Bulldogs gear up for round one of playoffs



Kincardine finished off the regular season in style, with two home games. Friday night’s match with the Walkerton Hawks ended in a 3-3 tie; Saturday evening the Bulldogs claimed a 4-1 victory over Goderich.


Friday night started off slow for the Bulldogs. Walkerton’s Justin Donnelly scored the period’s only goal from Adel Zivojevic late in the first period.


Walkerton got into some penalty trouble in the second period, allowing Kincardine to take the lead briefly with a pair of power play goals only two minutes apart – Hunter Robins-Gibbons from Logan Freiburger, and Brett Burrows from Robins-Gibbons and Mike Fiegehen. Walkerton tied the score late in the period with a goal by Cole Walkerton from Austin Vanwyck and Chris RolfVonDenBauman.


Kincardine regained the lead in the third period, Trevor Donaldson from Tyler Sutter. But the Hawks tied the game when Noah Kuno scored from Kyle Somani. No one scored in overtime.


Walkerton failed to score on four power plays; Kincardine connected with two of 11 power plays. In all, Walkerton had 44 penalty minutes on 15 infractions while Kincardine had 14 minutes on seven infractions.


Saturday night Kincardine once again made power plays work in their favour, getting two of six in the net, while Goderich connected with only one of four.


Logan Freiburger scored from Jordan Caskenette in the first period to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.


Each team got a power play goal in the second period – for Goderich, Chad Treble from Riley Conners; for Kincardine, Derrick Bernath from Logan Swanton.


The third period it was all Kincardine, with Burrows scoring on an assist from Keegan Angel, and Angel scoring one of his own on the power play, assists from Joshua Traynor and Robert White.


Kincardine finishes the regular season in third place in the division with 51 points, behind Walkerton with 53 and Mount Forest with 64.


As of press time, the playoff schedule hadn’t been announced.