Kincardine Bulldogs hold onto third spot in the division



The Jr. C Bulldogs went into the Christmas break with a pair of home games.


They won the first one, Thurrsday, Dec. 21 against Goderich 4-0, with Ethan Primeau getting the shutout, but lost the next one, Friday, Dec. 22 to division-leading Mount Forest 6-3.


The game against Goderich started with both teams scrambling to get organized. Both teams took a number of shots on goal, but it wasn’t until late in the first period that Kincardine was able to score – Justin Marlowe from Tyler Sutter.


After that, Kincardine was in control, outshooting Goderich 17-5 in the second period and 9-6 in the third.


The second period ended with Kincardine up by two, thanks to a goal by Logan Freiburger from Mike Fiegehen and Hunter Robins-Gibbons.


In the third, Freiburger got his second of the night, with Fiegehen getting the assist. Then Freiburger and Robert White set up Jordan Caskenette for the fourth and final goal, on the power play. The third period also saw players from both teams get penalties for fighting, as a frustrated Goderich team struggled for control. Goderich got 36 penalty minutes on nine infractions to Kincardine’s 16 minutes on seven infractions.


Friday night’s game also saw a lot of fighting in the third period, with Kincardine’s Sutter getting ejected from the game, and several other players from both teams getting major penalties.


However, Mount Forest scored six times to Kincardine’s three, to win the game.


Both teams took 13 shots on goal in the first period, but Mount Forest made one count. Blair Butchart from Luke Hoelscher on the power play – the first of three power play goals for the team on eight tries. Kincardine had 10 power play scoring opportunities but made only one count.


Both teams scored three goals in the second period – Kincardine’s Keegan Angel from Joshua Traynor and Damien Demarco-Sutton, Caskenette from Freiburger and Fiegehen on the power play, and Freiburger from Caskenette. Scoring for the Patriots were Butchart (short-handed and unassisted), Klayton Hoelscher unassisted, and Michael Stefanelli from Butchart and Derick Acheson.


Kincardine was only one goal behind at the end of the second, but penalties cost Kincardine any chance of a win. Mount Forest scored twice on the power play – Ryley Cribbin from Ryan Maksymyk and Butchart, and K. Hoelscher from Cribbin and Maksymy – to end the game with a 6-3 win.


Mount Forest leads the division with 48 points; second place Walkerton and third place Kincardine each have 40 and fourth place Wingham has 36.


The Jr. C Bulldogs don’t play at home until Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. The team has a series of away games scheduled – this Sunday, Jan. 7, 2:20 p.m. in Walkerton; Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. in Mount Forest; and Sunday, Jan. 14, 3:30 p.m. in Wingham.