Winless weekend for 'Dogs

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By Josh Howald

A five-game undefeated string for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs was snapped by the league's two top teams on the weekend.

Kincardine dropped road games to first place Walkerton and second place Mitchell in Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division action. Both games were close battles, but both times the 'Dogs ended up on the wrong end.

"Both those teams are just too good for us to play with a short bench," said head coach Shawn Burrows. He said he was missing several players due to school commitments.

Despite the losses, Kincardine remains in the third place in the PJHL Pollock Division at 6-6-1.

Sunday night in Mitchell, the Hawks outshot Kincardine 39-17 en route to a 3-1 win. Mitchell had built up a 3-0 lead before Brett Burrows scored midway through the third period.

"Mitchell was fired up to play and it showed," said Burrows. "We couldn't match their energy all night. (Goaltender) Malcolm Young was really good for us."

Nick Jung, Tyler Pauli and Garrett James scored for Mitchell, who improved to 10-3-1 with the win.

There was no shortage of offence Friday night in Walkerton. The Bulldogs actually held a 5-4 lead heading to the third period of this game, but it was one of those nights where no lead was safe - or lasted very long.

It was 2-1 after one period, and the teams combined for six goals in the middle frame. But Walkerton scored the third period's only two goals to take a come-from-behind 6-5 win.

Brendan Welsh scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 57 seconds remaining, for Walkerton. Braden Boley, Jordan Caskenette, Chris RolfVonDemBauman and Spencer Elder also each scored once.

Tyler Sutter, Derrick Bernath, Mike Fiegehen, Logan Swanton and Hunter Robins-Gibbons each had a goal for the Bulldogs. Jesse Gunn and Tyler Fregona each had two assists.

Walkerton (11-1-1) also defeated Mount Forest on Saturday night to take sole possession of first place overall.

Next up for the 'Dogs is a Friday night game in Goderich against the Flyers. That will be Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will then play a rare Sunday afternoon home game against the Hanover Barons. The puck drops at 2:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.