Midgets lead Listowel 2-1

Game 4 tonight in Listowel

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will try again tonight to close out an opening round playoff series against Listowel.

Bradley Pickett searches for a loose puck in Game 1 of the Kincardine - Listowel midget series Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine carried a 2-0 series lead on Listowel heading into Game 3 of the series last night (Tuesday) at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. However, Listowel squeaked out a 2-1 win to stave off elimination and force a fourth game in this series. That will be played tonight (Wednesday) in Listowel at 7:30 p.m. If a fifth and final game is necessary, it would be played Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Last night at the Davidson Centre, Reese Johnson gave Listowel a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Kinucks battled back to tie the game three minutes later. Some tenacity in front of the Listowel net paid off for Chase Meurs, who shovelled home a loose puck. Raven Sharpe assisted.

But less than a minute later, Austin McGrath one-timed a pass from defence partner Parker Yungblut to put Listowel back in the lead. The slap shot from the left point ended up being the game winning goal.

Though the third period was scoreless, it wasn’t without excitement. Late in the game Kincardine killed of a full two minutes two men short. Then, the Kinucks were handed the same opportunity and pulled the goaltender for a 6-on-3 advantage. Kincardine did put one in the Listowel net, but it was waved off by official John McKay.

Special teams played a big factor on Sunday night in Listowel too. Kincardine got power play goals from Grant Stevens and Kyle Hunter, while Ethan Long scored a shorthanded goal in a 3-0 win in Game 2.

Game 1 belonged to the Kinucks, though the score remained close until the third period. Kincardine sealed the series opener with an empty net goal to make it 3-0.

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