Listowel spoils Silver Stick for peewees

Section: 
Sports

One bad shift can change a game.

Carson Fletcher fires a puck wide of the net in the peewee B final this afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

 

If the Kincardine Legion peewee Kinucks didn't know that last night, they know it now.

Listowel is the 29th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick bantam B champion after defeating the peewee Kinucks 4-1 this afternoon (Wednesday) in front of a large crowd at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

It was the second time the teams have met in as many days. The previous day, they played to a 1-1 draw. That was the only goal Listowel had allowed in four tournament games heading into today's championship.

So things were looking good for Kincardine when Kayne Lee scored to give the Kinucks a 1-0 lead. However, Listowel tied the game early in the second period, and took a 2-1 lead six minutes later with a shorthanded goal from Jordan Alexander.

Still, this game was very much up for grabs at the second intermission.

But not for long. Captain Chet Hudson scored 15 seconds into the third period. Only 30 seconds later, Hudson scored again to make it 4-1. From that point, a strong, smart Listowel team went into a defensive shell and Kincardine didn't get a sniff.

As it turned out, it was one of the day's closer games. While championship day at the Silver Stick usually means tight battles, that wasn't the case this year. For example, Minto waltzed to a bantam C title with an 11-0 hammering of South-Bruce. Mitchell beat Twin Centre 5-1 in the novice B final, while Tavistock dumped Twin Center by the same score in the bantam B final. The peewee C title bout was the closest of the day, with West Grey beating Seaforth 4-3.

For full coverage of the peewee B final and the Silver Stick tournament, don't miss the next print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

- Josh Howald