Bulldogs, Ironmen all even

Kincardine bounces back with big Game 2 win

By Josh Howald

The Ironmen showed no signs of rust in the series opener.

But the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs bounced back in a big way from a Game 1 beating to even their Western Junior C League semi-final series at 1-1.

Wingham trounced the Bulldogs 7-0 in Game 1 of this series, played Sunday evening in Wingham. But Game 2, played Family Day Monday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, was a totally different story.

Kincardine built up a 3-1 lead in the second period, and showed some good killer instinct in the third period, scoring twice more to make it 5-1. The Ironmen added a late goal to make the final 5-2.

So Wingham and Kincardine are all even heading into Game 3 of this series Friday night in Wingham. The regular season champs will host the ‘Dogs at 8 p.m. Game 4 will be played in Kincardine, a 6:30 p.m. start at the Davidson Centre.

Monday in town, Jordan Bell and Shawn Moore each scored in the opening 1:30 of the second period to give Kincardine a 2-0 lead. Patrick Wiejak and Gerrit Satosek had the helpers. Alex Kuntz responded for WIngham with a power play tally from Ripley native Greg Scott. But Mike Osadca scored from Moore and Chad Simpson with less than three minutes remaining in the middle frame to make it 3-1 at the second break.

Sam Feagan and Jordan Van Haelemeesch each scored power play goals in the third to make it 5-1 before Bailey Poels added a goal with 49 seconds left for the Ironmen.

It was a much-needed win for Kincardine after Game 1, which wasn’t much of a game at all. The Ironmen were coming off an opening round bye for finishing first overall in the regular season standings, while the fourth place Bulldogs were battling it out with the Mount Forest Patriots. Kincardine finally disposed of Mount Forest last Wednesday night with a 2-1 overtime win on the road in Game 6. Feagan had the OT winner that moved Kincardine into this best-of-seven semi-final series with Wingham.

Wingham clearly had the momentum heading into Monday's Game 2. Game 1 of the series was all Wingham, all night. The Ironmen outshot Kincardine 15-6 in the opening frame, and took a 2-0 lead to the first intermission. It was 5-0 after the second period, and 7-0 by the time the final horn sounded at the Wescast Community Complex. The Ironmen chased Mitch Campbell from the net midway through the second period after their fifth goal. Both third period goals by Wingham came on the power play in the penalty-filled frame.

Jeremy Ross and Justin Jacklin each scored twice for Wingham. Holden Lanysnk, JJ Harland and Keifer MacInness added single goals. Darren Kerr had three helpers for the regular season champs. Ben Nelson stopped 21 shots from the Bulldogs to pick up the shut out. He only had to face three shots in the third period, as the Ironmen outshot the 'Dogs 35-21.

In the other Western League semi-final, the Walkerton Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 series lead on third place Hanover. Game 3 of that series will be played tonight (Wednesday) in Walkerton at 8 p.m. The opening game of this series was a wild one, with Walkerton winning 7-6 in overtime. The Hawks took Game 2 by a 6-4 score, and could go up 3-0 with a win tonight. Game 4 is set for Friday night at the P&H Centre in Hanover.