Kincardine Bulldogs bring home two wins in a row



By Pauline Kerr


When the Bulldogs come back from a pair of losses, they do it in a big way. This past weekend, the Bulldogs took their winning attitude to opponents in Walkerton and Hanover.


Friday’s game in Walkerton started off slowly for the Bulldogs. The Hawks outshot Kincardine 13 to 7 in the first period. However, Kincardine made their shots on net count – Logan Swanton got one in the Walkerton net from Logan Freiburger to open scoring.


The second period was more of the same, except this time Walkerton scored – Cole Walker from Austin Vanwyck and Ryan Shaw.


The ‘Dogs pulled out the stops in the third, overwhelming Walkerton with 17 shots on net to their opponents’ three (all of which were stopped by Kincardine goalie Craig Luinstra). And they made them count despite racking up almost double the penalty minutes earned by the Hawks (43 minutes on 11 infractions to Walkerton’s 23 on seven throughout the course of the game). Brett Burrows scored from Keegan Angel to put Kincardine in the lead. Then Payton Dunlop scored unassisted on the power play. With four minutes left in the game, Walkerton gambled by pulling goalie Cody van der Heide for the extra attacker, but Kincardine’s Damien Demarco-Sutton scored on the empty net, Burrows getting the assist. With seconds left in the game, Jordan Caskenette made it 5-1 for the Bulldogs, assists from Hunter Robins-Gibbons and Swanton.


Saturday’s afternoon game in Hanover was the same kind of game, with Kincardine racking up the penalty minutes but also the goals.


Kincardine came out strong in the first period with a goal by Jesse Carnahan from Caskenette and Freiburger.


In the second period, the Bulldogs got into some penalty trouble and were short two players at one point. They were able to stop the Barons from taking advantage of the scoring opportunity while building up their lead. Caskenette scored unassisted, and then Grant Stevens got one in the net on assists from Jake Fair and Joshua Traynor.


Freiburger scored from Robins-Gibbons and Burrows to make the score 4-0, and it looked like it might be a shutout for Luinstra. But Hanover’s Colton Culbert scored on the power play, with assists from JordenReaman and Noah Johnson, and the game ended with a 4-1 victory for Kincardine.


The Bulldogs’ next game is in Walkerton Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:20 p.m. The next home game is Saturday, Dec. 9, when the Bulldogs host the Mount Forest Patriots for a 7:25 p.m. game.