Puck drops in 10 days

Bulldogs 2-3 in preseason action
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By Josh Howald

The puck drops in 10 days, and the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs want to be ready.

Brett Burrows streaks twoard to the Wingham net during the second period of Kincardine's exhibition game with the Wingham Ironmen last week at the Davidson Centre. Burrows had four points for the 'Dogs in a 7-1 win. (Josh Howald photo)

 

That's one of the reasons Kincardine has had a busier preseason schedule than any other team in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League (formerly known as the Western Junior C League).

The 'Dogs have hosted Hanover twice, Wingham once and then hosted an exhibition round robin tournament on Sunday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

"We just want to make sure everybody gets a look and a fair chance out there," said head coach Shawn Burrows.

Kincardine made some back-to-the-future signings on the weekend. Kincardine signed Keegan McLelland, Jordan  Van Haelemeesch to cards Sunday. Both played for the Bulldogs in the 2014-15 season. Hunter Robbins-Gibbons was also re-signed by Kincardine - this will be his third season with the club.

"We have 12 forwards, five d-men and a goalie signed right now," said Burrows. "We're looking to sign a couple of more, but we are just waiting for Junior B tryouts to finish up."

Kincardine native Jamie Brock is giving Bulldogs brass something to think about between the pipes. With Craig Luinstra already signed, Kincardine could have an all-local goaltending tandem for the first time, ever. Brock was very good against Wingham on Thursday evening, and again on the weekend.

"Brock has played well for the entire training camp," said Burrows.

The 'Dogs danced all around Wingham Thursday. After trading goals in the first period, Kincardine then scored six unanswered goals, four of them in the middle frame. McLelland had two of them, while Brett Burrows scored a beauty and set up three others.

On Sunday at the Davidson Centre, Walkerton edged out Tavistock  4-3 to kick off the day's action. Kincardine was then knocked around by the Stayner Siskins 7-1. Overager Dalton Hnatko had Kincardine's only goal, from Tyler Fregona and White. The Bulldogs bounced back with a better effort and a 2-1 win over Tavistock. Mike Feigehen scored from Burrows in the first period and Derrick Bernath scored from Keegan Angel midway through the second. It stood as the game winner. The final game of the day saw the Hawks double up Stayner 6-3.

"(Brett) Burrows has been playing well for us," said coach Burrows. "We will be leaning on him to fill in some of the scoring we have lost."

Burrows and assistant coach Jeremy McQuillin will have a better handle on their opening day roster by the end of the weekend. The Pollock Division PJHL regular season schedule begins for the Bulldogs on Sept. 10. In a rematch of last year's league playoff final, Walkerton will visit the Davidson Centre for a 7:30 p.m. start.