Bulldogs beat Penetang on Hockey Day

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One would think with all of the waiting around the Penetang Kings did on Saturday they would have been prepared for a Provincial Junior Hockey League interleague game against the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

But it was the Bulldogs who struck first, and ultimately won this game, played Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. This game followed the Senior AA game between Ripley and Saugeen Shores and was the day's grand finale.

However, it was a choppy, penalty-filled contest that lacked a whole lot of flow - although it did have plenty of power play goals.

Kincardine, who was coming off a disappointing 6-3 loss the previous night to the Hanover Barons, took the lead three minutes in when Trevor Donaldson scored from Tyler Sutter and Justin Marlowe. Penetang tied the game three minutes later on the power play, but Kincardine regained the lead with a Mike Fiegehen power play goal in the final minute of the frame. Jordan Caskanette, a former Walkerton Hawk who finished in the league's top-10 in scoring last season, assisted on the goal. This was his second game with Kincardine since General Manager Doug Kennedy acquired his release last week.

After a scoreless second period, Caskanette scored his first goal as a Bulldog. He converted a pass from Fiegehen 1:26 into the third. Trenton Micks got one back for the visitors on the power play, but Fiegehen scored his second of the game to make it 4-2. Fiegehen now has a team high 10 points. Brett Burrows put the final nail in Penetang's coffin with seven seconds to go into an empty net.

Craig Luinstra posted the win in goal with a 34-save performance.

The weekend split leaves the Bulldogs with a record of 3-5-0-2. That's good for eight points and in fifth place in the seven-team Pollock Division of the PJHL.

The Kings, meanwhile, are now 1-5 in the North Carruthers Division of the PJHL.

Up next for the 'Dogs is a rare Thursday night home game at the Davidson Centre. Kincardine will get another crack at the Barons tomorrow night at 7:55 p.m. On Friday, Kincardine will head to Goderich to take on the last place Flyers before returning home for a Sunday afternoon game at home against Mitchell. Sunday's game is a 3:55 p.m. start at the Davidson Centre.