Bulldogs edge out Flyers


By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs remained within striking distance of the first place Walkerton Hawks with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon in Goderich.

It was Kincardine's only game of the weekend, though several Bulldogs were involved in the All-Star and Prospects Games played Saturday evening in Mitchell. Sunday's 4-3 win over the Flyers kept Kincardine within six points of the Hawks with two games in hand, and gives them a 13-4-1 record overall in Western Junior C League action.

Zach Freiburger had the only goal of the first period Sunday, scoring from Keegan Angel and Matt Baker 6:26 into things at the Sifto Centre in Goderich. Patrick Wiejak made it 2-0 midway through the second period, scoring from Brady Richards and Dan Skinner. It was Wiejak's team leading 13th goal of the season. Five minutes later, Eric Langridge gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with a power play goal from Matthew Mah and Wiejak. Goderich stuck around in this contest, however, and got one back three minutes later. Chace Duckworth scored from Drew McKee and Tyler McCracken while on a man advantage.

Goderich got within a goal when Kincardine native Marcel Fohkens scored an unassisted tally at 13:30 of the third period. But Mah gave the 'Dogs some breathing room with Kincardine's second power play goal of the afternoon. Shane Vollmer and Jordan Bell assisted on the goal, which came with just 2:44 remaining on the clock. The Flyers made it 4-3 42 seconds later on a Trent Michie goal, but would get no closer. Fohkens also assisted on Michie's late goal.

Jacob Hutchings posted his league best eighth win of the season in goal for Kincardine. He made 27 saves. Nathan Watson made 24 stops and suffers the loss for the Flyers, who fell to 2-16 on the season, the worst record in the Western League.

Kincardine now has three consecutive home games on the schedule, including two this weekend. Goderich will be in town on Friday night for a rematch at 8:30 p.m., while the Mitchell Hawks will be at the Davidson Centre on Saturday evening for a 7 p.m. game.

Friday night in the West, Walkerton beat Mitchell 5-4, while the Hanover Barons doubled up the Wingham Ironmen 6-3. On Sunday, Mitchell defeated the Mount Forest Patriots by a 6-3 score.

The Western League split games on Saturday with the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C League, and won the one that mattered. The All-Star game was won by the West, meaning home ice advantage in the Schmalz Cup quarter-finals will go to whichever team emerges from the Western League playoffs. The Prospects Game was won by the GBMO. For more details on those two games, see elsewhere in this week's sports section.