Atoms, bantams at Silver Stick this weekend

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms and the Kincardine Timber Mart bantams are in Forest this weekend competing for International Silver Stick titles.

The atoms were defeated 8-1 by a strong team from Ingersoll this morning in Forest to open the weekend. The Kinucks bounced back with a 4-2 win over Elmvale late this morning. The atoms will wrap up preliminary play with a game against Lambeth at 9:10 a.m. tomorrow morning in Thedford. Kincardine will need to win to have a chance to advance past the preliminary stage of the Silver Stick,

The bantam Kinucks, meanwhile, opened the Silver Stick Finals with a 3-0 win over Syracuse, New York this afternoon. Kincardine will play again this evening at 6:10 p.m. against Ingersoll, and then take on Ayr at 10:20 a.m. tomorrow. Both of those games will be played in Thedford.

Playoff perfection

By Josh Howald

So far, so good for the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association.

The bantam and peewee rep teams have already swept first round opponents, while the atoms and bantams, as well as the atom AE team, hold 2-0 leads in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Miller Insurance midgets completed a three-game sweep of first place Saugeen Shores with a 2-1 Saturday evening in Port Elgin. The midget Kinucks took Games 1 and 2 of the series 8-2 and 4-1, respectively. They advance to the WOAA finals, where they will meet the winner of a Walkerton - Listowel series. Listowel held a 2-0 lead in that semi-final.

Wolves to add three to Wall of Fame Saturday

Ripley will host Shallow Lake

Three more names will be added to the Ripley Wolves Wall of Fame.

Marina Cameron, Pat Chatham and Jane VanSickle will be honoured for their years of dedication prior to Ripley's game against the Shallow Lake Crushers on Saturday, Jan. 24. The 7:30 p.m. match-up was to be Ripley's final game of the WOAA Senior AA regular season. However, the Wolves still must play games with Elora and Saugeen Shores after tilts earlier this year were cancelled due to poor weather.

Since the Wolves returned to the WOAA in 2002, Chatham and Cameron have been the first smiling faces fans see when they enter the arena. Rarely has either missed a game over the past decade. Working the gate is a cold and thankless job, but Pat and Marina never miss a shift.

Novices best Hanover

Brandon Bishop gets a shot on goal Sunday as he is watched by Hanover's Luka Abell in novice rep hockey action. The Kincardine Home Hardware novice Kinucks won this contest 3-1. (Josh Howald photo)

'Dogs swept by Walkerton in weekend series

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs can forget about catching Walkerton in the Western Junior C League standings.

Kincardine dropped both games of a home-and-home series with the Hawks, who now hold a 13-point lead on the Bulldogs and will not be caught. Walkerton is now just two points behind first place Wingham. Meanwhile, Kincardine is looking back over their shoulder at the Hanover Barons, who have moved to within two points of the Bulldogs in third place.

It wasn't a great weekend for Kincardine, who was lit up in the third period of Friday night's game at home - an 8-3 loss - and shut out by the Hawks on Saturday evening on the road. The Bulldogs have three games remaining in the regular season schedule - including one more each against Walkerton and Hanover.

Big win at home for Shane

Les Shane is closer to clinching a spot in the Major Curling League playoffs after a big win on home ice last Wednesday night.

Shane's BDO Canada rink defeated Curtis Cassidy's Port Elgin team 6-0 at the Kincardine Curling Club, and in doing so improved to 6-5 on the season.

Only the top eight rinks qualify for the Major Curling League postseason, and the shutout win puts the BDO Canada rink in a tie for fifth place overall with just two draws remaining in the regular season. Shane will have a stiff test tonight (Wednesday) when he takes on Al Hutchinson and his first place Ram Promotional team from the Bluewater Curling Club. Hutchinson is alone at the top of the standings at 9-1. Shane will then wrap up the regular season next Wednesday in Walkerton against his Kincardine counterpart Craig Milburn.

Midgets sweep Saugeen Shores

Off to WOAA final

Well, that was quick.

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks advanced to the WOAA finals after sweeping Saugeen Shores in three straight games. This series was completed in just four days, with the Kinucks outscoring the Storm 14-4.

Saugeen Shores finished first overall in the regular season standings, but that meant little to the midget Kinucks. They opened the series up with a lopsided 8-2 win last Wednesday evening in Southampton.

Home-and-home with Walkerton this weekend

Bulldogs play Mitchell to 5-5 draw

By Josh Howald

It was supposed to be a weekend with the birds. But a Friday night tilt at home against the Walkerton Hawks was cancelled due to severe weather conditions and closed roads. Saturday night, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs allowed two third period goals in Mitchell in a 5-5 tie with the Hawks.

With the playoffs looming, this is a big weekend coming up for Kincardine, with back-to-back games against the second place Walkerton Hawks. Kincardine is currently seven points behind Walkerton, but that will certainly change one way or another this weekend. The third place Bulldogs have five games remaining in the regular season, and fourth place Hanover has crept up to be just three points behind Kincardine.

Lord of the RIngs

Kendrick Shepherd, 14, of Kincardine leaves the hack during junior curling action Sunday afternoon at the Kincardine Curling Club. THe Curling Club will host three important regular season games tonight in Major League Curling action. Marilyn Bodogh will also be competing at the club this weekend. (Josh Howald photo)

Wolves at home twice this weekend

The Ripley Wolves have a chance to move up in the standings this weekend, with a pair of home games scheduled in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

The Wolves, who trail Shallow Lake by two points but have one game in hand, will host the seventh place Shelburne Muskies on Friday night. It's an 8:30 p.m. start in the village. Saturday night, the first place Sagueen Shores Winterhawks will visit the Wolves. The puck drops Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

The Wolves had a rare weekend off. They head into this weekend's action with a 7-11-0-1 record, sixth overall in the WOAA North Division standings.  The Wolves last game was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Mapleton-Minto 81s on Jan. 3.