Dogs gone


By Josh Howald

The season came to an end for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs last night in Game 5 of the OHA Schmalz Cup quarter-finals.

Kincardine captain Gerrit Satosek crashes into the goalpost after being hauled down on a partial breakaway by Alliston's Gianniuca Palotto in the second period of Game 5 last night at the Davidson Centre. Palotto received a minor penalty on the play. (Josh Howald photo)


Payton Dunlop sunk his hometown team last night with a blast from the point with seven minutes to go. Dunlop's goal was the dagger in a 3-1 win by the Hornets that eliminated Kincardine and moved them into a semi-final series against the Port Hope Panthers of the Empire B Junior C League.

It was a tough end for Kincardine, the Western League Champions for the first time since 2009. True to form, this team didn't quit until the final buzzer had sounded. After staying alive with a 4-3 win on the road Wednesday, Kincardine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in Game 5. Tyler Fregona scored from Luke Czuczman and Matthew Mah at 6:40 of the opening period. It remained 1-0 for the 'Dogs until Dunlop sprung Devon Gillham with a goal line to red line breakaway pass six minutes into the second period. It appeared to be a set play off a defensive end draw for the Hornets. In any event, Gillham tied the game. Seven minutes later Hamilton scored to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. He neatly deflected a Ryan Lewis point shot off the post and into the top corner. Dunlop's shot from the point gave the Hornets some breathing room.

Some questionable calls didn't go Kincardine's way, particularly in the third period, which quashed yet another comeback by the Bulldogs.

Tyler Brindle turned in another good performance for the Hornets, making 29 stops. Many of them were quality chances. Jacob Hutchings, too, was good at the other end. Hutchings turned in a 28 save performance.

The Schmalz Cup semi-final series are both now set. While Alliston will take on Port Hope in one semi, the other series will feature the Essex 73s and the Ayr Centennials.

For the complete story, don't miss next week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

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