Two games, one point for Bulldogs

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By Josh Howald

A four-game win streak came to an end for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs on the weekend.

Wingham's Josh Higgins searches for a loose puck as a Kincardine defender dives to cover it with his glove and goalie Ethan Primeau recovers from a save. (Josh Howald photo)

The 'Dogs played the Wingham Ironmen to a 4-4 draw at home Friday night and were edged out 2-1 by the Mount Forest Patriots Saturday night on the road. That leaves the Bulldogs with a record of 6-1-2 and fourth overall in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division standings.

Friday night in Kincardine, the Bulldogs and Wingham played an entertaining back-and-forth contest that ended in a 4-4 draw. Jordan Caskanette scored from Robert White to open the scoring. Jamie Huber replied for the Ironmen at 12:50, and Kincardine native Jacob Bishop struck four minutes later with a shorthanded goal for Wingham. However, just 40 seconds later Keegan Angel scored on the same man advantage to send this game to the intermission all knotted up. Jake Fair and Hunter Robins-Gibbons assisted on the goal. Second period goals from Bayley Boyes and Carter Collinson gave the Ironmen a 4-2 lead, but Brett Burrows scored a power play goal late in the period to make it a 4-3 game. Mike Fiegehen and Robins-Gibbons assisted on the Burrows marker.

Caskanette scored his seventh goal of the year with seven minutes left in the third period to force the extra frame. The 3-on-3 overtime period produced plenty of chances for both teams, but no game winner. Both goaltenders in this game were Kincardine Minor Hockey Association products and former goaling partners. Neither Ethan Primeau or Wingham goalie Jamie Brock get credit for a win in this game. Brock made 32 saves for the Ironmen, while Primeau stopped 40 shots in the Kincardine goal.

The next night in Mount Forest, the Bulldogs hung with the first place Mount Forest Patriots until the dying seconds.

Klayton Hoelscher, who had a hat trick against Kincardine the first time these teams met, scored the game winner with just 26 seconds to go. Evan Kuhl and Brady Richards had traded second period goals for the Pats and 'Dogs, respectively. Angel and Justin Marlowe assisted on the Richards goal.

Craig Luinstra made 36 saves in net for the Bulldogs. David Lobsinger stopped 32 shots for Mount Forest to record his league-leading sixth win of the season. The win kept Mount Forest at the top of the standings, even with Walkerton at 10-2 and 20 points.

Kincardine will now play a trio of games on the road. On Friday night, the 'Dogs will be in Wingham for a 7:30 p.m. game. Saturday, Kincardine will face the Mitchell Hawks, in MItchell at 7:05 p.m. Then on Friday, Nov. 3, the Hanover Barons will host the Bulldogs. Next home game for the Bulldogs is scheduled for Nov. 5. That is a Sunday afternoon game at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at 3:55 p.m.