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Bulldogs find win column on the road

By Josh Howald

It was a weekend of firsts for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs scored their first power play goal of the season, earned their first shutout of the season and most importantly, finally found the win column.


Port Elgin man wins inaugural Trails Race

It may be the Kincardine Trails Network, but on Sunday, the trails belonged to Chris Vallieres.

The 39-year-old Port Elgin man bested more than 200 other competitors to win the inaugural 7-km Trails Race Challenge in Kincardine. He finished the race in 27 minutes, 32 seconds faster than Lucknow’s Clint Murray. His brother Brandon finished third, while Tara’s Rob Gowan was fourth. The first Kincardine runner over the line was Gary Robinson, who was fifth.


'Dogs will be first to meet Swiss

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will be the first of six Canadian Provincial Junior Hockey League teams to take on EHC Dubendorf of Switzerland.


Bulldogs still looking for win

Special teams continue to haunt 'Dogs

By Josh Howald

The defending Western Junior C League champions are winless after three games.

Undisciplined hockey and a dreadful power play have been the major themes of the young Provincial Junior Hockey League season for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs. The 'Dogs coughed up a Friday night game at home to the Goderich Flyers and were dumped in Mitchell Sunday evening.


Highlanders win provincial lacrosse title

OLA punching bag to top dog in four seasons

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Highlanders are provincial Masters Lacrosse champions.

"I'm still a little bit shocked, to be honest," chuckled Chris Wainwright Monday morning.

Five years ago, Wainwright had never even played lacrosse before.

But he had always wanted to. So a group of guys started getting together to play pick-up lacrosse. They had their eyes opened pretty quickly.

"We were losing games 17-1," he said. "And now we have the best team in Ontario. I'm really proud of all the guys, and the commitment to the team - right back to the dark days."

Seven or eight players who were there at the start were still there on Sunday to help Kincardine win its first ever men's lacrosse championship.

"But we've picked up some phenomenal lacrosse players to help us along the way," he said.


Surf`s up

This surfer took a rough spill while trying to ride a wave Sunday morning at Station Beach at the West Shore Huron Surf Classic. For the full story, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Huron United wins Premier League title

Huron United posted a 4-0 win on Sunday afternoon to win the SouthWest Ontario Soccer Association Premier Men’s League championship.

Huron United following a 4-0 win over Listowel Sunday afternoon. (submitted photo)

 

The win gave Huron United a final season record of 11-1-2. The win also leaves the club expecting to be promoted to the KDSL. It would be the team's second promotion since 2014.

Sunday's Premier League final in Listowel was scoreless at the half. But United began to create chances in the second half and eventually broke out offensively. Striker Derek Andrew finally opened the scoring after taking a pass from Gerrit Satosek and finishing from six yards out.


Bulldogs come up just short in home opener

Walkerton power play sinks Kincardine

By Josh Howald

Kincardine may be the comeback kids, but too much time in the sin bin cost the Nicol Insurance Bulldogs its first game in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Friday night.

The Kincardine Bulldogs pump a shot on net from the point during Saturday night`s home opener at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

 

In a rematch of last year's league championship series, the Walkerton Hawks were at the Davidson Centre for Kincardine's first regular season game of the year. Kincardine found itself trailing by three goals heading into the third period - familiar territory. And while the 'Dogs did claw back to tie this contest, Walkerton left town with a 6-5 win to improve to 2-0 on the season.


OBA streak over at three

New Lowell puts an end to Cubs' dynasty

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs put up a good fight, but a run of consecutive provincial championships came to an end on the weekend in Kendal.

The Cubs were defeated by the New Lowell Knights twice at the Ontario Baseball Association's AA Senior men's provincial championship tournament.

"It sucks," said Caden Allingham following Saturday night's loss to New Lowell. "But all good things come to an end. We are one or two tweaks away from at AA championship. It is a whole new level for us, even just from the A level."

Kincardine went into the weekend seeking a fourth straight Ontario championship. Nobody can ever accuse the Cubbies of sandbagging. After winning the OBA C championship in 2013, Kincardine moved up to the B tournament in 2014 and won that too. Last year, they competed at the OBA A tournament and weren't touched there either.


Bulldogs open season Saturday

By Josh Howald

What better way is there to kick off the season than a rematch of last year's league championship final - at home?

The Kincardine Bulldogs celebrate Dalton Hnatko's overtime goal in Game 7 of the last year's league finals in Walkerton. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

There isn't a better way, and that's the way the season will begin Saturday night for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.