Atoms could sweep tonight at home

Kincardine up 2-0 on Elmvale

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks could sweep into the OMHA semi-finals with a win tonight (Wednesday) at home.

Jared Houghton clearly has his man covered on this play in Game 1 of the atom B OMHA quarter-final series between Kincardine and Elmvale. The atom Kinucks could sweep Elmvale with a win tonight (Wednesday) in Kincardine at 7 p.m. (Josh Howald photo)


The atoms hold a 2-0 series lead on Elmvale, with Game 3 on tap tonight at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at 7 p.m.

Kincardine posted a 2-0 shut out win on the road Monday evening to take a 2-0 stranglehold on this OMHA quarter-final series.

Kincardine took the series opener by a comfortable 5-2 score Sunday afternoon on home ice. This game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but weather conditions forced it to be delayed to Sunday afternoon.

Alex Colley struck first for the atoms, scoring from Noah Swann and captain Holden Stevenson four minutes into the game. Cameron Robertson responded for Elmvale, making it 1-1 three minutes later. Colley scored his second of his afternoon, again from Swann and Stevenson, late in the second period which gave the Kinucks a 2-1 edge at the second intermission.

Early in the third, Alex Wickett made a nice pass from behind the Kincardine net to a wide open Isaac Jesseau in the slot. Jesseau made no mistake, one-timing the pass from one knee and evening the score for Elmvale.

But three minutes later, Quinton Page scored the eventual game winner on a strange bounce from beside the net. Kincardine made it 4-2 less than 80 seconds later on a near identical play, this time with Swann getting the credit. Both goals came from behind the net on plays that appeared to be dead for Kincardine. Swann added his second goal of the game with 3:24 remaining in the game to make it 5-2. Elmvale made a push on a late power play, but never really threatened to tie the game.

Elmvale has plenty of individual skill and some players who can fire a puck. Despite a 2-0 lead, Kincardine will have to continue to play well to finish off this series tonight. Should the Elmvale atoms force a fourth game, it would be played Saturday afternoon in Elmvale. A fifth game, if needed, would on Sunday in Kincardine.

A donation box will be at both the atom and midget playoff game for the Koberinski family, who lost their Highway 9 home on the weekend to fire. The midgets can also advance with a win tonight. They will play Game 3 of their series with Elmvale immediately following the atoms tonight.