Early losing streak continues for Kincardine Bulldogs


By Barb McKay

It was another tough weekend for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs who ended up winless against Mount Forest and Goderich.

The ‘Dogs faced the Mount Forest Patriots on home ice Friday evening and despite having several chances at the Mount Forest net during the first period were unable to capitalize. Patriots’ KlaytonHoelscher was able to get one past Bulldogs goaltender Ethan Primeau on a power play at 4:41 to make the score 1-0 for the Patriots.

The Bulldogs lost some momentum in the second period and were outshot 15-7 by Mount Forest. Hoelscher came into score early for the Patriots, just one minute in, to make it 2-0. Despite chances at both ends of the ice neither team was able to make them count until Hoelscher earned a hat trick with a short-handed goal at 17:09.

Kincardine came out fighting in the third period and the two teams matched shots on net 12-12. In the end it was the Bulldogs who capitalized with a power play goal by Payton Dunlop 52 seconds in, assisted by Joshua Traynor and Justin Marlow, and short-handed goal by Keegan Angel, assisted by Hunter Robins-Gibbons and Connor Gibson, at 18-36, ending the game in a narrow loss for the Bulldogs of 3-2.

Kincardine was in Goderich on Saturday night to face the Flyers. While the Bulldogs came out strong with 11 shots on goal to Goderich’s seven in the first, it was Goderich that got past Kincardine netminder Craig Luinstra with back-to-back goals midway through the period to make it 2-0 for the Flyers.

Goderich started off the scoring in the second period with at goal at 13:58, but Kincardine answered with a power play goal by Traynor at 16:46, assisted by Robins-Gibbons and Dunlop to make it 3-1.

The Flyers dominated the third period to extend their lead, with goals – at 1:19, 9:02 and 14:50 – and Bulldog Mike Fiegehen responded with an unassisted goal at 15:40 to end the game 6-2 in Goderich’s favour.

The Bulldogs are now 0-4 two weeks into the season. Kincardine is on the road this weekend to face Huntsville on Saturday and Midland on Sunday. Both games have 2:30 p.m. starts.