Top corner?

Gavin Beaty of the Kincardine atoms had his eye on the top corner with this wrist shot, while teammate Jared Houghton drives to the net past a Gananoque defender during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre. The atom Kinucks won both Games 1 and 2 at home on the weekend. For the full story, see this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs could sweep Flyers tonight

Kincardine leading Western League series 3-0

By Josh Howald

It could be an opening round sweep for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs tonight (Wednesday) in Goderich.

Jacob Hutchings has been solid when called upon thus far in the Western Junior C League playoffs. Here, he tracks the puck during Game 3 of Kincardine's opening round series against Goderich. (Josh Howald photo)


Atom Kinucks lead Gananoque 2-0

Week of big playoff games for Kincardine

It has been a steady schedule of big hockey games over the past week for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks. In the last week, the atoms have eliminated Listowel to win the WOAA playoff championship and seized control of an OMHA quarter-final series with Gananoque.

Casey Beisel keep the puck in the Gananoque zone during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Kinucks took Game 1 in a rout, and could wrap things up Saturday in Gananoque. (Josh Howald photo)


Midgets win WOAA title

Elmvale in town for Game 1 Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will open the OMHA quarter-finals Saturday night at home.

Chase Meurs scores for Kincardine in Game 3 of the WOAA finals against Listowel. (Josh Howald photo)


The midgets and Elmvale will kick off a best-of-five series at 8 p.m. at the Davidson Centre. Game 2 of the series will be at 7 p.m. Sunday night in Elmvale. Game 3 is also in Elmvale on Feb. 19, with Game 4, if necessary, in Kincardine Feb. 20.

Wolves drop playoff opener in overtime

By Josh Howald

It couldn't have been much more of a back-and-forth game on Friday night in Ripley between the Wolves and the Tillsonburg Thunder.

No lead lasted more than five minutes in this game, the opening contest of the WOAA Senior A round robin playoffs, which also includes Lucknow, Milverton and Shelburne.

Adam Vandepole's goal at 14:45 of overtime was the difference on this night, giving the Thunder a 5-4 win on the road. It didn't take long for bad blood to develop, despite the fact these two teams have never played against each other before. Four players were ejected in the second period of a penalty-filled game.

Friendly rivals

Team captains Dave Patterson, left, and Dan McCormick with a few high sticks before Saturday night's 20th annual Ken McCormick Game and Dance Saturday night at the Davidson Centre. McCormick's team succesfully defended bragging rights. (Barb McKay photo)

Both local rinks eliminated

By Josh Howald

There will be a new champion of the Brokerlink Insurance Grey-Bruce Major Curling League - and it won't be one from Kincardine.

Don Bartley, the defending champion, was upset in extra ends last Wednesday night by the sixth seed Scott Ballantyne in quarter-final action in the area's premier curling league. Ballantyne's Chesley-based rink pulled off a 7-5 win over Bartley to advance to tonight's semi-finals.

Les Shane's BDO Canada rink was also eliminated at the Hanover Curling Club. Shane's Kincardine team finished fifth in regular season action, and was defeated 7-3 by A.J. Schumaker's fourth seeded team. Shane is still in the hunt for a B title, however. The top seed, Al Hutchinson, led his RAM Promotional rink to a 9-4 win over Steve Gregg. The fourth and final skip to move on to the semi-finals was Chesley's Jeff Thomson. Thomson outlasted Tom Slumskie 7-4.

Kincardine walks all over Gananoque

Back-to-back playoff games in Kincardine Sunday

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks hold a 1-0 lead in the OMHA quarter-finals after blowing out Gananoque earlier this evening at the Davidson Centre.


By the time the final horn sounded to end the opening game of this series, Kincardine held a lead of 10 goals. The final score was 11-1. After a relatively tight opening period, the Kinucks waltzed away from Gananoque in the middle frame. A 3-0 lead quickly grew to a 6-0 lead to an 8-0 lead in a matter of mere minutes. The visitors finally got on the board early in the third period, snapping Rowen Cherrett's shutout bid.

The teams will meet again tomorrow at noon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine to play Game 2 of this best-of-five series.

Gananoque up next for atoms

Our total local playoff hockey update!

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks are all finished with Listowel and will turn attention to Gananoque this weekend.

The atoms clinched a WOAA playoff championship Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine with a 5-1 win over Listowel in Game 5 of the WOAA finals. The win gave the Kinucks a 7-1 win on points. The series became a race to six points after Game 2 ended in a 2-2 draw.

In Game 5, Chase Anderson, Tyler Johns and Jared Houghton each scored first period goals for Kincardine. Quinton Page assisted on all three of those goals. Johns added an assist, as did Casey Beisel and Myles Courtney. Kincardine was held off the scoreboard in the middle frame, but put some emphasis on the win with two more goals in the third. Nolan Janes scored early from Nathan Arnold, and Page completed the scoring at 8:47.

Midgets win WOAA title

Win Game 5 on the road

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are WOAA playoff champions.

This goal in the dying seconds of Game 3 of Kincardine's series with Listowel was waved off. However, Kincardine scored five times in Game 4 last night to win a WOAA playoff championship. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine claimed the WOAA title and advanced to the OMHA quarter-finals with a 5-0 win last night in Game 4 of the WOAA championship series in Listowel. The Kinucks won Games 1 and 2 of this series by 3-0 scores, but Listowel stayed alive with a narrow 2-1 win in Game 3 of the series Tuesday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.