Bulldogs lead series with Walkerton



Kincardine started the second round of division playoffs Friday night with a hard-hitting, action-filled 5-2 victory over Walkerton.


Cheered on by a vocal contingent of fans who made the trip east on Highway 9 to Walkerton, the Bulldogs came out determined to stand up to the Hawks’ fast and physical style, which they did, and then some.


After a scoreless first period, Jordan Caskenette put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at the 47 second mark, assisted by Hunter Robins-Gibbons. Walkerton got into a bit of penalty trouble, and Mike Fiegehen scored on the power play unassisted. The Hawks replied less than a minute later with a power play goal of their own, Brendan Welsh from Chris RolfVonDenBauman and Gary Mantz. The Bulldogs’ Damien Demarco-Sutton scored from Grant Stevens to end the period at 3-1.


The third period was more of the same. Walkerton’s Justin Donnelly scored unassisted only seconds in, closing the gap to 3-2, but Kincardine held them from scoring a goal for the tie. Late in the period, Walkerton upped the pressure by pulling their goalie to give an extra attacker, but it worked in Kincardine’s favour with not one but two empty-net goals – Caskenette from Logan Swanton and Keegan Angel, and Brady Richards from Robert White.


Game two of the series in Kincardine Sunday was more of the same, ending in a 4-1 victory for the Bulldogs. Penalties told the story of the game – Walkerton incurred double the penalty minutes and infractions – 24 minutes on 12 infractions to Kincardine’s 12 minutes on six infractions.


All five goals in the game were scored on the power play, with the Bulldogs getting four of them.


Caskenette put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, assisted by Payton Dunlop and Logan Freiburger. Just over a minute later, Robins-Gibbons made it 2-0, on assists from Swanton and Fiegehen.


Walkerton’s Spencer Elder closed the gap to 2-1 in the second period, with Mantz and Josh Deyell getting the assists. But that was to be the only goal for the Hawks. Fiegehen scored on assists from Swanton and Robins-Gibbons to make it 3-1.


Brett Burrows scored the third period’s only goal from Joshua Traynor.


Details of game three, played in Walkerton Monday afternoon, weren’t available at press time.


Game four will be played in Kincardine Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:45 p.m. Games five and six, if necessary, have been scheduled for Friday evening in Walkerton at 8:20 p.m. and Sunday at 4:55 p.m. in Kincardine.