Knights dump Grey Highlands 6-1

KDSS alone in first

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team is alone in first place in the Bluewater Athletic Association with a perfect 3-0 record after another lopsided win last week at home.

KDSS goaltender Sophia Tomaini grabs a loose puck last week at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Led by a four-point performance by senior Hailey Allen, the Knights dumped the always strong Grey Highlands Secondary School Lions Thursday afternoon at home by a 6-1 score.

"That should clinch first place for us," said KDSS coach Dan Ogilvie following the game. "That's really what we want here and that should get us home ice in the playoffs."

It won't hurt the Knights cause to win today (Wednesday) in Walkerton against the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders, a 2 p.m. start. After that, just one game remains on the regular season schedule for KDSS, a Jan. 13 match-up in Owen Sound against the St. Mary's High School Mustangs. SHHS heads into today's game in fourth place with a 1-1-1 record.

The Knights played a feisty game on Thursday against the Lions, who have always seem to give KDSS all they can handle. However, this one was never in doubt, as Kincardine scored the first three goals of this contest, and took a 4-1 lead into the third period.

"The girls don't back down from anybody," said Ogilvie of his squad when asked about the scrappy third period. "I don't mind seeing that. I thought they played an excellent game, and showed we aren't going to get pushed around."

Rainor Kuz opened the scoring with 5:07 left in the first period, with help from Emma Swift and Hailey Allen. Allen then scored with a little more than one minute to go, an unassisted tally that gave KDSS a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Allen scored again early in the third period to put the hosts up by three goals. Alyssa Andrews and Georgia Fields had the helpers. Grey Highlands finally responded midway through the frame when Lauren Lupo-Flewelling scored from Michaela Sadler and Fairyn Bannerman.

Maddie Beishuizen restored the three-goal cushion three minutes later, making it 4-1 with help from Mattie Shipp.

The third period saw each team take several roughing penalties as the Lions grew frustrated. Kincardine generated a steady stream of scoring chances, while the little offence GHSS could muster up was stymied by a strong defence and the goaltending of Sophia Tomaini.

With six minutes remaining and the Knights shorthanded, Jennelle Smeltzer picked up the puck at her own blueline and skated it the length of the ice before sneaking a backhander by the GHSS goaltender for a shorthanded beauty. Allen assisted on the goal for her fourth point of the contest.

And just for good measure, exactly one minute later, Beishuizen hammered home a great drop pass from Megan Stewart-Kemp to finish up a neat 3-on-1 rush by KDSS. Beishuizen's second goal of the game made it 6-1, and that's how it ended.

Tomaini made 25 stops to post the win. KDSS outshot the Lions by a narrow 27-26 margin.

In other girls hockey action last week, Sacred Heart blanked the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals 5-0. Melynda McKenzie had four assists for the Crusaders, while Kelsey Weppler posted the shut out. In Owen Sound, the SMHS Mustangs dumped West Hill, also with a 5-0 final score.

In BAA boys hockey action last week, Kincardine fell to 1-2 on the season after being blanked on the road by Sacred Heart. Matt Donnelly posted the shut out for the Crusaders. The KDSS boys were to host the SDSS Royals on Monday afternoon for a regular season game, and then today (Wednesday) travel to Flesherton for a 1 p.m. exhibition contest against the Lions.

For the rest of this week's BAA sports round-up, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.