Gananoque up next for atoms

Our total local playoff hockey update!

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks are all finished with Listowel and will turn attention to Gananoque this weekend.

The atoms clinched a WOAA playoff championship Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine with a 5-1 win over Listowel in Game 5 of the WOAA finals. The win gave the Kinucks a 7-1 win on points. The series became a race to six points after Game 2 ended in a 2-2 draw.

In Game 5, Chase Anderson, Tyler Johns and Jared Houghton each scored first period goals for Kincardine. Quinton Page assisted on all three of those goals. Johns added an assist, as did Casey Beisel and Myles Courtney. Kincardine was held off the scoreboard in the middle frame, but put some emphasis on the win with two more goals in the third. Nolan Janes scored early from Nathan Arnold, and Page completed the scoring at 8:47.

The atoms will have little time to bask in the win. The Gananoque Islanders will be in Kincardine this weekend for Games 1 and 2 of the atom B OMHA quarter-finals. Gananoque, a small town on the St. Lawrence River near Kingston, is coming off a four-game series win over Ennismore. Kincardine has faced neither Gananoque or Ennismore this season.

Game 1 will be Saturday (Feb. 6) evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Note that the 20th annual Ken McCormick Memorial Hockey Game was originally slated to begin at 6:30 p.m., but has been pushed back and will be played following the atom series opener.

Game 2 of the series is Sunday at noon at the Davidson Centre. Game 3 is in Ganonaque Feb. 13, but a time has yet to be determined. Should Game 4 be necessary, it will be Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. in Ganonaque. A potential Game 5 would be played back in Kincardine at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, which is Family Day.



The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks, however, are still waiting to find out who their opponents will be in the midget B OMHA quarter-finals. Kincardine defeated Listowel in Game 4 on the road Tuesday night to win the WOAA playoff title and now await the winner of a series between Elmvale and Penetang. Elmvale holds a 5-3 lead in points, and will look to close out that series tonight on home ice in Game 5. If Penetang wins tonight, that series will be settled for good on Sunday night in Penetang.



The Ripley Wolves begin defending the WOAA Senor A playoff championship tonight on home ice.

Tillsonburg will visit the village for an 8:30 p.m. start against the Wolves. Ripley and Tillsonburg, along with Lucknow, Shelburne and Milverton will be playing a round robin to eliminate one team and then move into semi-final series.

The Wolves will host the team's Wall of Fame ceremonies prior to tonight's playoff game. The event had been postponed from last month.

All four Senior AA semi-final series will open tonight as well. In the WOAA North Division, the top-seeded Minto-Mapleton 81's will host the fourth place Shallow Lake Crushers in Drayton for Game 1 of that series, while the Durham Thundercats will take on the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks tonight in Port Elgin to kick off that best-of-seven. In the South, Huron-East will visit the Clinton Radars while Tavistock will be in Petrolia for respective Game 1s.



And of course, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs kick off the postseason tonight (Friday) at home against the Goderich Flyers. The puck drops tonight at 8:30 p.m. Game 2 is in Goderich tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 p.m., with Game 3 back at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at 2 p.m., following Game 2 of the atom series.

Both other opening round series have already started. Mount Forest shut out the Hanover Barons in Game 1 of that series and will visit the P&H Centre in Hanover tonight for Game 2. The Patriots will host Game 3 Saturday night.

Mitchell and Wingham split the first two games of their playoff series, and have tonight off before playing Game 3 tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7:15 p.m. Game 4 is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Wingham.

- Josh Howald