Two wins and a loss as Bulldogs gear up for playoffs



With a pair of wins and a loss on the weekend, the Kincardine Bulldogs seem destined to finish the regular season in the middle of the division. Mount Forest remains in first place with 58 points and 37 games played. Walkerton holds second place with 52 points and 37 games played. Weekend results put Kincardine back in third place with 48 points. Two teams have 46 points - Mitchell in fourth place with 38 games played (22 wins, 14 losses, one tie); Wingham is fifth with 38 games played (21 wins, 13 losses, three ties). Goderich and Hanover are sixth and seventh respectively, each with 15 points.


The Bulldogs treated hometown fans to a 4-0 shutout when they hosted the Hanover Barons Friday night.


After a scoreless first period that saw several near-misses on the part of both teams, the Bulldogs came out strong in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals – Tyler Sutter from Mike Fiegehen, Sutter again from Trevor Donaldson and Jesse Carnahan, and Keegan Angel from Joshua Traynor and Brett Burrows.


Burrows came back in the third period to score one of his own, from Traynor and Robert White.


Ethan Primeau was in net for the Bulldogs, making 22 saves.


The next afternoon at the Teeswater Community Centre arena, the Walkerton Hawks made three of their six power plays count on the scoreboard, as opposed to Kincardine’s one out of five. That told the tale of the game, a 7-3 loss for the Bulldogs, with only three scheduled games remaining in the regular season.


Walkerton was up 2-1 at the end of the first period. Adel Zivojevic scored for the Hawks from Spencer Elder and Justin Donnelly. Then Kincardine’s Robert White scored on the power play, with Logan Freiburger and Peyton Dunlop getting assists. Walkerton came back with a power play goal of their own, Elder from Zivojevic and Donnelly.


The second period was mostly Walkerton’s, with four goals – Ryan Shaw from Quinton Maddock and Chris RolfVonDenBauman, Elder on the power play from Josh Deyell, Deyell on the power play from Donnelly and Maddock, and Brady Stewart from Ryan Shaw and Maverick Petrie. Scoring Kincardine’s lone second period goal was Derrick Bernath from Brady Richards.


The third period started with a brawl but was more even when it came to goals, with each team scoring one – Carnahan from Freiburger and Fiegehen for Kincardine, and Elder, short-handed and unassisted, for Walkerton.


Kincardine got 52 minutes in penalties on 18 infractions, to Walkerton’s 30 minutes on 16 infractions.


Craig Luinstra and Primeau were each in net for part of the game for Kincardine, with Luinstra stopping 14 of 19 shots and Primeau stopping 14 of 16.


The third-last scheduled game Sunday afternoon in Goderich saw the Bulldogs win 2-1 in overtime. Hunter Robins-Gibbons score the first period’s only goal for Kincardine, with Bernath and Donaldson getting the assists. Matt Bean scored unassisted to tie the game at the end of the third period, forcing the game into overtime. At the 3:21 mark of overtime, Kincardine’s Jordan Caskenette scored from Freiburger and Robins-Gibbons to win the game. Primeau was in net for Kincardine.


Kincardine will be looking for wins in the final two games of the regular season, both at home, with the Bulldogs hosting Walkerton Friday, Jan. 26, 8:25 p.m., and Goderich the next evening, Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:55 p.m.