Atoms lead Listowel

Game 4 tomorrow night in Kincardine
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By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire Kinucks held a 3-1 lead in points on the Listowel Cyclones in the opening round of the OMHA playoffs heading into Game 3 last night (Tuesday) on the road. Game 4 of the series is scheduled to be played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.

Game 1 was Thursday night in Kincardine, and the Kinucks just eked out a 3-2 win to take the series opener.

After a scoreless opening period,  Quinton Page made it 1-0 for Kincardine from Nathan Arnold. Brandon Bishop made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal later in the frame. However, Listowel came back with two quick goals to tie things up in the third. Logan Reyes and Jesse Coombs were the goal scorers. With less than a minute left in the game, Page broke in alone and rifled a shot over the glove of the Listowel goaltender to lift the Kinucks to a 3-2 win in Game 1.

Game 2 of the series was played Saturday in Listowel. This time, Listowel opened the scoring in the first period, but Kincardine tied the game when Tyler Johns knocked home a loose puck. Arnold and Aiden Renaud had assists. Listowel regained the lead with a goal early in the third period, but Bishop crashed the net alone and tapped in the tying goal late in the contest. Ten minutes of overtime settled nothing, meaning each team received a point and the best-of-five series became instead a race to six points.

As mentioned, the teams played Game 3 last night, with Game 4 Thursday in Kincardine at 6:30 p.m. Should a fifth game be necessary, it would be played Saturday in Listowel at 3 p.m.

*Update:

The atoms eked out a 1-0 win last night in Listowel and now lead the series 5-1 in points. Kincardine could close out the series with a win, or tie, tomorrow night (Thursday) in Kincardine. Game time is 7 p.m.