Bulldogs beat Mitchell again


By Josh Howald

Payton Dunlop scored in overtime Sunday night to give the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs a 2-1 win over the Mitchell Hawks.

With the teams playing 3-on-3 in overtime, Dunlop took a pass from Tyler Fregona and unloaded a bomb in the slot that cleanly beat Graeme Laueresen in the Mitchell net and snapped a 1-1 tie.

"It was a very big win for us," said Kincardine coach Shawn Burrows, whose team now leads Mitchell 3-2 in the season series. "That was the first time this season we beat them in their own barn."

Brett Burrows scored late in the first period for Kincardine, and it nearly stood up as the game winner. Mitchell didn't answer back until there were just 13 seconds left in the game. Derek Elliott forced the extra period when he scored the late goal from Trevor Skinner.

Malcolm Young made 33 saves to post his eighth win of the season for Kincardine in net. Laueresen turned aside 30 shots from the Bulldogs in a losing effort.

The result kept the standings as they were - with Mitchell in second place behind the Walkerton Hawks and the Bulldogs in third place ahead of the Hanover Barons. Mitchell is now 15-7-1, while the 'Dogs improved to 12-11-1.

It was an important road win for Kincardine, especially after losing 5-2 to the league-leading Walkerton Hawks in a rare Saturday afternoon game at the Davidson Centre.

Walkerton took control of Saturday's game by building up a 3-0 lead in the first period. Reid Simmons, Connor Patton and Josh Deyell each scored for the visitors, who outshot Kincardine 14-6 in the first period.

Jesse Gunn got Kincardine on the board with a second period goal from Fregona and Jordan Van Haelemeesch. It was Gunn's eighth goal of the season.

Graydon McArthur and Josh Hopkin each scored third period goals that made it 5-1 for Walkerton. With the result no longer in question, Mike Osadca set up Bryce McFadden with three minutes remaining to make the final score 5-2. It was McFadden's second goal and seventh point since the 16-year-old signed with the Bulldogs nine games ago.

Ryan Winter made 22 saves to post his league-best 14th win of the season. At the other end, Craig Luinstra was busy, stopping 41 Walkerton shots in the loss.

Walkerton now holds a 10-point lead on Mitchell to lead the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League. The Hawks are boasting a 22-2-1 record heading into this weekend's action.

After back-to-back weekend splits with Mitchell and Walkerton, the 'Dogs should have a little easier time this weekend with Wingham and Goderich. Both games are on the road, however, and won't be easy. Friday night the Bulldogs will be in Wingham for an 8 p.m. start. On Saturday, Kincardine will be in Goderich to play the Flyers. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. in that one. Next home game for the Bulldogs isn't until Saturday, Dec. 17 when the Bulldogs will host the Hanover Barons.