Bulldogs win a pair

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Sports

By Josh Howald

A road trip was just what the doctor ordered for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs picked up the first win of the season Saturday, and followed that up with win #2 on Sunday. It was a good way to kick off the new interleague play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League and moved Kincardine out of the Pollock Division basement. The 'Dogs are now 2-4, tied for fifth place with the Goderich Flyers.

"Four big points for us, it was a great weekend," said Kincardine's head coach Shawn Burrows.

"We played two good games and the players had some fun. It was a very positive weekend for us."

Burrows said the power play was clicking Saturday night in Huntsville, which put the 'Dogs in a good place - leading 4-1 at the first intermission.

Damien Demarco-Sutton and Quinn Thompson traded goals in the first seven minutes, but three power play goals in less than five minutes late in the first period was the story of this game. Mike Fiegehen had one of those goals and assisted on the other two. Hunter Robins-Gibbons and Keegan Angel scored the other PP markers.

Trevor Donaldson made it 5-1 for Kincardine late in the second period and scored again midway through the third to give Kincardine a 6-1 lead. Josh Quinn scored a late power play goal for the Otters, his second of the game, and it ended 6-2.

Ethan Primeau made 16 saves for his first win of the season.

The Bulldogs stayed in Midland Saturday night, and came up with a big game on Sunday against the Flyers.

"It was a real good game (Sunday)," said Burrows. "We played hard and found a way to win."

Angel scored from Kent Ribey and Fiegehen in the first period and Connor Gibson scored from Jesse Carnahan in the second period to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Robert White scored a power play goal from Gibson two minutes later, and Kincardine took a 3-0 lead to the second break.

The Flyers battled back with two goals in two minutes late in the third period, but Kincardine put this one away with an empty net goal  with 1:09 remaining on the clock. Brady Richards and Jake Fair had the assists on the clincher.

Craig Luinstra made 20 saves to collect his first win of the year.

All in all, things look a lot better for the Bulldogs than they did one week ago. Both players and fans will be a little looser heading into two big games this weekend. Kincardine will host the rival Walkerton Hawks Friday night at the Davidson Centre. The puck drops at 8:20 p.m. Then on Sunday, Kincardine will travel to Mitchell for a 7:10 p.m. contest.