Atoms lose in Silver Stick semi-final


It was a roller coaster weekend for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks, and it ended in overtime of the International Silver Stick semi-finals in Forest.

It looked liked the whole experience might be over for the Kinucks before noon on Friday, but the atoms made the most of the chances they got. After two quick losses, Kincardine hammered a team from Rome, New York to squeak through to a semi-final game on Saturday afternoon.

That semi-final was against Elmvale, who had defeated the Kinucks the previous day.

Brandon Bishop gave Kincardine a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal, but Elmvale tied the game late in the first period. Then, with 4.7 seconds left in the first and the Kinucks playing shorthanded, Elmvale scored to go ahead 2-1. Kincardine didn't trail for long. Early in the second, Tyler Johns scored with a nice tip of a Bishop shot. Kincardine jumped ahead in the third period when Bishop scored from Aiden Renaud, but Elmvale battled back and scored one minute later to make it 3-3 at the end of regulation time. With 17 seconds left in the 10-minute OT period, a loose puck snuck into the Kincardine net to end the Kinucks Silver Stick run.

Kincardine had opened the tournament at 8 a.m. on Friday against Ilderton. Johns scored from Myles Courtney to give the Kinucks an early lead, but Ilderton scored two quick goals early in the third period. Ilderton made it 3-1 with seven minutes left. Quinton Page scored to make it 3-2, but Kincardine couldn't even the score and that's how it ended.

Later that morning, Kincardine was shut out 2-0 by Elmvale.

The atoms third game was against Rome, New York, and Kincardine needed a win, and some points, to advance. The Kinucks did just that with a 9-0 win. Page scored four times, while Jarred Houghton and Bishop each netted a pair. Chase Anderson also scored for the atoms. Houghton and Anderson each added two helpers, while single assists went to Bishop, Courtney, Nathan Arnold and Nolan Janes.

The atoms will now prepare for the playoffs. Kincardine will face Listowel in a best-of-five series in the opening round. Games 1 and 2 of the series are in Listowel Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, with Game 3 back in Kincardine on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.