to a Walkerton power play with less than three minutes remaining. But Colhoun broke out during the penalty kill and was hauled down from behind by two Walkerton players. That resulted in a penalty shot. With the clock at 2:24, Colhoun deked his way to a wide open net on his backhand and completed the natural hat trick, giving the Kinucks their first lead of the game.

About 40 seconds later, Nolan MacKinnon slid the puck into an empty Walkerton net to take a two-goal lead. Walkerton had Zettel on the bench in favour of an extra attacker. With the score 4-2, Walkerton put Zettel back in goal, and they battled back and scored with less than a minute to play to make it 4-3. This time, however, they couldn`t get Zettel to the bench as the Kincardine peewees played text book hockey for the final 30 seconds, controlling the puck low in the Walkerton end until the final buzzer sounded.

Hayden Richardson made some timely saves for Kincardine in this game, and also got in on the offence with an assist.

The win was Kincardine's sixth consecutive, while it marked Walkerton's fourth straight loss.

The peewees are in action again tomorrow (Thursday) night, when they will host Blyth-Brussels for a 7:30 p.m. start at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Kincardine also had two games scheduled for this weekend.